There are two stories here. The first is an interesting story about a book hunter tracking down a lost tome. The other is an anti-religious diatribe. The former is compelling, the latter is heavy handed and inaccurate. The way the author frames Christianity in the first 1500 years would lead a read to believe they were all pleasure hating masochists. It is in this obvious disdain for religion that his credibility as intellectual guide through the ages is compromised.
What could have make The Swerve better? Focus on the first story.
I enjoyed listening to the audio but the regular reader, James Marsders, was missed.
Harry has been on a long descent into evil. His "do whatever it takes" attitude is challenged in this book. His character's development in light of seeing what he leaves in the wake of his past destruction it interesting to follow. Also, Molly comes into her own in this book and that is a BLAST to watch.
Yes, but lets face it. The book is 18 hours long or something like that. One sitting is not an option.
It gets better. The first act of this book is depressing, and the changes at the end of CHANGES, book 11 in the series, are so dramatic it is hard to think there will be another book or that anything that even resembles Harry Dresden's world can remain. But at the end when the mystery is unraveled the book comes to a wholly satisfying conclusion.
I loved that this was a story written at the level of a teenager but it completely runs contrary to the sparkly vampire trend in YA. It was haunting and sad at times but always beautiful.
I would probably not listen to it again anytime soon, just because I have books I want to listen to that I have not gone through once.
His voice acting brought the story to life.
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