Honestly, I got this selection some time ago and liked it very much. Enough so that I keep checking for more from the author. But since it wasn't the best or worst I ever read I didn't review it. With all the recent bad reviews tho I felt compelled to correct my lapse. Like I said, this is a very good book. But don't try to compare it to Southern Vampire, Anita Blake, or other similar series. The author has taken a fresh look at vampires and weres and like many other recent entries in the genre done a fair amount of... shall we say 'pick and choose' with the 'rules' that govern these creatures. No, it is not a selection that will rivet you to the headphones but I don't think it should be passed by either.
One item of note. Many of the other reviews hammer on the sex scenes in this book. They are there, and they are (fortunately or not) becoming a standard for the genre. However unlike recent Anita Blake novels (which I also enjoy) they do not overwhelm and consume 50%+ of the book. If you don't care for this primal aspect I suggest you look to another genre.
Ghost Story is a critical turning point in the story of Harry Dresden. Many important questions are answered and many new questions are asked. It is in fact such a critical work in the series that not having James Marsters is insane. John Glover may be a top narrator but there was apparently very little prep work done for someone stepping in to read the 13th book of a series. Words, names and terms used in the Dresden universe commonly were mispronounced. And presentation totally altered the perceived character of many. I would go so far as to say that in this case I would happily advance purchase a copy just to have it redone properly by James Marsters. However even with the flaws in John Glover's presentation this is a vital cant miss selection.
I love this series in print and was thrilled to see book 1 in Audio. In the past I have been let down by the audio version of a book I really liked as a result of narration quality or simply a narrator who's voice talent does not fit the topic. I am thrilled to say that neither is the case here. Whitener has taken the persona of Jack Fleming as his own in a way that truely brings the tale to life. My only complaint is that with 10 books so far in the series we have not seen any more of them here in Audio.
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