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Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4 | [Jim Butcher]

Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

The Winter Queen of Faerie has manipulated Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden 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.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

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

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    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 10-28-10
    Michael Montclair, NJ, United States 10-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Harry & James are one."

    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!

    21 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    CrzGzr Northwest North Carolina 08-19-09
    CrzGzr Northwest North Carolina 08-19-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Love these books!"

    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!

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Dana ypsilanti, MI, United States 11-18-11
    Dana ypsilanti, MI, United States 11-18-11 Member Since 2009

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    "A 'Harry' Situation"

    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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-12-11
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-12-11 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Another Great Story"

    Oh yeah...there's desperation...secret pacts...wry observations. All the stuff that makes the Dresden files rock is here.

    What a great series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    J. Fort Morgan, CO, USA 09-07-09
    J. Fort Morgan, CO, USA 09-07-09
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    "FANTASTIC!"

    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.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ben United States 09-14-12
    Ben United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2011

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "Welcome to Faire!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-20-11
    Pie Saint Petersburg, FL, United States 03-20-11 Listener Since 2007
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    "Pleasant entertainment :)"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Kenmore, Australia 04-07-11
    Jennifer Kenmore, Australia 04-07-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Brilliant series but where is the next book ?!"

    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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Thoraro Iceland 11-01-09
    Thoraro Iceland 11-01-09 Member Since 2007

    Thoraro

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    "Great books... but ease up on the DRM"

    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!

    6 of 7 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 2009

    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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    "This is one of my favorites in this series."

    I really liked this book. It is one of the best in a series of 14 books. That says it all. I normally hate faeries but the author mnakes them fun and interesting. Lots of plot twists and once you get into the later books you can actually see where elements for the earlier novels fit into the over arching story. If you've read the other books in the series you'll want to read this one too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
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    "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.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
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    "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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ewa
    London, United Kingdom
    7/28/11
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    "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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Despina
    Belleville, IL, United States
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Faversham, United Kingdom
    10/20/14
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    "Dresden Files"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • DR
    GUISBOROUGH, United Kingdom
    4/23/14
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    "Wonderful flawed hero"

    Another fab episode in the Dresden files, a few previous characters mean that you are much better involved if you have read them in order. Great twists and turns and a very satisfying finale!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    Solihull, United Kingdom
    12/2/13
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    "James Marsters Rocks Dresden"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I've already recommended this series, read by James to friends. He reads it so well, and I've always loved the stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dresden's loveable down to earth wizard, seeing the fantasy world dropped into Chicago.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Fourth book by him and still great.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Cumbernauld, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "Really takes the character on"

    Marsters is great in this book, speaks as if he's genuinely Harry Dresden, I almost see Dresden as him now. Very emotional in this one and of course the book is great, Butcher adds a few new characters in this one & it adds another dimension to the series, of course he brings a few old ones in too to continue some of the other interests & story lines.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leonardo
    DURHAM, United Kingdom
    6/26/13
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    "A good listen"

    Not the best in the Harry Dresden series but still good and well read by James Marsters. He does a good job of giving voice to the world weary wizard. If you haven't read any other Dresden books then I don't recommend starting here. Best to start at the beginning with Fool Moon.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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