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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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    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.

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    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12
    Pinchgem Ohio USA 12-31-12

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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.

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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.

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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.


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    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12
    Daniel Atlanta, GA, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "great. Love the series, and Marsters is great"

    Great continuation of the story. Great series, just keeps getting better and deeper. Masters is great as Dresden

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    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 12-29-12
    Gypsyjolie Madison, WI, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2015

    audiobook addict

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    "lots of action"

    Action-packed and lots of big developments. You can really appreciate Jim Butcher's planning as you see all the threads of the previous plot points being drawn toward the resolution of the series.

    The book is a giant swashbuckling action tale and the Faery politics drive the tale. There are powerful new baddies to fight. The climax on the hill literally took my breath away! I am really excited to see how that plays out in book #15. I loved Mab and all the other Faery royalty in this tale.

    I had a couple of nit-picky problems with this book. Suddenly Harry drops the f-bomb repeatedly, after 13 books of "stars and stones" oaths. Perhaps that is the Winter Knight's mantle's influence? Molly seems remarkably calm and sane after the tattered state she was in in Ghost Story... which is nice but surprised me and felt disingenuine. Murphy is completely nonplussed by Harry's re-appearance from the "dead" and just magically appears to help him in the city before he contacts her, despite her emotional despair and retreat after losing Harry in Ghost Story. None of these little things ruin the book but they were distracting, especially the swearing, which pulled me out of the book in surprise each time.

    I'm surprised how many people did not like Ghost Story (the previous book in the series). I actually loved the emotionally heavy and almost introspective feel of it. It was a hard thing to read, with all the characters laid emotionally bare, and Harry grew a lot during it. This is a physicality book, full of battles - a nice foil to Ghost Story.

    James Marsters does a masterful reading of Harry, as usual.

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    Carolyn MARQUETTE, MI, United States 12-29-12
    Carolyn MARQUETTE, MI, United States 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "loved this series!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this whole series! I look forward to the next book. The characters are old acquaintances after all!


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

    He is a great reader!


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    Kitt Las Vegas 12-29-12
    Kitt Las Vegas 12-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Cold Days is Awesome Addition to the Dresden Files"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I have been a huge fan of the Dresden File books since I first found them with #3. Through the years I have watched the twists and turns that Harry has been put through; Most of the time I just thought that Jim Butcher was a little sadistic with how he seemed to delight in putting Harry against beings far more power than himself, and situations with far too much responsibility for one hapless wizard to bear.In Cold Days, I love the way Jim Butcher pulled all those things together to give some purpose to the crucible that Harry has been put through. In this book we learn that Butcher was not merely sadistic--- he had a plan, and this book ties many of those elements together to form some understanding of what is actually going on in the world.Even more - it gives Harry a purpose. I feel like I should capitalize that - It gives Harry PURPOSE and Harry reacts in the fashion that we all love about Harry. To quote Mr. Marsters from another role: "Wackiness Ensues".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry has to be my favorite character of all time, and in this book he does not dissapoint. We learn far more about other characters as well. Molly in particular displays her growth since Ghost Story and we see her as a powerful woman, and not the girl that she was.


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

    James Marsters IS the voice of Harry Dresden. I bought my first DF audiobook at a garage sale years ago and I thought that Marsters was OK. But over time he has developed nuance to the characters that I think few others could bring. Some day I want to head to a sci/fi convention just to ask him a question about his audio work on this series. I'm desperate to know if he does Toot's voice alone, or with electronic filtering.The last book was much less enjoyable without him as the voice of Harry, I would seriously debate whether to purchase another if he were not the vocal actor performing it.


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

    There is a moment near the end where a character is asked a question. It was a human moment from an unexpected source. I was actually moved by the simplicity of it.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are not listening to the Dresden Files books with James Marsters as the reader you are missing out on a treat. I drive for hours sometimes for my job and Harry/James are my companions on those lonely days. I look forward to those long drives now so I can spend more time with them.

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    Garrett 12-28-12
    Garrett 12-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "GREAT BOOK"

    This was another one of Jim Butchers great books about the Great Wizard Harry Dresden.

    I am so HAPPY that they were able to get James Marsters back to narrate the book.

    I recommend this book and the entire series!!!

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    Hilde Bergen, Norway 12-27-12
    Hilde Bergen, Norway 12-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "May Butcher write the next book swiftly."
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    I love that Jim Butcher always finds a twist and turn in his stories that grabs my attention and always makes me want to read more. His stories are exciting and well written, and even though this is the fourteenth book in the Dresden-files series I'm not even close to getting tired of it. That is something not many other authors have done.


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

    James Marsters interpretation of Toot the Fairy is priceless!


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