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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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    James pembroke pines, fl, United States 12-18-12
    James pembroke pines, fl, United States 12-18-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Marsters is BACK!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I have recommended the series to all my friends. The stories are unique with familiar myths and backgrounds. They are fun and keep you on the edge of your seat.


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

    Harry Dresden


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

    The whole book moved me...at breakneck speed!!! Though I liked the "surprise party" best.


    Any additional comments?

    Marsters is BACK!!!!!

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    Albert C. Bongiovi NJ-USA 12-17-12
    Albert C. Bongiovi NJ-USA 12-17-12 Member Since 2006

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    "The Best of the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Yes, as James Marsters who I believe has done all the narration in the series, gives an excellent performance as the main character as well as the others


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was very thought out, with all the loose ends resolved. The best of the entire series to me.


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

    Harry; he gives life to the character


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

    none other than pure enjoyment


    Any additional comments?

    This series is one of the few where I'm sorry when its finished, and I can't wait for the next. I have to say that 2 books ago when Harry was "killed" I was saddened thinking the series was over. I love fantasy fiction and this has become the best of the type. My other favorite author is Terry Brooks, but Jim Butcher is more of the adults version or fantasy fiction.

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    Greg Allen, TX, United States 12-17-12
    Greg Allen, TX, United States 12-17-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Keeps getting better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    Only purchased audio book


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He really gets the character and it was nice having him back.


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

    When Mouse and Harry were reunited


    Any additional comments?

    I am already chomping at the bit for the next book. Each book just improves on the last.

    It is like slipping on a favorite pair of shoes.

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    SobriKate SF Bay Area, CA 12-16-12
    SobriKate SF Bay Area, CA 12-16-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Unsurprisingly great"

    Harry Dresden has returned to a detective role and less of a all-powerful wizard role, with less melodrama and more fun. While I love the series, I was happy to see the tenor change somewhat. Gloom and doom still lay over the horizon, but as usual Harry practically kills himself to prevent the worst case of two evils from happening. This audiobook is especially great because Spike is back! While I didn't dislike Ghost Story, the change in narrator was jarring enough I had to listen a second time to get past it. Now we all get to return to the characters voiced as we are used to, as James Marsters has brought them to life yet again. If you like audiobooks, the urban fantasy setting and good voice acting, I encourage you to try the whole series, as well as this book.

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    Shannon Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-16-12
    Shannon Oshawa, ON, Canada 12-16-12 Member Since 2011
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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 2013
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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 2014
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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 2012
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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 12-13-12
    Elena 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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