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I wouldn't recommend starting with this book, there's way too much backstory involved, but if you've been reading this series I'd tell you to forego the print and let James Marstars make the books just that much better.
Normally, I give Marsters readings a 5, but in this book he seems to lack some of the lustre that prompted me to come straight to the audio version of the book.
I know this may sound like I'm not recommending this book but, in spite of my heightened expectations, this book is a rock pile of hurdles for our intrepid hero Harry Dresden and James Marsters continues to breathe life into the story inflating the characters so the action stands up off the page; he makes the story into a 3D graphic novel.
There are two paths in pretty much every genre: the action-driven plot and the character-driven plot. The Dresden series is action-driven.
I enjoy stories that juxtapose realities and the Harry Dresden series does that with varying degrees of effectiveness. The stories are, generally, at least good and sometimes rollicking roller coaster rides. Increasingly it seems like the author just isn't as into it anymore and he compensates with bigger and nastier looming disasters.
In this book our magical mystical tour protagonist, Harry Dresden, is faced with the war torn countryside in which resides a collection of relationships he's brutalised and abandoned throughout the previous 13 stories of his life. I'm hoping that he learns *something* about relationships but I'd understand if the author continues to let this emotionally damaged individual live in his self-absorbed inability to connect with and be changed by those he professes to love. Every opportunity to learn, to grow as person is approached and then dropped when the danger factor is ratcheted up a notch or seven. Our dauntless hero is addicted to the adrenalin of danger and he flinches from personal commitment and relationships. When faced with angry friends he seems only to be capable of a forehead slap or hangdog foot shuffle accompanied by "Oops."
That inability to grow as a person and the hobbled emotional life makes Harry look like lots of people and maybe that's part of why I'm not put off by it and keep coming back every time a new book comes out. Most of us are damaged children wearing adult bodies and racing through life like the next thing on the horizon is more important than not just noticing we made mistakes but sitting down and really *looking* at ourselves.
The story reminds me of the trials of Hercules and I found the pace in this, the 14th book, exhausting. Harry is faced with as many complications as the previous 13 books combined. Ok, that's an exaggeration. The story arc does seem to have an arc *because* Harry is hanging on, barely, while he's chased down a mountain by an avalanche of epic proportion. Oh, and while that's happening yetis sudden appear and start throwing trees at him; a weird yeti version of the caber toss but they don't wear kilts. But wait! Now there's a freeway with rush hour traffic and you've got not just evade the avalanche and caber tossing yetis, but you've got to find a way to protect all these individuals from the danger. And so on.
Poor Harry, he can't grow up and he can't seem to die.
When 2 of the Queens were killed
So much more now to do with Harry
YES! Only James Marsters can be Harry Dresden.
Thomas. I love the way he is always poking Harry with a verbal stick and yet one can tell that the half brother white court vampire loves Harry.
His tone. Difficult to explain. He IS Harry.."Hell's bells" if he isn't!
several. Harry's "ah-ha" moments are always moving.
NEVER replace J. Marsters again! In fact, I think you owe the readers of Ghost Story a FREE re-do....with Marsters doing the narrative. Now, THAT would be a righteous and classy thing for Audible to do. Looking over the numerous reviews, I don't think I'm alone in this...
The dresden files series is a great book series, but James Marsters performance makes them that much more enjoyable. The audiobooks are how I "read" the series.
This reading is about par with his other more recent work. Par for James Marsters though is quite excellent. At the begining of the Dresden Files his performance was good, but over time it has become exceptional.
If you had the time it would be fantastic, but it is about 18 hours of time. The book breaks up into nice larger chunks through plot, if you simply do not want to read chapter by chapter.
Same old Harry!
Harry was my favorite, as usual. I love his strange sense of humor, his lack of respect for anyone who hasn't earned it, his defiance of those who seek to intimidate, and his old fashioned chivalry.
James Marsters really brings Harry to life in a way that is truly amazing. He does a great job of expressing Harry's sarcasm, emotions, his personality. I loved the print books, but the audio version really helps make Harry more real!
Excellent book, excellent series!
There are so many twists to this one I have to go to a chiropractor to get the whiplash pain relieved.
As always, Harry is always the last one to find out just how deep his ass is in alligators. And Mab is finally shown to have a warm spot.
His character inflections are more accurate to my imagination
I thought Maggie's character should have had a better fate.
Where was Lea? A story this twisted needed her input, but I guess even Shea need to take a break.
Ghost story was not my favorite in the series but Cold Days put this series back on top for me. Love it.
I couldn't listen to this one again although I have listened to many of the other books more than once. I had to restart this several times just to get going.
I have read and enjoyed them all and even loved a few (I've even cried!) but this one was battle after battle...I started to not care what happened to ANYONE!
James Marsters is fabulous except for that fairy voice.
I could not listen to any other book while listening to this one. I couldn't be distracted or I would have quit this one.
I am a loyal Dresden fan and will read (and watch) anything he is in. Just don't need as many huuuuuuge, loooong battles next time.
The story continues and I cannot wait for the next one. Excellent reading performance and excellent story as I was really unsure how this one would tie into the last. Great listen.
Yes, I am already planning too. There is a lot of action that is sometimes difficult to follow but I don't want to rewind because I'm too into the story!
Who doesn't love Harry?!
His voice is very versatile and he uses it well, including a lot of nuances of emotion that make me feel that the characters are real.
Many but I don't want to give anything away.
Jim Butcher continues to include surprises that are as interesting as they are unexpected, please keep the stories coming!