Not much, to be honest. I listened the whole way through simply because I'd invested so much time in the other stories already. I spent most of my listening experience rolling my eyes and watching the timer count down.
Backing off on the campy, hokey dialog would have gone a long way towards improving the story. It just wasn't as strong as the first two books. I get that Kalen's growing sense of distance from the pack means there wasn't the same opportunity for the usual banter and wit that I enjoyed in the other stories, but this was just too much. Every time Malik opened his mouth I kept thinking, "it can't possibly get worse...". But it did. Hard to react appropriately to a bad guy's actions when you can't keep a straight face.
Yes. I really like Kirsten Potter in general but didn't care for this one at all. It was over the top, which was made all the worse by campy, predictable dialog.
Definitely disappointment. I loved the first two books! This one just fell way, way short. I hope the next one is better. One not so great book definitely isn't enough to throw me off a series, narrator or author I otherwise really enjoy.
Grace Grant does a fabulous job narrating this series, but the addition of Kirby Heybourne voicing Bennett, for me, took a lot of the enjoyment away. Grant speaks for Bennett wonderfully, but unfortunately it sounded like Heybourne took none of her development of Bennett into consideration while doing his part. It was almost like they were two different characters... I found it hard to pay attention to the story because the disconnect was so strong. You might want to consider the ebook instead for this particular story.
I only discovered Jim Butcher's Dresden Files ten months ago, but since then I've fallen totally in love with the series. I've listened through it all leading up to Cold Days twice, and I was so completely thrilled with the newest addition that I am DEFINITELY listening to it again!! Cold Days took me through a whole range of emotions and reactions. I got chills, I cried, I sat (quite literally) on the edge of my seat, even laughed. It's an amazing follow up to Ghost Story, WONDERFULLY written and narrated. I can't even begin to express how happy I am that James Marsters is back in the role of narrator. He voices Harry and the new path he's found himself on beautifully. Jim Butcher totally blew me away with this one. Again.
The way he voiced Harry in the beginning when Harry's whole world had been turned upside down versus the way he voiced him once Harry was back on familiar ground contributed to the overall tone of the story in such a fabulous manner. I spent the first several chapters of the book feeling edgy, just like Harry, and I know that's partially due to Jim Butcher's writing, and partially because of the way James was narrating it. Loved that.
If I thought I could have listened for 18+ hours straight, I totally would have. As it is, I devoured it - stayed up late, lost sleep, ignored my friends and family - until I was finished. Except for those last two hours. I had to stop and take a break simply because I didn't want it to end!
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