BROOKSVILLE, FL, United States | Member Since 2012
Wow. Coming back from the dead is hard, but for Harry Dresden it's like being tossed from the frying pan into the fire! He not only has new enemies to deal with, including his 'savior' Mab and her faerie co-horts, but old, unexpected enemies as well. There is a TON of action in this book, and Harry has to fight not only his enemies but his own newly-acquired Winter Knight power in the process. Harry, of course, being Harry, tries to keep his friends out of the fight, but, his friends, being who they are, won't hear of it, of course. The character progression of all the characters since his death is amazing - from Butters to Molly to Mouse.
James Marsters is a ...errr .. master with all the nuances of each character and makes the ride so very enjoyable. He is, and always will be, Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden.You can feel the emotions, hear the pain, the tears in his voice, hear the triumph and the fury. He pulls you into the story with his performance and literally makes it impossible to stop listening and, when you're done, you simply must listen again!
Despite all Harry has been through, this book only seems to demonstrate just how much further he still has to go. Everything has changed for so many of the characters - I can't wait to see where Jim Butcher takes our favorite professional wizard and his band of buggered next.
From time to time I've toyed with the idea of hiking the AT, but have never done any serious research on it. This book gave some great insight into the trail, the hardships and friendships and adventure of it. It was an enjoyable listen and I was sad when it was over. After listening to this book do I still think I'd like to hike the AT? ... ... probably not, at least not as a Through-hiker, perhaps a Section-hiker would be more my level of commitment.
The ideas and facts presented are interesting, but he doesn't go far enough. He tells us why whole grains don't live up to their reputation, but doesn't offer any real information about what to use as an alternative.
He doesn't say if there is anything that has been definitely shown to help with diverticulitis or that offer any of the other purported helpful benefits of whole grains. I learned quite a lot about whole grains, including the anti-nutrients in them and arsenic in rice, but would've liked to hear what he recommends instead.
In addition, the sarcastic tone of the author can be a bit overwhelming. If you aren't ready to hear this negative news about whole grains, if you are a whole grain believer, then his tone isn't gonna win you over and keep you listening.
In addition, it's odd to hear an American narrator using Australian slang. Might've been better with an Australian or UK narrator.
I'd been told and read that the end of this series was 'bad', so I was prepared for the worst. I have a pretty good imagination and enjoy angst, so I was ready to really cry, to see lots of deaths and dismemberments, but that didn't happen. I suppose what bothers people are so many open story lines left hanging, but the ending of the book wasn't nearly as bad as I'd heard and was, in fact, it was a hopeful and happy ending in my view. It gives us a chance to use our own imaginations to write the 'final' endings for all the characters.
James Marsters is perfect, as usual, with his performance. His mastery of all the voices and accents is amazing! The story itself could've used a GIANT dose of angst, especially near or at the end. There should've been tears; there weren't. I still enjoyed it, but I think the ending could've been better.
For me, yes. I have both, actually, but the print version can get quite bogged down in the details which are important to show the research done, but not necessary to get the point across.
Realizing that our government has been, and continues to, lead us in the wrong direction regarding our health.
Much too long and too much to digest for 'one sitting'.
THIS IS A MUST READ / MUST LISTEN for everyone, regardless of your health, weight, diet, etc. We have been given BAD ADVICE from doctors and our government for TOO LONG. Commonsense has been tossed aside. Low calorie diets are KILLING US!! This is a national epidemic ... perhaps worldwide, and no one has the stones to stand up and say, 'Hey! This isn't working!' Gary Taubes has the stones to say it and prove it.
Although at times repetitive, the data presented in this book is astounding and eyeopening! How did our country and our kids come to be hooked on salt, sugar, and fat-laden convenience foods? It wasn't by chance! And the most shocking thing is that the GOVERNMENT has helped the food giants all along the way. Well worth the listen!
I really didn't know anything about Carrie Fisher other than 'Princess Leia', so I was surprised by her dry wit, honesty, and ability to laugh at herself and her whole (mostly pathetically sad) life. This has definitely made me want to seek out more of her books. I found myself laughing out loud throughout. A jewel of a book. Well worth the listen.
Although this series started off with a couple of hiccups for me: so very many characters and plots to track, and fight scenes that seemed interminable, I stuck with it because I had faith in Jim Butcher, and he did not disappoint! This series only got better as it went along with wonderful character development as well as intriguing problems to be solved by the main hero.
My only complaint now is that I wish there was more! It certainly was left open for more books to follow, and I hope that happens. I will miss these characters. Jim Butcher made you feel for each and every one of them - even the anti-heroes, as he spun the tale and showed that most everyone thought they were doing the right thing, even if how they went about it seemed 'wrong'. Highly entertaining and imaginative story. Well worth the listen.
This series gets more intriquing and enjoyable with each book. Engaging and complex plots never let you get bored! Can't wait to see what happens next!
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