Yes, I would listen again for two reasons: James Marsters, and because I simply enjoy Harry and company.
Idle question: Does Jim Butcher really think that far ahead, or is he simply good at making whatever situation he left in book 3 (or 5 or 7) work in book 14? His way of tying things together is just amazing!
I like Karin Murphy. Only a real human being would be so contrary as to deal with the unnatural situations she does without batting an eye, yet reject a more personal relationship with Dresden because "we're just too different."
Um, was there something to dislike? Mr. Marsters gives us Harry Dresden in weakness, power, confusion, arrogance, and sarcasm without any of it sounding forced. His delivery of the other characters in their various moments is not lacking either. Gotta love Toot-Toot!
The revelation of the Winter Lady. I leave it at that in case it appears to those who have not read/heard the book. Murphy is predictable, but this isn't, and I don't want to spoil anything.
OK, I get it, I do, Harry's not a player, socially speaking. But if something doesn't change soon, he'll be wearing monk's robes. Poor guy!
Yes, but only because I could listen to James Marsters for hours... and I have.
The plot is intricate yet the story personal, dialogue and action balanced by reflections and insights. Jim Butcher gives us real characters even in those that aren't human and makes them real through believable motivations and understandable reactions.
Always and ever Harry Dresden. It's his voice: his fears, his loves, his confessions, and his snarky comments, as appropriate. The villains and friends all are wonderfully written, but we really get to know them through Harry.
Although Maggie's awfully cute, too.
As I've said before, what's not to like? Mr. Marsters gives me aurally what I "hear" mentally when I read but, oh, so much better.
As usual, both. The most moving scene was between Dresden and Maggie, and the revelation of a new Knight of the Cross was a real surprise; I wanted to cheer aloud!
In Skin Game, Harry Dresden is placed in yet another impossible situation. Having to work with a really bad guy whom he despises under threat of soiling the rep of his boss Mab, working constantly to control the Winter Knight, and vying to do the right thing while still protecting those he loves. We get magic, strategy, luck, and even some divine intervention to make any of it come out right. Thank you for another wonderful reading and hearing experience.
Yes. Steven Brust presents an hierarchical world, based on genetic associations with fantastic animals, through the eyes and mind of Vlad Taltos, a human hero of sorts (he is an assassin, after all) in a society that ranges from arrogant haves to criminal have-nots (the criminals are more fun), with humans the ultimate underdogs.
Subterfuge and intrigue, spiced with magic and sorcery (not the same in this world), sneaky violence and bold mayhem in a medieval-ish setting with colorful characters and swashbuckling action. What could be better?
I read much of the series years (and years) ago. A rerun in audible form is most satisfying, and with Bernard Setaro Clark's reading, my memory of the tale comes to life in a most entertaining voice.
I was first drawn to the story by the concept of the mental connection between the human Vlad and his jhereg Loiosh, a small winged reptile companion/bosom buddy with a smart mouth, psionically speaking. I had read Anne McCaffrey's Dragonriders of Pern for much the same reason. With Brust, I get to enjoy the sarcasm and snarky comments that pepper the mental connection and often end with, "Shut up, Loiosh."
Bernard Setaro Clark captures the various voices very well. The jhereg a slight accent, boredom or contempt is nearly tangible in the tones of some Dragaeran characters; in short, each is distinct and notable. Good job.
John Lee, perhaps.
China Mieville, NO.
No. Although the idea was intriguing - murder mystery in strange cross-culture society - about half way through, I decided the F-word had been over-used.
Don't get me wrong, I'm no prude, but seriously? How many characters can one have that use the word multiple times in one sentence?
Lost the story to the language. My loss I'm sure, but there it is.
Non-dialogue narration is better than most I have heard so far.
Most of the foul-mouthed police-type authority figures, but then the story would be much shorter.
I had read Perdido Street Station, received as a gift, didn't like it much. Again, interesting idea, but the characters were too remote or too strange to relate to. It may have suffered from language as well, but such things are easier to gloss over when reading.
I tried this to give either the author or myself a second chance; apparently I am too dim to "get" the genius.
No to 3 of the 5 stories; too dark, too stark, or too military, with too few relatable characters. On the other hand, I have already re-heard the amazing narration of John Scalzi's piece.
I originally looked at this due to fond (30-yr-old) memories of Thieve's World, ed. Robert Lynn Asprin. The only similarity, really, is the collaboration of various authors within the loose confines of fictional place and culture, but when it works it can be very entertaining.
I'd have to re-read TW to be certain, but I'm pretty sure it was better, or maybe just more fun.
No, which is part of the reason I accepted the opportunity to listen to this for free, to experience different readers. I have been disappointed in some of my audio books because of flat delivery or unsuccessful rendering of different characters. Also, I think that for me, audible renderings of books written in first person is what works best.
I may have been spoiled by the Jim Butcher/James Marsters team, my first excursions into audio books.
But here I hit the jackpot: Alessandro Juliani is easily the best in this collection. His characterizations and conversational delivery are terrific. It is easy to distinguish between his characters in dialogue, and he keeps even the low-action passages interesting. Of course the story helps there, too.
Paying full price for this book would have been worth it, just to hear Mr Juliani.
As the lightest piece in the book, with the best performance, John Scalzi's story earned a few LOLs.
Thank you for the opportunity to test new waters without having to buy the boat, as it were. I appreciate the chance to explore new authors and narrators.
Apples and oranges. I love to read, always have, always will. Listening to a book is a recent thing for me, and I like it, too. If there is an advantage of one over the other, it's the voice of James Marsters. I am not ashamed to say that is why I started the series in the first place!
Perhaps one of J. R. Rain's, but the various characters and cultures Mr. Butcher presents have more depth, seem more possible, at least to me.
I love a book that can make me laugh out loud (with or without Mr. Marsters' excellent delivery, but I prefer with). Even Dresden's most serious situations seem to have a bit of the lighter side tossed in that still does not detract from the emotionally charged or life-threatening or frustrating tone of the scene. That takes a deft hand and Jim Butcher has it.
While I often appreciate comments that give a synopsis of a book, I would be lousy at it, so I'll simply say: I have listened to the first five books in the series, and have enjoyed each one. this is my current favorite, but only because I just finished it.
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