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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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    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 2015

    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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    Caleb Heindrich Fort Collins, Colorado, USA 12-22-14
    Caleb Heindrich Fort Collins, Colorado, USA 12-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Whispery voice gets a bit old"
    Any additional comments?

    Grave Peril suffers on a revisit. Having listened to every book in the Dresden files thus far, the performance in this novel feels muted, like James Marsters was whispering through the entire narration. It gets better when he speaks up, which does not happen often.

    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 1 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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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 04-23-14
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 04-23-14 Member Since 2009
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    "It's not getting any better"
    What did you like best about Grave Peril? What did you like least?

    I liked the narrator best, he always does a good job and really acts out the characters. The thing i liked the least was the story which was just like the other books.


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    Yes this is the third Dresden book I listen to, since it is the third in the series. They are all structured the same. Harry is in trouble, Harry doesn't know why, Harry gets hurt, Harry fights, Harry finds out who is behind all the trouble, Harry wins.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He becomes Harry and really acts out his emotions.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 03-05-14
    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 03-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Still loving Dresden"

    *Book source ~ Purchased from Audible

    Harry teams up with Michael Carpenter, a Knight of the Cross, when the ghost world starts going haywire. Something is stirring up the spirit world and Harry is determined to figure it out and put it to rights, if at all possible. Because nothing is worse than spirits gone wild.

    Guest reviewers:
    A ~ my 16-year-old daughter
    T ~ my 14-year-old son
    K ~ my 13-year-old son

    We meet some new characters in this book, ones the kids hope will continue on in the series. Everyone loves Michael and his sword Amoracchius. Actually, I think they just like any swords, but Amoracchius does have special abilities since it has a nail from the crucifix in its handle and not just any Tom, Dick or Harry can wield Amoracchius. Thomas, a vampire of the White Court, is also turning out to be a cautious favorite. The kids do not like Harry’s faerie Godmother, Leanansidhe, who is a Sidhe of the Winter Court. T said she is a ‘B’ meaning beyotch which I can say and he is not allowed until he’s older. Father Forthill is another favorite. A thought the Nightmare was a very interesting character and the barbwire spell was pretty cool if nasty. T & K thought the Nightmare was a nasty baddie.

    The plot was twisty enough to keep them interested in the proceedings and the description of the Nevernever wasn’t quite what they expected. A said she thought it would be more like the Nether (from the game Minecraft), but overall it was pretty cool.

    Favorite part: When Harry goes to the Bianca’s Vampire Masquerade Ball dressed as a vampire including fake fangs. 2nd favorite: When Harry encounters the Nightmare in his dreams.

    Favorite quote:
    “Holy sh*t," I breathed. "Hellhounds."
    "Harry," Michael said sternly. "You know I hate it when you swear."
    "You're right. Sorry. Holy sh*t," I breathed, "heckhounds.”

    Bring on Summer Knight!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 03-04-13
    Dr. Curmudgeon Cow Hampshire 03-04-13 Member Since 2008

    Doctor of misanthropy

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    "Another strong book in the series"

    I have to say that I HATE fantasy, but I LOVE Harry Dresden. Leaves me open to a lot of "I told you so" sniggering from my friends who are fantasy fans.

    Well Dresden is worth that indignity. I love the characters that he builds across the series, I love the humor, and I especially love Bob and the choice of Marsters as the lector.

    I've been listening to these out of order, and each one, including this one, have left me sitting in the car listening, long after reaching my destination.

    This, or any of the other Dresden books are well worth the expenditure of a credit. Just do it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CC 01-30-13
    CC 01-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I Really Wanted to Like This Series"

    After seeing all the great reviews, coupled with the fact that it is narrated by James Marsters (who narrates expertly), I really wanted to like this series and actually purchased most of the series on Audible.com when it was part of a really good sale. Unfortunately, I just can't get into it.

    This is the 3rd book in the series and in the first two I was so sick of the same thing over and over again - the police would ask for Harry's help, then suspect him of the crimes, detain him by locking him up in some fashion, and finally Harry would have to do something crazy, almost get himself killed, but eventually he saved the day. Oh, and he always put Murphy's life in danger. It drove me crazy that Murphy would ask for Harry's help and inevitably she would not trust him and consider him the perpetrator of what ever bad thing is going on at the time. It got old. There is MUCH less of Murphy in this book, but I unexpectedly found myself missing her.

    There are many players in this book and it was difficult for me to keep track of who is who. It seemed odd to me that Michael and Harry seem to be a long-ago formed team that typically conduct "business' together, yet I don't remember Michael from the first two books. I also had to keep reminding myself which character was Lea and which was Lydia. Then when Rachael is brought in at the end, I wondered if I was really supposed to remember her. Kyle and Kelly (I think) are another example of characters brought back in to the story and yet I couldn't remember how they fit in at the beginning of the story. It was all too confusing.

    I have enjoyed many books in this genre, but I just don't think I can do it with this series. I will be really surprised if I listen to any more of this series, and that is upsetting since I already purchased a lot of them.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Mr. J. Ambler
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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
  • Mir
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    "Never a dull moment!"

    I wasn't much impressed with Storm Front (book 1) and had originally given up on the Dresden Files after a disappointing first dose. However, being a bit stumped as to what to listen to I decided to try again. Reading a previous reviewer advising that skipping book two was okay I launched into Book 3 instead. Thanks to that review, I am now hooked on Harry Dresden... and yes, if you're a newbie - Book 1 is essential (although not that great a book), so you have a grounding in the characters but as I found skipping book 2 didn't put me at a disadvantage story-wise at all. Book 3's story does run straight into 4, so don't skip that one as you will be a bit lost.

    Grave Peril is a great mix of detective noir, the supernatural (werewolves, vampires) in a magic mix (witches, fairies and monsters). The detective genre, action and it's setting in a modern day grounds it for me (otherwise, I don't think I could stomach the "tinkerbell" pizza-crazied fairies). This is pulp fiction and should be enjoyed as such. It's a fun, light, action-packed and pacey page-turner with a sprinkling of knowing humor. Don't expect a literary masterpiece, but treat it like an entertaining, fun roller-coaster ride and when it's over you'll find yourself instantly missing it and wanting another ride.

    I really enjoyed this and have already bought tickets for my next few Harry Dresden misadventures.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
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    "Bigger and Badder"

    It is official, I am now hooked

    Story – 5/5

    Just as I was told by friends, this is where the story becomes a lot more epic. Jim Butcher has taken this from a detective story into all out battles, politics and plots between different factions in the supernatural world – vampires being the most prominent in this book. This goes to show that epic and urban fantasy sub genres can indeed be mutually exclusive.

    There is a huge amount of exciting action with fear, humour, and intrigue throughout. I think Butcher does an excellent job in making us worry for the main cast, especially given that first person narratives tend to trivialise danger. This, in my eyes, makes him a masterful author.

    Each of the existing characters develop nicely again, with some more characters adding to the fray (also very likeable). Jim Butcher’s characterisation is also amongst the best I have come across.

    If you have read books 1 and 2, and you are not sure whether to continue, give it until the end of book 3 first.

    Performance – 5/5

    James Marsters is an absolute star, his addition to the Dresden audio-books is perfection, as he reflects the character superbly, and he develops the story, and the rest of the main characters very nicely throughout the series. A lot of other reviews say “James Marsters IS Dresden”, and after 2 audio-books, I have to agree. His voice acting is distinctive and he portrays Dresden’s mood and the pace of the story extremely well.

    Not many narrators get 5/5, but James Marsters definitely makes the cut.

    On a side note, to those who aren’t aware, James Marsters is the guy that played Spike in Buffy the Vampire slayer according to a colleague of mine. Just in case you are a particular fan…

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • 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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