©2003 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin Audiobooks
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.
If you like your paranormal detectives with a noir-kinda-wizardy flavor...this is it.
You'll love the Dresden Files.
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.
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!
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.
Marsters always does a great job, but just like the stories he is getting better with time.
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.
The story line and James Marsters is great in the narration for them.
I can't distinguish between them.I like them all.I think Harry is my favorite though.
The humor in it is great for a mystery.
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= :'(
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!?
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.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Already have 3 times, Dresden is my favorite series
He is the embodiment of the character and really brings the story alive.
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...^_^
Loved the short scenes with the mischievous Molly Carpenter...too funny :)
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.
"another great adaptation"
book 5 is where butcher hits his stride. marsters keeps up in spectacular fashion. excellent "team effort"
"Another dark episode"
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
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
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
Interesting question - difficult to do one for this book but overall it'd be - what would Harry Do?
"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
"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.
loved every minute of listening to this! brilliant story and nothing compares to James Marsters performance. highly recommend it.
"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
"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.
"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.
"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!
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