James Marsters IS Harry Dresden. Leading up to the release of Cold Days I re-listened to the entire series. While the first two or three books had some annoying production/performance issues, Marsters masters (say that three times) the world by book 4 and now seems so effortless in his performance. I hope at some point the publisher decides to re-record Ghost Story - not that John Glover is a poor narrator...he's just not Marsters--not Dresden.
I'm going to attempt the review without spoilers, so I'll just say that my son and I who are obviously huge fans of the series were hoping that some of the ongoing plot lines would start to or be resolved. Instead, we are given more to keep track of! Hence the 4 stars and not 5 for the story. It is well known that there are to be 20-22 books in the series with a apocalyptic trilogy to end it. I'm scared that I won't live long enough to see how it all turns out! Especially with the way this book ended. And I swear I'll haunt Butcher and his publisher if that happens! That said, we do enjoy making guesses--not that either of us could have predicted this one! (see no spoilers)
Overall, it's a great read and I'll give it another listen in the next few weeks because I always miss something and there are sometimes some foreshadowing of what's to come. I didn't really realize this until I listened to the series back to back leading up to this release.
Finally, please Mr. Butcher, allow Harry some respite here and there, a little happiness, love or at least some nookie to balance the constant battling!
In general the story is engaging and suspenseful. The performance is just alright. Romantic scenes are read like a recipe - boooring! And I've just started the second with an even less than adequate narrator. A few minutes in and absolutely no differentiation between characters. So annoying! Don't know why a female narrator was selected since most characters are male. Sheesh. Who makes these decisions and do they read the books first???
I love the skin walker series so had high hopes for this one. I think the performance is so lacking by Gold that much of the story is lost. She has many mispronunciations, very little differentiation between characters' voices making it difficult at times to know who is speaking and doesn't catch what I suspect is the subtle humor of the author which is abundant in the other series. This is a much darker fantasy than the other series but I think if I choose to continue i'll just read the e book. Not sure I'll even finish it.
A completely different narrator.
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