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Cold Days Audiobook

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

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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 2016

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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!

    8 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-03-12
    HARRISON SAINT LOUIS, MO, United States 12-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "He's Baaaaaaack!"

    OK, so, a lot of Dresden fans that I know were disappointed in Ghost Story. An overlapping subset were disappointed in the lack of James Marsters narration in Ghost Story. In this book, both Harry and James are back in full form.
    Harry Dresden is Harry Dresden, right down to the overprotecting his friends who don't need it and too dense to see what's in front of him. This book has action, combat, frenetic running in the wrong direction, little bit of romance...All the best things about this series. We also get some backstory on a couple of major characters in the series who have looked like minor characters up to now. Things are going to get really interesting for poor, tired, Harry now..... but who needs sleep anyway, right?

    The narration is spot-on, just what we've come to expect in the first twelve books. Butcher's writing remains superb, and I love that in Harry's pop-culture references (always scattered through the books) he's finally worked in an homage to Terry Pratchett. Thank You, Jim!

    14 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy San Ramon, CA, United States 11-28-12
    Timothy San Ramon, CA, United States 11-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "James Marsters is Fantastic!"

    While I didn't mind the last narrator, James Marsters just kicks up the enjoyment factor up a notch. I haven't slept much just listening to Cold Days. I have to agree that Dresden as a ghost wasn't as good, but Cold Days more then makes up for it.

    Please Please keep James Marsters as a narrator for the rest of the series.

    34 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Lenny O 12-01-12
    Lenny O 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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    Dave Davis Illinois USA 04-29-16
    Dave Davis Illinois USA 04-29-16 Member Since 2010

    Anybody Listening?

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    "Wow! what a story!"

    This was such a great book in the series. fast paced and awesome. get this one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew 12-07-15
    Matthew 12-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great"

    This was a great followup to a slow book (ghost story) really moved the story along and shed light on a lot of lingering questions.

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    GeorgeT 11-10-15
    GeorgeT 11-10-15
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    "Cold Days is everything you would expect !"

    First of all having James Marsters read the story is half the battle. This was another example of how awesome the Dresden files series is. This story had several plots that intersected at the end and like a true series, many weren't tied up neatly or forced!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Harrison 09-14-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Ghost Story and this back-to-back..excellent"

    Ghost Story left me hanging in suspense and Cold Days helped me experience the resolution!
    Loved the surprises in the book and of course James Marsters is great with the variety and delivery.

    *spoiler alert*
    Love Toot Toot and Kringle
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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-30-15 Member Since 2013

    I love all kinds of fiction. Be it the dark holes of the mind, to the courtroom, the dungeons, space, to battlefields on land & bedrooms.

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    "Love Harry Dresden."

    Each book shows a deepening development of Harry's character. With this one Mab makes him question everything that he is and everything that he has done over the last several years. I cannot wait to see what the future is going to bring.

    1 of 1 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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