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Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7 | [Jim Butcher]

Dead Beat: The Dresden Files, Book 7

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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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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©2006 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

What the Critics Say

"Butcher's latest maintains the momentum of previous Dresden outings and builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion." (Booklist)

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    04-18-12
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    "I wish it was about 20 hours longer"
    Would you listen to Dead Beat again? Why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Beat?

    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


    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Debra 04-27-10
    Debra 04-27-10
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    "Polka will never die!"

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Ron United States 04-22-12
    Ron United States 04-22-12 Member Since 2005

    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.

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    "Glad I Started This Series"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12
    beth LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States 04-03-12 Member Since 2009

    I am easily amused!

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    "POLKA WILL NEVER DIE!"



    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13
    Cliff madison, MS, United States 12-23-13 Member Since 2009

    I write reviews to help readers, not to win votes. My reviews are my honest opinion whether popular or not. I hope they help you. ;)

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    "Zombie T-Rex attacks. Nuff Said!"

    This is one of my top favorites in this series. Funny, action packed and Harry goes into battle on a zombie T-Rex. How can you not love that? The review is short, but if you've read this far you'll definitely be reading this one.

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    Think about this IL, United States 07-06-13
    Think about this IL, United States 07-06-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Harry finally gets a little respect"

    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.

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    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 11-24-12
    breckoz SANTA CRUZ, CA, United States 11-24-12 Member Since 2011

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Finally Worth the Investment of Time"

    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.

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    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 08-09-11
    John F. Kaess Jacksonville, FL 08-09-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Best Dresden Book so far"

    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.

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    Stuart Tustin, CA, United States 09-20-10
    Stuart Tustin, CA, United States 09-20-10
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    "Another Solid Series Entry"

    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.

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    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 01-20-14
    Todd Indianapolis, Indiana, United States 01-20-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Like Zombies and Wizards? Try this!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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. . ..


    What other book might you compare Dead Beat to and why?

    This book is Harry potter meets, 40's detective story, meets evil dead.


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

    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.


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

    Towards the end a method of transportation is awesome!


    Any additional comments?

    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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Nobody can get into a situation quite like Harry"
    What made the experience of listening to Dead Beat the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters is the perfect choice for the narration and portrays the sullen, synical aspects of Harrys nature brilliantly


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry of course, but a lot of rich side characters which create a wonderful interaction.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Without wanting to ruin the book...all I will say is "Riding Sue"


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  • danny_5
    4/28/14
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    "can't put them down"
    Would you listen to Dead Beat again? Why?

    I'm now up to number 7 of these books and completly hooked, the naration, the story and the characters are adictive. brilliant and would recomend to any fantsy fan.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Beat?

    Quote - anyone that lets me ride their dinorsaur can call me Carlos....


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Early on the love trust between Murphy and Harry. getting more and more interesting.


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

    the ending is cool. - i can't say anymore.


    Any additional comments?

    start at the begining. i made the mistake of jumping in at a later book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Aleksandra
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
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    "Fantastic twists and turns with Dead Beat"

    Jim Butcher and James Marsters at their best! Dead Beat is a continuation of the story of Harry Dresden, the professional wizard and ... Well, not to say too much for people who haven’t listened to the book yet, but it is full of personal discoveries, new developments, and very interesting plot twists. Won’t say anything else, except – highly recommend for all Dresden fans!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mark
    4/11/13
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    "Fantastic!"

    Once again Jim Butcher brings poor old Harrys world to life. I would recommend any Dresden book to the world if I could! 5 stars!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Demarcy
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    4/8/13
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    "magic..."

    The Dresden files are done great justice by being read by James Marsters.it is another witty and tragic time in Harry Dresden's life And it makes for an extremely enjoyable listen. I highly recommend this audiobook.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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