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
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.
Say something about yourself!
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.
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.
A less jumbled and convoluted plot which hinged on a more inventive premise.
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.
I liked the character of the knight.
Irritation at Jim Butchers attempts to force a love story into this book.
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.
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.
He becomes Harry and really acts out his emotions.
*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.
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.
“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!
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
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.
Doctor of misanthropy
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.
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.
I loved the entire book. Well written, lots of unexpected twists, lots of drama, perfect narration! If you're a Dresden fan, or just like fantasy/sci-fi or mystery novels, you will love it.
The plot was excellent. Emotional, dramatic, unexpected twists, perfect!
I honestly can't say. There were too many that I liked. It was really just an all around great book.
I'm picky about books. I love them, it of they don't capture my attention in the first few minutes, chances are I won't finish them. This book grabbed me immediate,didn't let go till the end, and left me wanting more. Excellent!
"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.
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.
"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.
"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…
"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.
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