Hearing the Characters as the voices should sound. All the respect to John Glover, he did a fantastic job. But after 12 books with James Marsters it was like a cold unpleasant shower hearing Mr. Glover's rendition during Ghost Story. I'm very happy that James Marsters is back.
I guess I'm most shocked at the arc that Mab took during the story. She's still not exactly a sympathetic character, but we find out that there is a whole heckuva lot more about her than just "mean powerful woman obsessed with Harry". She has much more depth now in my mind. I also have to mention Molly. I've always loved the relationship Harry and Molly have developed and now I'm super excited to see where it goes from here. But holy cow... can you even imagine what Charity is going to say?
I read the hardcover first. After listening to James read 12 books to me the voices are indelibly stuck in my head. It's like a comfy house coat and big fluffy slippers when James reads Harry. It's just not right without him.
Harry's Back! And Hell has frozen over!
I'm glad Mr. Butcher brought James Marsters back. And I'm also glad he is more efficient than some other Fantasy Novelists out there (*cough* G.R.R. Martin *cough*). Even so, I crave to find another Modern Urban Fantasy that approaches the enjoyment level the Dresden Files have always given me. And I am already eagerly looking forward to book 15! I hope the series never ends! Long Live Harry Dresden!
There was a comfortable familiarity to it because of the voice actors. I've put many enjoyable hours into the Ender audiobooks and these two voices were the same actors (or were very similar - I have not checked the names).
The scene in the National Library (Is that what it's called?). I really enjoyed the parts where he was discovering new capabilities.
Switching voices makes a very nice way to transition to different characters. The voice actors are good at what they do and the transitions were smooth and because of the different gender/actor much more obvious than would otherwise be.
The boy who wasn't there...
The "magic system" is quite unique (in my experience). And it was a very nice change. I've read a lot of fantasy and it was nice feeling like I was discovering something new again. I'm not sure I've felt that way about a new fantasy novel in a very long time. I eagerly await the next installment in the series.
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