When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
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"Butcher's latest maintains the momentum of previous Dresden outings and builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion." (Booklist)
Yeap. This book introduced Butters, a Chicago medical examiner, and a perfect foil to Dresden. Jim Butcher's books are always peppered with humor, but between Butters, the almost full-grown Mouse, and a third plot point (that I will not spoil) this book was one guffaw after another. Past Dresden books have been dark, with Harry just getting pummeled time and time again. Harry picks up some new bruises and sutures in this book too, but the whole tone of the story is lighter.
Avoiding Spoliers: Right towards the end, when Harry finds the perfect weapon against the baddies. I rewound that scene twice before moving on with the rest of the book
A late addition to 'The Dresden Files' Audible lineup, this is one of my favorites of the series. In Dead Bead, Mr. Butcher fills out the character of Waldo Butters, who plays a major role in this story, gives us additional glimpes into Bob's dark history, and reintroduces us to some old friends...and enemies. The story is fast paced and exciting with Mr Marster's doing the usual fantastic job of caturing Dresden's emotional intensity. Dresden's resolution of the current crisis is, in a word, audacious! A credit worthy listen.
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So, this audiobook was pretty epic. End review. No, but seriously there's Necromancers, a zombie t-rex, Harry gets a wizardly promotion, there's a weird love triangle going on, although I don't think anyone is actually getting any, Bob gets kidnapped, and then there's the whole Lasciel thing. I loved this installment to bits; there was action to the max, tons of future possibilities open up for this series, and I bow down to James Marsters' grasp of Dresden's character. Butters made for an awesome sidekick, and Mouse was something else too. Highly recommended! 4.5 Stars
If you're like me and have been reading this series in order, then you won't be disappointed by this installment. Harry finds himself in yet another peril of life and death, and finally gets recognized for his efforts. Thomas and the werewolves are back, with a few cameos here and there, but Harry finds a new alliance with Butters, a rather eccentric medical examiner. The story has the usual non-stop action, and Harry is forever fleeing and facing death. James Marsters does his usual excellent job of narration, bringing Harry and friends to life. I just can't say enough about this book, except don't miss out on it.
I am easily amused!
Absolutely brilliant book, the best in the series so far! Harry Dresdan is funnier than ever and becomes even more of a bad ass. Zombies, necromancers, animated dinosaurs, old and new enemies grace the pages of this book as Harry struggles to keep his friend Karrin Murphy's reputation safe. The book is unpredictable and ties together loose ends from previous books. Harry is learning to adapt to having and living with his brother, Thomas. He is adjusting to life with a crippled hand and is struggling to over come fears he is not even aware that he has. The war is still raging against the red court vampires and a terrible new threat has come to Chicago threatening to kill thousands. Action packed and full of Harry's wonderful friends with the new addition of Butters, the polka loving waif of a coroner that grows a back bone while hanging out with our hero.
I always make a point of listening to the Harry Dresdan books on audio because James Marsters does such a wonderful job with the narration and this book was no exception. Fantastic, I am already tempted to listen to it again.
I've been hooked on this series since a friend recommended it. This is one of my favorites from the series thus far. Each of these stories can be read as stand alone, but are better appreciated when you listen to the series. (I started on book 3 and was fine.) This story has is one where Harry is put against necromancers.... It also has a lot of Bob the Skull (my favorite character.) Definitely worth a listen. . ..
This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.
Bob the Skull.... James is very convincing as a performer for both men and women... But with Bob he uses his own accent and gets to be completely inappropriate. It always is a laugh.
Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!
IF you're new to the series, I've been told book 3 is where to start... SO I started there... and may go back to 1 and 2 later on... CHECK IT OUT!
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This is my favorite Dresden Book so far. I was extremely impressed with how James Masters, the reader, has come along. We get to see the start of a darker dresden emerge and the lines between good and evil start to get blurred. Didn't wait for a deal to get the next book after reading this one.
A very busy dad and IT manager from Athens, GA. I have a long commute, and I listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and around the house.
When I started the Harry Dresden series, the stories were a bit thin and the production values were pretty poor. James Marsters' (I swear I only recognized him after starting the first book) performance was credible, but plagued with weird mispronunciations. Fast forward to book 7, Dead Beat, and things have improved. Quite a lot.
The writing has gotten sharper, even more organically witty. The plots improve by degree, but there's only so much one can do with this material; Butcher does quite a lot. And Marsters is downright brilliant. Some of my favorite narrators are weak on voice characterization; Marsters is a genius at it. If the occasional spell intonation seems overblown, you just accept it because ever other thing he says is pitch-perfect. This is not an exaggeration; if you think carefully about the text and Marsters' delivery, you'll see that his subtlety is pretty impressive... and effective.
So, to sum it up: the stories, though a bit on the genretastic side, are getting better. The writing is well past good. The narration leaves many perpetual favorites in the dust. I do recommend starting at the beginning, though. If you do, stick with it. I almost didn't, and that would have been a shame.
I've read (in print) all of the Dresden File books, and have been buying and listening to them as audiobooks the past few months starting with book 1. This is by far the best Dresden book I've listened to. Not only is it the best story, but James Marsters' performance is outstanding. I highly recommend this audiobook.
I've been listening to the Dresden Files back to back for seven books now and I continue to enjoy Masters' narration and Butcher's writing. If I had any complaint with the first books it'd only be the too far over-the-top Warden Morgan whose disdain for Harry goes beyond common sense and the confusing tension between our protagonist and Karrin Murphy whose attitude toward Harry warrants a punch to the teeth more than a kiss. With Karrin on vacation for this book and Morgan seeming to fall into line during Dead Beat this becomes one of the most enjoyable in the series. Imaginative, humorous, over-the-top with just the right amount of tension, Dead Beat is highly recommended.
He just gets funnier and funnier. A good plot with some twists and turns.
This is by far the funniest book yet.
"Love dresden files. brilliant."
Fab loved it. Great characters, great story telling. recommend it. Good to read in order but doesn't matter as the story stands alone.
"Another great book in a great series"
Great book & series
This book grips you with its depth of story and makes it difficult to stop listening. You just want to keep listening to the series one book after the other with each book getting better and better adding to the depth of story. Even though this is book 7 the story and characters are still fresh without getting stale.
James Marsters makes the characters come to life and helps bring the book and characters to life.
I am glad that this is only Book 7 and there are lots more to listen too as it would be so difficult to wait for additional releases.
"rip roaring action and comedy gold."
brilliantly narrated and given life. Dresden get deeper and deeper in trouble with a smile (USUALLY)
"best audio book, and best narrator"
Dresden files is the best series of books made for audio out there that I have found so far, and as I drive for a living and music puts me to sleep I have a huge library to chose from.
Mr Marsters unlike many narrators obviously has read the books before narrating them and enjoyed them, and this comes through as energy and emotion. Mr Marsters doesn't read these books, he performs them with great skill.
in short Dresden files rocks
Jim butcher rocks
and James marsters kicks backside.
"Excellent narration enjoyed story 100% :-) "
Excellent narration enjoyed story 100% :-) can't wait to start the next one. polka will never die!
"one of his best."
wizard detective, necromancers, polka will never die and ...Sue. need I say any more ?
"Butcher never disappoints"
Another great story from Jim Butcher.
I can't stop listening. Always a gripping story and Plenty of laughs to be had too. :)
Really good. Made me laugh and kept me sucked in for the entire book can't wait to listen to the rest of the Dresden files
"Dresden rides in!"
I think this many be my favourite book in the series, relationships and characters are growing and changing, but there is still innocence, humour and hope.
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