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  • Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher
    • Narrated By James Marsters
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.

    Ethan M. says: "Thwarts Every Expectation - In a Good Way"
    "So glad that Marsters is BAAACCKK!"

    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!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redemption: The Penton Legacy, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Susannah Sandlin
    • Narrated By Angela Dawe
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    For vampire Aidan Murphy, life has never been so desperate. The vaccine used to treat a global pandemic has rendered human blood deadly to his kind, leaving them on the brink of starvation and civil war. In tiny Penton, Alabama, Aidan establishes a peaceful community of vampires and unvaccinated human donors. He dares to hope they can survive - until his estranged brother descends upon Penton and begins killing the humans. Determined to save his town, Aidan kidnaps an unsuspecting human.

    Robbie says: "Out of Nowhere..."
    "Performance average at best but story good!"

    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???

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Bloodring: Rogue Mage, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (12 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Faith Hunter
    • Narrated By Natalie Gold
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready

    In a near-future world, seraphs and demons fight a never-ending battle. But a new species of mage has arisen. Thorn St. Croix is no ordinary neo-mage. Nearly driven insane by her powers, she has escaped the confines of the Enclaves and now lives among humans. When her ex-husband is kidnapped, Thorn must risk revealing her true identity to save him.

    pewter says: "Bloodring Redux"
    "It may just be a subpar narrator..."
    Would you try another book from Faith Hunter and/or Natalie Gold?

    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.

    How could the performance have been better?

    A completely different narrator.

    Was Bloodring worth the listening time?


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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