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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I read other reviews, and they all round like spoiled children. John Glover is not James Marsters. They have different voices and different styles of reading. They are both talented and capable actors and narrators. Audible says a scheduling conflict is what caused the change in readers. So be it. I just finished the book. Glover did a great job reading it. And besides, ITS JIM BUTCHER writing about HARRY DRESDEN in the first book since the largest cliffhanger in the series. I am grateful that Audible went to the trouble of finding a replacement in order to get the book out on time. I don't have the time to sit and read, that's why I pay for this service. Focus on the story if you don't like the narrator or read the book yourself.
I was upset when I found out Marsters wasn't going to be the narrator, but it didn't ruin the book for me, or my wife. Consider Glover as a guest or a substitute teacher. He is not a hack, that much is plain if actually listen to the entire performance. And the work that went into that performance by all parties involved deserves recognition, respect, and courtesy.
Thank yous to Jim Butcher for a great book, and Audible and John Golver for a great performance. I look forward to the return of James Marsters in the books to come.
I like the book. I prefer James Marsters for the reading, but if this is all that was available, it could have been a lot worse. The book itself is excellent, and should not be judged by anything other than the writer. John Glover is not a bad reader, but doesn't quite fit the character, from my point of view. All in all, a four star book, and I do not give away ratings for the sake of it.
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.
Okay. JM isn't narrating. And after 12 books of hearing him interpret Dresden in my headphones, I miss him too. BUT there's nothing wrong with Glover.
I ordered the book despite all the doom and gloom...and whining...and found myself pleasantly surprised. Glover does a fine stand-up job of reading...and Butcher totally delivers a fascinating and completely different Dresden story.
Great job to all concerned. This is an outstanding audio book.
I'm four hours into the book, and am excited to hear the rest. I'm sure the neighbors heard my cry of distress when I realized Marsters was not the narrator, and I was wary for the first half hour - but I'm completely captivated by the story at this point. There have been moments when a word or phrase or voice isn't quite right, but it's not keeping me from enjoying the story.
The book was of average Dresden quality. Do not read this if you have yet to read any other books in the series, especially Dead Beat. I like how this series is turning out. In a post-Changes world, everything has changed (pardon the pun). The good guys are being kidnapped, the bad guys are everywhere, and everyone is going insane. Including Dresden. I did not like how this book sort of retconned the last book, however.
A different narrator from usual, but it was only initially noticeable. This narrator's performance did the book justice, but I would have preferred the usual guy.
Yes I know that it sucks that James Marsters isn't reading Ghost Story, after thirteen books, counting the short story collection Side Jobs, it is definitively a disappointment that Marsters was unable to find time in his schedule to read this Novel. But it's not like they pulled some schmuck off the street they got John freaking Glover. Lionel Luther from Smallville, and countless other film and television credits. Despite my apprehension to a new reader, and no matter who they found no one would live up to the attachment all of us have to Marsters, Glover is actually quite good, yes the voices he uses are different, but he is a very good voice actor and he still brings the story alive, all be it in a different way. Give it a chance, Glover is a talented and experienced audiobook reader, and if you just give it a chance you will enjoy it. I still miss Marsters, but only because no matter how good Glover is Marsters is still Dresden, I can't even watch old Buffy episodes with out thinking that, but that's no reason to pass up the audiobook of Ghost Story just because of that detail. Marsters more than likely will be back for book 14, I don't think its unrealistic to deal with this one story without him. Glover is not emotionless, he is not monotone, he is a wonderful reader, and this is an amazing story. Don't hate it just because Marsters didn't care enough to read it. Give it an honest shot and you WILL like it.
I finished listening to Ghost Story in one marathon session. Butcher has again provided an intricately woven, entertaining and satisfying story that fits neatly into the Harry Dresden universe. Nothing out of place, nothing contrived. No deus ex machina either, which I think some of us feared. Just as book twelve left me waiting for this book, so am I already anticipating books 14, 15, 16 and beyond because the story of Harry Dresden is far from over and is not growing stale.
I do want to caution those who are approaching this series for the first time. If you start here, you are not only missing out on the depth of the universe, but the ending might seem contrived. Seen with the background of the universe established over twelve previous books and a pile of short stories, the ending is anything but contrived and is completely consistent with what has gone before. Butcher does well with back story, but there is just too much ground to cover to provide an adequate backstory for the events in this book. I read and listen (over and over again) to the Harry Dresden books to walk around in the world that Butcher has imagined. Start at the beginning. It???s worth the time.
I was very pleased with the narrator. I did notice that John Glover is not James Marsters. It???s probably a good thing that they have different names so you don???t get confused. The upset over the change in narrators is ironic considering that an over-arching theme of the Dresden books is the changing nature of the world and the need for us to roll with those changes and adapt. As Harry might say, ???You deal with the way things are, Padawan, not the way you would have them.??? As I note above, I read these books to walk around in the universe Butcher has created, not to listen to any one narrator???s interpretation. I appreciate Marsters??? performance and, after twelve previous books, probably would choose it over Glover???s. Nevertheless, Glover is very talented and offers a superb narration.
Another great story by Jim. Good ole Harry having another twisting adventure in to the unknown. But, having Glover read this was was not the best. James Marsters knew how to really make the book come alive over the 12 he had already done. The individuals seem somewhat blurred together and in some cases, Bob the Skull for example, have lost their identity all together because of the new reader.
Most books don't get to have the same reader all the way through and in most cases it doesn't hurt the story. But in the case where we have a long term reader making the change to Glover was not awesome.
Great work again Jim. Keep them coming!!! I can't wait for the next one!!!
I've read the entire series, and feel that this was the weakest by far. I'd go so far as to say that I really didn't enjoy it. Harry goes on, and on, and on with internal monologue that seems to be trying to be deep and profound but really isn't. And the two "surprises" of the plot are things that you can see coming from a mile away.
Ok... So I too am feeling the pain and an image of Marsters on a milk carton keeps coming mind, but this really is an awesome book... I started reading/listening to the Dresden series late and actually had the honor of listening to books 1-12 straight through, and was of course DYING to find out what happens next.. GHOST STORY did not disappoint.. I was cheering the last several chapters..
That said, if this was a rating/review for just the book, it would have 5 stars, NO QUESTION.. However, since this is for the audiobook, I just can't give it that much praise.. Marsters IS Dresden in my head, and his narration matches Dresden's soul like few narrators can.. This is no offense to John Glover either.. I would feel the same if anyone else had read it too..
So, all in all, GREAT BOOK.. I was able to get past the narration change and began not to notice too much around halfway in, but there was DEFINITELY something missing and I feel a bit robbed of the experience because of it..
IF the change by Penguin was in fact so they wouldn't lose money with another delay, then some advice.. "hardcore fans don't care about delays ultimately if they get the experience they expect in the end".. If money was the force driving the decision, it probably failed... Simply reschedule with Marsters and let him read it (unless it really just wasn't a scheduling problem)
and I'd bet everyone will forgive you.. The fans that keep your lights on REALLY want a redo..
Hey, we all make mistakes.. :-). But Hells Bells, this was a doozy..
This going to be a short review as if you are listening to this then you must certainly habe read the other twelve volumes (if not, you really need to. If you have read them and never listened, then this will not apply) I love Harry and Jim Butchers Dresden Files has never failed to deliver a top quality story full of genius and chaos. I highly recommend all of these books to anyone who loves a ripping yarn and a wonderful cast of characters.
I have to mention the change of narrator in this volume, as we all know the fantastic James Marsters has given voice to all of the other twelve books and he is quite frankly awesome. This instalment has a new narrator which I have to say did put me off for a while, but I thought I would chance it and listen anyway.Where I cannot say that I liked the new narrator anywhere near as much, this is through no fault of the voice actor, who gives a very solid and well characterised performance. I think the slight problem is because I have listened to hours and hours of another performer acting out these characters.
I do hope that James Marsters will return! However I still really enjoyed book 13 of this fantastic series.
"finally and the new narrator's fine"
Finally the next Dresden Files comes to Ireland high dudgeon and hell fire that everywhere else has had this book before Ireland. at first I was surprised narrator had been changed but he easily fit in to the role, it's a great continuation to this amazing series.
Elemental assassin.the humour is similar. it's based in America, there's a bit soul searching and another interesting roll with magic of course (it says elementals i say esphers which I think is just as interesting)
The marine, mort's relative and guardian ghost. I loved the way he made him sound. Pompous, intelligent and daringly fun.
ghost story(the Dresden files 13)you can never keep him down
audible stop blocking the good fantasy books. >.< it's not fair let us wait for the latest books with every one else.
"Great series of books"
After reading the series from the beginning, I decided to take the leap and purchase the audio books. Jim Butchers wold keeps on improving in every book and the audio books help provide them with more depth.
It has to be Harry Dresden the only Wizard in the yellow pages. His dry sense of humor as well as his interactions with Bob the sex craved spirit.
The other 13 books are narrated by James Master who has done a stunning job.
As James had other commitments John Glover stepped into to his shoes, and he has done a great job.
I am a huge fan of the Dresden Files, Harry's character is skillfully drawn, it just feels like you would recognise him immediately if you met him.
I was rather devastated to find that James Marsters was not the narrator, because he just embodies Harry for me now. Initially I kept getting caught up with the fact that the voice wasn't quite right, though John Glover did a pretty good job of copy many of the vocal quirks I expected from Harry. Eventually I was so drawn into the story that I almost forgot that it wasn't the right narrator - almost.
Harry Dresden is a complex character, who I confess I often want to shout at when he gets into needlessly blaming himself for everything, snow, rain, evil fairies - everything. He seems to find it impossible to allow others to be adults and responsible for their own decisions, but somehow it just seems so real and kinda sweet, but irritating.
A wonderfully rounded character, who I would love to live next door to.
Pretty good, considering
I really couldn't believe he was dead, and confidently waited for all to be revealed. Predictably Harry ends up back with the living but in worse trouble. I think the part that most moved me was Murphy's loss, and her resistence to believing he was gone.
"Different narrator still brilliant"
The Dresden Files has to be one of the most enjoyable series I have ever read and this instalment does not disappoint.
I liked Sir Stuart & Mort. Stuart was a new character that added a mentor-like figure to Harry which I enjoyed. I thoroughly enjoyed the development of Mort as a character and look forward to hearing more from him in future books.
I thought he did a great job of Harry Dresden. Different to James Marsters but still the same character. I think it will be strange listening to Marsters version of Harry Dresden in the next book.
The writing of Jim Butcher always make me laugh. He is a brilliant storyteller and Dresden is a great character with many a wise crack!
I have read other reviews which give one star simply because the book is not read by James Marsters. I felt John Glover did an excellent job and had he have read the previous books the series would have been just as enjoyable.
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