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Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14 | [Jim Butcher]

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness. After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden lives!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness.

After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which one Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own… his soul.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    Brad Grafton, MA United States 12-05-12
    Brad Grafton, MA United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2015

    crazyreader

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    "Holy Crap!!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Well, everything. It was great to see Harry alive again and reunited with his friends. And, of course, James Marsters back as narrator. I have to agree with many others, he IS the voice of Harry Dresden.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was great. I didn't really see certain events toward the end of the book coming (Molly), and the implications could prove to be very interesting.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He's fantastic. What more can I say.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes, but saying more could give things away. Molly Carpenter was involved, and there was another moment with Karrin that was moving as well.


    Any additional comments?

    I have to say that the ending left me stunned. I didn't see it coming. Can't wait for the next book. Buy it!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Anne 12-01-12
    Anne 12-01-12

    a geek in sheep's clothing.

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    "WOW!!! Blown Away"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Love it! Have recommended the series to a friend! So excited I stumbled upon it. Kind of wish I found it after it was complete though. Listened to the first 11 books in a row and then had to wait. 'sigh' Cold Days nicely pieces together many things that were brought up in previous stories. It plants the seeds for many things to come and you see other items slowly germinate as we learn more information. I cannot wait until we fill in some of it. Butcher does a great job leading people through the story. He makes references to previous books so that readers/listeners who pick up the series after the first book are either intrigued or know enough to be able to get through the book without scratching their heads. LOVE DRESDEN and Butcher's work.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Very difficult to pick a favorite character. All are very important to the story line. Murphy rocks at one point in the story and then frustrates me at the end of the story. Kind of want Butcher to stop with the sexual tension between them. 'sigh' I realize it is important for the overall story and will understand when the series wraps up but...Want to learn more about all of the characters. Inspiration takes time and one must be patient as the author needs that. Love what Butcher is doing!


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters voice is the voice of Harry Dresden. I came across this series on Audible. Have never read any of it in print. I always struggle when I hear someone read a book in a series after I have read some of it. SO VERY HAPPY that I was introduced to Dresden via Audible. Never really got into the Angel/Buffy series (even though I am of an age that should have) so I had no preconceived connotations with Marsters. I have listened to Marsters perform other audible projects and he does very well transitioning into other characters. He is very talented and allows for you to easily differentiate between characters in the Dresden series without one even realizing that he has transitioned into someone else. Marsters rocks!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    HEL...HECK YEAH! Started listening to it on a 5 hour drive home while traveling home for a work trip. Woke up in the hotel throughout the night checking my audible app to see if I could download it yet. Probably good that my audible app was being persnickety and difficult. Otherwise likely would have begun listening in the wee hours of the morning and would have been dragging on that five hour ride to my home!!


    Any additional comments?

    Anxious for the next book in the series...and the next. Do not want to pressure Butcher because I know that these things take time. 'sigh' Keep it up Jim! And the powers that be...please ensure that Marsters continues to read Dresden. Would love to hear Ghost Story done by Marsters. John Glover did a fine job but...Marsters is Dresden. Keep it up Jim and James!! You guys rock!!!

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Kris 01-08-14
    Kris 01-08-14
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    "The story continues of the wizard of Chicago"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    The characters are defined and the voices give them life.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    It does wrap up a bit too quickly and neat.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The voices, tone and passion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was broken over several sessions of traveling.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer MANHATTAN, KS, United States 12-15-13
    Kindle Customer MANHATTAN, KS, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2011

    Not the best reviewer but I try

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    "Greatest series ever"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    CAN'T GET ENOUGH


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    “Okay," I said to Karrin. "Let's move."

    "Uh," she asked, without turning her head. "move where?"

    "The island," I said.

    "Harry, this is a motorcycle."

    "It'll work," I said. "Look at it."

    Karrin jerked as she noted the appearance of the Harley. "You want me to drive into the lake."

    "You have to admit," I said, "it isn't the craziest thing I've ever asked you to do. It isn't even the craziest thing I've asked you to do tonight.”


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He is Harry Dresden. It is amazing I started listening to it thinking Spike reading and now I watch Buffy and hear Harry in a British accent. Such a great voice there.


    Any additional comments?

    This series is my background music at home. It is an amazing world Mr. Butcher made, waiting for Skin Games now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne MONROE, GA, United States 12-03-13
    Suzanne MONROE, GA, United States 12-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dresden is the best"

    Jim Butcher has done an outstanding job with this latest installment. I love the book, I love the way James Marsters does the narration (I still cannot get over how well he transitions from male to female voices without a hitch). This book is great - character development, story-line and of course details etc. Butcher mixes and simmers the brew until you are hooked and cannot go back. Every installment gets better and better. Even though the subject matter is fiction/fantasy - Jim does it in a way that is believable and keeps the reader wanting more. I have listened to this audiobook 3 times (I have a long commute) and even so I find myself getting into the scenes and characters finding nuances that I missed before. The interaction between some characters is downright hilarious while poignant and heartfelt moments still highlight some of Dresden's softer attributes without seeming sappy or awkward. Don't worry guys - this is PACKED with action, Harry is still Dirty Harry when it comes to the bad guys. Lots of killing, lots of magic and a lot of faeries. Definitely worth the time and money.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lotta 04-06-13
    Lotta 04-06-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Just gets better and better"

    Best reader ever. Cannot wait for the next Jim Butcher Dresden Files novel. Great follow up
    to Ghost which was a little shaky.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Palm Coast, Fl, United States 03-05-13
    Rob Palm Coast, Fl, United States 03-05-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, sexy, MORE!!


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James has a mastery of inflection and an even greater mastery of his voice. Every time he speaks a character to life I believe it to be real, I believe the character has jumped off the page and speaks for him or her self. I can't tell you how many times I got goose-bumps when the author was trying to invoke feelings within me and James spoke them into existence as if he were a wizard himself and I was merely apart of his 30+ hour spell.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I spend many hours on the road every day, so I have little better to entertain myself then the radio, my own thoughts, and my new love for audio books. I also didn't know that this was not Jim Butcher's last book in the series so I am excited beyond measure for the next installment. I only hope that when the paper book hits shelves audible can provide me with the audio book before my patience runs thin and I'm tempted to read, instead of listen, while on the road.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gabriel D. Fillion Manchester, CT 03-03-13
    Gabriel D. Fillion Manchester, CT 03-03-13 Member Since 2012

    I love a good story no matter what kind it is, and to me a good story is more that just good grammar, tight structure, colorful characters, or intricate plots. A good story makes a reader care about it.

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    "Stars and Stones, its good to be alive!"

    The latest installment of my favorite series did not disappoint in the least! As usual the action was excellent and I have to marvel at how well Jim Butcher lays a battle so that the reader is aware of the craziness of the situation but is not confused by it. Despite the otherworldly characters, encounters, and actions our hero, wizard Harry Dresden, must contend with, I am able to clearly see in my mind's eye what is going on. I am always saying to myself, "He just did WHAT!?" rather than "What did he just do?" I feel this is a testament to both Butcher's ability to convey his vision of the story with his words and narrator James Marsters' ability to bring them to life. Bravo to both of them.

    As for the story, it is amazing to see how far Dresden has come since that first book, Storm Front. In the beginning, he was over-matched by a single Warden of the White Council and now he regularly interacts with, and blithely threatens, the entire Winter Court. Such power has certainly come at a high cost, though. This book is a fine demonstration of Harry stretching his new-found muscles as the Winter Knight and much like the last few books of the series (excepting Ghost Story, as that felt something like an interlude) the world as Harry knows it is spun on its head in the most devastatingly delicious way possible.

    I already cannot wait to give this book another listen (I am sure I missed some of the implications he hinted at throughout the novel) and the next book simply cannot come out soon enough.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Gina Drayer Lafayette, IN 02-21-13
    Gina Drayer Lafayette, IN 02-21-13 Member Since 2015

    Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.

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    "Finished too soon...Can't wait for the next!"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Harry is Back!


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    I love James Marsters's performance, in my mind he is the voice of Harry. He has that great timing and dry witty humor that is the trade mark of these books. I sorely missed him in ghost story.


    Any additional comments?

    The story takes our characters on a sharp left turn, after ghost story many of the characters have been altered deeply. They are the same but fundamentally off. It's sad, almost like running into an old dear friend and realizing you can never go back to those crazy college day.

    Some reviewers are really disappointed in this, but I think it show great growth in butcher's writing. If we look at the characters as developing "living, breathing" people, then after everything that has happened, what else should we as a read expect. Heck personally I'm surprised some of them haven't been institutionalized yet.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Chattanooga 02-13-13
    Kindle Customer Chattanooga 02-13-13 Member Since 2009
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    "So much better"

    Harry and Co is back! This is so much better than the last book in the series. Great story line, great twists and turns. Keeps you riveted to the very end.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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