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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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    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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    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 12-11-12
    Jason Manassas, VA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2014

    Hey there! I am a Fantasy/Sci-Fi nut. I also enjoy a good zombie novel or thriller now and then. My likes tend towards Young adult novels as I find most of the "adult" Fantasy novels to be uppity for lack of a better word. Follow me if you like the same as I intend to go back and review every book I had listened to on this site and will keep doing so.

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    "Harry is back, and hes ice cold."

    First I want to say to I was overjoyed to hear James Masters voice. He IS Dresden, when it comes to the voice. This book starts to answer so many questions we have had for so long, while asking so many more.

    The action in this book never lets up, and Harry's wit is as razor sharp as always. This book is the rebuilding of the harry we knew. It starts the recovery from changes while still showing us how much Harry has grown.

    I cant wait for the next book in this series! I can honestly say if you skipped the last book due to John Glover, You can walk right back in and its as if the 13th book was a side note.

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    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 12-11-12
    Chad Kelso, WA, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2012

    This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.

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    "Is Harry a Bad ass or not?"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    James is Harry to me, listening to all the books so far. With the exception of Ghost Story. Its a great book. I guess I have to say that this book has been waylaid from urban fantasy to true fantasy. Its a great book and story, don't get me wrong. As for rankings? With James as the lead its a 5 star for me.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Stupid question.... Harry of course.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. It was a deep twist that's for sure.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    I miss detective Dresden!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 12-11-12
    Amazon Customer Whitehouse, TX, United States 12-11-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Fantastic book."
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    St. Nick....ha ha...too funny.


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

    James Marsters makes the book extra enjoyable. I'd put him right up there with Dick Hill. I'm glad he's back, reading as Dresden.


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    Lashark Boston, MA, USA 12-11-12
    Lashark Boston, MA, USA 12-11-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Dresden at his best, with James Marsters at the he"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    intricate plot but written well enough that it doesn't leave you confused. And so thrilled to have James Marsters back as narrator.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, as usual.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    variation in accent, intonation, rhythm in that gives each character his/her own voice.


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

    When hell freezes over, a wizard is your only hope.


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    heather United States 12-10-12
    heather United States 12-10-12
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    "One of the best ones yet"

    First, I was so happy to hear James' voice as Harry again! Second, the story was fantastic. I wanted to hurry up and listen, but I also didn't want it to end. Can't wait for the next book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Yellowstone National Park, WY, United States 12-10-12
    Steve Yellowstone National Park, WY, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wow... just... wow"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    TOTALLY!!! Probably my favorite book in the series now!


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

    "Wait, you work for me?"
    "I prefer to think of it as managing your incompetence."


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

    Marsters is a king among orators. He keeps getting better with each year.


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

    Molly... the end... ouch...


    Any additional comments?

    READ IT!!! ... ...why aren't you read it yet?

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    A 12-10-12
    A 12-10-12 Member Since 2013
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    "NO SHARKS JUMPED!!"
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    Like a lot of folks, I was worried about where Mr Butcher was going with cold days after the silliness that was Ghost Story.


    You may relax. Without giving away too much, Harry is back in action, the plot is back on the rails, and his character still makes sense. In fact, things are starting to come together. This book is so packed full of action, plot, and individual character development, describing any more real detail about the story would give too much away, especially to those who have come this far.


    The writing itself is on par with the best of his work, with great pacing and dialog. One note, I believe Butcher is going through some kind of a stage, (or harry is, depending on how you look at it) because there are more notable uses of the fbomb in this Dresden File than any other. Not a problem for me, I felt it helped give this book a bit more flavor, But some may find it distasteful.



    James Marsters is back and gives the performance we have come to expect from him in the Dresden Files, a fantastic one.



    In all, I was delighted with this book, with so many moments that I found myself exited or laughing aloud for harry and the gang, it has become one of my favorites. Hats off to Jim for pulling it back and kicking it in gear.

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    Gregory 12-10-12
    Gregory 12-10-12
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    "Just finished listening to Cold Days - yowza!"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    A fantastic return to the mortal world for our favorite supernatural P.I. Harry Dresden. In typical Harry fashion, he has no time to sit on his heels as he hits the ground running as soon as he returns to Chicago. Great listen, Marsters does an outstanding job as usual. Great seeing most of the old gang back in action, and seeing how they react to Harry being alive (again). The action was pretty crazy, although a few times here and there it seemed these last minute escapes by Harry to win the day were a bit too...convenient? No spoilers of course, nor did it decrease my massive enjoyment of this book by any means, just an aside. This is a fantastic series. My only sadness is that I have to wait another year or 2 for the next one.


    What did you like best about this story?

    A storyline that comes to a conclusion, and the ominuous beginnings of a new one.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Great chracterization and voice used for each of the characters, and I can totally see Harry sounding as Marsters portrays him.


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

    Hell yeah.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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