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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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    Andrew Chicago, IL, United States 12-02-12
    Andrew Chicago, IL, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2013

    Surgery resident and health services researcher.

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    "Thank God James Marsters is Back"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters is back.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Molly. Her evolution as a character has come the longest.


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

    Toot-Toot.


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Nicely ties everything together from the pervious 13 books (well in truth mostly from books 1-12).

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Lori Chattanooga, TN, United States 12-02-12
    Lori Chattanooga, TN, United States 12-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Butcher does it again!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    I did not read the print version, however, this performance was outstanding as usual.


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

    For me when Harry reunites with Mouse!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The battle with the Outsiders off the island.


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

    I wish I could have! Work always interferes with my books....


    Any additional comments?

    Can not wait for another!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Palmer, AK, United States 12-01-12
    Jason Palmer, AK, United States 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Things are coming together!"

    Dresden is back with some new skills and an impossible task to perform. We are giving a better look at things which have been hinted at throughout the series. A few more clues about the black council and deeper look at the fairy queens.

    As I read and reread the Dresden files, it becomes clear that Jim Butcher had this series sketched out very well before he wrote the earlier books. He does a great job of pointing out that Dresden was getting clues about all of this stuff as early as Storm Front.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Allan New Market, TN, United States 08-05-13
    Allan New Market, TN, United States 08-05-13 Listener Since 2008
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    "Very poor choice of vocabulary."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Someone who things good moral people like Harry Dresden talks with a filthy mouth while saving the day, putting himself in harms way to save the innocent and the helpless. Someone feeble minded enough to actually like the book more just because of the filthy language.


    Has Cold Days turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, just from the Author.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Marsters?

    He is perfect.


    What character would you cut from Cold Days?

    Just the language. Story is superb.


    Any additional comments?

    This really goes to show how authors of great talent have polluted themselves and there work and ruined a otherwise extraordinarily good book. The things Dresden says in this book don't even go along with the mood of the scene. Its like the author was paid to put so many horrible words in the book and they were just throwed in at various places. Authors get a CLUE!!! A book don't have to say GD this and FCK that to sell a book!!!! In fact you actually sell less because there are still a few who don't listen to trash mouths and the one who does won't turn down the book because the trash isn't in it!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-01-13
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    "New reader...Not dresden book"
    What did you like best about Cold Days? What did you like least?

    The story was good but with the new reader it just did not feel lik a desden book


    Any additional comments?

    dear publisher DON"T DO THAT AGAIN!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 03-18-13
    Rory Calgary, AB, Canada 03-18-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Not the best but better than Cold Days"

    Thanks for bringing James Marsters back, Harry is not the same without Spike around.
    Entertaining, but far from the best Dresden.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 03-04-13
    MaryAnn Idaho Falls, ID, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "foul language - out of character"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

    I am not a prude, and I think that the audio editions of Jim Butcher's work are always wonderful, but this one had a lot of F words in it, and I was surprised, quite frankly. It didn't seem to fit the character Dresden has been in previous books, seemed like they were just 'stuck in'.I had been enjoying the series specifically for the love of the characters, and the fact they had so little swearing, which sets them apart in this day and age, but the addition of bad langueage sure didn't add to this book. It was disappointing.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    probably.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    always a good performance and he does a super job with extra voices.


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The foul language sounded like it was added as an afterthought - put in by an editor or whatever, but it sure was a surprise in this book after so many without the F word. It would be nice to find a book by an author as fine a writer as Jim Butcher without the bad language. I get tired of it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    P. E. C. USA 02-11-13
    P. E. C. USA 02-11-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Could not download 2nd half of book"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    The first half of the book was very enjoyable, however, even though I paid for the entire book, I was not able to download the second half, therefore was quite disappointed in this purchase, to say the least

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    John A. Saloiye South Charleston,WV 01-30-13
    John A. Saloiye South Charleston,WV 01-30-13
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    "F Bomb is gaining ground"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Imaginative, exciting, friends


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't have one, they are all old friends. Surprisingly, Thomas, a vampire is one too.


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

    Bob, I think. James Marsters sounds like a completely different person. He takes me back to my childhood because Bob sounds a lot like the Great Kazoo from the Flintstones cartoons.


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

    Completely different from the TV show. Karen Murphy was not the Karen Murphy in the books.


    Any additional comments?

    One thing I especially liked about Jim Butchers books has been they have minimal swearing. This book has gone beyond his norm. If this trend continues, I will have to leave the books on the shelf rather than bring them home.

    There is far less swearing than many best sellers. The frequency of the F bomb has increased for his books.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-27-13
    LaurelOlivia Carlsbad, ca, United States 01-27-13 Member Since 2013

    LauralOlivia

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    "Worth a listen"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes, I would listen again. It is not like other of his books that I was eager to listen to again. I will listen to the book if I don't have any knew books. I liked the books before he died best.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    Absolutely, Butcher and Marsters are outstanding. I do prefer his books with the old characters, Bob, Murphy, the coroner, his brother, Kincade and all the usuals.


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

    The humorous sarcasm and self deprecating would not be as brilliant with another narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    I prefer the old characters in contrast to all the immortals.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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