I've listened to the books in this series over and over. I can't wait for each installment. When ever I login in to Audible, one of the first things I check is if there is another book published in this series.
Harry Dresden is funny and a kind of underdog with very human problems and quite a few not so human problems. The other characters have grown through out the series and they seem (as they are) like old friends to Harry and to the reader.
His stories are always action packed with many twists and turns.
I love these Dresden books and have them all. Throughout the series I have enjoyed Dresden's long-standing relationship with certain characters who seemed close to him. I wasn't expecting some of those relationships to change as much as they did in this book, so that's why I didn't give the story 5 stars. Also I'm a bit weary of the battles on the island and hope they are over for awhile.
In the meantime, James Marsters is back as the narrator, which is positively marvelous, and in this book we hear a lot from Bob and more from Toot-Toot, which makes the book fun.
I think readers new to the Harry Dresden books should start at the beginning of the series in order to fully appreciate all of the characters; nevertheless each book is entertaining on its own. I will continue to buy Dresden books as fast as Jim Butcher can write them.
I thought the depressing nature of the previous book Ghost Story was my reason for not loving it like I have many other books in this series, but I think it's something more then that. These book are not what they used to be. Butcher seems to spend more time coming up with cheesy action film one liners and tired pop culture references in lieu of a good story.
These books are becoming formulaic and I can finish Harry's banter before I even read the next line. Harry's relationships with women are just becoming creepy and I no longer desire him to find love, I just want him to stop talking about women in general.
I'll continue to enjoy reading the early books in this series, but I don't think I'll be buying another book in this series. I'm honestly surprised at all the 5 star reviews for this book as it just feels lazy to me. I waited so long to read this book and I could barely finish it :(
James as always does a wonderful job. I look forward to hearing more from him.
Yes, love that James Marsters is back and Harry is better than ever!
I love the action and suspense. I also enjoy the narration.
This is a great book and I love the series, I just can't wait for the next book!
Battling the darker side of his nature as he recovers from his near death experience and becomes the Winter Knight, Harry struggles with maintaining his self identity as he fulfills his commitment to the Winter Queen. Without giving away too much - he and his friends work together to stop release of world-shattering entities. Twists, turns - the end will leave you begging for more - and absolutely amazed at the mind of Jim Butcher. I cannot recommend highly enough.
Performance - James Marsters seems to personify the Dresden series. Yes, he still mispronounces words, but as he shows a finesse and understanding of the world of Harry Dresden, much is forgiven.
Again - great listen!
Jim has uncorked another wonderful page-turner. When added to James' storytelling this is one of those books that seriously endangerd my ability to keep my job! I just had to keep listening to the end of the Chapter. (Okay, maybe one chapter more!)
This book rates near the top of my top-ten!
Kringle! Jim doesn't know it, but he gave me the best Christmas present when he wrote Kringle into this story. First time (IIRC) that he's been talked about since Jim's original short story. I'm a professional Santa, and began listening to this book about 10 days before Christmas as I was driving to a gig. I'm afraid that the drivers around me got a bit nervious as a "whooped" when Kringle showed up at the party!
It has to be the "Santa Beat Down"!
As I said, I made quite a public display as people saw Santa driving down the highway hooting and hollering as I listened to the story on my way to an appearance!
So the next one is coming out when?????
YES. Because Jim Butcher gets infinitely better with each novel and James Marsters is the best Narrator for the job.
Harry's relationships - you get to be much more satisfied in that regard than you were in the last.
A depth of character to Dresden. He really breaths an extra spark into the already larger than life Dresden.
Laugh, gasp and tear up.
If you have not read this series - you are missing out on one of the best authors and stories of our generation.
Engaging, fast paced and timely all describe the latest installment of The Dresden Files. True to form, Jim Butcher delivers on the (mis)adventures of Wizard, Harry Dresden
The twist at the end leaves you wanting more!
James Marsters's performance is masterful as he effortlessly switches between characterizations. His performance completely brings you into the story.
I was left stunned with the twist at the end!
Welcome back James Marsters!!!! Not that the other reader was bad but James just has a way of bringing the characters to life and bringing the listener in more and more. This book is another gem in Jim Butcher's crown of great story writing. This is a well written story of Harry trying to recover his life. We look forward to the next installment and hope that James continues to narrarate.
Obviously Dresden is evolving and staying fresh, although I am not sure I like the current twist in the story line. Too much Fae and invincible mad queens for my taste. On the other hand with James Marsters back as narrator it kind of makes up for the loss of the quintessential Harry.