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Kristen A. Wellmann

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  • Turn Coat: The Dresden Files, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    Overall
    (4952)
    Performance
    (3648)
    Story
    (3651)

    The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....

    Lisa says: "Worthy Addition To The Series"
    "Turn coat does not dissapoint."
    Overall

    One thing I really like about JB's Dresden books, besides the perfect voice JM lends to the Dresden series, is that JB's characters are continually evolving, unlike other lead charters in popular series. For instance, in Turn Coat you see how dramatically Dresden has changed from the reckless, but smart/lucky knight in dented armor found in the early books, to someone who has learned his lesson and thinks before he jumps. That Turn Coat gave readers a whole book of Morgan and Dresden verbally sparring with each other didn't hurt either...

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Butterfly's Shadow

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 54 mins)
    • By Lee Langley
    • Narrated By Laurel Lefkow
    Overall
    (192)
    Performance
    (171)
    Story
    (171)

    In a Japan still rigid with tradition, an apprehensive 15-year-old tea-house girl prepares to welcome her first client. In his gleaming white uniform, Lieutenant Pinkerton walks up the hill to a house in Nagasaki to find the female he has purchased for a few weeks. When he sails away, she waits, aching for his return. It is one of the world’s great love stories. And, as the curtain falls on Madame Butterfly, Cho-Cho hands over her son to his American father, before killing herself...

    Mary Catherine says: "Unhappy"
    "save your credit"
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    pacing of the story was horrible. It just seemed to drone on with out going anywhere.


    Has Butterfly's Shadow turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Laurel Lefkow’s performances?

    maybe, she wasn't horrible, but at the same time her voice didn't quite fit with the story.


    What character would you cut from Butterfly's Shadow?

    I wouldn't cut any of them but I think the storyline and pacing needed some major work. Also the characters all felt very 1 dimensional lacking a certain depth that evokes empathy with a character.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Skin Game: A Novel of the Dresden Files, Book 15

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4600)
    Performance
    (4370)
    Story
    (4351)

    Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.… Because as Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it’s something awful. He doesn’t know the half of it… Mab has just traded Harry’s skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry’s most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.

    D says: "Hold onto your staff; Harry’s back."
    "Book 15 and TDF series is still going strong..."
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    better than Ocean's-11


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    While the nebbish polka-loving medical examiner that is Waldo Butters is always a favorite in every book he appears in, I have to say that I was probably the most entertained by the introduction of Hades. While Hades only had a few pages of on screen action, they way JB wrote him was epic. On one hand you have a very somber, no nonsense being holding massive amounts of power and no qualms about meting out deserved-just deserts... on the other hand... "Who's a good doggie?" .... I am still giggling.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    JM has become the voice of this series and I don't think I am alone in thinking this. While one book (Ghost Story) was narrated by another author (Jon Glover, who did an admirable job, but ...) it just wasn't the same and without JM's narration the story lacked a certain richness that listeners had come to expect. JM's voice adds so much to this series of books, so much that it the voice I hear reading in my head when I pick up a hard copy of the books.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Heart Wringer Moment: I personally hate kids and consider myself a bit of a tough cookie (yes, I realize I lose cred using that term), but even I was moved by the Maggie/Harry interaction. You can tell that Harry physically hurts not being able to be the father to his daughter that he wants to be. You see how it breaks him to know that Maggie is getting the childhood he never got (one full of love , joy, carefree innocence). On one hand, Harry is very happy that Maggie gets such a life, on the other hand the child in him aches and is a bit jealous because Harry is a child of the system (child services/ and then under the care/observation of the council) who would have done anything for a real home instead of the horrible reality he got, and finally, underlying all that is the pain of knowing that he wasn't the one to directly give her that life and that for Maggie to keep that life he has to keep his distance. Poor Harry always on the wrong side of window, looking in and knowing what he is missing but never able to come in and join.

    LMAO Moment: Hades and his dog. I dare you not crack a grin.

    Nerd King Moment: Jedi Butters. This had me punching my fist in the air screaming "Yes" in a way that put football fanatics to shame.


    Any additional comments?

    While The Dresden Files Series didn't really pick up momentum till about Books 3 and 4 due to JB getting his feet as an Author, I have to say that I am impressed that we are up to Book 15 and this series is still going strong. Not many authors or series can make that boast. That said, I eagerly await Book 16.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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