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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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    Dena BOX SPRINGS, GA, United States 12-12-12
    Dena BOX SPRINGS, GA, United States 12-12-12
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    "The old familiar Harry is back"

    James Marsters is the best actor ever to make Harry Dresden such a familiar and favorite character.

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    Galen KENSINGTON, MD, United States 12-12-12
    Galen KENSINGTON, MD, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Back and better than ever"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    I was excited to hear that James Marsters was back on the case of narrating the Dresden Files books. The definitive voice for Harry Dresden his performance is what really gives the story a sense of verisimilitude.

    This is also a return to form for the Dresden Files narrative. After Changes and Ghost Story shook up the standard detective format this time we are back to familiar beats of Chicago. With the twists and turns you'd expect from a Butcher novel, and the characters you love, this is really a must read for any fan of the series.


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    melody333 12-12-12
    melody333 12-12-12

    melody333

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    "Wow"

    It was great to have Harry and his friends back for yet another incredible performance. What a great journey; how does every book just get better than the next. And James Marsters is Harry Dresden; what a performance! Jim Butcher manages to create characters that are funny, insightful, interesting, and also kick-ass warriors. Truly another great "mr. toad's wild ride" full of adventure. Am so hoping book 15 is available the day after tomorrow! :)

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    jason blue springs, MO, United States 12-12-12
    jason blue springs, MO, United States 12-12-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A sorcerous weave of a tale."
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Bringing it together


    What did you like best about this story?

    How Jim brought all of the elements of the other books together. I loved the way he brought Harry's team back. The ending literally blew me away.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I won't listen to a Dresden File book unless he's the narrator.


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

    When Harry told Molly to "go get him." Talking about Mouse. I knew then it was on like Donkey Kong!


    Any additional comments?

    Very few writer's have the ability to maintain an energy this far into a series. Jim has created a magical weave of emotion, love for character and a helluva good story. I would put Harry Dresden in the same ballpark as Repairman Jack and the Dark Elf Drzzt of forgotten realms fame. Possibly the greatest book I have ever read, Jim ties everything together in Cold Days. Readers just love to see it all come together!

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    Ben 12-12-12
    Ben 12-12-12 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "It'll Be A Cold Day in...."

    Dresden lives, and as usual someone is already trying to rectify that problem. Only this time it's his new boss. In her attempt to get Harry back on his feet, Mab decides that his rehab should be murder attempts. If that's not enough he's no sooner back on his feet and near fighting shape when she gives him his first assignement. Kill Mav!!! And just when he thinks his plate is full to overflowing he finds out someone is trying to blow up Demonreach, and his Warden title is more than it appears. Oh and did I mention it's Halloween and the Earl King is back on the hunt, and is there really a way to kill an immortal?

    James Marsters is back, and better than ever. Marsters is Harry Dresden, and returns to the series with a bang. Cold Days is Butcher's best work and Marsters' best performance.

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    meadowlark2 Arvada, CO, United States 12-11-12
    meadowlark2 Arvada, CO, United States 12-11-12
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    "Harry's back, and he's as good as ever!!"
    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marter's is wonderful as the voice of Harry Dresden. He portrays his sense of humor perfectly.


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    Andre Brussels, AL, United States 12-11-12
    Andre Brussels, AL, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Cold Days"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Best showdown ever


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mouse - because he's still the smartest of the bunch


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

    I preferred the earlier Dresden files where Marsters still breathed into the microphone. The narration was so natural without much acting.

    He's a bit overly dramatic in this one. It's a pity because I love Marsters.


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

    Let's say part 2 and 3, yes. Part 1 was hard to get through.


    Any additional comments?

    Great for fans of the series. Not so great for first timers.

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    Ann Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-11-12
    Ann Colorado Springs, CO, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2005
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    "OMG Great!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Suspence Excitment Hope for the future!! Magic, Love, and Regret.... it has it all.


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

    The wild Hunt


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

    He is one of the best, intense readers... He holds your interest and follows the levels of the book without missing a beat. Thank you Mr. Marsters!


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

    No one wants to be Dresden!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Cleveland OH, United States 12-11-12
    Pamela Cleveland OH, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best Butcher has given us yet."

    My biggest disappointment was that the book ended. OK, when will the next one be written. Do we have to wait another year?

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    Mike 12-11-12
    Mike 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

    I only review the best and the worst. Mediocre is left to the listener.. Follow me on my quest of the best epic series and narrators!

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    "Harry is the most believable character in Fantasy"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Cold Days is one of my new Favorites, and easily trumps Dead Beat as my new favorite.. I feel like Harry Dresden is someone I know, someone I understand. Wrestling with inner demons (and outer demons), you just can't help but feel for the guy. You've heard the Spider Man motto "With great power relies great responsibility", but Spidey has NOTHING on Harry Dresden. And with no disrespect to Mr. Glover, James Marsters IS the voice of Harry.


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

    Three:'
    1) Harry breaking down in front of Karen when she forces him to talk about his daughter
    2) Harry confronting shark face during the Psychic duel, and screams"I am Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden"
    3) Harry ranting about the magazine article he read about how women communicate on 6 different levels while men have just the one, and it must be some kind of superpower.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Lacuna. Oh my god, I want to break out laughing right now just thinking about her voice and her asking Harry why he wears clothes.


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

    The whole book moved me. But Harry crying while admitting to Karen that he was afraid to see his daughter is probably on top. Also (trying to keep this as spoiler free as possible) the consequences of the winter lady and the summer lady at the end of the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book twice, you will understand it much more deeply the second time. Everything happened for a reason.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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