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Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 | [Jim Butcher]

Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13

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 nobody, 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....
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Publisher's Summary

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.

Check out more Dresden Files.

©2011 Jim Butcher (P)2011 Penguin

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    Bill Cary, NC, United States 08-31-11
    Bill Cary, NC, United States 08-31-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Not the best audio book in the series"

    I enjoyed this story for the most part -- it did indeed take a slightly different course than the previous twelve tales in the series, which is a good change of pace. But I do have to agree that the change in narrators was tough to accept, despite the story. I like some of John Glover's other works, but this wasn't one of them, unfortunately. It didn't quite fit in with Marster's previous takes on Harry's character, especially since these are told in the first person.

    A more inspired stand-in for James Marsters, if truly necessary, would have been to enlist Paul Blackthorne, the actor who played Harry Dresden in the TV series, to narrate. The two actors sometimes sound quite a lot alike, after all, in delivering Dresden's words, to me at least.

    In any event, the publisher has _got_ to get Marsters back.

    103 of 105 people found this review helpful
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    laura 09-05-11
    laura 09-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Dissapointed James Marsters didn't narrate"

    I loved the story, but it was ruined for me because the Narrator John Glover just isn't "Harry Dresden". To me he sounds more like James Marsters version of "Butters". I will definately re-buy the book if James Marsters narrates it later. I'm sorry I just didn't read this one as a hardcover. I loved the story as much as all the rest of the series, I just didn't care for the narrator.

    82 of 84 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Ueckerlele San Jose 09-26-11
    Bob Ueckerlele San Jose 09-26-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Audiobook scheduling conflicts eh?"

    Sounds to me like the powers that be were more concerned with a quick turnaround on their investment than they were with the overall quality of a product that had developed a cult following over 12, count em TWELVE former performances.

    This should be a case study on how not to treat your audience.

    Fair is fair, the narration wasn't bad. Were this the first Dresden book I'd read, I'd have no problem with it. But Glover doesn't have Dresden's voice, Maab's cadence, Murphy's chutzpah, Molly's nubility (is that a word? It should be). He couldn't possibly have it because this is his first crack at a LONG established format.

    That's not his fault, not Jim Butcher's fault, no one but whoever the idiot was that decided that we would just be okay with a summary "Hey, we wanted to make some cash and figured you'd be so anxious to get your Dresden fix that you wouldn't notice our little switcheroo".

    So, I'm writing the first review I've ever written in the hopes that someone reads this and recognizes that a large swath of us are simply not going to purchase the next one unless Marsters is reading it.

    For those of you looking for another great Urban Fantasy series, look for the Iron Druid Chronicles.

    Cheers.

    Oh what, you wanted a review of the story? Look at my stars, that's all you need to know, its all an opinion and we all have one. Cheers!

    266 of 275 people found this review helpful
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    SBear USA 09-10-11
    SBear USA 09-10-11 Member Since 2012
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    "get Marsters STAT"

    I found the subplots a bit Dickensian and they didn't totally contribute to the story for me. John Glover is a very good actor and he read the story, all right, but if you get James Marsters to record it I will even buy it again. I listen to audiobooks when I'm too tired for anything else, and James Marsters makes Dresden come alive.

    It looks as if audiobooks are going to be the entertainment of choice for a while. It's a long tiring drive to the movie theater and then the ticket gives me sticker shock. TV is an uninspired hodgepodge of the parade of police procedurals, mean-spirited elimination contests, gleeful exterminators and fishermen, and, of course, the potty-mouth chef! In short, audiobooks have to be entertainment now, not just, "here, I'll read it to you."

    74 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    "unknown" de pere, WI, United States 09-27-11
    "unknown" de pere, WI, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Jim is simply an amazing but......."

    Loved the book but hated the narrator. Not that John Glover is a poor narrator, he is just not Harry Dresden. Please bring back James Marsters and in the future there are deadlines to meet and you can't get James at that moment...... Please wait for him!!!

    110 of 114 people found this review helpful
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    Gower New Glarus, WI, United States 09-05-11
    Gower New Glarus, WI, United States 09-05-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Dissapointed James Marsters didn't narrate"

    I loved the story, but it was ruined for me because the Narrator John Glover just isn't "Harry Dresden". To me he sounds more like James Marsters version of "Butters". I will definately re-buy the book if James Marsters narrates it later. I'm sorry I just didn't read this one as a hardcover. I loved the story as much as all the rest of the series, I just didn't care for the narrator.

    85 of 88 people found this review helpful
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    D Billings Brush Prairie, WA, United States 09-04-11
    D Billings Brush Prairie, WA, United States 09-04-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Should have waited for James Marsters."

    Being a truck driver I live on audiobooks with the Dresden Files series being some of my favorites. Sad thing is, I didn't enjoy this one. After 13 books narrated by James Marsters you change up the narrator to someone who doesn't even come close to capturing the spirit of the series. I am disappointed that I used a credit to purchase the book in audio format and could not even get through half the story. I don't understand the rush to publish the book in audio format when waiting a couple months you could have had the narrator that brings these stories alive for so many people. I say Poo for both audible's and Jim Butcher's decision to change narrators. BAD CALL FOLKS.

    17 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Acworth, GA, United States 09-01-11
    Jennifer Acworth, GA, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Yes, more comments about the narrator"

    As someone who only recently began this series, I was glad to have caught up just in time for the new book. But, since I began the series via audiobook, I was heavily invested in James Marsters' narrative style. Honestly? I wish they'd delayed the audiobook release until Marsters could be available to read it. And I hope that, with all the reviews on Audible, Penguin considers that when handling their next series book.

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    Another reviewer commented that, because of where this book picks up, it makes sense to have a different voice. I tried to tell myself that as well but, when it comes right down to it, I think that John Glover's voice wasn't the right one to pick. To me, Harry Dresden now sounds like Waldo Butters (and when the two of them talk, forget about keeping them straight!). I kept thinking about Butters long before he appeared in the story. I could have lived with it if Butters (and any of the other secondary characters) hadn't sounded the same as he had before, but the pitch of Glover's voice just isn't right for the character I've been following for 12 books now, which is too bad.
    That being said, Glover does a good job with the book. If it hadn't been a series where we'd had a consistent narrator for so long, I think I'd have been very pleased with him.
    But no, he's just not Harry.

    52 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Germantown, MD, United States 11-10-11
    Chris Germantown, MD, United States 11-10-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Disappointed..."

    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.

    55 of 58 people found this review helpful
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    M. W. Modrall Boston, MA 08-03-11
    M. W. Modrall Boston, MA 08-03-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Some good, some bad"

    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...

    66 of 70 people found this review helpful
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  • lynsey
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "Love Harry!"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Philip
    Croydon, United Kingdom
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Chris
    Maynooth, Ireland
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    "finally and the new narrator's fine"
    Where does Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 to, and why?

    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)


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favourite?

    The marine, mort's relative and guardian ghost. I loved the way he made him sound. Pompous, intelligent and daringly fun.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    ghost story(the Dresden files 13)you can never keep him down


    Any additional comments?

    audible stop blocking the good fantasy books. >.< it's not fair let us wait for the latest books with every one else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • R. Veysey
    UK
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    "Great series of books"
    What made the experience of listening to Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 the most enjoyable?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe John Glover’s voice?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. M. E. Davies
    London, England
    9/5/13
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    "huge"
    What did you like most about Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What three words best describe John Glover’s performance?

    Pretty good, considering


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
    Stockport, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "Different narrator still brilliant"
    Where does Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Dresden Files has to be one of the most enjoyable series I have ever read and this instalment does not disappoint.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Which character – as performed by John Glover – was your favourite?

    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.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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