I've been listening to the Dresden Files back to back for seven books now and I continue to enjoy Masters' narration and Butcher's writing. If I had any complaint with the first books it'd only be the too far over-the-top Warden Morgan whose disdain for Harry goes beyond common sense and the confusing tension between our protagonist and Karrin Murphy whose attitude toward Harry warrants a punch to the teeth more than a kiss. With Karrin on vacation for this book and Morgan seeming to fall into line during Dead Beat this becomes one of the most enjoyable in the series. Imaginative, humorous, over-the-top with just the right amount of tension, Dead Beat is highly recommended.
After a fantastic first book, the second was a disappointment. This entry is bleak, slow paced and meandered along without purpose until I finally gave up on it three quarters of the way through. If you liked the original book, do yourself a favor and stay away from the second and third entries in the series.
Wow, what could have been a really great book is ruined by the incredibly slow pace. I like some detail and description, but this borders on silly. Every minute detail of the characters from the moment they wake up and brush their teeth to their cab ride home is told in excruciating detail. Couldn't make it through part one of two. If you are still interested, do youself a favor and listen the abridged version.
Putting aside all the regilious debate, I was confused after reading this book how this is considered appropriate for childen. Between the mean spirited parent characters, the kidnapping torture and death inflicted upon the children in the story, and the adult subtext, I guess I got something different than I expected here - which was a horrible, dark little story of the main characters journey. Didn't enjoy this one.
I've not written a review before but felt compelled to chime in and give Neverwhere 5 stars. A very enjoyable and imaginative tale. I haven't enjoyed anything quite this much since The Dark Tower. Gaiman did an excellent job not only with the book itself, but did an amazing job narrating this highly recommended book.
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