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
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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%
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.
Marsters IS Harres Dresden
From the Shores of Chicago to the very Gates of known Existence - Harry Dresden must save not only the world, but reality itself.
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!
I've re-listened to the whole series so many times, I stopped counting! Cold days was exceptional
A naked Harry on the Island
The character, humor. James Marsters is Harry Dresden
Character, humor, and drama witten with intelligence and heart, from fantasy to non-fiction is what I'm after in a great listen.
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.
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!
Having Marsters back in the Dresden driving seat brought the characters back into focus. Not that Glover was bad... just not right.
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
It is also worth mentioning again, that with all of the character development Marsters put into the voices, It was amazing "seeing" them again.
Just a Latino living life in NYC
Yes, but only if they read the entire series!
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!
Towards the end... the events that took place on the Island... so many twist... so much story to tell!
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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