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Grave Peril Audiobook

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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    D. Gunter martinez, ca, usa 04-11-13
    D. Gunter martinez, ca, usa 04-11-13

    the wanderer

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    "Engrossing story, beautifully read"

    The narration is expertly done, conveying Butcher's blend of black humor, drama, and suspense without swinging to extremes. Voices of the other characters are effortlessly distinct. My only criticism would be that there is occasionally a lack of contrast and energy in Dresden's internal monologues.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    janet 04-24-11
    janet 04-24-11
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    "OK book, Great reader"

    I keep trying Jim Butcher books b/c everyone that likes the same books I like recommend them so highly. But I'm afraid I just don't get it. Jim's books aren't horrible but they're not great either. This type of book is great for audio books since I can listen for the 1 hour commute to & from work then forget about it when I have better things to do.

    I have to confess to being an embarrassing fan-girl for James Marsters so that's the real reason I bought Grave Peril. Take that into consideration when I say he did a GREAT job. :) He really brought Harry to life and I loved the voice for Bob. I pretty much had that voice in my head for Bob while reading the first book.

    Even though I love James, I found myself drifting off while listening but then he would change the pitch of his voice and capture my attention again. With any other reader I would have given this book 2 or maybe 3 stars but because of James I gave it 4.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    S tucson, AZ, United States 04-01-11
    S tucson, AZ, United States 04-01-11 Member Since 2009

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Good Greeef !!!"

    This was a great Audio book and a fantastic Narrator. I was hooked on the book after the first 20 min. Great story line ( all tho a little long) and the narrator read with passion and excitement, great rendition.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "Now Butcher hits his stride."

    From here out the author has hit his stride. The stories and characters are top notch. I love Harry's evil faery God-mother. That means a lot as I normally despise and shun any books with faeries. The fact I actually like them and they are some of my favorite characters in Butcher's work says a lot for his skills. Great author and narrartor. You can't go wrong with this series.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 12-17-15
    green ice cream garden miramar, FL United States 12-17-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So confused, so much brooding"

    It feels like there is a book missing between 2 and 3. It took time to make the puzzle fit, and by that time the story was too complicated to make further connections and solve any mysteries. I didn't like the lack of Murphy. I don't enjoy that Harry blames himself for everything and broods eternally in this book - not out of character for him, but get over it! His girlfriend is beyond annoying. Harry, it's her fault too! She took her chances. I'm almost done now with book 4, and that one is better, which means I'll continue binging this series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Garrie 10-11-15
    Garrie 10-11-15
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    "I was lied too, bad mouth noises (speed 1.5x)"
    What did you like best about Grave Peril? What did you like least?

    The story only seamed so-so compared to the previous books. I felt like characters just popped up and a previous character I really liked was just missing from this book, which was unfortunate.


    Has Grave Peril turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Grave Peril has not turned me off to books in the genre as I greatly enjoy similar type stories, and if I had the time/ability to read the print (paper/eBook) versions I might have enjoyed this story (and the series as a whole) significantly more.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    I have listen to other things on Audible narrated by James Marsters's (e.g. his performance in "The Importance of Being Earnest") but this series of books is so horribly done by him that I get physically angry (scratch your nails on that chalk board one more time and you'll lose some fingers, type angry) at the thought of enduring his poor performance again.


    Could you see Grave Peril being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I think this story has been done too many times before in movies/tv shows, unfortunately for it to bring a significantly new and unique experience to the telling.


    Any additional comments?

    As the headline says, I felt lied too. I talked to many people who love these books (i.e. at cons - Butcher was at the last one I attended doing a signing, in my circle of friends, on first dates these books have come up in conversation) and I expressed my issues with the performance in books 1 and 2 and almost unanimously they said, "oh, Marsters gets better." Lies I say, LIES! Granted they might mean he is better by book 13 (at the time of this writing, 15.5 has come out).

    I scoured the reviews of this book looking for the tail-tail reviews about the mouth noises and if they were bearable or not and there were significantly fewer which made me think maybe he was getting better. After listening to the book, I think that the number of reviews reporting this issue was significantly because the people that are/were offended by the slurping mouth noises didn't purchase this book and had given up on the audiobook version of this series or the series in general (as I had).

    I ran across one review that suggested dialing up the listen speed to 1.25x to lessen such noises. Personally I dialed the speed up to 1.5x and it worked, well enough, but they were still there and there were still way too many of them; luckily they passed by fast enough it was not nearly as infuriating as before. There are a great many reviews that highly praise Marsters's performance suggested to me that just maybe Marsters and the few reviews that did criticize the performance might been being too picky. Having listened to the book myself I have wonder if people praising the performance had actually listened to it before they wrote their reviews.

    Sound engineers/directors everywhere, lets do the math:
    When your performer (in this cases Marsters) makes mouth noises in their performance you are limiting your audience and good will (willingness to push your product on their friends) from that audience to the people who can tolerate those horrible sounds. With the mouth noises removed your audience and good will increases the number people who will tolerate it (but wouldn't even notice if it's missing) by the amount of people that would be offended by said noises (i.e. something + something more is greater than something + 0 and much greater than something + negative feels about it). Granted you can't make everyone happy, but in this case by forcing your performer to do less slobbering the audience that enjoys the performance it will only increase because no one will know that those sounds could have (definitely should NOT have) been there.

    Conclusion:
    I thought I was done with the series after book 2 because of the poor performance and I should have stayed done because this book didn't grab me in any meaningful way (not the story, not the performance) to keep me interested in the series. My only interest in the series now lies in my friends that have listen to these and the Iron Druid Chronicles that want me to catch up in this series so we can talk comparatively about the two main characters (Atticus vs Harry - that's one heck of a debate/battle, I personally think they would get along with each other just fine). If I can summon up the will to try the next book in the series, I think I will have to go with 2x playback speed.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher 07-03-15
    Christopher 07-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "James Marsten has really improved"

    I've listened to the series up to this point (all narrated by Marsten), and while I think he has a great voice and is a wonderful performer, the first two books had some technical issues with the narration (heavy breaths, swallows, etc). This one was much better. Outstanding performance all around. Butcher's story is getting really good and I can't wait to read the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karlo 05-23-15
    Karlo 05-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better but not perfect"

    Story is still great and the narrator is more lively than previous books. The swallowing noises are less but still very apparent. The fault is solely on the audio engineer.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Fyler 11-05-14
    D. Fyler 11-05-14 Member Since 2014

    chocoholic

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    "Not the best of the first 3 novels in this aerues"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A less jumbled and convoluted plot which hinged on a more inventive premise.


    Has Grave Peril turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I will still try another Dresden novel. But if the next one is as poorly written and conceived as this one, I doubt that I will buy any more.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the character of the knight.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Irritation at Jim Butchers attempts to force a love story into this book.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 04-24-14
    Hassan 04-24-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "I Loved This Book!!!"

    Such a great listen it was... nothing goes easy with Mr. Dresden... I feel really bad for the guy... The challenges he went through weren't easy and how they ended were oh no moment.... Vamps are back and they really hate him so much.

    Narration was amazing, James Marsters is a good narrator, and he is really good expressing the emotions the characters goes through.

    What a good series is really good, got the fourth book already, and listening to it right now.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • 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

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  • Alan
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    "A ripping good yarn."

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

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  • Lynn
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    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!

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  • 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

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  • Amazon Customer
    LONDON, United Kingdom
    7/13/14
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    Enniscorthy, Ireland
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    "Loved every minute of it!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Grave Peril the most enjoyable?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Raymond
    London, United Kingdom
    5/21/10
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    "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 !

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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