Aaaahh...where do I begin? It is early on a Saturday morning and could not wait to write this review (and I generally speaking I don't write many reviews). Jim Butcher creates believable characters (yes, I honestly like to believe that Harry, Karen, Molly, Mac, Thomas, Butters, Mab, Fix could exist), and weaves stories that take you on a ride that you never want to have to get off!
Harry Dresden is alive and just finished his conditioning/training as the Winter Knight. Mab gives Harry his first assignment...to kill her daughter! Though Maeve is a sick, evil, twisted being and probably deserves to die, Harry being Harry he questions authority! Before he will carry out that order he seeks to learn the truth. By fate or coincidence, Harry winds up with his old friends: Karen, Thomas, Andy, Molly, Butters, Bob, Toot-Toot, Mouse. Together they take one on a wild ride of battles between good and evil, with surprising new characters that you wouldn't imagine! I don't want to share too much because it would really take away from how this story unfolds. The story peaks to an ending that leaves you holding your breath...and then Jim Butcher leaves the door cracked open just enough for you to ask, "What will the next story bring?"
I love this series, and love the easy rhythm of Jim Butcher's writing...and, yet, I don't know if I could enjoy this audible story if someone other than James Marsters read it to me. I keep asking myself, is James Marsters Harry Dresden, or is Harry Dresden James Marsters?
Get on board the boat, and hold on tight...it's going to be a fantastic journey!
Yes! I've been recommending this book to everyone I know who loves audio books, who loves dogs, and who enjoy a good police mystery!
I loved primary characters: Scott and Maggie. I loved how both characters,though broken, managed to reconnect with each other, life and hope. Besides, the author did a heluva job making Maggie real to me...that's pretty remarkable since Maggie is a dog!
Yes, he's performed a few of Nora Roberts' books and I love the cadence of his voice and how he pulls you into the characters' lives.
I cried in opening of the book...where we learn about Maggie. My heart broke in the first chapter where Scott loses his partner. I found myself "talking" to the characters on my treadmill, as the story unfolded.
Buy it, use a credit...worth every moment of your time!
It's is tied for 1st place with The Dresden Files series!!! I love sci-fi and the far reaching stories. 14 takes you on a wild ride...so hold on for the twists and turns! Can't recommend this book enough!!!
The most memorable moment of the story was towards the end. I won't tell you what it is because it would ruin the story for you. I use audio books to get my workouts in every morning. This morning I found myself yelling at the characters and my pace on the treadmill got faster and faster...had to have been one of my better workouts!
I think this is my first experience with Ray Porter's performance and I think he did a fabulous job. He made all of the characters very believable, including the female characters. I would definitely listen to another book done by him.
There were several moments in the book that moved me. But I don't want to taint your enjoyment of listening to the story unfold.
I hesitated for a few minutes about using my credit(s) for this book. I'm SO GLAD that I decided to "buy" this book. Probably one of the most exciting and riveting stories I've listened to in a while. I love all of the stories I've purchased through Audible, but this one really stands out!
I love most of Nora Roberts' stories, even if they are all somewhat predictable. I love how the storyline includes informative education about search and rescue dogs and some basic tips on how to train dogs, though that is not the focus of the story. The characters in this story seem more real than the other stories, especially Simon (I think he is more like most of the men in the world). I find many of the sex scenes in Ms. Roberts' stories are more descriptive than they need to be, because many times those descriptions are not believable. This story does have a few love scenes, but are described in a way that leaves the imagination up to the reader. I enjoyed getting to know the characters, the side stories, and loved how the story unfolded and ended. I highly recommend this for your listening pleasure!
I have read/listened to many of Nora Roberts' books over the years, and never seem to get enough of the stories and characters she creates. The Witness is an engaging, easy listening, and sometimes humorous story. The reader is convincing as a teenager, then as an adult. I love how Julia Whelan was able to inflect different tones in her voice to portray Brooks (I can see him now), Sunny, Ash, Justin Blake and the other characters as well. Just imagine being the daughter of a control freak, witnessing a horrific crime at a young age, embracing the witness protection program as your "family", a life on the run, and then meeting people that somehow make you believe your life could actually be normal again...but the past is always looming in your thoughts and dreams and then they resurface as a reality. But can Liz/Abigail ever have a normal life again? Read the story and find out for yourself...you won't regret the time you spend in listening to this WONDERFUL story!
I stumbled across this series by accident. I fell in love with the books from the beginning. The writing is simple, engaging and believable. The characters come to life through the written word as well as the ASTOUNDING PERFORMANCE by James Marsters. Mr. Marsters is such a chameleon (thinking of him as Spike), but that image of him that falls away as reads these books as if they were HIM. I can so easily see this series in the form of a TV show, with Marsters being the lead character.
I like how Mr. Butcher develops his characters and describes the settings with just enough detail. The first book was good, the second even better...and the third (this one) is GREAT. Of course Harry Dresden is a wizard, though he does struggle with the hidden gifts of his talent. I think he struggles because he is still human, full of doubt and trepidation..not to mention quite a bit of skepticism. Bianca is a bad, bad vampire and what she does to innocents and Harry's friends...let's just say you need to read/listen to the book. The ending made me scream in my car...wanting more! I don't have any credits left this month so I guess I'm just going to have to buy the next book!
Mr. Butcher, please do not stop using James Marsters to read these books. Mr. Marsters please keep doing what you do!
The story of Katness, Peeta and The Hunger Games continues. I don't want to say much because I'm afraid to give away how this story evolves. President Snow is one evil man...cunning and shrewd, but no match for the sharp mind of Katness Everdine. But Katness doesn't get all the credit, because she has Peeta and Hamich. What...another game? The Quarter Quell is more exciting and blood thirsty than the Hunger Games. I can't recommend this series by Suzanne Collins enough!
The excellent narration by Carolyn McCormick will take you on an incredible journey. The story line is engaging and thought provoking and makes you wonder if this could happen. Though the relationships portrayed are a little predictable, you can't help but fall in love with Katness, Peeta, Prim, Rue and how they all intertwine. Well done! I look forward to the next one...
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