Not the best reviewer but I try
CAN'T GET ENOUGH
“Okay," I said to Karrin. "Let's move."
"Uh," she asked, without turning her head. "move where?"
"The island," I said.
"Harry, this is a motorcycle."
"It'll work," I said. "Look at it."
Karrin jerked as she noted the appearance of the Harley. "You want me to drive into the lake."
"You have to admit," I said, "it isn't the craziest thing I've ever asked you to do. It isn't even the craziest thing I've asked you to do tonight.”
He is Harry Dresden. It is amazing I started listening to it thinking Spike reading and now I watch Buffy and hear Harry in a British accent. Such a great voice there.
This series is my background music at home. It is an amazing world Mr. Butcher made, waiting for Skin Games now.
I am a 27 year old nurse pursuing a nurse practitioner degree. My favorite book genres are: fantasy, science fiction, medicine and sociology
I had been worrying how Harry Dresden would pull off sticking to his moral and ethical stances once he is sworn to his post as the Winter Knight. I did not want Harry to make choices that I couldn't at least defend to an extent, as part of why I love him as a character is that I can understand his thought process and how he makes decisions when things fall apart. I can relate to his moral prerogatives and concerns, and even when he makes mistakes, they aren't the sort that make me feel like he has irreversibly betrayed some precious moral code.
I found myself liking how Jim Butcher handles Harry's role as the Winter Knight, since luckily Harry manages to maintain a grasp on his moral compass. Furthermore, Harry is never subservient by nature, and even when under the thumb of queen Mab, he finds ways to do things his way.
I do see that Harry is having some changes, mostly becoming more primal and angry in heated moments, so I hope that Jim Butcher does not keep Harry committed to the Winter Knight post too long. I continue to dread the day that Harry's character loses his grip on his moral senses entirely and does something that will make me feel distaste and disappointment with the series. So far, it's been a tight rope walk that keeps me guessing but which has ended to my satisfaction, but the Winter Knight business is the biggest threat yet to Harry's moral compass.
I love having Marsters back as Harry's voice, I do not want the series to stray from Marsters again, as one of the biggest attractions of the audio books has been the fantastic performance that Marsters does. I have a huge crush on Harry Dresden, because I have had a huge crush on Marsters ever since he was Spike in Buffy.
The series continues to tease us about whether Harry finds a happy, romantic outcome with Karen Murphy. Harry has been single way too long, but his life is complicated, and his feelings for Karen have continued to develop. I have my hopes up that the moral, stabilizing force of Karen in his life will help Harry in the future, especially if the personality changes brought on by being the Winter Knight continue to progress.
Exciting, sexy, MORE!!
James has a mastery of inflection and an even greater mastery of his voice. Every time he speaks a character to life I believe it to be real, I believe the character has jumped off the page and speaks for him or her self. I can't tell you how many times I got goose-bumps when the author was trying to invoke feelings within me and James spoke them into existence as if he were a wizard himself and I was merely apart of his 30+ hour spell.
I spend many hours on the road every day, so I have little better to entertain myself then the radio, my own thoughts, and my new love for audio books. I also didn't know that this was not Jim Butcher's last book in the series so I am excited beyond measure for the next installment. I only hope that when the paper book hits shelves audible can provide me with the audio book before my patience runs thin and I'm tempted to read, instead of listen, while on the road.
I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.
The latest installment of my favorite series did not disappoint in the least! As usual the action was excellent and I have to marvel at how well Jim Butcher lays a battle so that the reader is aware of the craziness of the situation but is not confused by it. Despite the otherworldly characters, encounters, and actions our hero, wizard Harry Dresden, must contend with, I am able to clearly see in my mind's eye what is going on. I am always saying to myself, "He just did WHAT!?" rather than "What did he just do?" I feel this is a testament to both Butcher's ability to convey his vision of the story with his words and narrator James Marsters' ability to bring them to life. Bravo to both of them.
As for the story, it is amazing to see how far Dresden has come since that first book, Storm Front. In the beginning, he was over-matched by a single Warden of the White Council and now he regularly interacts with, and blithely threatens, the entire Winter Court. Such power has certainly come at a high cost, though. This book is a fine demonstration of Harry stretching his new-found muscles as the Winter Knight and much like the last few books of the series (excepting Ghost Story, as that felt something like an interlude) the world as Harry knows it is spun on its head in the most devastatingly delicious way possible.
I already cannot wait to give this book another listen (I am sure I missed some of the implications he hinted at throughout the novel) and the next book simply cannot come out soon enough.
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
Harry is Back!
I love James Marsters's performance, in my mind he is the voice of Harry. He has that great timing and dry witty humor that is the trade mark of these books. I sorely missed him in ghost story.
The story takes our characters on a sharp left turn, after ghost story many of the characters have been altered deeply. They are the same but fundamentally off. It's sad, almost like running into an old dear friend and realizing you can never go back to those crazy college day.
Some reviewers are really disappointed in this, but I think it show great growth in butcher's writing. If we look at the characters as developing "living, breathing" people, then after everything that has happened, what else should we as a read expect. Heck personally I'm surprised some of them haven't been institutionalized yet.
Harry and Co is back! This is so much better than the last book in the series. Great story line, great twists and turns. Keeps you riveted to the very end.
Avid book reader and fan of quality audibles.
I found Cold Days to be a fun and engaging book that I am sure Dresden fans will enjoy. Cold Days manages to retain what fans know and love about the Dresden series while adding new powers and responsibilities to shake things up a bit (no longer just fire magic, along with a new boss to answer to). One of the things I enjoyed the most about Cold Days was the introduction of various characters ranging from Christian lore to Grimm's fairy tales. What I found fun about the book was the author's use of magic, compelling dialog, and seemingly unpredictable plot twists. The book ultimately brought so many interesting elements together that I found myself listening for hours at a time.
In terms of narration, James Marsters performs the role of Harry Dresden as if he is the man himself. It really is difficult to explain it any other way. One positive aspect for me is that it feels as though Dresden is reading his tale, rather than a narrator just reading a book. Simply put, James Marsters narration of Cold Days (or the Dresden series in general) personifies the voice of Dresden and makes for a singular audible experience that I always look forward to.
While Cold Days is fun, I believe it remains plagued by common problems that have existed throughout most of the series. One problem in Cold Days in particular is that the main character, Dresden, is routinely ineffective and usually succeeds only by sheer luck. That may be part of the book's charm, but I found that it often made my eyes roll or just frown when I realized his magic was nullified, useless, or he just simply lost a fight/encounter due to his general ineffectiveness. It seems that Dresden routinely relies on allies, or sudden bursts of magic/happenstance, to save him from certain doom just moments before it is too late. There are other questionable points with the Dresden series, including Cold Days, that has often left me with a "this feels phoned in, thrown at a dart board and then written" feeling (quality of writing fluctuates, characters not that likable, narration can come off as sleepy at times).
Even though I have my criticisms, I still believe there is a lot to praise about the stories and world that Jim Butcher has created. When compared to the works of other authors, Cold Days, and the Dresden series as a whole, remains one of the most comforting, entertaining, and unique book series I have had the pleasure to enjoy.
All mysteries all the time, that's what I read. I joined Audible when I started having a long commute. Now I listen everywhere!
Action. Action. Action.
Harry is my favorite character, however, I love all his nearest and dearest almost as much.
I adore Mouse, I love the scene where he and Harry reunite.
I do have a small bone to pick with Mr. Butcher. It seems like this book may be a bridge to the future Harry story lines. I VERY much missed more interaction between Harry and his cohorts. There was a smidgen here and a smidgen there, but mostly the book was about Harry preparing for the action in the book, then Harry being in the action, etc.
Once I started I just couldn't let it go. John Glover did an excellent job as a narrator but James Marsters is Harry Dresden.