After reading so many harsh and negative reviews of John Glover's performance of Jim Butcher's latest book - most vehement of which, were due simply to his existence as the narrator - I borrowed the book from the library and determined this would have to be a missing piece in my Dresden Files audiobook collection.
Then, Praise Be!, Audible included Ghost Story in a $4.95/book promotion and I took a chance. I knew I wanted to read it again - it's an intricate and nuanced story, and one that does much to advance the character and maturity of our hero as well as our understanding of the motivations behind his "passionate savior, bull in a China shop" approach to life. And it's so much more fun when I can do that while attending to life's boring necessities.
I am happy to report that I'm very glad I did. Knowing, now how I experienced Glover's performance, and for all of those out there sitting on the fence as I was, I would also happily use a full credit to purchase this book.
Whatever sense of betrayal and outrage there may be toward the publisher for pushing this production through to deadline and without an understanding of the attachment developed for James Marsters, I believe too much of it has been directed at and unfairly sullied John Glover's name and capabilities.
Glover is not Marsters. Okay. I get that. It is disappointing and I dearly hope that the remainder of the books in the series stay with Mr. M. In fact, I would still welcome and purchase a re-recorded version of Ghost Story with Marsters as narrator.
That said, I found that once I set my focus on the STORY, rather than on nitpicking every line for all of the many ways that Glover is not Marsters, I thoroughly enjoyed the book, forgot about Marsters for the most part, and even enjoyed experiencing the differences that a new narrator's skills brought to the listening experience.
To Penguin Audio, a clear message to respect the integrity of a series and its listeners above a deadline. But to any on the fence about purchasing THIS version of Ghost Story, I completely endorse it. I think John Glover did a great job, and took a huge professional risk to do it. Let's stop punishing him for that. Happy Listening!
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