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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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    Barry 01-25-13
    Barry 01-25-13 Member Since 2004

    Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.

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    "YES! He's back with more to come"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES


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

    First 2 chapters as Harry returns to the world


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

    Harry and Thomas


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    And you thought it was over


    Any additional comments?

    Great return novel for Harry Dresden. Much like Sherlock Holmes, Harry comes back from the dead to meet the supernatural challenges head on. Unlike Holmes, Harry has a world of human foibles to contend with as well as a host of supernatural beings on his case. A wonderful restart to the series and kudos to the author for not ending the series and leaving us Dresden less.

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    sharriene United States 01-25-13
    sharriene United States 01-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, and series,"

    this can't be the end!! can't wait for book 15 , what a great series, and i am glad that James was back to narrate this book he is Harry!

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    Kristi Wheeler 01-23-13

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    "Dresden’s BACK!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    For all the fans of the Dresden Files that were disappointed by Ghost Story; fear not! Jim Butchers has out done himself this time and completely made up for Ghost Story tenfold. On top of that James Marsters has to be the most incredible narrator ever. I am a very avid audio book listener and he is my favorite narrator. He makes the story so dynamic that it feels more like a movie than a book. Cold Days is nonstop, action packed, Dresden goodness. If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, this listen will not disappoint. Enjoy!


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    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13
    beth Palm Harbor, FL, United States 01-23-13 Member Since 2010
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    "More!!!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    The characters


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

    Harry was dead, yet not. Now he is working his. Good on the other side. Love this


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He is amazing. His voice characters are perfect. I wish he read the other books I like....


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

    No, just kept me wanting more


    Any additional comments?

    More more more. Please don't make me wait a year or more though

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    Wanda Phillips Seattle, WA 01-22-13
    Wanda Phillips Seattle, WA 01-22-13

    Enjoying life, sharing joy, and shaping compassion in each moment.

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    "Reader Revives a Death Spiral"

    I wouldn't recommend starting with this book, there's way too much backstory involved, but if you've been reading this series I'd tell you to forego the print and let James Marstars make the books just that much better.

    Normally, I give Marsters readings a 5, but in this book he seems to lack some of the lustre that prompted me to come straight to the audio version of the book.

    I know this may sound like I'm not recommending this book but, in spite of my heightened expectations, this book is a rock pile of hurdles for our intrepid hero Harry Dresden and James Marsters continues to breathe life into the story inflating the characters so the action stands up off the page; he makes the story into a 3D graphic novel.

    There are two paths in pretty much every genre: the action-driven plot and the character-driven plot. The Dresden series is action-driven.

    I enjoy stories that juxtapose realities and the Harry Dresden series does that with varying degrees of effectiveness. The stories are, generally, at least good and sometimes rollicking roller coaster rides. Increasingly it seems like the author just isn't as into it anymore and he compensates with bigger and nastier looming disasters.

    In this book our magical mystical tour protagonist, Harry Dresden, is faced with the war torn countryside in which resides a collection of relationships he's brutalised and abandoned throughout the previous 13 stories of his life. I'm hoping that he learns *something* about relationships but I'd understand if the author continues to let this emotionally damaged individual live in his self-absorbed inability to connect with and be changed by those he professes to love. Every opportunity to learn, to grow as person is approached and then dropped when the danger factor is ratcheted up a notch or seven. Our dauntless hero is addicted to the adrenalin of danger and he flinches from personal commitment and relationships. When faced with angry friends he seems only to be capable of a forehead slap or hangdog foot shuffle accompanied by "Oops."

    That inability to grow as a person and the hobbled emotional life makes Harry look like lots of people and maybe that's part of why I'm not put off by it and keep coming back every time a new book comes out. Most of us are damaged children wearing adult bodies and racing through life like the next thing on the horizon is more important than not just noticing we made mistakes but sitting down and really *looking* at ourselves.

    The story reminds me of the trials of Hercules and I found the pace in this, the 14th book, exhausting. Harry is faced with as many complications as the previous 13 books combined. Ok, that's an exaggeration. The story arc does seem to have an arc *because* Harry is hanging on, barely, while he's chased down a mountain by an avalanche of epic proportion. Oh, and while that's happening yetis sudden appear and start throwing trees at him; a weird yeti version of the caber toss but they don't wear kilts. But wait! Now there's a freeway with rush hour traffic and you've got not just evade the avalanche and caber tossing yetis, but you've got to find a way to protect all these individuals from the danger. And so on.

    Poor Harry, he can't grow up and he can't seem to die.

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    Paula 01-21-13
    Paula 01-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Butcher's best EVER Dresdan worried after Ghost"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Best YET


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

    Harry


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

    When 2 of the Queens were killed


    Any additional comments?

    So much more now to do with Harry

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    Rusty Legend Portland, Maine USA 01-21-13
    Rusty Legend Portland, Maine USA 01-21-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Marsters MASTERS this read!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    YES! Only James Marsters can be Harry Dresden.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thomas. I love the way he is always poking Harry with a verbal stick and yet one can tell that the half brother white court vampire loves Harry.


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

    His tone. Difficult to explain. He IS Harry.."Hell's bells" if he isn't!


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

    several. Harry's "ah-ha" moments are always moving.


    Any additional comments?

    NEVER replace J. Marsters again! In fact, I think you owe the readers of Ghost Story a FREE re-do....with Marsters doing the narrative. Now, THAT would be a righteous and classy thing for Audible to do. Looking over the numerous reviews, I don't think I'm alone in this...

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    byron MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 01-21-13
    byron MILWAUKEE, WI, United States 01-21-13
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    "Another great audiobook"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    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.


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

    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.


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    Angela 01-21-13
    Angela 01-21-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book!"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Same old Harry!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent book, excellent series!

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    Michael St. Louis, MO, United States 01-20-13
    Michael St. Louis, MO, United States 01-20-13
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    "OWW! Didn't see, OWW! that coming."
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    There are so many twists to this one I have to go to a chiropractor to get the whiplash pain relieved.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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

    His character inflections are more accurate to my imagination


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

    I thought Maggie's character should have had a better fate.


    Any additional comments?

    Where was Lea? A story this twisted needed her input, but I guess even Shea need to take a break.

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