-Marsters is back
-Storyline more intricate than previous books
-Clincher at the end changes the series up nicely
-Dresden's character development
-Main character and other key characters moving out of their traditional roles
As stated above, the previous narrator, while not bad, was not marsters and the cocky Harry is back in the seat rather than the somewhat subdued inquisitive Harry. This provides for a much more entertaining listening experience that provides for a "Cant put it down" sort of read through.
On a sour note, the character development is good and bad. With much chaning the series seems to becoming something else, which is not bad. Like all other power-mongering novels or series. Dresden faces the very real threat of becomming TOO powerful, which spoils almost every major Hero story in the long run. It usually goes something like this:
Harry develops and is therefore stronger
Bad guys get stronger - > Explosions get bigger
Harry develops and is therefore stronger
Bad guys get stronger etc...
Until the entire world / city / landscape / (pick your own object) is destroyed utterly or the number of enemies that are at his level are so few that there would never be anyway to fight them.
Good overall moves (both in development and narration) i hop that Butcher has many, many more novels coming up!
- Good story
- Easy to keep track of whats going on
- Intriguing plot twists
- Exceptional main character
- Card does a lot of sexual (pre-pubescent) tension, not his thing
- Weird / kiddy feel to the book
Overall, card does a lot of kids books, so i kind of expected the cons, but it doesn't change the fact that the simplistic story and sexual tension is beyond weird for Cards writing.
Good book though, highly recommend any Card fans to read it, overall 4/5.
Book i good, narrator is okay, but isn't marsters
Different voice and inflections etc..
Narrator did better job than most change narrators. Not his fault
One of the best!
Laugh, definitely laugh.
Jim Butcher just keeps getting better, im now on the 12th book in this series and i wish there were a dozen more.
Mixing practical science fiction with pure fantasy so skillfully i cannot seem to tell when one ends and one begins. I've not seen the sort of skillfull articulation and practical speculation on secular things relating to the fae and magic in general.
In short Jim Butcher does such an excellent job hiding the seams that its as if this skillfull articulation between two genres is actually one.
James Marsters does an amazing job as well. With audio books it takes a definite amount of dedication to provide the reader with an adaquate experience and James does not dissapoint.
Great book, great series, he just cant write them fast enough.
The first three books were far better, the former (crown of swords) best yet.
Overall the plot is thickening nicely and it seems more intense than previous versions. As the characters age, the author performs excellent / artful character development.
Changed voices, accents, and various pronunciation errors between the previous version and this one spoils the story.
For the most part; however, most of the Ice and Fire books are 30+ hours, so i prefer multiple sittings!
Voice Actors: For the love of god, if you start a book, stay the same throughout the series. I've already abandoned 3 series because of the voice actor being incapable to decide how he wants to pronounce the character names.
Book is unique, intriguing, and well developed.
Something from the Nightside and the Nightside series by Simon R Green is so similar it's quite possibly criminal. Overall, both books have the private-eye story, both have the same nervously incompetant and absent-minded hero type charcter, both use magic, although Greens is far less developed.
While the books respective environments are completely different the storylines themselves and the characters are almost exactly identical. Green prefers the "Nightside" as an alternate realm, while Butcher prefers to combine the two into one weird reality. To my knowledge Butcher had the jump on green as far as copyright dates and i think that the copyright of this book has been violated in some minor way. While both are excellent books in their own right, i got the distinct feeling (call it deja vu) that Green ripped off Butchers work.
By standards of other readers, Marsters seems to accept mistakes made and does not record over them. Marsters seems to have trouble keeping up with the text and sometimes improvises to cover up a particularly noticeable mistake.
Hilarious book, makes you laugh and hooks you from the very start. The quirky main character and plot make it a must read.
Some elements of the plot are introduced spur-of-the-moment and seem almost after-thoughts, but overall an excellent read.
Adventure, Fun, Intrigue
Gavin because of the fate and tricks that were weved between the two brothers
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