Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry. His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken.
©2001 Jim Butcher; (P)2004 Buzzy Multimedia
This is an enjoyable adventure with a nice twisty plot and nice twisty characters, but someone needs to tell this poor narrator that, for example, "runes" is not pronounced like "ruins." He also consistently mispronounces "writhed," "wretched," "demesne" and a few other fairly basic words. His voice has a wonderful timbre, but his inept grasp of spoken English is continually irritating.
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This is where James Marsters' narration really takes off. It's almost like the sound guy woke up in the booth and started taking note of how to adjust the volume, and background noise.
Mr. Marsters provides an EXCELLENT Harry Dresden. He delivers the lines with the wonderful sarcasm, the breathy laughs, and delightful accents that bring the characters to life. Jim Butcher paints some beautiful scenes, and writes Harry as a very human character. Where as a buff dude from a Hollywood blockbuster would stoically set his jaw and soldier on, Harry breaks down and cries, he hurts, laughs, and grows angry in the most human ways, making him a very sympathetic character.
I've enjoyed the books, and have just purchased book 4. Urban fantasy is one of my favorite subjects, and the Dresden Files is set pretty much in my old hometown (I hope it gets its mention!)
I look forward to continuing this series!
Im a machinist. Listening to audiobooks at work get me thru my day. I listen mostly to mysteries but also like sci-fi and spy thrillers
Jim Butcher talks at the beginning of this book and says that a lot of fans say that this book is really where the series begins to take off. He couldn't have made a truer statement. This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. As far a suspense goes, this book doesn't stop, every time you think something is resolved it just blows back up but not in a dull or typical way. The intensity never lets up at any point and even the last sentence in the book is a perfect fit. If you only mildly enjoyed the first or second books then please don't quit there give this series one more shot and you will be hooked!
Funny, but too contrived. There was always something else happening that the main character just didn't see coming. It was as if the author had ideas for five plots and tried to cram them all into one book. Thanks for the laughs, but I don't think I'll come back for seconds.
I love both the Dresden Files and Codex Alera series. Jim Butcher writes books that keep me glued to my iPod. This book was adventure from the start to the end. Not as much humor as the first 2 books, but tons of adventure. I am just downloading book 4 right now.
The first book was ok. I was a little disappointed but decided to keep trying. The second book was better and I really liked the 3rd one. To me, he started off in the first book as somewhat of a bumbling, untalented wizard but now he has earned up to his reputation. I look forward to more books
First my comments about the book itself, then more about the narration.
I would give the book 4 stars. Jim Butcher is a great storyteller but just an OK writer. If Harry exclaims, "Hells bells!" or if Murphy yells, "Dammit Harry!" one more time I might scream some obscenity myself. But there are compelling characters and the story itself is engaging and entertaining.
The narration is a roller coaster ride for me. James Marsters does some great stuff - he is the reason I decided to listen to these books as opposed to reading them. He breathes life into the characters and in particular does the female characters well. But I think sometimes he's acting instead of narrating, and there is a difference. It's especially noticeable when Harry is ruminating over something, just a lot of lip smacking which is a really unpleasant sound especially if you're listening with earbuds - which I am. There were moments, especially in the first two books, when I seriously wondered if he was chewing gum. It's a little better in this book but comes back in full force for the fourth book. I'm not entirely sure this is a narrator issue, it could be poor engineering though I've heard some pretty low quality audiobooks and have never heard lip smacking like this. Sometimes it bothers me more than others, at its worst it distracts me from the story.
I was hooked on this one during my first listen, to the point where I refused to stop listening during work, but the next couple of times through I found my self just skipping to the high points of action and moving along. Once you know the next clue and the new twist it's a little lackluster. All in all this one has the feel of being so false and wild that it must be true. I guess that's why I got soo hooked during the first time through. Although the fact that I've listened to it 4 times since can only add to it's credit.
Harry is at it again, getting into trouble, taking his friends with him and finding out that no matter what having a fairy godmother is nothing like the fairy tales.
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