This felt like the longest book I've ever listened to and that's saying something considering I've listened to "War and Peace" and several other nearly as long. Melville gives an in depth look at whales and whaling circa 1850. While some of this is interesting, it is also a bit dry, like listening to a text book at times. I abhor violence against animals, which made this book an odd choice for me and made it difficult to listen to the descriptions of whale hunting. I wanted to read it anyway to see how Melville handled attitudes towards the whales the morality of the hunt. I was not wholly satisfied on that regard.
Hootkin's performance was excellent, breathing life into what could have been a very laborious listen.
Harry is dead but he's not gone. He can walk through walls and cannot be seen or heard. Yet he manages to help his friends while solving his own murder, leading a band of Chicago's worst criminally insane ghosts in an assault on the corpse-takers lair.
John Glover is not James Marsters. I listened to about an hour, then put it aside. The switch in narrators was too much for me. After a few months I went back to it and between mentally preparing myself and running the audio at 1.5x, I began to enjoy the story and to forget that Marsters was no longer doing the dialogue.To be fair to John, he did a good job. By the time I was halfway through had completely accepted him as the voice of Harry Dresden.
Excellent story, one of the better ones. Initially I did not like the direction it was taking. I didn't see how Butcher could weave an interesting tale with our hero in non-corporal form. He pulled it of masterfully. I can't wait for the next in the series
Like many others, I listened to "Lonesome Dove" and loved it and wanted more of the story. This prequel, while entertaining, is a bit disappointing. Gus is one dimensional interested only in whores and it's hard to see how he would develop into the accomplished Texas Ranger we meet in "Lonesome Dove".
There is a lot of emphasis on torture and unpleasant death but I didn't find that to be as bad as some other reviewers do, though and lot of bad things and not much positive happens to the heroes in this one.
Near the end of the book, Mcmurtry changes style and suddenly we get Buffalo Hump and other Comanches in the first person where it had been third person throughout, which just struck me as odd.
I have to agree with one of the other reviewers on the ending. The ending is ludicrous and stretches the readers credulity beyond the breaking point.
Still, I did generally enjoy the story and it's worth it in any case as the first chronologically in the series.
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