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Death Masks Audiobook

Death Masks: The Dresden Files, Book 5

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Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Recent examples: A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...Hit men using Harry for target practice...The missing Shroud of Turin - and the possible involvement of Chicago's most feared mob boss...A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature - and who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.

©2003 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks

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    James kenner, LA, USA 11-12-09
    James kenner, LA, USA 11-12-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Pick up the coin?"

    My only complaint about the Dresden series is the waiting for the next audio book to come out. Hells bells, I'd pick up the coin and become a "Nickle Head" if it would produce the next 2 books faster.

    Oh, and FYI, the TV series does NOT do the books justice in the least. The TV Series did what "Highlander 2" did to the first movie. Judge not the Dresden series off of that!

    23 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Hollywood, FL, USA 01-03-10
    Alan Hollywood, FL, USA 01-03-10
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    "The Series Really Gets Into Gear"

    Jim Butcher himself admits that the Dresden Files series, the first volume of which was a writing exercise in the creative writing class he was in, really starts coming into it's own in the third volume, Grave Peril. I agree with him, the first two books where really raw. They are worth reading, don't misunderstand, but they are nowhere near as good as the books which came later.

    In Death Masks, I personally feel that Jim Butcher really gets things into full gear. His writing gets into full gear and he tones down on the overdriven amounts of battery and damage his hero must somehow survive to levels that someone might actually survive. That sort of thing. The plot is great and you can really see him bringing the series into maturity. It's great fun and tons of action, I strongly recommend both this book and the series!

    19 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Penny NEPA 11-17-09
    Penny NEPA 11-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Each book is better than the last!"

    In Death Masks, Jim Butcher seems to have hit his stride as an author. After the first two books I wasn't sure, but I'm glad I came back. The Archive and Kincaid were interesting characters that I'd like to see more of in the future.

    I rather miss James Marsters' deep manly breaths that were so frequent in the early books, but his narration in this book was top notch, especially his rendition of Father Vincent, the Italian priest. It's a good melding of author and narrator, in my opinion.

    I hope book 6 is available soon!

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Think about this 05-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another excellent episode!!"

    What a great series, and with James Marsters' narration, you can't go wrong.
    This book was right up there with one of the best. A great cast of characters, hearing more from Susan, and that Thomas is a hoot. It had some surprise allies,( if only for awhile), adding to the book's charm.
    Harry didn't have a chance to get bored, as bad guys kept popping up everywhere, in his quest to find the stolen shroud.
    If you follow the series, don't miss this one.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 11-11-09
    Karin W. Dublin, CA USA 11-11-09 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy and Romance Author

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    "A must-hear for Dresden Files fans!"

    This is another fun installment in the Harry Dresden series, fast-paced with tremendous jeopardies, bittersweet romance, and Butcher's trademark humor.

    The audiobook is wonderfully narrated by James Marsters, who not only gives Harry the perfect, slightly world-weary film noir detective voice, but also skillfully does a variety of accents for other characters, including Japanese, British, South American Spanish, and Russian (I loved the voice he did for Sonya, the Russian atheist Knight of the Cross.)

    I'm looking forward to listening to the next books in this series--the audiobooks really make the Dresden Files come alive!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Niles, MI, USA 11-10-09
    Michael Niles, MI, USA 11-10-09
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    "Note - They fixed the ending!"

    The last chapter has been added now, so purchase at will! It's a great book, and the reading is on par with everything else read by James Marsters. Enjoy!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Springfield, IL, USA 11-10-09
    Christopher Springfield, IL, USA 11-10-09 Member Since 2011
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    "FINAL CHAPTER HAS ARRIVED"

    Great book, per usual. Looking forward to 6 & 7.
    As in title, final chapter is now included.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 04-16-14
    A Voracious Reader NC, USA 04-16-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Oh, Harry, how we love you."

    *Book source ~ Purchased at Audible.

    Harry Dresden, wizard and PI, is hired by Father Vincent to find the Shroud of Turin. Unfortunately, that’s not the only thing on Harry’s plate. The Red Court has sent Ortega to Chicago to kill Harry, either outright or in a duel. It’s Harry’s choice, but if he doesn’t agree to the duel then Ortega sees nothing wrong with killing anyone Harry cares about. Of course Harry agrees to the duel. All three of The Knights of the Cross are in town looking for the Shroud and trying to keep Harry away from it because they believe he will be killed, his girlfriend Susan is back, but not for the reason she tells Harry and the Denarians are also sniffing around Chicago. Poor Harry. When it rains, it pours.

    Guest reviewers:
    A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
    T ~ my 14-yr-old son
    K ~ my 13-yr-old son

    Ok, there is a lot going on in this book, but everyone is still loving the series. Big surprise there. Not. :D The humor continues to entertain and is a big part of why this series is a favorite. The plot had several things going and we worried Harry would drop one or more of the balls he was juggling. With help he manages to not only stay alive, but return the Shroud to the Church. How could we have doubted him?? Everyone agreed that it was nice of Harry to give Marcone the ultimatum at the end and they didn’t doubt that Marcone would comply.

    New faces won approval: Kincaid, The Archive, Butters, Sanya, Shiro, Molly and even Ms. Gard. Old faces have returned: Bob, Susan, Murphy, Thomas, Michael, Marcone, Ebenezer (phone appearance) and Mac from McAnally’s. Oh, and Anna’s favorite…Mister. Can’t forget him. Some new faces were not liked such as Ortega (though we saw him very briefly in Grave Peril), all of the Denarians, but Nicodemus in particular and we’re on the fence about Martin.

    Everyone thought the duel was pretty cool and that Ortega was a liar liar pants on fire. They loved meeting the other two Knights and Ebenezer impressed the crap out of them with this little thing he did at the end. I won’t say what because that would spoil it, but it’s frickin awesome. The fight for the Shroud at the end was pretty good and what’s a helicopter swooping in to fight without Ride of the Valkyries playing? Which is actually a pretty funny inside joke that will come up in a later book. K & I laughed since we’ve read the books.

    Favorite quote:
    “…The next time I opened my eyes, I was in the morgue. This, all by itself, is enough to really ruin your day. I was lying on the examination table, and Butters, complete with his surgical gown and his tray of autopsy instruments, stood over me.
    ‘I’m not dead!’ I sputtered. ‘I’m not dead!’”

    6 of 6 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 2016

    I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.

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    "New cool villians"

    This book is where you really meet the Denairians. these are Demons who possess mortals through coins to do their evil work. In this one they are trying to steal the Shroud of Turin. You know that can't be good. reading this one you'll laugh a lot, cry a little and get a better understanding of the main characters.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    RabidReads 03-13-15
    RabidReads 03-13-15 Member Since 2013

    Speculative Fiction Book Review Blogger

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    "I'm ALL IN!"

    I wasn't sold on the direction the love thread was taking, but after listening to this installment, I'm ALL IN. Same goes for the Knights; their holier-than-thou attitude would have tested my patience eventually, however in DEATH MASKS they demonstrate that they aren't 100% black or white either. The Archive was some freaky deaky sh*t which leads me to believe that Butcher has only dipped his big toe in this universe's scope. The punches kept on coming in book 5, and with so many secondary plots intertwining, the story left me reeling in the best kind of way. I don't know if I'll be able to focus on anything else until BLOOD RITES is on my iPhone, locked & loaded. Goodbye weekend! ~ 4.5 stars

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    "Love James Marsters"

    I really enjoy these books. James Marsters is just awesome. the stories are just great fun.

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  • Adam J Wright
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    4/9/16
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    "A great Dresden take!"

    Another great Dresden tale. Some familiar characters from the series make an appearance in Death Masks and Butcher delivers an action-packed story!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Russ
    4/5/16
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    "Rye and bold"

    Funny with twists that carry the story on. I enjoyed it
    Even slyly loved it. Bring on the next book not doubt it will be just as good

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • K. Gibbens
    Yorkshire, England
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    "another great adaptation"

    book 5 is where butcher hits his stride. marsters keeps up in spectacular fashion. excellent "team effort"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Yorkshire, UK
    12/1/15
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    "Another dark episode"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I should not like these books as I can't abide Sam Spade style stories and surely magic , wizards etc have been done to death - but these are compelling stories with interesting plots, yes he's too good to be true - and everyone else sees his value more than he does but that's true of so many real heroes Dresden is becoming a hero


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Death Masks?

    The audio is excellent, the storytelling just at the right pace - and some of my irritations from the first couple of books have now gone completely


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I'm going to say what I fear rather than most enjoy - I fear It becoming comic book escapeeism, he's nearly dead and then in a single bound he's free... Dresden's human fragility is what keeps this well grounded


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Interesting question - difficult to do one for this book but overall it'd be - what would Harry Do?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • j
    7/20/15
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    "Enjoying more and more"

    Keep getting better. Enjoying the series more and more as I listen. Would recommend this to anyone who likes science fiction


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
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    "Up to now one of the best"

    Excellent entry in the series, the world is really becoming interesting. The narrative links from book to book whilst introducing something new in an unobtrusive way.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Laura
    4/14/15
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    "Absolutely awesome"

    loved every minute of listening to this! brilliant story and nothing compares to James Marsters performance. highly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    2/21/15
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    "Butcher does it again!"

    Story - 5/5

    Yet another superb addition to the Dresden files. This series just keeps getting better and better, with the action, world and characters constantly stepping it up a gear each time. I can’t see how he can keep this up for another 10 books – but I will definitely be finding out.

    There’s not really a whole lot else to say that I haven’t already said in the previous book’s reviews, but I would definitely recommend reading them in order for the gradual progression they give. Although my urban fantasy read pile isn’t that large, Dresden is by far the best amongst it so far. The wit, humour and the sheer epic magnitude make it really stand out.


    Performance – 5/5

    Another masterful and flawless performance from James Marsters, and I am glad to see that he narrates all of the later books too – as he IS Dresden in my head, and it would be too disruptive to not be him. He is a brilliant actor, performing the book and dialogue beautifully to fit the mood that Jim Butcher has created.


    Overall - 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • louise
    ELY, United Kingdom
    5/28/13
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    "Quite Poor compared to other books"

    Having listened to 6 Dresden File Audio books i found this one to be quite week, the story does not have the level of detail that 1-4 had and i found the pace quite jumpy thankfully book 6 is better so am thinking this is just a rare bad day at the office for Jim Butcher.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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