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.
When I say this is one of the best stories ever, I do not just mean the story or performance or even overall... I mean ever, and I can't wait for the next one.
Jim Butcher, James Masters & other people who helped.., I hope you are reading this and want you to know; The Dresden Files from beginning to this last one were “relate ably” down to earth in a way that often and regularly carried me off, while somehow always keeping me grounded. The narration in the beginning books thru this last one, felt humble to the auther and slowly over books of time from the first one, grew into the very solid character “Harry Dresden” while keeping the autors truth in a way that was as easy to listen to as decency.
Speaking of "Decency," or at least one aspect of it- Parents, this is not a story I would recommend to hormonal teens or younger. There were adult moments in the story that may not have been able to be told much differently with the same emotional effect, and I will also add because many will concern about this next bit.., there are just under a handful sum total of words in all of the stories together that could have been evaded.
That being said, this was one of the best fictional adventures I have ever taken, and my imagination will never be the same.
You have my most sincere thanks and appreciation!
Fast. Nuanced. Compelling.
No spoilers here, but this book allows Dresden to come into his own at moments instead of just on the defensive end of things. Some character growth a long time coming, and worth the wait.
Marsters is Dresden. I listen to these books because the marriage of Dresden and Marsters brings things to a new level. It is a performance without being overwhelming, and the moments that need that extra punch, it is always delivered. I wish Marsters had more audio books under his belt!
Definitely laugh out loud moments in this book, some from the dialogue, some from the great performance.
Worth the wait, and probably one of the top three titles in the series if not top. Glad I spent the credit on the book, it was long enough to keep me entertained for a few days, and some great closure at the end.
Absolutely! The whole series is fantastic. Its funny and compelling, twists and turns ... and just when you think the story line must be wrapping up BAM! It leaves you wondering where the next book is going to take you. I can't wait for the next book. I love the narrative of the old style detective novel but with the sci-fi twist.The sarcastic humor has had me burst out laughing while listening to it.
I can't think of any that I can compare it too
Definitely Harry ... James Marsters does a brilliant job
The story was so unique from beginnig to end than any book I have read in a long time. There was never a dull moment to be had, with the plot taking you on an incredible journey. Though I hadn't read or listd the previous books in the Dresden Files series, I had no problem being immediately immersed in the lives of the characters. I am now finished with book 1 and working on book 2!
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden had to be my favorite. Jim Butcher showed a mastery of giving the listener a true feeling for the depths and understanding of this character with his inner struggles and personal demons to battle, while still maintaining a humorous outlook on life
I personally liked Harry the most. The non-chalont attitude he presented drew you in.
If I had the time to listen for the whole 18 hours straight through, I definitely would have!
You will enjoy this installment of the adventures of our local wizard, Harry Dresden. Exciting and fun (especially the last third of the book). The middle part of the book was muddied with a confusion of plot lines, however, but was satisfyingly resolved in the last portion. SOLID.
It stayed busy. I listen while driving across the country and this one kept me listening the whole time.
I enjoyed Cold Days, as I have enjoyed every Dresden book since Storm Front. Like the title says, the story was solidly crafted. And although I've spent a load of time with Harry over the years, he's still keeping me entertained so I'll continue to read/listen. It feels like there's always something happening around the edges of a Dresden story, and it's that over-arching plot thread that drives my interest. I'm pretty sure I've read everything Jim Butcher's put out via Big Pub, and he's failed (miserably!) to disappoint me so far. Keep it up, sir!
The last book (Ghost Story) was much maligned for being read by someone other than James Marsters. Although I wasn't amongst the herd that were so put-off that they couldn't enjoy the story, it certainly was pleasant to hear the same Harry again.
Thanks to the author, the narrator, and the whole team!
Yes, if they like science fiction/fantasy. Even if they don't, the story is compelling.
The confrontation on the island between Butcher and friends and the Winter Court.
I don't want to give it away by saying more.
Yes, but it was great having it to return to when I could.
James Marsters is one of the best narrators out there. I am looking for books he narrates no matter who wrote them.