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
The dresden files series is a great book series, but James Marsters performance makes them that much more enjoyable. The audiobooks are how I "read" the series.
This reading is about par with his other more recent work. Par for James Marsters though is quite excellent. At the begining of the Dresden Files his performance was good, but over time it has become exceptional.
If you had the time it would be fantastic, but it is about 18 hours of time. The book breaks up into nice larger chunks through plot, if you simply do not want to read chapter by chapter.
Same old Harry!
Harry was my favorite, as usual. I love his strange sense of humor, his lack of respect for anyone who hasn't earned it, his defiance of those who seek to intimidate, and his old fashioned chivalry.
James Marsters really brings Harry to life in a way that is truly amazing. He does a great job of expressing Harry's sarcasm, emotions, his personality. I loved the print books, but the audio version really helps make Harry more real!
Excellent book, excellent series!
There are so many twists to this one I have to go to a chiropractor to get the whiplash pain relieved.
As always, Harry is always the last one to find out just how deep his ass is in alligators. And Mab is finally shown to have a warm spot.
His character inflections are more accurate to my imagination
I thought Maggie's character should have had a better fate.
Where was Lea? A story this twisted needed her input, but I guess even Shea need to take a break.
Ghost story was not my favorite in the series but Cold Days put this series back on top for me. Love it.
I couldn't listen to this one again although I have listened to many of the other books more than once. I had to restart this several times just to get going.
I have read and enjoyed them all and even loved a few (I've even cried!) but this one was battle after battle...I started to not care what happened to ANYONE!
James Marsters is fabulous except for that fairy voice.
I could not listen to any other book while listening to this one. I couldn't be distracted or I would have quit this one.
I am a loyal Dresden fan and will read (and watch) anything he is in. Just don't need as many huuuuuuge, loooong battles next time.
The story continues and I cannot wait for the next one. Excellent reading performance and excellent story as I was really unsure how this one would tie into the last. Great listen.
Yes, I am already planning too. There is a lot of action that is sometimes difficult to follow but I don't want to rewind because I'm too into the story!
Who doesn't love Harry?!
His voice is very versatile and he uses it well, including a lot of nuances of emotion that make me feel that the characters are real.
Many but I don't want to give anything away.
Jim Butcher continues to include surprises that are as interesting as they are unexpected, please keep the stories coming!
I've listened to the books in this series over and over. I can't wait for each installment. When ever I login in to Audible, one of the first things I check is if there is another book published in this series.
Harry Dresden is funny and a kind of underdog with very human problems and quite a few not so human problems. The other characters have grown through out the series and they seem (as they are) like old friends to Harry and to the reader.
His stories are always action packed with many twists and turns.
I love these Dresden books and have them all. Throughout the series I have enjoyed Dresden's long-standing relationship with certain characters who seemed close to him. I wasn't expecting some of those relationships to change as much as they did in this book, so that's why I didn't give the story 5 stars. Also I'm a bit weary of the battles on the island and hope they are over for awhile.
In the meantime, James Marsters is back as the narrator, which is positively marvelous, and in this book we hear a lot from Bob and more from Toot-Toot, which makes the book fun.
I think readers new to the Harry Dresden books should start at the beginning of the series in order to fully appreciate all of the characters; nevertheless each book is entertaining on its own. I will continue to buy Dresden books as fast as Jim Butcher can write them.
I thought the depressing nature of the previous book Ghost Story was my reason for not loving it like I have many other books in this series, but I think it's something more then that. These book are not what they used to be. Butcher seems to spend more time coming up with cheesy action film one liners and tired pop culture references in lieu of a good story.
These books are becoming formulaic and I can finish Harry's banter before I even read the next line. Harry's relationships with women are just becoming creepy and I no longer desire him to find love, I just want him to stop talking about women in general.
I'll continue to enjoy reading the early books in this series, but I don't think I'll be buying another book in this series. I'm honestly surprised at all the 5 star reviews for this book as it just feels lazy to me. I waited so long to read this book and I could barely finish it :(
James as always does a wonderful job. I look forward to hearing more from him.
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