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.
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.
It puts all the past books to work in a way that can only keep you ready to eat every word,
Absolutely. The series is a wonderful blend of humor and humanity.
Can't say as it would spoil the plot, but there's a scene at the end between two characters that will break your heart a little.
Wow. His everyman, smartass take on Dresden. The world-weary strength of Murphy. The unsureness on Molly. The emotion he brings to the big scenes. He's simply the perfect narrator for the series. No slight to John Glover, but Glover's Dresden feels more like Butters - the whole character becomes older, less wisecracking and more clinical. Marsters brings the characters and the scenes to life. All readers read differently, but I know I'd have missed a lot of the emotional nuances of many scenes had I read the book. Marsters brings it to life. I don't know of a better compliment to pay James Marsters other than to say that he's no longer Spike from Buffy to me. He's Harry Dresden.
See the memorable moment. Plus the entire Wild Hunt scene, where Harry fights a rather unexpected tubby guy.
Brilliant writing by Jim Butcher, who manages to take a wholly supernatural premise and make it as down to earth as the city he obviously loves, Chicago.
Just to be fair, I'll say this - I thought this book dragged in places. I'm not sure there was much to be done, though. When you kill the main character and go through an extended goodbye like Ghost Story, and then you bring him back again, with a major change to his character (hello caveman Winter Knight), you gonna have some splainin to do.
I'm looking forward to the remaining books in the series, though I dread the eventual end. I also cannot urge Penguin Audio enough - sign Marsters up for the remainder of the series. He's too good to let go.
Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!
Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"
I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?
Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!
James Marsters performs the story, the pauses, voice inflection, makes Harry and the story come alive.
It is great to have Harry back. I didn't realize how much I missed Harry and James Marsters performance until I started listening to this book. It was like meeting old friends again and yet there were many unexpecte twists. I can't wait for the next book.