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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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    Nekko Derby, CT, United States 01-04-13
    Nekko Derby, CT, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2011
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    "More addictive than cheese doodles."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Brings 'it was a dark and stormy night' to a whole new level. Fun and fast moving


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and his inner dialog. It is rare to be able to follow the inner workings of a person of Spock-like reserve. To be a witness to the passion and compassion that forms his character, as well as enjoying the spooky side's version of Sherlockian logic. Add a dash of self deprecation aka humble self examination and you have yourself a real likable guy.
    But I will say it is the byplay of the entire cast of characters that makes it all work.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I always love the big reveal, but the fact that it all just moves along so enticingly is due to the fact that each scene builds on the past and towards the finale with little or no downtime.


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

    Yes and I have the red eyes and sleep deprivation to prove it.


    Any additional comments?

    I have liked every book in this series to date- not a dud in the bunch (although I will admit to loving this narrator above all others). I like that his characters stay in character and develop as they would according to their experiences through the stories. Can't wait for the next one.

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    Mary E. Stanton Salem, SC USA 01-04-13
    Mary E. Stanton Salem, SC USA 01-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This one broke my heart"
    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters is Harry Dresden


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

    Wish I could have. Hated to turn it off.


    Any additional comments?

    Having followed all these characters from STORM FRONT this next chapter of Harry's life was the hardest to listen to. Butcher does an outstanding job with this story. The ending broke my heart. There is the hope for the future though.

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    Dr. J. 01-04-13
    Dr. J. 01-04-13 Member Since 2014

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    "What? WHAT?!"

    I waited a while to write my review because I've listened to it 7 times now & am still thinking, "WHAT?!"

    First of all, thanks for a great book, Jim. Second of all, thank Santa James Marsters is back. I completely agree with the folks who've said you must have read up to this point before you can get into this book. It seems to me that there's just so much in it predicated upon previous knowledge. Of course, having that knowledge could be what's leading me to think in that vein!

    Thirdly, how good does a writer have to be to lead us down the Primrose path (heh, heh) and make us love it and beg for more? Here we go, traipsing after Harry through 11 books, confident that we know our hero as well as Murphy does. We know his strengths and his foibles, his loves and his hates, his idiosyncrasies and peccadilloes. We've seen both his attitudes and language mature. We've grown with him: a year at a time, a book at a time.

    Then Changes, and not just for Harry. Hints and clues (and red herrings?) to potential directions (exactly what position was Ebenezer's diary entry referring to?) the story might take, and then to bring Harry back from the (almost) dead in Ghost Story! And to find out in Cold Days ***the next paragraph contains spoilers***

    >> what it really means that he claimed Demonreach (was that it, Ebenezer?), and to tie in the Hunt and bring everyone back to center only to find out that Molly fell into Lea's clutches to be potentially groomed for the Summer court but now she's going to be the Winter Lady? What?! WHAT?! >>

    I'm amazed that after 14 books Jim Butcher can still surprise us and leave us wanting more -- NOW! I feel like I'm waiting for someone to come out & say, "And what about Naomi?" **grin**

    I believe completely that Jim must have mapped this entire story arc out when he wrote Storm Front (as he has said) because there's no other way the story could have held together, much less held its audience. I am amazed at the scope of imagination and talent & glad to have discovered it (one of the many who found my way to Harry through James' outstanding participation).

    And now for my caveat: The only thing I'm having trouble with is Murph's response to Harry.& his situation. It doesn't ring true because the Murph of the family picnic and the Murph of Cold Front just don't jibe. I am, however, suspending judgment in lieu of book 15. Somehow I just don't think that conversation is over.

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    Christie Lancaster, PA, United States 01-03-13
    Christie Lancaster, PA, United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Finally here"

    It seems like I have been waiting an eternity to read this book, of course I extend my torture a little. I enjoy the Dresden series and reread/listen to the whole collection whenever a new one comes out, which I did this time as well. The entire series remains enjoyable because of the little details I didn't notice before or have forgotten and how they tie together through out the series even as each book is complete in itself. I already want to go thru Cold Days again to line up the plot parts and enjoy story unfolding. And as a bonus James Marsters has a very nice voice... John Glover did the previous book and it wasn't bad... but not quite right for Dresden.
    Anyway Great Book.... whens the next one

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    Shannon Plano, TX, United States 01-03-13
    Shannon Plano, TX, United States 01-03-13
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    "Love, Love, Love"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    James Marston is back! Love Marston's performance as Harry Dresden, he makes these books even better! And I love the Harry Dresden stories, they are full of adventure, humor, conflict and interesting surprises! Highly recommend!!


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    Kristie United States 01-03-13
    Kristie United States 01-03-13 Member Since 2012
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    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Fantastic book simply Incredible narrator. I will listen to Anything James Marsters narrates. Anything!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden of course and all the kick ass ladies!


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

    No and no one compares to Marsters. He Was Dresden. Incredible!


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

    Aahhh too many to choose from.


    Any additional comments?

    Is the new book ready yet!?? Lol can't wait. And have Masters narrate more mysteries and books.

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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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