Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.
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"Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue as well as important developments for Harry, the latest of his adventures will have fans rapidly turning the pages." (Booklist)
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...and another excellent audiobook performance by James Marsters, who really brings the series to life.
When Harry's incubus friend Thomas calls in a favor, Harry finds himself working on the set of a porn movie, trying to figure out who...or what...is trying to close down the production by killing off the film's female stars. Of course, there are many, many complications, high danger, White Court vampire intrigues, and of course, Jim Butcher's trademark witty dialogue.
A thoroughly entertaining audiobook!
I was determined to listen to the Dresden series in order, so it was a pleasant surprise when books 6 & 7 became available months earlier than expected! Blood Rites features a fairly new and interesting character, Kincaid the bodyguard of the Archive. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his story in future books. Love the addition of Mouse!
James Marsters sounds more polished and "edited" than in the earlier books, but the books are becoming more complex and polished as well. It's still a fine matching of narrator and author.
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I've been enjoying this series thus far, but this installment really brought it! The porn star murder mystery had barrel-of-laughs written all over it, doubly so with Harry Dresden on the case. BLOOD RITES put a lot of the characters' roles into perspective; Murphy tries being a vigilante on for size, Ebenezar is not what he seems, and Thomas—I did NOT see that one coming. This book was a turning point for THE DRESDEN FILES, and... PUPPIES!
Jim Butcher is a great writer, I've enjoyed all of his books thus far.
And James Marsters who reads the books is equally as fantastic. It took me a while to get used to the sighing and deep breaths, etc, but after I did and realized it is just part of the main character Harry's persona I loved it.
It is hard for me to stick to only buying one book per month and not zooming through the whole series as fast as I can!
This is my first taste of the Harry Dresden series, and why haven't I tried it earlier. I missed the first 5 books, but this one has enough catch up material, that going on to number 7 will be easy. It's jam packed with action, mystery, magic, vampires and humor. What a great combination for a good novel. The narration is perfect, as he hits the nail right on the head, with his witticism.
Harry is a wizard for hire, that seems to get himself in some very sticky situations inside a serious story. The cast of side characters are a very interesting group that I can see grow and change with each book. Looking forward to more of these books, and almost scared to read any of them, as this was so much fun listening to.
I'm very glad all of the Dresden Files novels finally have been published in audio!! James Marsters is better than ever in Blood Rites, very funny and quite convincing with all of the various characterizations. Blood Rites features some very satisfying character revelations; and I've come to really care about Harry and those he cares about.
Sci-Fi & Fantasy Reader
To be honest, Blood Rites is not my favorite of the Dresden Files, but, given that, it's still very good and still worthy of 5 stars. I guess I just enjoy this series that much.
Considering the awesomeness of books 3-5, it was going to take a hell of a lot for Butcher to top himself again. Truthfully, Butcher gave it a good shot. As usual, there's a twisty plot, well-written action scenes, and black humor. On top of that Blood Rites was chocked full of solid character development, and not just for Harry; there are a lot of really powerful scenes involving Thomas.
I really like that Butcher's characters are not flawless and they are forced to live with the consequences of their decisions. They are also not invincible (although some are pretty close). Okay, Butcher isn't going to kill off his protagonist, but Harry never gets through a novel unscathed.
My only real complaint about Blood Rites is that part of the central plot surrounds an adult film. It did lead to some humorous moments on occasion, but it just didn't work that well for me. The characters were kind of dull and it just didn't compare to some of the other parts of the plot.
Blood Rites is the second book in the series to be produced by Penguin Audio, which means that the narration and production quality are outstanding. James Marsters makes an excellent Harry Dresden and he has done a superb job since Penguin took over.
Without question, if you enjoyed the first five books, you'll love Blood Rites as well.
Blood Rites is one of the best audiobook versions of a fantasy novel that I've heard. Jim Butcher's fantastic novel melds gritty detective story with fairy courts, secret societies, vampires and wizards in contemporary Chicago. It's crime drama and fantasy adventure in one. James Marsters has indelibly molded the voice of the hero, Harry Dresden, in my mind, even when I'm reading the novels instead of listening to them. His performance is top notch, though from time to time I think that I would have read some lines differently.
This novel of the Dresden files sees Harry Dresden taking on a sinister curse that is dropping beautiful women left and right... women involved in a rebel and revolutionary adult film industry! The story also reveals a stomach dropping twist about Harry's past that you can't pass up if you're a fan of the series. Harry's life is forever changed. Read (Listen) On!
I NEVER write in about anything but I've been enjoying these books so much I buy them one right after the other! The stories are sarcastic and an excellent ride and the narrator, James Marsters is right up there with the best, no phony stupid female voices for him! If you enjoy fantasy and often dark and dry humor give these books a try!
I very much enjoyed the plot twists and character developments in this book. It opens up boundless opportunities for more Dresden Files. This is one though that would be hard to read without preamble.
Marsters is a Master!
"Harry is exposed"
In the previous books we have been offered Harry,an interesting but rather 2 dimensional wizard. With this book you finally get to see the man; his back story is peeled off layer by layer to give a richer more complex character. Tantalising glimpses of how is past informs his future are laid out like bread crumbs to follow...
really enjoying this series the welcome new addition stays I hope. Finding out more about Muphy's background was very welcome & mother Murphy sounds like one hell of a woman. . Loved the story sad funny thrilling & worrisome
"excellent! totally brought to life !"
narrated by James Masters. buffy references made me laugh out loud on the train :/
Brilliant entry in the Dresden series of books best one yet. Must read for fans.
"Vampires, Wizards and Puppies"
What I'm really coming to appreciate about the Dresden Files is the amount of work Jim Butcher puts into his universe. You don't have just one type of vampires in this book - you have three. Each Court is a totally different breed of vampire, with different strengths, weaknesses and powers. Added to that each individual vampire has different strengths, weaknesses and powers, so you really do need to be a detective to first figure out (a) what they are, (b) who they are and (c) how you can kill them.
So when Harry Dresden hatches an usually simple plot - find the bad vampires, kill them - you already know that it can't possibly be that simple. And WOW things get complicated. I had some shelving to clean / sand / undercoat / re-coat which should have been horribly dull but was in fact a very enjoyable afternoon thanks to this book. I even ended up "finishing off" the edging late into the night as I only had the last half hour left and I wanted to know whodidit ...
I only recently started to listen to the Dresden files and since book 1 I have been hooked. A brilliant performance and extremely well written. Not often does a series of books keep you so engaged however with Jim Butchers writing style and James Marsters' delivery it's a sure winner.
lighter plot than other books, James Marsters still awesome. story was still decent, just prefer slightly darker tone myself.
"Loved it. :)"
The Harry Dresden books never fail to disappoint.
Great characters... Great stories... Great humour. I just can't get enough.
"Oh My! So exciting."
I really enjoyed this book, mainly because it brought Dresden and Thomas together in a way I could never have imagined!
I love the way James Marsters says the words of the spells that Dresden concocts and the voice he gives Bob the skull.
"Painful but good"
I struggle with people dying for stupid reasons (I know, I know, it happens everyday) so didn't enjoy the story as much as I normally do. The emotional roller coaster may have had me wishing I could jump into the book and beat a few people senseless. A great book in an amazing series.
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