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
Yes, it has adventure as well as humor. Great mix.
James Marsters just keeps getting better and better!
No, just different
Yes. Jim Butcher always does. He makes Harry Dresden and his world come alive and you really care about the characters.
James Marsters does a fantastic job of bringing the voices of the different characters come alive.
His books always make me smile and want to know what comes next. You can't help but want the story to continue immediately..
Worth hearing the entire series from beginning to end over and over again.
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.
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.
A long commute audio listener
This is a good story, narrator makes it interesting. Holds your attention. The books are good too.
Aside from the amazing story, hilarious writing and unforgettable character, James Marsters is one of the best audio book narrators I have come across.
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.
Second only to Jim Dale in stellar voice acting
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
Someone to read above a whisper.
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.
May have been enjoyable if read by someone else.
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.
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.
There are many!
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!
It made me laugh several times. I did not cry but felt Harry's distress in the end of the book.
It is a great series with a great reader!
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.
"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.
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.
Great, another enjoyable addition to the dresden files. Marsters as good as ever. Recommend it
"A ripping good yarn."
loved this story. all in the series are good and are best read in order.
"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!
Just simply awesome. Story was great and gripping. Narrator keeps doing a fantastic job. I would recommend this book to everyone I know
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.
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