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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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    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-12-11
    David Edmonton, AB, Canada 04-12-11 Member Since 2016

    I am an entertainer...so I spend a lot of time on the road. I take my audio seriously. I appreciate great writing and outstanding narration.

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    "Great Novel"

    If you like your paranormal detectives with a noir-kinda-wizardy flavor...this is it.

    You'll love the Dresden Files.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 11-10-09
    Jean Pittsburgh, PA USA 11-10-09 Member Since 2011
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    "Harry Dresden never fails to entertain"

    Now that I've heard the complete audiobook, including the final chapter, I enjoyed this Harry Dresden adventure just as much as the first four books. I'm looking forward to Book 6 (Blood Rites) and Book 7 (Dead Beat) now, which we might have to wait for until July 2010. Hope I'm wrong about that.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Ventura, Ca, United States 12-06-09
    Amazon Customer Ventura, Ca, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Long wait for this book!"

    But boy was it worth the wait. The stride that Butcher hits around book 3 continues here. I would be surprised if anyone could listen this to this book and not find themselves laughing out loud while getting sucked into another great adventure from the worlds second most famous wizard named Harry. It is going to be a long seven months waiting for book 6!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    eric Surprise, AZ, United States 08-11-14
    eric Surprise, AZ, United States 08-11-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Better and Better"
    What did you like best about this story?

    This series keeps getting better even though there is a bit of a formula with the stories, I don't know how its going to end within the first five minutes of the book because he actually holds back.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Marsters always does a great job, but just like the stories he is getting better with time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    brendam955 08-09-14
    brendam955 08-09-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A Keeper"
    Would you listen to Death Masks again? Why?

    Yes.Because I am really enjoying the Dresdin books.I wish I could afford them all.One at a time will do for now though.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story line and James Marsters is great in the narration for them.


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

    I can't distinguish between them.I like them all.I think Harry is my favorite though.


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

    The humor in it is great for a mystery.


    Any additional comments?

    n/a

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 06-02-14
    Hassan 06-02-14 Member Since 2015

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "New Deadly Enemies & New Friends"

    You would think Dresden would get a break after Summer Knight, but nooooo Jim Butcher had other deadly plans for our friend. You would think that at most there would be one deadly enemy, but again noo there are many. I felt really bad for Dresden. But at least there was new friends as well here, at least he wasn't by himself.

    it is unbelievable how things progress in this series, and how Dresden developed over time. Such a great series.

    I wonder what will happen next!?

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    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-04-14
    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Harry Dresden"

    Harry is finally working towards an even footing in life. He's as close to financially solvent as he has been in a while, thanks in part to an appearance on a local talk show.

    At the talk show he meets a vampire general from the Red Court who wants Harry to agree to a duel to stop the war he started and a priest who needs Harry's help recovering a holy relic, the shroud of Turin.

    There's no avoiding the duel, and Harry being Harry, agrees to look into the shroud when his long distance sort of but not quite ex-girlfriend Susan Rodriguez, one time journalist now half Red Court vampire, walks back into this life with a warning. Don't duel.

    What's not to like about a Dresden novel? There was a lot of heart, endings and beginnings in this book. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-15-13
    CaraBen Lincoln, NE 12-15-13 Member Since 2015

    Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.

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    "another amazing book"
    Would you listen to Death Masks again? Why?

    Already have 3 times, Dresden is my favorite series


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

    He is the embodiment of the character and really brings the story alive.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Beth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-05-13
    Beth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-05-13 Member Since 2016
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    "This is one of my favorite series!"
    Would you listen to Death Masks again? Why?

    I would. This book really checked all my boxes. The characters are great, the plot was well thought-out, the narration enriched the story...what more could I want? I would totally listen to the whole series again...^_^


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the short scenes with the mischievous Molly Carpenter...too funny :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 07-01-13
    Michael Janosky LYNDORA, PA, US 07-01-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Dresden gone philosophical"

    The most notiable piece from this book is the amount of introspection that Dresden has. This in turn caused me to have some of the same moments of introspection. I don't want to say that this book is "deep" yet it is.

    Death Masks also marks the introduction of Christian undercurrent that will continue for the rest of the series. A nice touch that Jim Butcher masterfully weaves into the book as if it's gold string into quilt. Instead of feeling beat over the head with philosophy and religion the undercurrent pushes the story along.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Hilary T.
    Shoreham-by-sea, United Kingdom
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    "Superb Harry Dresden book"

    I suspect that Harry Dresden books are like Marmite - you either love them or hate them. I love them and have spent years complaining that whilst Audible USA had these books, we in the UK did not. At last they are here.



    Harry Dresden is a modern-day wizard in Chicago, grappling with the proclivity of 21st century equipment (computers et al) to go into melt down when he is near. He has all the modern problems of paying his rent and taxes, but with the added layer of having to deal with the politics of the White Council of wizards ( he is too anarchic to ever fit in there), fight the vampire courts and deal with the odd demon. If you like this type of fantasy book, you will love the Dresden series.



    In this book, Harry duels with a vampire committed to killing him ( even if it means cheating); searching for the stolen Shroud of Turin (before it falls into the wrong hands); being a target for his own side ( if his death prevents a war with the vampires, goodbye Harry); and many more complex threads. All dealt with by a Harry who gets very battered at times, but never loses his wry ( though at times, tired) wit.



    There are many other characters in this book - Susan ( Harry's former love); Bob ( the spirit of a very experienced wizard, trapped by curse to inhabit a skull for eternity) who assists Harry with his knowledge; Murphy ( a Police Officer who does not want to believe in magic and ghosts and other horrors, but having known Harry for some time, knows what she has seen); and so on.



    I really cannot recommend this book, and all of the others in the Harry Dresden series, too highly if you like this genre.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kelly
    Paulton, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "Oh, and hit men, just a few of them too."

    I am a big fan of the Dresden Files and have read them all over the years. A few years ago I bought Storm Front in audio format and I was not disappointed, James Marsters is a great narrator. As soon as I got my Audible membership I bought Fool Moon and Grave Peril soon after. It's been a few years and I intermittently check if the rest of the series has become available on audio. Lo and Behold! A few weeks ago I found that they were now all available! I used up the credits I'd stashed for a rainy day and got Summer Knight and Death Masks for listening.



    Private detective/wizard-for-hire Harry Dresden is neck deep in the action again, his ex girlfriend has returned, a red court vampire challenges for a duel and the Chicago PD need help in a case involving a headless and handless corpse... Oh, and hit men, just a few of them too.



    The greatest thing about audio books is being able to multi task... playing with toddler, washing up, housework [Yuk] and knitting are all things I can do while listening to these great books.



    I can't wait for my next credits to arrive and I can get some more Dresden audiobooks!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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