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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Yes, I loved Marsters as Harry Dresden.
Yes, I'm upset that there is a change in narrators.
But DON'T MISS THIS AUDIO BOOK because of that. I'm at Chapter 3 and Glover is doing a wonderful job. If we'd never had Marsters we'd be singing Glover's praises. Really.
And I love Butcher's version of the AFTERLIFE. So will you. If you don't run off and pout about the change in narrators.
GREAT LISTEN so far. . .
I think the book is great--the set peice with the Star Trek theme is hilarious (you've got to make it to the 3rd part); a worthy addition to the series. As some other reviewers have noted, Marsters wasn't always that great (what was the director thinking with that first book?)--Marsters and Butcher's series sort of grew up together. If you simply take Glover's reading at face value, without the comparisons, you may find, like I did, that he did a great job.
I too would have wanted to have James Marsters as the Narrator, however as we all know it is not a perfect world. I don’t think I could have waited another minute for “Ghost Story” to come out.
John Glover does an admirable job dealing with an audio book that has such a history with the same Narrator. Think of it this way, the “Harry” in this book is not Harry from the previous books; it is his shade, his ghost, just asks Mortimer Lindquist. With that being said I loved the book. It was very well written and oddly enough the ending left me feeling elated and somewhat complete and willing to wait patiently for a possible next installment of the story.
Thumbs up to both Glover and especially Butcher.
I don't see what all the negative fuss is about. John Glover is an excellent narrator and storyteller and I think he does a great job telling Ghost Story. I've listened to all 12 Dresden books numerous times and love James Marsters performance. John Glover may not be James Marsters, be he IS an excellent narrator. I'd hate to see fans of the series turn away from the audiobook version just because there is a new narrator.
And look at it this way, John had some BIG shoes to fill going into this, and it appears that he did his homework in preparing to read Ghost Story. It's a very good story read by a very good storyteller.
I didn't think I could handle Harry Dresden without James Marsters, but I still loved it! John Glover did a fine job!
We last saw Harry's world a few minutes after Dresden was shot (at the end of Changes) in a short story from Murphy's point of view. This story ties in bits and pieces from several earlier stories allowing us to see a bit more of some minor characters & people only mentioned in passing. It is an awesome treat! Harry being handicapped by certain conditions forces him to stretch his imagination to some interesting results.
Moments of reflection offer insight into Dresden backstory. I especially enjoyed his retelling of days with Justin and his confrontation with a demon. Both of these stories have been mentioned before, but they are now fleshed out.
To those who are whining about the change in narrator: John Glover does a fine job. He seemed more transparent to me than James M. ever did. Don't get me wrong, I liked the job he did on the previous 13 recordings, but his pronunciation of certain words were so off from American English that they pulled me out of the story. I didn't have that problem with John. He did a fantastic job..though I did picture Lionel Luthor once or twice during the story. ;)
People need to get over the fact that James Marsters wasn't available to read the book. Too many of the reviews sound like they were written by petulant children. I loved how he read the other books and would have preferred him as the narrator. However, John Glover does a fine job as well.
The novel itself is very much in line with the other books in the series. Similar humor, adventure, and guilt ridden angst. At points, it does seem to be a bit more like a bridge between the story arch of the last book and what ever is coming next than its own novel -- sort of a method for rapid advancement of the other characters. It is compelling though and kept me interested until the very end.
This is typical Jim Butchersesque awesomesauce! John Glover does a great job sitting in for Mr Marsters as a narrator and some of the voices were darn close to the previous readings. I was worried this book wouldn't advance the meta plot at all and boy howdy was I wrong! A must read
Darrel . Bend, Oregon (7/28/2011)
upon reading all the reviews and comments about the book I was unsure about purchasing this one, but being a die hard Dresden fan I took the chance. I was surprised and very pleased to find that after listening to this book that in fact the narrator (John Glover) had done a very good job and the story was humerus and lively. I highly recommend this audio book to one and all.
Of course any Dresden fan is going to be disappointed with the narrator...It's like changing the Harry Potter actor after the 5th movie or something, and the other reviewer is correct - Marsden IS Harry Dresden. I read the paper book first with Harry's voice in my head...then downloaded the audible version. I have fixed it in my head that Harry's voice wouldn't be the same as a ghost (more tinny) than if he was in his own body...and this narrator does sound like he's "reading" the book". However, that said, the story itself is as always awesome, and a must read.
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