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
Hi, I'm Westly from Northern California. I like funny vampire romance novels, fantasy kitchen sink, and a little vampire angst!
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.
I love the Dresden Files series, but I haven't even gotten through half of this audiobook production, and I'm irritated. I'm not sure if I will finish listening to this book, and I'm not sure if I will buy another audiobook in this series. The narrator has mispronounced a number of the words, and now I find that I'm just waiting for the next wrong word. I don't blame the narrator, I blame the company that produced it, cause they really should have caught this and had it corrected before it went into production.
"An EXCELLENT audiobook"
If you are reading this review, I assume that you have read/listened to the first two books in the Dresden files series (if not, you are well advised to do so as the books are linked and you wont get so much from them if not read in order).
\"Grave Peril\" is where the series really takes off (as Jim Butcher acknowledges in a brief intro to the audiobook). It is a darker, more complex tale with a storyline that simply hurtles along building to a terrific climax. The character, fantasy and back-plot development are very cleverly done, and the balance between the urban reality, as it were, and the fantasy is very well judged - an excellent story.
James Marsters brings it all superbly to life with another terrific piece of narration.
A five star listen if ever there was one - strongly recommended.
I am going to be bias, as I am a huge fan of Jim Butcher.
James Marsters really brings the character to life and makes the book and story alive.
"Clear your diary - not one for turning off"
My problem was I kept trying to listen to this audiobook in short chunks. It REALLY doesn't lend itself to a casual listen.
This is great noir detective fiction - complicated plot lines crossing over and re-crossing over as more information gets revealed; final dénouements that end up being not that final at all; great magical battles when you think that this time, Harry really, surely has had it after all ... hasn't he?? BUT, the drawback there is you do need to be able to put the listening time in. I kept just wanting to leave it on for another 5 minutes, then another 5, then another .. stuff just kept happening.
In the end I was "saved" by a 4 hr train ride to see my sister - 4 hrs each way that is. Which was fantastic! I finally had time to plug my ears in and listen to the whole thing in pretty much one go. If you're looking for a book you can just put on in the background and listen too with half an ear, this is not it. Too exciting. Too many plot twists. Needs to be given the attention it deserves.
"Entertaining but Exhausting"
I am new to the Dresden Files so I haven't listened to the rest of the series yet.
I enjoyed the story, but I found the book a bit exhausting. It's like watching an action film that is non stop action for hours and hours. I think I needed just a little more 'down time' (for want of a better phrase) where we get to know the characters a little better. I am no writer but the 'down time' in stories helps build up to the exciting action scenes.
Good Narration and I will definitely listen to the next book before I give up on this series.
"Another book in a good series"
Book 4 in Jim Butcher's The Dresden File series, Grave Peril has vampires, fairies and other assorted deities playing with the lives of ordinary people. I am new to this author and, as I am reviewing book 4, it should be clear that I am impressed. It has been good to find a series of books, well written and enjoyable, that maintain my interest and keep my wondering what is going to happen next. I would recommend this series- each book could be listened to as a stand alone but would be more enjoyed if read in order.
"Loved every minute of it!!!!!"
Everything about this book is brilliant. I really hope Butchers form continues throughout the rest of the Dresden Files. The story gets better and better the further in you go. I cannot recommend this book enough or give it a review to do it justice.
"Marsters just getting into his stride"
I feel that this is the first book of the series the Marsters is taking on the oile of 'Harry Dresden' he really takes up the part well. Actually brings back a lot on how the series went from when I read the books & I'm actually looking forward to listening to the other books in the series. Top notch book & top notch narration by Marsters. 4 stars from me, if he does 'Changes' so well it'll be 5
I just wanted to echo everything Tom said above (excellent review). I'm new to the whole Harry Dresden saga - I've now read three of them and have loved every single minute of each of them - i cannot wait to send more of my monthly credits on hearing the next book.
Harry is a great wizard and the supernatural elements he deal with are fantastically portrayed. Harry is always trying to do the right thing and he's a great man despite all the wierd and wonderful things he has to do and the sacrifices he has to make.
BRILLIANT - get it - but I do agree - read it in order.
"Harry at his best"
The best Harry Dresden so far, not that the others are bad, they're not, it's just this is better, keep it up Harry I can't wait for more !
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