intricate plot but written well enough that it doesn't leave you confused. And so thrilled to have James Marsters back as narrator.
Harry, as usual.
variation in accent, intonation, rhythm in that gives each character his/her own voice.
When hell freezes over, a wizard is your only hope.
First, I was so happy to hear James' voice as Harry again! Second, the story was fantastic. I wanted to hurry up and listen, but I also didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the next book!
TOTALLY!!! Probably my favorite book in the series now!
"Wait, you work for me?"
"I prefer to think of it as managing your incompetence."
Marsters is a king among orators. He keeps getting better with each year.
Molly... the end... ouch...
READ IT!!! ... ...why aren't you read it yet?
Like a lot of folks, I was worried about where Mr Butcher was going with cold days after the silliness that was Ghost Story.
You may relax. Without giving away too much, Harry is back in action, the plot is back on the rails, and his character still makes sense. In fact, things are starting to come together. This book is so packed full of action, plot, and individual character development, describing any more real detail about the story would give too much away, especially to those who have come this far.
The writing itself is on par with the best of his work, with great pacing and dialog. One note, I believe Butcher is going through some kind of a stage, (or harry is, depending on how you look at it) because there are more notable uses of the fbomb in this Dresden File than any other. Not a problem for me, I felt it helped give this book a bit more flavor, But some may find it distasteful.
James Marsters is back and gives the performance we have come to expect from him in the Dresden Files, a fantastic one.
In all, I was delighted with this book, with so many moments that I found myself exited or laughing aloud for harry and the gang, it has become one of my favorites. Hats off to Jim for pulling it back and kicking it in gear.
A fantastic return to the mortal world for our favorite supernatural P.I. Harry Dresden. In typical Harry fashion, he has no time to sit on his heels as he hits the ground running as soon as he returns to Chicago. Great listen, Marsters does an outstanding job as usual. Great seeing most of the old gang back in action, and seeing how they react to Harry being alive (again). The action was pretty crazy, although a few times here and there it seemed these last minute escapes by Harry to win the day were a bit too...convenient? No spoilers of course, nor did it decrease my massive enjoyment of this book by any means, just an aside. This is a fantastic series. My only sadness is that I have to wait another year or 2 for the next one.
A storyline that comes to a conclusion, and the ominuous beginnings of a new one.
Great chracterization and voice used for each of the characters, and I can totally see Harry sounding as Marsters portrays him.
I like mostly fantasy - Robert Jordan, Charlaine Harris, Jim Butcher, Patricia Briggs, etc.
If you've read the series then you know there are some excellent stories with many twists & complicated plots ( White Knight, Blood Rites, Proven Guilty are some of my favorites). Cold Days definitely fits this definition & is one of the best in the series. Harry is now the Winter Knight & he is doing a balancing act between protecting his friends & serving Mab, the Winter Queen. Can't give away anything but I will say as usual there are several plots going on at once! Lots of unexpected turns! This book sets the stage for new dimensons with Harry that we have not heard before. Lets hope Jim Butcher does not conclude the series at 25 or so books as mentioned on his site.
The narrator is one of the best so it made the audio very easy to llisten to. I am glad Marsters is back on this series! He is the voice of Harry Dresden.
Relief, gripping, enthusiasm (for the remainder of the series)
Mab. She has so many facets of her personality, Cold Days kept me guessing till the end what her true intentions were.
PHENOMINAL! James is the only reason I listen to the audio versions of Dresden and will continue to do so.
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.
So happy to see Butcher back to form. Ghost Story felt like a throw-away, the story is the weakest of the series and the loss of Marsters for the audiobook was devastating. Cold Days was fantastic and reinvigorated my love for the Dresden Files.
Ghost story while being a good book put a lot of the Dresden plot on hold and slowed down the action. Cold days picked both of those things up... way up. I look forward to the next one!
Listener of Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Intrigue (not romance), Historical Fiction and very eclectic in her literary wanderings.
Dresden fans- you were wondering how on earth Harry would manage being his new job and still retain his humanity? Zap. Wow. Pow. In classic bumbling Harry style, it's not what you expect and takes 10 turns along the way. Comic moments break up the harder times and I did find myself laughing at some truly silly imagery.
Highest praise always goes to James Marsters for his incredible characterizations- the ones I will always hear in my head now.
Truly this novel doesn't stop for a minute. Action packed, twisting and the classic, "Why ME??" moments. Several background characters move to the front in this novel answering questions (well somewhat) that have been hanging around for 13 novels.
I have nothing but positive things to say about this novel. I lived and breathed it all my waking hours until I finished it.
Currently teaching sociology at a university in central Washington state.
One of my favorites.
Perhaps the best in this series. This is one of the best written characters in this genre.
Harry Dresden, of course. James Marsters rocks Harry. They should have used him in the tv series- it would probably still be on.
After listening to a lot of second (and third) rate stuff it was wonderful to have a first rate experience again.