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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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    Amazon Customer United States 01-01-13
    Amazon Customer United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2011

    Will

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    "I was getting kinda burnt out of this series..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if you like books 1-12 then you will LOVE Cold Days


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harry as Winter Knight is quite fun.


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

    On par with narration in books 1-12


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Just wow, incredible listen.


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    SBear USA 01-01-13
    SBear USA 01-01-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Cold days is the best Dresden Files yet!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    We see a lot of old characters in new ways, as well as a fierce new little fairy in fishhook armor. Mab's ruthlessness and viciousness takes a vivid turn and yet at the end Harry defies her despite being her vassal. We see Mac in a new light and with new mysteries. Harry must deal with new and disturbing impulses which are probably brought on by the mantle of the Winter Knight. We come to understand the purpose of Demonreach, and we see it both as a place and a character. The Winter Lady shows incredible vulgarity and murderous intent, and as a result Harry winds up with friends in the Winter Court. Harry's mother's silver pentacle is returned to him, and he is gifted with a new leather coat, so we have the feeling we're getting back to the old Harry again. Harry and Karrin Murphy share a tender moment, and at the very end we still have a lot of mysteries but not one of those painful cliffhangers we've seen before in the Dresden Files series.

    James Marsters is a great narrator as always, and the book is amazing. What's not to like?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    ~AudioBookaHolic~ 01-01-13 Member Since 2011

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    "LOVE Harry!!!"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes! Becuz I Love Harry and I Really liked this Story!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course! Becuz he NEVER disappoints as far as character growth he just keeps getting better!!


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

    yes I have in Jim Butcher's CHANGES....I think his Performance Fabulous in Both! and I Agree James Marster's IS Harry! PLEASE keep Mr. Marster's as the READER!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Some parts Made me laugh, I haven't quite finished yet So.....


    Any additional comments?

    I was alittle hesitate about starting a new series and Author BUT I Glad I did I REALLY Like Harry!!

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    Chris Bellingham, WA, United States 01-01-13
    Chris Bellingham, WA, United States 01-01-13
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    "A Truly Fantastic Artwork"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    In this case, yes. James Marsters has his delivery of the written form down so incredibly well that it's simply captivating. Originally I planned to space out my listening to this book so that it would last, however once I listened to the first hour I simply couldn't stop myself. Numerous times I found myself laughing out loud because of the excellent writing paired with Marsters superb voice work.


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

    The best moments of Cold Day's are just about any interaction Harry has with his old friends and crew. All are heartfelt, all are exceptionally written, and all leave you wanting more book!


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

    Humor, Drama, Concern, and a multitude of other feelings.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Lots of laughter, I mean this book made me full on belly laugh at times. It also had it's somber moments.


    Any additional comments?

    I recommend this book so hard, it'll make your teeth rattle. (Yes...I'm not sure what that means either)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-01-13
    Glenn Encino, CA, United States 01-01-13 Member Since 2015
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    "My New Favorite Book of All Time"

    I can't say enough great things about this book. The Harry Dresden series is the best Fantasy Series going right now, and this is the best book yet. Jim Butcher took his time writing this and it shows.. I didnt want it to end!

    If you are not familiar with the Harry Dresden books, you will need to start at book 1. The first few books are good but not great... but stick with it and you will be rewarded. The series gets better and better as it goes, and you will really fall in love with the characters.

    In this book , Harry becomes the Winter Knight and as usual, must go up against incredibly powerful villains as he saves the world. The story is really well written. And I feel for the people who are just reading this book instead of listening to it.. No one can bring a book to life like James Marsters... I found myself jumping up and down and cheering at some points!

    This book is the Best Book in the Best Series going! Dresden fans will be very happy!

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    Marilyn Armstrong 01-01-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Harry's back, better than ever!"

    Although it may be obvious, I feel it only fair to mention that I am a fan and so cannot discuss this book dispassionately. But if you love the series, love the enchanted world of Harry Dresden and Jim Butcher ... I'm there with you. I have read every book Jim Butcher has written, or at least every one I have been able find via the good offices of Amazon or Audible.

    I listen to them, read them, listen to them again and wait impatiently for the next installment. I even liked the TV series, though it was hardly the Harry I knew. I mean really, he didn't even have his leather duster. I loved it anyhow. When you're hooked, you're hooked.

    The previous book, "Ghost Story" in which Harry was neither entirely alive nor dead was treacherous and difficult for Harry's fans. I liked it well enough, though it certainly was a change from previous Harry Dresden adventures. I was sure it was a bridge to the next phase of Harry's wizarding. I was right.

    In "Cold Days," Harry is back, in the flesh. Changed, less careless of life having more or less lost it ... but as the Knight of Winter, he is powerful in new ways. This is just as well because his foes are stronger than ever and they aren't going away.

    "Cold Days" is very satisfying. Although Harry gets pulverized, I am consoled knowing Harry will survive what would kill an ordinary mortal. He has already survived death. Earlier books ended with more resolution than the last few books have done. Now, each book is an episode in a continuing story line.

    Jim Butcher is a clever. He extracts Harry from impossible predicaments wherein he faces horrendous odds, then adroitly uses these apparently hopeless situations to move the story in a new direction that will become the next book. No event is wasted. Everything is part of a giant jigsaw puzzle. A piece of the full picture is revealed in each subsequent installment.

    Which brings me to my one criticism: the sudden inexplicable alterations of existing characters in which they reverse their previous persona. From a reader's point of view, such sudden turnarounds are a jolting. While there are no rules about this sort of thing, having an evil character suddenly become a good one or vice versa is disorienting. It takes a bit of time, with me sitting there and says "what?" until I am able to realign my thinking. A few extra hints along the way might be helpful. But it's a quibble. For all I know, there were hints I missed because I was looking the other way.

    I'd keep reading even if the characters started walking on their hands and speaking Latin, but wouldn't mind less abrupt transitions. It's not a matter of believability; more like giving readers a chance to catch up with the author who for obvious reasons is way ahead of us. If you are already a Harry Dresden fan, reality is unlikely to be your issue. You probably left it behind a long time ago. Harry's world of wizards, demons, ghosts, strange immortal beings, mythological creatures and weirdness of every type is far removed from reality, but within the rules Jim Butcher has created for the Dresden world, it flows better if characters' personalities change in accordance with what we know of them. Just saying.

    I love the Dresden universe. My world has more than enough evil to keep an army of wizards busy, but the evil on this plane is likely to consist of grey bureaucrats, smarmy politicians. Fighting them is like trying to punch a hole in jello. You can't beat them; they have no substance.

    In Jim Butcher's world, Harry fights evil for me. He takes his lumps and then some, but he's out there fighting for justice, right and good, even when it seems he's taken the wrong turn. Despite appearances, Harry is never bad. He is stubborn, too wedded to his own opinions and habits. He's a poor listener and does not heed advice, a combination that has cost him dearly.

    Yet Harry is changing. He has grown. He's painfully (in the most literal sense) aware of his mortality and fragility. He knows he's made terrible mistakes he can never set right. He's not cocksure; he's more of a planner, less inclined to charge headlong into danger unless it is the only possible course. Mindless violence is no longer his default setting. This is good.

    I'm sensing a climactic conclusion to the series coming. I would love the series to go on forever, but that is not the way of authors. There will be a few more books, relationships to work out, a future to plan, but ultimately, Harry Dresden and Jim Butcher will move on. I hope what comes next will be at half as good. Harry's awesome reality has become a metaphysical home away from home. Maybe in my next incarnation I will have magic of my own ... but in this life, I'll have to settle for the me I am. It may not be much, but it's what I have to work with.

    James Marsters' excellent narration adds enormously to the pleasure of the story. He's the right narrator: don't switch!!.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Hans Hayward, CA, United States 12-31-12
    Hans Hayward, CA, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2005

    Small business owner, avid reader and listener, occasional writer.

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    "Back, fit and ready for the fight..."
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    James Marsters delivers a spot on performance. The story will satisfy existing fans and entice new followers.
    A living, often naked?, Harry Dresden is far more satisfying than the lip chewing, commiserating, angst filled pseudo-ghost. Although another character transition book, this one, unlike Ghost Story, feels like a Dresden book. Twists, turns, insurmountable odds and a cast of characters that is familiar and still interesting and exciting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12
    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12

    Pinchgem

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    "Another Good Dresden Files Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I enjoyed this better, as it gives the characters a life of their own.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden - a good mix of sarcasm, self-deprecating humor, and compassion make him a faulty hero that everyone can root for.


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

    I have listened to the entire Dresden File series narrated by Jame Marster and he has always done an excellent job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I did find myself rooting for Harry and enjoying the twists and turns throughout the book,.


    Any additional comments?

    This was another good book in the Dresden Files series. Well written and well narrated, it was enjoyable from start to finish. If you are a fan of the supernatural (think Harry Potter not Twilight) then you'll enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    R Sean Central Texas 12-30-12
    R Sean Central Texas 12-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Marsters Returns-We Have our Harry Back!"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes, we often re-listen to the books in the Dresden files, especially to look for hidden clues to events that happen in later books.


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

    Harry of course. He captures the wry wit and self-deprecation just perfectly


    Any additional comments?

    Without Marsters, Ghost Story really didn't feel like the same universe of characters. The voices were not what we were used to hearing after a dozen books. It was like having your old friends back again. Also, I would suggest checking out Side Jobs before this one, as there are several times they reference things that happened in that short story collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    WI_Computer_Guy 12-30-12
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    "Another winner from Jim Butcher"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent follow-up from the last book. Can't wait to see where it goes from here.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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