The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.
©2002 Jim Butcher; (P)2006 Buzzy Multimedia
Good story kept me listening I was always excited to find out what's happening next!
Definitely when the mystery is solved it keeps going you don't know how the good guy is going to come out on top.
Good reader brings interesting nuances to the characters.
So far, I think this has been one of the better books in this series
While some of the regular characters were in this book, they were far less present than normal, which seemed a bit odd. maybe they got edited out? I did think that the book flowed better, and it wasn't stale since it wasn't the same old formula, but maybe there is an even happier middle ground
Finally one of them that I enjoyed from start to finish. I have nothing bad to say about it. I love the involvement of the Fairies and their courts, the way the story was woven together to intermingle the various supernatural as well as Harry actually learning to work with people instead of blowing them all off. Well done.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Dresden is amazing.
It makes you laugh, cry, think and feel everything.
Once you get to the final book reread back and see how jim puzzled it all together
Butcher continues the excellent Dresden Files, & Marsters continues to improve as a reader, with fewer mispronunciations in this one & not too many strange timings & (thank heavens) only one or two long-suffering, heavy sighs, a frequent & startling feature of previous readings which did nothing to add to the story & made me want to write him & say "If reading books is so deadly dull, please stop it."
But I'm being maybe too critical. This is not one of my faves in the series, largely because it repeatedly red-lines on the Angst Meter with Harry wallowing in (undeserved) guilt about Susan's condition (he TRIED to get her to stay away; what should he have done, locked her in a closet?) & way too much sighing over The Great Lost Love Elaine (come on; they were hormonally saturated adolescents who spent their pubescent years boinking each other at every opportunity up til age 16; he's now in his 30s & still pining over her? I don't think so.)
Every time I listen to it I end up with headaches brought about by excessive eye-rolling. But I keep listening to it periodically, so it does have a lot to offer. As with all the books in this series (up to Dead Beat, far as I've listened so far) Marsters is at his best when voicing oddball characters --his pixies are hilarious & other non-normals are equally brilliant. His presentation of regulars settled down by the second or third book, & he's definitely the Voice of Harry. Tho his voice changes dramatically between Summer Knight & Death Masks: I wonder if they got new production equipment, or what.
On a side note, I first learned about Harry from the extremely short-lived TV series of The Dresden Files, which I really, really liked. I will forever see the actor as the face of Harry. & I much preferred the actress who played Murphy to the relentlessly cutesie character of the book. If you've got a little over 4 hours to sit in front of the 6 episodes, ya might want to check it out.
Kept me guessing!
It really did...I was so involved with the carry-over of Harry's emotions from the last book, the introduction of the "White Council," great characters both new&old, and Harry's newest "case" that I was both fufilled and left wanting more when it ended!
If Harry Dresden was a real person...I could imagine him to be just as James Marsters portrays him. Fav!
Loved the long-overdue meeting between Harry and Murphy...and the meeting location...lol!
I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.
Let me start by saying that im glad i decided to read the dresden series. It is a fun one. Harry is a likeable character and there plenty of action and supernatural vibes going on for us paranormal lovers. Im pretty new to urban fantasy and actually read the Iron Druid Chronicles first and must say i may prefer those to these. they are definately not the same cut though. These do require us to suspend disbelief but no so much as TIDC and harry is forced to work more within the bounds of reality.
I am currently on book eight of the dresden series and these books have gotten better with each novel. Book one and two were just eh for me and i left to read something else. Book 3 and 4 were better and started to get good. they were good enough to keep me thinking about them even as i read other stuff. Finally at book 5 they hit their stride and im now a full fledged Dresden fan. Book 7 was my favorite so far and Im in it for the long haul.
due to this cold I have had in the last 24 hours I haven't strayed to far from my bed unless responsibilities have required me to do so. So I have listened to the 4th Dresden file on audio book and thought about getting the 5th regular book because I know I cannot afford the next audio book st this time, however the man that does the reading does it so well that I don't like just reading them anymore. James Marsters you have ruined the books for me.
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
James Marsters' narration of this series is pitch perfect, and this sample is an excellent demonstration of the talents of both writer and narrator. It rained toads. Let me say that again. It rained TOADS, great big slimy TOADS! And, of course, things don't get any better or easier for poor Harry. If you have not yet started this series about Harry Dresden, Chicago's only consulting wizard/private eye I can strongly recommend it. It's also an excellent one to start on audiobooks thanks to Marsters' wonderful work.
As a fan of the series and of James Marsters, I was sadly disappointed with this title. I gave it a lot of chances and listened diligently, but the story never really caught my imagination like some of the other books. This is one is for the true fan!
"An excellent audiobook"
This is the fourth book in the \"Dresden Files\" series and it is right up to the high standard of the first three. New characters are introduced, existing characters developed in an interesting way and the fantasy background is widened very imaginatively. And the story simply hurtles along with unstoppable momentum, building to a terrific climax. All narrated superbly by James Marsters. Brilliant stuff and strongly recommended. Let's hope that Audible UK acquires the other books in the series, which are available to US readers on theAudible.com site.
"Best of writing with best narration = awesome!"
Combine Jim Butcher's great writing with James Marsters' unmatched narration and you end up with a great book in a fantastic series - if you like books set in what is close to our world, but with the fantasy elements of magic, fairies, vampires & other monsters, then this is the series for you!
Jim Butcher's is brilliant at writing characters, setting the scenes and action, giving a fabulous book series, his descriptions come to life on the page, but the way that they're read in these books is just amazing
I can't imagine a better narrator than James Marsters, the variety of characterisations he brings to the characters, plus the pacing of the way he reads the variety from romantic scenes to action, he is truly the best narrator that I've ever heard in the decades that I've listened to audio books!
If only all books on here were written as well, and read as well, then we would be spoiled, but alas, most are nowhere near this good - I'm surprised that authors aren't clamoring to get James to read their books - after his work on Buffy & Angel brought him to the public's knowledge, plus his other work on stage & screen, he is a chameleon, and it comes through in his readings - you have to listen to his audio renditions to understand how amazing he is, and how bad a lot of the others are!
"thundering good story"
This is part of a really addictive series of tales about Harry Dresden, the lone Chicago wizard.I check periodically for more additions to the series, but they seem a long time coming. James Marsters is a terrific narrator and keeps a lively pace. I think these are great and wish there were more.
"Jim Butcher and James Marsters Are Amazing"
I already loved Jim Butcher's works, I've read everything he's written. But his stories come even more alive with the brilliant readings down by James Martsters. Marsters does a wonderful job of giving each character their own, unique voice, as well as making Harry sound like the genre-savvy, wise-cracking wizard he is. This isn't the first Dresden Files audiobook I've listened to, and it certainly won't be the last.
"Harry Dresden is at it again!"
I am a big fan of the Dresden Files and have read them all over the years. A few years ago I bought Storm Front in audio format and I was not disappointed, James Marsters is a great narrator. As soon as I got my Audible membership I bought Fool Moon and Grave Peril soon after. It's been a few years and I intermittently check if the rest of the series has become available on audio. Lo and Behold! A few weeks ago I found that they were now all available! I used up the credits I'd stashed for a rainy day and got Summer Knight and Death Masks for listening.
Private detective/wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is suckered into tangling in the affairs of Faerie, where the fate of the entire world-and his soul-are at stake, again.
The greatest thing about audio books is being able to multi task... playing with toddler, washing up, housework [Yuk] and knitting are all things I can do while listening to these great books.
Really good story and plot with great twists made me buy the next book as soon as I finished this book
This is my third time round in the series.
One of my favourites, you really get into the realms of the other side in Summer Knight.
"Always good but book three is where it gets really"
The author is building a reputation as one of the greats in modern fantasy. The read delivers a versatile performance that is both polished and compelling. The title of my review says it all as regards the story. Avoid spoilers and enjoy a rollicking who done it, fantasy, classy piece of literature.
"The best one yet!"
Story – 5/5
If you are at books 1 & 2 thinking "this is reasonable, but not sure if I am bothered about continuing" - keep going. The end of book 3 turned the momentum of Dresden up to 11, and book 4 keeps up with that same pace. The world has become even more epic; we are properly introduced to the white wizard council, the winter and summer fae courts, and some characters from Dresden's past. The immortal world is still on the brink of war and Dresden is the unlucky one who always seems to get stuck in the middle.
As I have already alluded to, there is plenty of action and plot that will keep you hooked from the very get go. Jim Butcher's humour is also prominent again, making me laugh regularly.
My favourite part of this novel was the addition of a bit of back story; understanding how Dresden got to where he is. I cannot wait for book 5 to learn more.
Performance – 5/5
James Marsters puts out another superb performance. His first person narration is top class, and he also puts distinct voices out for all of the other characters in the story. He helps to add to the humour, fear and action excellently with his pacing.
Overall - 5/5
An enjoyable lightweight read. I would recommend this book to someone who has similar tastes to me but it is much less intense and engrossing than some fanatasies that I have read/listened to. It is improved by James Marsters reading.
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