Butcher continues to amaze with this great story and our boy Harry Dresden is bigger and badder than ever. As the Winter Knight (and Mab's play thing), Harry has to battle not only the Winter Knight's Mantle that is trying to take him over, but Mab, Maeve, and seemingly the entire Winter Court. Throw in Outsiders, Demonreach, and oh, Harry trying to deal with all the relationships he had before dying and coming back, Molly, Karrin, and Thomas, and you've got a fast paced roller coaster ride that seemingly will never end as more and more obstacles get thrown in Harry's path.
If there is one problem I have with this book (and it's happened in several of the other Dresden books, though not frequently) is that Butcher seems to continue to pile on Harry's troubles. There is the requisite "issue" Harry is dealing with, and the little subplots that surround it, but then Butcher just keeps adding more and more roadblocks, issues, and problems that seem to stretch Harry beyond his capacity. It just feels, I don't know, like he's making it overly dramatic just for the sake of doing it. It always ends up working out in the end and I do realize that it all has a purpose in moving the story forward. Butcher also does this thing where he puts Harry up against immortals and such that severely outclass him, and Harry even says in the books "there is no way to beat such and such a creature" and yet, in the end, Harry miraculously prevails and finds some loophole. It's a minor gripe, and doesn't take away from my overall enjoyment of the book. This is still an excellent book and great continuation of the series. I can't wait for the next book!
James Marsters narration gets better and better with each book and he does an excellent job reading Cold Days. When I first started listening to this series I wasn't crazy about him, but now, he IS Harry Dresden!
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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.
I mean it's Harry, we all love him. He's not a ghost, he's back to his corporeal self and he's messing sh*t up and fixing it at the same time all over Chicago to save friends and the world. It's great. I tried as hard as I could to stretch it out so it lasted as long as it could. But it eventually ended and I'll have to wait another year again. Loved it.
Tons of them.
James Marsters is back - what a relief after Book 13!
Hard to believe, but the author keeps raising the bar - best one yet.
I have waited what feels like forever for this book. This book had so many twists, some predictable, some not. There's not much to say- if you're a Harry Dresden fan, then you know that you won't be disappointed. John Glover did the best he could on the last one, but James Marsters is Harry and I was thrilled he was back for this installment.
I wouldn't recommend this Audiobook.... I recommend this series!The main character "Harry Dresden" is like a very good old friend that comes around once a year and you spend the night and part of the next day catching up.
Harry Dresden because he never disappoints and as far as character development goes... he keeps getting better.
"Butters," James Marsters is absolutely comical doing this character.
The last installment left me a little unsatisfied. This installment is worthy of the series, and it is good to hear James Marsters reading the series again. He seems to really understand Harry Dresden's inner self - or it could just be that I have gotten used to hearing him as Harry Dresden. In any case, it was enjoyable to hear him reading it again.
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James Marsters is, for me, the voice of The Dresden Files. I bought the hardcover first and devoured it in 2 days. I had already preordered the audio book but had to read it myself before listen. I just finished both and must say the compliment each other well.
For me personally, there is no comparison. All of Dresden's books stand alone. But to give an idea where I'm coming from I put Jim Butcher up there with Stephen King, Dean Koontz, Kim Harrison, Arthur C. Clark and Robert Ludlum. These are authors whose books I can read again and again. For me it's not about endings or spoilers, it's about the journey through the story.
Thomas. If they make a movie I would love to see James play Thomas.
I could neither put the book down until it was done, nor could i stop listening to the audiobook until the ending.
I didn't have problems with Ghost Story like a few did. I think every Harry Dresden story gets better then the last. Cold Days is no exception to this rule.