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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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    Shannon Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-16-12
    Shannon Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-16-12
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    "Incredible!"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    I only discovered Jim Butcher's Dresden Files ten months ago, but since then I've fallen totally in love with the series. I've listened through it all leading up to Cold Days twice, and I was so completely thrilled with the newest addition that I am DEFINITELY listening to it again!! Cold Days took me through a whole range of emotions and reactions. I got chills, I cried, I sat (quite literally) on the edge of my seat, even laughed. It's an amazing follow up to Ghost Story, WONDERFULLY written and narrated. I can't even begin to express how happy I am that James Marsters is back in the role of narrator. He voices Harry and the new path he's found himself on beautifully. Jim Butcher totally blew me away with this one. Again.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    The way he voiced Harry in the beginning when Harry's whole world had been turned upside down versus the way he voiced him once Harry was back on familiar ground contributed to the overall tone of the story in such a fabulous manner. I spent the first several chapters of the book feeling edgy, just like Harry, and I know that's partially due to Jim Butcher's writing, and partially because of the way James was narrating it. Loved that.


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

    If I thought I could have listened for 18+ hours straight, I totally would have. As it is, I devoured it - stayed up late, lost sleep, ignored my friends and family - until I was finished. Except for those last two hours. I had to stop and take a break simply because I didn't want it to end!


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    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-16-12
    Matt Manchester, NH, United States 12-16-12 Member Since 2010
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    "not bad"

    way better then ghost story

    had some nice twists

    good to see harry progressing as a character and in magic

    however it will be hard to keep the books interesting if he tones the scale down and just makes another mystery in his town with some side villian

    now that we've gotten the full scale of major characters, how will he keep the next 7 books from not going backwards to boring sideplots?

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    Harrison Pasadena, CA, United States 12-15-12
    Harrison Pasadena, CA, United States 12-15-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Dresden is Back - Better than Ever!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! Well, if anyone is going to make it this far in the series (and don't be fooled they must be read in order) this is worth the read 100%


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

    The most memorable moment of Cold Days occurs during a mind blowing series that expands the series and strengthens the character of Harry in one step! The tru epic storyline comes into focus in Faerie.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marsters IS Harres Dresden


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

    From the Shores of Chicago to the very Gates of known Existence - Harry Dresden must save not only the world, but reality itself.


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    Kathleen Newburyport, MA, United States 12-14-12
    Kathleen Newburyport, MA, United States 12-14-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Like coming home!"

    As others have said, James Marsters IS Harry Dresden and it's like coming home to hear him narrate another wonderful novel full of the characters we have come to know and love. Oh yeah, and the plot is fun, as usual, too!

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    Marina Centurion, South Africa 12-13-12
    Marina Centurion, South Africa 12-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Welcome back Harry!"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    I've re-listened to the whole series so many times, I stopped counting! Cold days was exceptional


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

    A naked Harry on the Island


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

    The character, humor. James Marsters is Harry Dresden


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

    Both


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    Elena Summit, NJ, United States 12-13-12
    Elena Summit, NJ, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2011

    Character, humor, and drama witten with intelligence and heart, from fantasy to non-fiction is what I'm after in a great listen.

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    "Harry D., Icon"

    I'm a big fan of every book in the series. Listening to Cold Days is like coming home. Harry, dead or alive, is the model modern man/wizard. He's strong, smart, vulnerable, funny, compassionate and ready to save the underdog and/or the world even without a moment's notice. James Marsters's narration is perfection. The only down side to listening is finishing and waiting for Book 15.

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    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 12-13-12
    Anthony Idaho Falls, ID, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2004

    Laughter is the best medicine, but if you are laughing for no reason, you may need medicine.

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    "Best Dresden Yet!"

    Straight and to the point, this was well worth the long wait for the latest installment, even after the last less than enjoyable book. This was the best Dresden book yet, the humor was great, I really liked having Toot-Toot more involved as well, he is becoming one of my favorite characters in the series. You can't go wrong with this one!

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    Brian Lewisville, TX, United States 12-13-12
    Brian Lewisville, TX, United States 12-13-12
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    "Dresden & Marsters are Back!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    Having Marsters back in the Dresden driving seat brought the characters back into focus. Not that Glover was bad... just not right.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Butcher has ramped up the stakes in the Dresden-verse. It would be to easy to spoil it by bringing up the best moments in this story


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    It is also worth mentioning again, that with all of the character development Marsters put into the voices, It was amazing "seeing" them again.


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    Lorenzo Segarra New York City 12-13-12
    Lorenzo Segarra New York City 12-13-12 Member Since 2009

    Just a Latino living life in NYC

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    "I need more stars to give!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, but only if they read the entire series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was a non stop clusterf***k in the making... it seemed that there was no way Harry could overcome so many obstacles.... But Dresden finds a way... though he didn't exactly get lemonade after so many lemons... Harry lives to fight another day!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Towards the end... the events that took place on the Island... so many twist... so much story to tell!


    Any additional comments?

    I saw an interview with Jim Butcher and sadly this series isn't open ended... He has a final book planned... whenever that is... I could listen to Harry in Marsters voice for years to come....

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    Edwin Vadnais Heights, MN, United States 12-13-12
    Edwin Vadnais Heights, MN, United States 12-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "The story's great and the Voice is back!"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    The Saga Continues


    What did you like best about this story?

    Having Marsters back.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final battle


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

    Mab's moment at the books end.


    Any additional comments?

    Marsters has me trained to his voice.

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