It seems like I've been waiting forever for Cold Days to come out after finishing Ghost Story last year. Whereas Ghost Story was an interesting, but definite stylistic departure from the prior books in the series, I thought that Cold Days brought the story back into form and finally started laying out more of the schemes behind the themes in the prior books and tying seemingly unrelated occurrences together. Can't wait for the next book! Good work, Jim! (And, my thanks to Patrick Rothfuss for recommending this series of books to me during a book signing in 2011!)
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
Wow. Coming back from the dead is hard, but for Harry Dresden it's like being tossed from the frying pan into the fire! He not only has new enemies to deal with, including his 'savior' Mab and her faerie co-horts, but old, unexpected enemies as well. There is a TON of action in this book, and Harry has to fight not only his enemies but his own newly-acquired Winter Knight power in the process. Harry, of course, being Harry, tries to keep his friends out of the fight, but, his friends, being who they are, won't hear of it, of course. The character progression of all the characters since his death is amazing - from Butters to Molly to Mouse.
James Marsters is a ...errr .. master with all the nuances of each character and makes the ride so very enjoyable. He is, and always will be, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.You can feel the emotions, hear the pain, the tears in his voice, hear the triumph and the fury. He pulls you into the story with his performance and literally makes it impossible to stop listening and, when you're done, you simply must listen again!
Despite all Harry has been through, this book only seems to demonstrate just how much further he still has to go. Everything has changed for so many of the characters - I can't wait to see where Jim Butcher takes our favorite professional wizard and his band of buggered next.
Hearing the Characters as the voices should sound. All the respect to John Glover, he did a fantastic job. But after 12 books with James Marsters it was like a cold unpleasant shower hearing Mr. Glover's rendition during Ghost Story. I'm very happy that James Marsters is back.
I guess I'm most shocked at the arc that Mab took during the story. She's still not exactly a sympathetic character, but we find out that there is a whole heckuva lot more about her than just "mean powerful woman obsessed with Harry". She has much more depth now in my mind. I also have to mention Molly. I've always loved the relationship Harry and Molly have developed and now I'm super excited to see where it goes from here. But holy cow... can you even imagine what Charity is going to say?
I read the hardcover first. After listening to James read 12 books to me the voices are indelibly stuck in my head. It's like a comfy house coat and big fluffy slippers when James reads Harry. It's just not right without him.
Harry's Back! And Hell has frozen over!
I'm glad Mr. Butcher brought James Marsters back. And I'm also glad he is more efficient than some other Fantasy Novelists out there (*cough* G.R.R. Martin *cough*). Even so, I crave to find another Modern Urban Fantasy that approaches the enjoyment level the Dresden Files have always given me. And I am already eagerly looking forward to book 15! I hope the series never ends! Long Live Harry Dresden!
No; Every battle was the same just changed bad guys names. same mono-log theme, same near death, same saving grace in the end. Jim don't curse in your books, you are not any good at it. It was painful to hear, Watch Good Fellows and take a lesson in cursing.
I most likely own ever book and short story Jim has published. I will buy future books.
Love Cat Sith!!! "Even children can learn manners."
The Story was great. The execution was really bad.
It was exciting from the moment it started. There was never a dull moment in this book and I have listened to it two times already since it has come out.
I would recommend the ENTIRE Dresden Files series. In my opinion its one of THE best fantasy series out there. I am a HUGE Jim Butcher fan and Im already anxious for his next book
I think my favorite character by James is Mab Queen of Winter, Darkness, and Air. Im a HUGE fan of Mab. I think James is awesome. He MAKES the books come alive for you. I heard once that they had some other guy narrating one of the books. I dont think I would get as much out of the books if James Marsters wasnt readiong them.. In my opinion he is as awesome as Jim Butcher
The book kept me anxious for more. I think thats why I listened to the entire thing in two days.
My favorite wizard is back in the flesh with the regular cast of friends, enemies, and frenemies to help and harm him. Jim Butcher gives Harry his usual sarcasm and ready wit as well as a dire situation for the universe that only Harry and his unique positions as the Winter Night and a private eye can save.
There's a great twist at the end that I'm still trying to decide if I like or not, but it sure sets the stage for more stories set in in Harry's crazy world of modern day Chicago and the fairy realms. I would have given the story five stars, but sometimes Butcher gets carried away on the descriptiions and detail of everything--and I don't just mean the violence and blood. I think, as Butcher's fame grows, his editors get more timid about cutting down his verbage.
James Marsters is back as the narrator. Though John Glover's performance of "Ghost Story" was excellent, Marsters has grown as much as a narrator of Harry as Harry has grown as a character.
Well worth the credit!
I barely took off my MP3 player...I couldn't get enough. After the first few hours I began to fret that there was no book to listen to after this...Even 18+ hours wasn't enough. Great, great listen.
Harry Dresden, who is fond of blowing up buildings and finding new and inventive ways of getting injured, does not spend much time in this book commiserating his appointment as Winter Knight even though he basically attempted suicide to avoid the job (Ghost Story). Instead he works out his issues in his usual way -- blowing things up, rushing around looking for clues and did I mention blowing things up?
Most of Harry's still-living compatriots make some sort of showing in Cold Days, except Marcone. I don't think he shows up and he is one of my favorites. The book contains many dramatic developments that will keep me waiting eagerly for book number 15.
As I mentioned in another book review, I have read in print all the previous Dresden books and Marsters' voice isn't as deep as the one my imagination gave Harry. Also, his squeaky renditions of Toot-toot and other tiny fairies were hard for me to understand. Cute, but hard to understand. On the other hand, Marsters' has a wonderful professional actor's command of narration, using a full range of pitch, pacing, and tone to evoke the content of dialog and Harry's first person comments. I believe that first person stories like Cold Days are basically a long, one-sided conversation between the narrator and the listener. And a really good narrator like Marsters remembers that.
Yes. For me, Marsters is Dresden. Even when I read the books, I now hear James in my head, his performance is fantastic.
Marsters is amazing as usual.
I loved the story, I loved the scale of it, but that is also the problem. First some buildings got destroyed, then the city was in danger, then the US was in trouble, there have been a few times the world itself was in danger... How far will it go? Who knows, but I'll sure enjoy the ride. I do miss the character stories, now that we know everyone Jim can spend less time on the people and more on plot but I really liked getting to know people.
Thank the Lord that James Marsters is back as Harry! Awesome book complemented by another top notch performance by James. I personally think this is the best book in the series since Grave Peril. This book really starts to connect those mysterious dots from all the previous books and the evil plot is starting to take more of a shape, and has some epic foreshadowing warning of things to come. And all the while keeping it fun and exciting.
The only bad thing about this book, is that it had to end.