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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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    Steve Pollock Pines, CA, United States 01-03-13
    Steve Pollock Pines, CA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2008
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    "fantastic as usual"
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    Jim Buther is the best. Nobody else could be Harry D. except James Marsters.
    I was sorry when the book was finished I can't wait for the next one.

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    Don 01-03-13
    Don 01-03-13
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    "enjoyed the book"

    I enjoyed this book as I have all of the Dresden books. It was very good to have James Marsters back.

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    marnylee 01-02-13
    marnylee 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The great urban fantasy continues"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again for two reasons: James Marsters, and because I simply enjoy Harry and company.
    Idle question: Does Jim Butcher really think that far ahead, or is he simply good at making whatever situation he left in book 3 (or 5 or 7) work in book 14? His way of tying things together is just amazing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Karin Murphy. Only a real human being would be so contrary as to deal with the unnatural situations she does without batting an eye, yet reject a more personal relationship with Dresden because "we're just too different."


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Um, was there something to dislike? Mr. Marsters gives us Harry Dresden in weakness, power, confusion, arrogance, and sarcasm without any of it sounding forced. His delivery of the other characters in their various moments is not lacking either. Gotta love Toot-Toot!


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

    The revelation of the Winter Lady. I leave it at that in case it appears to those who have not read/heard the book. Murphy is predictable, but this isn't, and I don't want to spoil anything.


    Any additional comments?

    OK, I get it, I do, Harry's not a player, socially speaking. But if something doesn't change soon, he'll be wearing monk's robes. Poor guy!

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    Christopher Littleton, CO, United States 01-02-13
    Christopher Littleton, CO, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing and only getting better."
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes. Marsters is a fantastic narrator. The story had so many subtleties and intricacies that I don't remember them all and could still enjoy it again.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Any previous Dresden Files book. To a lesser degree, the Iron Druid Chronicles.


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

    Probably Toot (although they were all very good).


    Any additional comments?

    Frustrated I have to wait at least another year for the next book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Lakewood, CO, United States 01-02-13
    Pamela Lakewood, CO, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great so far!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would highly recommend this to fans of Urban Fantasy. I love Jim Butcher and have read the rest of his books in print, this is the first I've listened to. It's a different experience, but very enjoyable.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    It's Urban Fantasy which includes the myths associated with Faery as well as others. It's the latest in the Harry Dresden series and takes a fantastic series in new and interesting directions.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Don't know yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm only 2/3 through the book, and my son told me there are interesting twists yet to come; I'm looking forward to them.

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    Joel D. Webb Tampa, FL USA 01-02-13
    Joel D. Webb Tampa, FL USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Cold Days left me out in the cold"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    yes


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    harry - He is tenacious and willing to take on the impossible


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He gives the verbal flavor to the written word.


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

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I thought the book was cut short.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chad L. Mccance iowa 01-02-13
    Chad L. Mccance iowa 01-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "he did it"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    towards the top


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jim butcher managed to make this story good even after he kind of jumped the shark with having harry killed and wondering around as a ghost during the last book. overall it is a good book and getting back to what we all love about the dresden files. I look forward to the next chapter.


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    John Levittown, NY, United States 01-02-13
    John Levittown, NY, United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Butcher does it again, and Marsters masters it!"

    The fourteenth book in the Dresden Files series lacks only one thing to make it a six-star worthy book, and that is the sequel ready to go! James Marsters once again is at his best in the reading of this masterpiece of modern alternative/supernatural mystery. His ability to do the voice acting is spot on, as is his clear, crisp diction couples with the right inflection. It is obvious to anyone listening that Mr Marsters has, unlike so many other narrators for Audible book, not only read the book ahead of time, but is a fan as well. Jim Butcher has been my favorite modern (1980-present) author for some time, and his Dresden Files novels continue to be fantastic for their gritty realism of the characters, his continued adherence to the "laws of magic" he has set down, and for the fast pace at which the action happens. I have now read the book once and listened through twice, and it is still a book worth reading and listening to again. A true delight for any fan.

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    Joni R Skellie 01-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic!"

    One of his best! The reader definitely needs to have read the rest of the series to understand all the references to previous adventures, though.

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    Heather Two Hills, AB, Canada 01-02-13
    Heather Two Hills, AB, Canada 01-02-13 Member Since 2010
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    "i was very pleased that Dresden was not done"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    i loved that the series was not done. i was looking for another comparable book and i did not find one so i was so happy to see Dresden was not done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden ismy favorite character. His sence of humour, honour, and skill level has always drawn me in and kept me interested.. i also am in love with his dog and wished they reallly existed.


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

    James is really masterful at entertaining the listeners so i can not choose


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

    i was so happy thst there was another book that i took awhile to even decide anything about it. i am so happy that Dresden will continue to amuse and confound me that i of course have to llisten at one sitting only wishing that there is more


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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