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Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3 | [Jim Butcher]

Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

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

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    ann braintree, MA, United States 02-25-13
    ann braintree, MA, United States 02-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it has adventure as well as humor. Great mix.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    James Marsters just keeps getting better and better!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 02-25-13
    Mike 02-25-13
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    "Another outstanding Dresden Files read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Grave Peril to be better than the print version?

    No, just different


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes. Jim Butcher always does. He makes Harry Dresden and his world come alive and you really care about the characters.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters does a fantastic job of bringing the voices of the different characters come alive.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    His books always make me smile and want to know what comes next. You can't help but want the story to continue immediately..


    Any additional comments?

    Worth hearing the entire series from beginning to end over and over again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Littleton, Colombia 02-24-13
    Jennifer Littleton, Colombia 02-24-13 Member Since 2014
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    "The Dresden Series Becomes a Classic"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Jim Butcher really hit his stride in this book. The writing is excellent, James Marsters makes the characters come alive so much so that I can't imagine reading the print version of any of this series from here out.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna 02-24-13
    Breanna 02-24-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Ghosts and Vampires"

    Ghosts and Vampires mess with Harry Dresden and his friend Michael Carpenter a.k.a. the Fist of God and Kight of the Cross. My money is on Harry and Michael.

    In this installment of the Dresden Files you learn about some shady business that leads to more trouble for Harry down the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" Arlington, TX, United States 02-23-13
    "unknown" Arlington, TX, United States 02-23-13 Member Since 2014

    A long commute audio listener

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    "Good story and great narrator"

    This is a good story, narrator makes it interesting. Holds your attention. The books are good too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David edmonton, AB, Canada 02-12-13
    David edmonton, AB, Canada 02-12-13
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    "Grave Peril"
    What made the experience of listening to Grave Peril the most enjoyable?

    Aside from the amazing story, hilarious writing and unforgettable character, James Marsters is one of the best audio book narrators I have come across.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Seminal in works of Urban Fantasy and my first introduction onto the genre however the story was really interesting and engaging, I really love the mixture of fantasy and mystery set in a contemporary setting.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Second only to Jim Dale in stellar voice acting


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for Fantasy goers of all kinds as well as anyone else looking to read outside their comfort zone and explore something really amazing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Rocky Mount, VA, United States 02-08-13
    Thomas Rocky Mount, VA, United States 02-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Whispered murmers"
    What would have made Grave Peril better?

    Someone to read above a whisper.


    How could the performance have been better?

    Have someone else do it. I don't listen to books in a absolutely silent environment, which you need to do to hear all of this very poor performance. I had to strain to hear a lot of this story, turning the volume to full, only to be blasted when the reader briefly switched to a normal tone. This was not an enjoyable listen.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    May have been enjoyable if read by someone else.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. Cyr 02-07-13
    K. Cyr 02-07-13

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    "It Just Got Real"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I'm partial to Bob, though Michael was surprisingly likeable despite his hard-core Christianity. Points to both the author and the reader for making him such a deep character.


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    Wes United States 02-02-13
    Wes United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like the Dresden books then you will love the audio books. James Marsters is a fantastic reader. He really adds a "real" feel to it. You can definitely feel the emotional intent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Grave Peril?

    There are many!


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Marsters brings the emotional side of things. He conveys Harry's sarcasm as well as his compassion! It is a pleasure to see him grow as an audio book reader. I am on the 4th book now and he only gets better!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh several times. I did not cry but felt Harry's distress in the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    It is a great series with a great reader!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-31-13
    Jennifer Fort Wayne, IN, United States 01-31-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Another fun listen"

    Marsters is the perfect narrator for this series! I love that Harry gets into so much trouble all at once. The new characters make the story richer. These books are not particularly intellectually stimulating, but are perfect for when I'm in the studio working.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    12/30/09
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • lisa
    Witney, United Kingdom
    3/12/12
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    "Outstanding"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • EC W
    Hove, United Kingdom
    3/15/14
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sophie
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    1/17/14
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Little Miss Happy
    London, United Kingdom
    2/25/10
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    "Fantastic!"

    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.

    Nicolina

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Turnbull
    7/22/15
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    "Great"

    Great, another enjoyable addition to the dresden files. Marsters as good as ever. Recommend it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    OMAGH, United Kingdom
    7/17/15
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    "A ripping good yarn."

    loved this story. all in the series are good and are best read in order.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lynn
    UK
    7/12/15
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    "Fantastic reading of a superb book"

    Having read all of the Dresden files I discovered James Marsters truly excellent readings.
    I'm now on my second listening of the series a couple of years later and they are still great.
    In this story we hear more of vampires and meet Thomas for the first time.
    Can't wait to start the next one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • James
    4/24/15
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    "Loved it"

    Just simply awesome. Story was great and gripping. Narrator keeps doing a fantastic job. I would recommend this book to everyone I know

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. J. Ambler
    UK
    1/31/15
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    "Best yet..."

    There should be a sixth star for mr marsters. Superb book, sublimely read. Loved every second of it.
    Butcher's books were superb when I first read and re-read them, this recording further enhances it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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