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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5839)
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    (5428)
    Story
    (5427)

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "Dresden and Marsters are back!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. The series is a wonderful blend of humor and humanity.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    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.


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

    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.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    See the memorable moment. Plus the entire Wild Hunt scene, where Harry fights a rather unexpected tubby guy.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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