The eagerly awaited new novel in the number-one New York Times best-selling Dresden Files series.
When we last left the mighty wizard detective Harry Dresden, he wasn't doing well. In fact, he had been murdered by an unknown assassin. But being dead doesn't stop him when his friends are in danger. Except now he has no body and no magic to help him. And there are also several dark spirits roaming the Chicago shadows who owe Harry some payback of their own. To save his friends - and his own soul - Harry will have to pull off the ultimate trick without any magic....
Due to scheduling conflicts, there’s a new Dresden narrator in town. You may already know John Glover from Smallville, and we think he’s done a great job capturing Jim Butcher's world. We hope you enjoy his performance.
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Narrator: Anyone who was to come after Mr. Marsters was going to meet extreme criticism and have an entirely uphill battle. But Mr. Glover does a really poor job. I know that he has his own voice and must use his own talents. But if you are picking up on book 13 of a series read by the same narrator maybe you should take a some time and listen to how it has been done, what voice the characters have been developed to have, or maybe just read some of the other books. This was failure on his part and the part of the producers.
Story: I don't want to give away anything but safe to say the first half of the book is unlike any of the others, which was compounded by the new narrator, and almost lost me. But once you get past that we are given the Dresden that we've come to know and love.
Overall: I've listened to the other books at least 3 times each. I'm a huge fan of the series and will continue to be. But if they bring Mr. Glover back for the next an any other books, I'll be reading not listening to them. Mr. Marsters is Dresden, don't change.
It took us a while listening to the other Dresden audio books to stop hearing Spike and start hearing Harry from James Marsters, but the last half dozen books had really sold it.
So it was jarring to get the switch to John Glover on this book. Glover's got a nice voice, but frankly, he sounds too old to be Harry - more curmudgeonly old fart than late-30-something action hero. He also lacks the edge of sarcasm that Marsters brought (we thought correctly) to the characterization. We missed Marsters.
This book returns more to the noire gumshoe storylines that made the series famous and that the last book (Changes) kind of dropped, so that was a good thing.
Like all books, there are a couple of plot inconsistencies but on the whole it's a return to roots. It moves the story forward, and (for readers of Changes) brings the series back to a point where you can see it going forward.
On the whole good to get back to Chicago...
I read the reviews and wanted to give the new narrator a chance. I have to admit I was very disappointed. The voices of the female characters were odd to say the least, and Dresden was not as “witty” as in the voice of the narrator for the earlier books. Such a shame!!! The book however was great and I would recommend reading this one verses listening to it. (But listen to all the others, they rock!!).
avid audiobook listener, sociopath, nerd.
The story was, as always, excellent. A really moving addition to the series.
I was definitely missing James Marsters as the narrator though, after 13 other books (including Side Jobs, which included a story set right before Ghost Story) James, to me, really WAS Harry Dresden. I'm really hoping he will be back for the next installation in the series.
I came late to the series, so I binged and listened to all 13 books in order. I loved how James Marsters was able to differentiate between the characters so much that I could tell which was speaking based on his inflection. The first-person narrative created a sense that I was actually listening to the character, not just to the narrator. Oh, why did Penguin Audio have to so jarringly change narrators? I agree with other reviewers- whatever scheduling conflict there was should have been worked out. If it meant waiting a while for the audiobook to be released, I would wait. If they re-release the book narrated by James Marsters, I would buy it again, just to hear "Harry" again. I had difficulty telling the difference between characters, and some of them have new accents. When did Father Forthill turn into Father Flanagan?
This book has a different feel than the others, which isn't a bad thing, but with the combination the change in flavor of the book and the change of narrator, I was disappointed. If James Marsters will narrate the remaining Dresden Files, I will gladly give him a portion of my paycheck in perpetuity.
I love Jim Butcher's books, and I love James Marsters' portrayal of Harry Dresden. I also think Glover is an actor with a lot of range and versatility and I enjoy his performances. He was not, however, a wise choice for narration of this book. I felt like some of his reading was off the mark and that he did not have a good grasp of the characters. Not knowing the back story on how these things are produced, I am disappointed that the publishers did not delay recording the audio until Mr. Marsters was available. If this book got re-recorded with Marsters, I would buy it again!
The story was excellent - it was hard to imagine how Butcher would continue past his cliffhanger finish of Book 12.
I'm afraid, though, I have the same issue as many other readers. For me, Marsters is Dresden. I have no issues with John Glover's performance except that he is very different than Marsters - which made Dresden a different character. I think this was especially disturbing since I listened to the two books one immediately after the other and since Book 12 was such a cliffhanger that the two books merged in my head -
No, no, no, no, no! Mr Glover sounds more like Kasey Kasem instead of Harry Dresden. Please do whatever it takes to get Mr Marsters to pick up the narration. If this continues, I would most likely go back to reading the book instead of listening.
Mr Glover is talented and excellent in his other roles, but this is not one of them.
The story was great. The big difference if John had a hard time with the different voices. He would slip from the one into another than back. Several of the characters had the same voices it was so confusing. I truly gave him a chance, but it was not good in the end. Please go back to Jim I would have waited another month for him to free up his schedule if need be.
For 12 books I've listened to James Marsters and now another reader is trying to read Dresden. I am so disappointed. He might be a good narrator otherwise but he's no Marsters. Can you guys please redo this one?
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