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
Anyone who has made it this far LISTENING to the Harry Dresden series has to feel that James Marsters is the perfect Harry and one of the best overall narrators out there.
Jim Dale move over! James Marsters is the new leader in town...(at least Chicago). His tone, pitch, inflections and a host of different character voices make it seem like he is actually telling HIS story.
I have been listening to recorded books for decades & i can tell you a bad narration can ruin the experience; a great narration can make it hard to stop listening.
You probably could not go wrong with Jim Butchers story lines but then i wouldn't be going through them as fast as i am without Marsters.
The story in Summer Knight is extrodinary. Just when you think Butcher can't be more inventive, he comes up with more spells & monsters to make your pulse fly!
I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.
Oh yeah...there's desperation...secret pacts...wry observations. All the stuff that makes the Dresden files rock is here.
What a great series!
We have the print versions and took them to jamaica with us, they go very easy with rum. We have bought the audible books available but really want Books 5, 6 & 7! It leaves a big gap in the story line.
James Marsters is a very good narrator, he handles the characters very well. Jim Butcher has done a very good job with The Dresden Books! I am very cheap, so I really have to love a book to buy it in print and Audible!
I'm a fan of urban fantasy and I also love a good a detective story, so people have been telling me to read Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series for years. Since I find myself with very little time for reading at this particular moment in my life, I decided to check out the audio books. I'm glad I did.
James Marsters does a magnificent job giving a voice to Harry. I had read several of the short stories before I began reading the series, so I had an idea of what I thought Harry sounded like --- but now I can't picture Harry sounding any other way. James Marsters skillfully breathes life & emotion into Harry and the gang. I enjoy the various vocal nuances he brings to ALL the characters, and in this book there are MANY.
As for the story, Harry finds himself in some truly hairy situations in this book. (I suppose that is normal, but it seemed like more than usual.) We get a closer look at Wizard Dresden and what makes him tick. I haven't read all the books yet, but I didn't truly become invested until the last book, Grave Peril. I feel as though the series has hit its stride with the 4th installment, Summer Knight, in which we continue to see the measure of the man. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series --- I can't imagine experiencing the books in any other fashion now.
Narration --- 5/5
Story --- 4/5
I read alot and I almost always read non-fiction. I normally do not care to read fiction and I do not care to much for fantasy BUT... O.M.G!!! This was a fantastic story that kept you going. There was never a dull moment and oh what a sense of humor the author has! So Bravo Mr. Butcher and Bravo Mr. Masters for such a great narration. This is a book I will recommend to everyone.
Not deep at all. Comfort food in so many ways. The hard boiled detective who's a sucker for a damsel in distress. The guy who is ALWAYS taking a beating. An interesting compliment of companions (take Bob the Skull for example). Magnum PI... but with witches and vampires, etc. The story DOES progress book-to-book, but each story is complete in itself. I agree with others, the narrator is PERFECT for the job. LOL.
Jim Butcher hits his stride with Summer Knight and introduces us to the remainder of his core of main characters for the near future. The Knights of Faire have been brought into the picture and Dresden has to solve the murder of one of them. All while staying in the Queens of Faire's good graces and out of the clutches of his godmother who wishes to turn him into one of her hounds. If he fails the world of Faire becomes a battlefield between the Summer Court and the Winter Court, and the world as we know it has a massive weather shift. The stakes have never been higher, nor the task more daunting.
Butcher brings back Harry Dresden with a bang, and delivers the crowning moment of his series up until this point. Everything seems to come together in this work and truly shows the world Butcher is trying to create. He finds his stride and makes this work shine.
James Marsters is back and continues to show why he's the voice of Harry Dresden. His work on the Dresden files is truly fantastic and he doesn't let up for a moment in Summer Knight.
Why, Audible, WHY CAN I NOT HAVE MORE DRESDEN BOOKS ON AUDIO? Please tell me there are more coming! I find it difficult to get time to read physical books but I can get through a lot of audio books while I'm working and I would love to listen to the entire series if it was available.
This is a fantastic series, and each book so far has been better than the last. I love all the detail about the Faerie courts and it's interesting to see a bit more of the White Council in this book.
A very entertaining fantasy which is well narrated by mr Marsters. However only the first four books are available for non-US downloads, apparently due to DRM-issues. Very frustrating!
I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!
Usually by book four in a series, things are starting to get repetitive, predictable, and dull. Not so here. Butcher’s world and relationships continue to expand in new ways. Harry and his friends are continually entertaining. Bring on book five!
Superb audio narration by James Marsters!
"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.
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.
"James Marsters Rocks Dresden"
I've already recommended this series, read by James to friends. He reads it so well, and I've always loved the stories.
Dresden's loveable down to earth wizard, seeing the fantasy world dropped into Chicago.
Fourth book by him and still great.
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