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-Marsters is back
-Storyline more intricate than previous books
-Clincher at the end changes the series up nicely
-Dresden's character development
-Main character and other key characters moving out of their traditional roles
As stated above, the previous narrator, while not bad, was not marsters and the cocky Harry is back in the seat rather than the somewhat subdued inquisitive Harry. This provides for a much more entertaining listening experience that provides for a "Cant put it down" sort of read through.
On a sour note, the character development is good and bad. With much chaning the series seems to becoming something else, which is not bad. Like all other power-mongering novels or series. Dresden faces the very real threat of becomming TOO powerful, which spoils almost every major Hero story in the long run. It usually goes something like this:
Harry develops and is therefore stronger
Bad guys get stronger - > Explosions get bigger
Harry develops and is therefore stronger
Bad guys get stronger etc...
Until the entire world / city / landscape / (pick your own object) is destroyed utterly or the number of enemies that are at his level are so few that there would never be anyway to fight them.
Good overall moves (both in development and narration) i hop that Butcher has many, many more novels coming up!
Yes. I have recommended the series to all my friends. The stories are unique with familiar myths and backgrounds. They are fun and keep you on the edge of your seat.
The whole book moved me...at breakneck speed!!! Though I liked the "surprise party" best.
Marsters is BACK!!!!!
Yes, as James Marsters who I believe has done all the narration in the series, gives an excellent performance as the main character as well as the others
The story was very thought out, with all the loose ends resolved. The best of the entire series to me.
Harry; he gives life to the character
none other than pure enjoyment
This series is one of the few where I'm sorry when its finished, and I can't wait for the next. I have to say that 2 books ago when Harry was "killed" I was saddened thinking the series was over. I love fantasy fiction and this has become the best of the type. My other favorite author is Terry Brooks, but Jim Butcher is more of the adults version or fantasy fiction.
Only purchased audio book
He really gets the character and it was nice having him back.
When Mouse and Harry were reunited
I am already chomping at the bit for the next book. Each book just improves on the last.
It is like slipping on a favorite pair of shoes.
Harry Dresden has returned to a detective role and less of a all-powerful wizard role, with less melodrama and more fun. While I love the series, I was happy to see the tenor change somewhat. Gloom and doom still lay over the horizon, but as usual Harry practically kills himself to prevent the worst case of two evils from happening. This audiobook is especially great because Spike is back! While I didn't dislike Ghost Story, the change in narrator was jarring enough I had to listen a second time to get past it. Now we all get to return to the characters voiced as we are used to, as James Marsters has brought them to life yet again. If you like audiobooks, the urban fantasy setting and good voice acting, I encourage you to try the whole series, as well as this book.
I only discovered Jim Butcher's Dresden Files ten months ago, but since then I've fallen totally in love with the series. I've listened through it all leading up to Cold Days twice, and I was so completely thrilled with the newest addition that I am DEFINITELY listening to it again!! Cold Days took me through a whole range of emotions and reactions. I got chills, I cried, I sat (quite literally) on the edge of my seat, even laughed. It's an amazing follow up to Ghost Story, WONDERFULLY written and narrated. I can't even begin to express how happy I am that James Marsters is back in the role of narrator. He voices Harry and the new path he's found himself on beautifully. Jim Butcher totally blew me away with this one. Again.
The way he voiced Harry in the beginning when Harry's whole world had been turned upside down versus the way he voiced him once Harry was back on familiar ground contributed to the overall tone of the story in such a fabulous manner. I spent the first several chapters of the book feeling edgy, just like Harry, and I know that's partially due to Jim Butcher's writing, and partially because of the way James was narrating it. Loved that.
If I thought I could have listened for 18+ hours straight, I totally would have. As it is, I devoured it - stayed up late, lost sleep, ignored my friends and family - until I was finished. Except for those last two hours. I had to stop and take a break simply because I didn't want it to end!
way better then ghost story
had some nice twists
good to see harry progressing as a character and in magic
however it will be hard to keep the books interesting if he tones the scale down and just makes another mystery in his town with some side villian
now that we've gotten the full scale of major characters, how will he keep the next 7 books from not going backwards to boring sideplots?
Absolutely! Well, if anyone is going to make it this far in the series (and don't be fooled they must be read in order) this is worth the read 100%
The most memorable moment of Cold Days occurs during a mind blowing series that expands the series and strengthens the character of Harry in one step! The tru epic storyline comes into focus in Faerie.
Marsters IS Harres Dresden
From the Shores of Chicago to the very Gates of known Existence - Harry Dresden must save not only the world, but reality itself.
As others have said, James Marsters IS Harry Dresden and it's like coming home to hear him narrate another wonderful novel full of the characters we have come to know and love. Oh yeah, and the plot is fun, as usual, too!
I've re-listened to the whole series so many times, I stopped counting! Cold days was exceptional
A naked Harry on the Island
The character, humor. James Marsters is Harry Dresden