©2007 Jim Butcher; (P)2009 Penguin
First, let me say that I was turned on to the hard copy books initially and loved the series from the start. Then I started travelling more for work and was nervous about having them in audio format starting with this book, #8. No need to worry, it was even better than I could have hoped for. James Marsters does a GREAT job of bringing the story and people to life. His intonations, laughs and accents really help to make this an exciting listen. I have actually found myself driving around the block of my customers locations a few times just to get to the end of a chapter for a stopping point. Just like a book you can't put down. I strongly suggest you start with the books in order, now that they are available, to help understand the story development fully. It is good to watch Harry Dresden grow from the beginning and know where the other players come in at and get the background foundation. I am now up to book #11 and they just keep getting better. I rate these books as 5 stars due to the story line and the excellent narration. Well done!
Dresden emerges as a great man in this (what I think is the best so far), the eight book of the series. Before Harry has chosen to do what was needed against the greatest odds, to protect the innocent and right the wrong. In this book, he puts his soul as well as his life on the line to bring about reconciliation, and to some extent redemption for those around him deserving or just plain needing it.
In this book Jim Butcher gives us deeper glimpses of the greater mystery and moves us to a better view of the higher meaning of Harry's struggles. He does so honestly, and convincingly.
This is not the Dresden story to jump into the series with (personally I recommend starting at the beginning). There are two many important character developments that take place in earlier books needed to grasp the scope of this book. If you are following the series though, you will find this story poignant and moving. A transition of young and fragmented Harry to Harry the man.
I've not read any of the Dresden Files books previously and was worried about starting at book 8 (the first 7 not available in audio). I needn't have worried. Butcher does a great job with catching up new readers without making it sound like exposition. The characters are marvelous and brought stunningly to life by James Marsters. I'll certainly be getting all the other Dresden Files available!
I am easily amused!
Fabulous book with an intriguing cast of characters and a convoluted unpredictable story that kept me guessing. Molly Carpenter is the daughter of Harry's good friend and she has gotten herself in a bad situation that only magic can solve. Horror movie monsters are slaughtering the innocent and black magic is staining Chicago. Something must be done and Harry is the man for the job. Jim Marster's narration is perfect. I will never read a Dresden book because Marster's voice will always be Harry to me.
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The publisher's summary leaves much to be desired. This particular installment of The Dresden Files should not be missed.
Harry gets a call from the oldest daughter of one his closest friends, Michael Carpenter. Molly is in more trouble than she knows, and Harry "An Innocent Bystander" at SplatterCon!!! gets in it up to his neck.
Jim Butcher as always is a master at developing these wonderful characters. You get more information about the Carpenters, and awesome Charity development. You kinda forgive her for treating Harry like trash until now.
In the end Harry comes face to face with some of the demons of his past, resurrected at the sight of watching an untrained wizard sentenced to a miserable end by the White Council. He'll have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to prevent the same fate befalling someone he's driven to protect they way he himself was protected at the same age.
As always, awesome writing by Butcher, and awesome performance by Marsters.
Books 6 and 7 aren't published in audiobooks until April 2010. I've heard 1 thru 5 - I'll just skip to book 8. Skipping ahead didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, but it's clear that things have happened in Harry's live that would have increased my enjoyment of the story. There are a number of references to previous adventures (that I hope will be covered in 6 and 7) that would have helped me understand, not necessarily what was going on, but why it was happening the way it was happening. All that aside, I needed a Dresden fix. This is a thoroughly entertaining story, and I'll get to listen to it again after I've heard 6 and 7.
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The horror convention setting was great fun, and I enjoyed watching Harry adjust to his new role as Warden because doing the right thing, and enforcing the laws of magic aren't always synonymous, and a bit of tough love ensues. Charity opened up some as a character which brought on a few interesting new developments, although whether Molly Carpenter will add any value to this universe is still up in the air. I see potential, but another male Urban Fantasy author whom I'm a fan of attempted something similar, and the results were disappointing. It'll all come down to Butcher's plan of attack. Future story line speculation aside, PROVEN GUILTY did this series proud.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This one is where Molly Carpenter really becomes a major character in the series. harry is asked to investigate a series of attacks at a horror convention. This of course turns into a total donnybrook. Faeries, vampires and Charity Carpenter suits up to take a bite out of crime. Narrarator is stellar as always.
The narrator did an excellent job and was very enjoyable.
Nope, I wanted to space it out and make it last longer.
The book moves the series along and starts more plot threads for the future...a very enjoyable read if you are into this series.
Not recommended if you have not had previous experience with this series...start with Storm Front and work your way towards this great adventure.
"Dark mood and surprising twists"
This book, for some reason, was not captivating for me as the others were. I took me about 20 days to finish it, which was never case before. The entire mood and the atmosphere of the book was darker than usual, and so many action in the plot got me thinking "Again, really?"
My favorite character is getting to be Mouse...
But there are some very surprising twists in the story that really make it worthwhile. Won't say what, but I surely didn't see it coming.
This eighth book in the Dresden Files catalogue holds much promise of what is to come. Set in (more or less) present day Chicago it is a compelling mixture of magic and human issues. It highlights both the advantages and disadvantages of being a practising wizard in the world of today. Having to live alongside technology when it is likely to fall apart just because of your presence is only one of the problems that Harry Dresden has to overcome in a world which has lost sight of it's connections with otherworldly prescences inherent in life. The fact that it is narrated by Spike from Buffy is an added bonus.
"Different each book each time fab!!"
Funny, dry humour and wonderful narration. Normally with book series, a similar plot is rolled out but each book is fresh, funny and slowly winding up the tension for the next instalment, without feeling cheated. Love it
"More of the same"
I suppose it's to be expected after seven books it all gets a bit samey, but the books feel to have become carbon copies of each other.
The transformation of Dresden into American Jesus is a bit heavy handed too.
"Such a brilliant twist!"
Over the books I've feel as though I've got to know Wizard Dresden and it's nice to see that in this one he actually starts to lean on people a bit more instead of wallowing and expecting to be the one to sort everything. There's a couple of bits where I literally said out loud, 'oh my' or 'what!!' and even roared with laughter and missed the next bit so hard to rewind. Really enjoyable.
James Marsters is still just as good and really brings the story to life and he does try to give each of the characters different accents which is good.
This is where it starts to get very dark
We begin to see the array of enemies faced by Harry but also the heartlessness of his so called allies
"Proven guilty - of being an excellent listen"
I've listened to the series in order and each Jim Butcher story is better than the last although that is now taking some doing! Of my Chicago wizard audio books, this is my favourite. I can't rank it amongst all the audio books I've listened to as different series mean different things and can't be compared.
Just Harry being Harry.
Always enjoy James Marsters narration.
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