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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Although a little different, Glover is another superb narrator of the Dresden Files. Enjoyed the story too. Hope we don't have to wait too long for the next installment.
Butcher gets better with each story, and leaves one wanting the next installment as soon as the book ends. I was a bit disappointed in the narration. John Glover did great, but he just isn't Harry.... or many of the other characters. It may be different if he had been "Harry" from the beginning. Definitely still worth the listen, though I hope Marsters is available for the next story.
As for the story itself, it's not Butcher's best. I generally find the Lord of the Rings, Star Trek and Star Wars references hilarious but they were a bit overdone in this installment. I also continually found myself frustrated by all the limitations the protagonist had by virtue of his being a spirit. I missed mouse, the lab, the blue beetle...McAnally's...all the things that made Harry, Harry. Nevertheless, playing the game from the other side of the fence was still an inventive idea and the story had a refreshingly clever ending.
With regards to the audio itself, Glover did a good job. He has a pleasant sonorous voice that is easy to listen to. Did he pickup on all the subtle inflections and nuances we've seen Marsters develeop over the last 12 books? No. Were the voices quite as good? No. Nevertheless, I found him easy to listen too and enjoyable. While I do hope Marsters returns for the next book, they could have done a WHOLE heck of a lot worse than John Glover.
As usual, once started, it was difficult to put down the earbuds... I was a bit worried about the change of reader as James Marsters has given a close-to-perfect performance of books 1 to 12, but John Glover has followed with his own near-perfect reading of book #13! Great writing, great reading, great listening! I hope there will be a book 14 next year?
The story is excellent, however the narrator missed the mark by not defining the known characters by no change in voice - it was difficult at times to discern what character was speaking. The important thing to remember is that the author has written another Dresden book that provides another captivating story. I enjoyed the story but would re-purchase if James Marsters was to do the narration.
I have to agree with all of the folks who are upset with not having Marsters reading. If I could get my credit back, I would. It was bad enough that they didn't wait for Marsters, but they changed narrators on a longer than usual book, so you had to persevere through more mediocre narration to just get through the story.
The story itself was a good un-hang of the previous cliff. What happens to the supernatural power struggle when the red vamp place setting is removed from the table?
Can you beat the Fey Winter Queen at her own game? Who do you call when you need a Ghost-Whisperer?
However, I take a star off the book because it gets bogged down in Harry's self-pitying introspection and remembrances. It could use a bit of editing there and in a battle scene.
Bottom Line- I'll keep reading Butcher's Dresden series, but I'm not bothering with the rest of the audiobook series unless they get Marsters back.
The book was worth the wait. I had to get used to the new voice of Dresden and the others but that was the only downside.... now I have to wait for the next book to find out what happens next...... curses!
Hes back baby! Harry can't even die without people messing with him. Harry's needs to solve his murder and save his friends. A great follow up to changes. If you have read changes but not aftermath from side jobs make sure to read it first. The New reader just can't do the level of SNARK we have come to love but a good book.
I realize there were a lot of poor reviews for this book because it was not read my James Marsters. I will admit, I was thrilled that James Marsters did the other Dresden books, he is an amazing narrator and it very entertaining, and at this point if a movie is made I'd want to see him as Harry (and Curtis Armstrong, the guy that played Booger in Revenge of the Nerds, as Butters).
I will admit, it was different, and in fact the whole book was different because Harry was walking around sans body, so another voice in a way kind of kicked that in a bit more. As much as I enjoy the work of James Marsters, I listen to these for the book itself, and that book is written by Jim Butcher. This is still a Jim Butcher novel, and though it is not James Marsters reading it, after listening to the book in it's entirety, I can say without any reservations that John Glover did a wonderful job. I would wholeheartedly recommend this audiobook because it was fantastically entertaining!
I was a little scepticle to download the latest Dresden book based on all the reviews it had gotten since it was not read by James Marsters.I have been a loyal dresden reader since the first book and have to say that i have liked each new one more than the last. Now book 13 i have to admit was tough to get started since you know it is not Marsters reading. I thought maybe they had jumped the shark so to speak with a book about a dead guy. And then i thought without Marsters reading it, it had another strike against it. I decided to power through it since i don't get a lot of time to read but a lot of time to listen while i am driving. Once i got threw the first or the three downloaded sections, i found that John Glover had lost his overly earger reading style...he kind of calmed down and learned to read with far less emotion and put the sting in the smart ass comments like we have come to love from Marsters. Now i will not say that this is a replacement for Marsters but once Glover gets into the groove of the book and really feels what his character is about, the book became pleasent to listen to for me. Hopefully you can make it through the first section and come to love this book as much as the 12 before it. I know i have.
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.
"I miss James..."
While John Glover is a good narrator, he is not in the class of James Marsters - the book, as usual, has a fantastic story, although a bit of a change for this book (the whole ghost theme), so the change actually worked well with the different reader
The story is definitely a change from the normal Dresden books, but this is a good change, and a transition between states - the end of the book is INCREDIBLY obvious (since there are following books), and they can't all be about him being a ghost, or am I stating the obvious too much?
Anyway, some of the new characters are good, it's just a pity that they'll probably never be seen again - the use of Bob as the "make ghost visible" Deus Ex Machina kind of makes sense, but it's a bit of a stretch - Molly going a little odd needed more explanation, but as the story completely followed Dresden, it was more of a reveal to him than exposition to the reader/listener
Not Jim Butcher's best work, but it was needed as a transition book, and it did the job - but I'm glad that this was the only book that James didn't read, bit I missed his style on this
"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.
"Missing James Marsters"
I do love these books though I did miss the performance of James Marsters. John did a good job and I appreciate the effort and reasons behind the change in narrator. All together a very enjoyable listen
"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.
"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.
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.
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