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Skin Game: The Dresden Files | [Jim Butcher]

Skin Game: The Dresden Files

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful. This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.
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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful.

This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance....

©2014 Jim Butcher (P)2014 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

PRAISE FOR THE DRESDEN FILES

"Any new Butcher story is a joy" (Tor.com)
"Addictive page-turners" (SciFiNow)
"If there is an author that defines urban fantasy, it is Jim Butcher" (Fresh Fiction)
"Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Butcher's storytelling is satisfying on a level that's bone deep" (Io9)
"Extremely well-written and addictive . . . the best urban fantasy series being published" (Walker of Worlds)
"An outstanding series" (Booklist)

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    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14
    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 06-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Dresden book yet!"
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    Non stop action!


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the best Dresden Files books in the series. Liked how it brings back so many characters from previous books and intertwines them in ways I didn't see coming.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He nailed Dresden again!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hell's Bells man!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Denis 06-14-14
    Denis 06-14-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Jim Butcher scores again"
    Where does Skin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the highest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At this point? All of them really.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That's pretty much what I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher and James Marsters created something wonderful, again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brad Ashtonfield, Australia 06-10-14
    Brad Ashtonfield, Australia 06-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Another brilliant Dresden story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It is an amazing heist story set in the Dresden universe. Funny, clever and breaks new ground in the story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The humour really stepped up a notch. You know its funny when you literally laugh out loud.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Cant spoil it...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Who do you trust.....?


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 06-10-14
    Nathan Glen Bernie, MD, United States 06-10-14 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.

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    "Will not disappoint"

    Jim Butcher delivers another fantastic Dresden file. This book completes brings a couple of long story arcs to a satisfying and in some cases surprising close, only to throw a few more spanners in the works and leave us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.

    There is some excellent character development with moments to both cringe and cheer for our favourite good guys. Plus plenty of Dresden wit and very up to date pop culture references to keep us amused, one in particular almost groan worthy but both hilarious and uplifting at the same time.

    As always five stars for James Masters narration. Flawless character definition, comedic timing and every emotion where it should be.

    The only flaw is the time we will now have to wait for the story to continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 06-05-14
    Todd Orange, Australia 06-05-14 Member Since 2011
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    "The Denarians return"

    Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire and Knight of the Winter Court is back for more supernatural action. This time he is called upon by Queen Mab to assist in breaking into the most heavily fortified vault in existence: the personal vault of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Harry must ally himself with Nicodemus and the Denarians in the heist, courtesy of a debt required to be repayed by Mab to the fallen angel.

    The story starts slower than is usual for the series, with a lot of character introductions and planning of the heist. It isn’t until the last third of the book that the mayhem the series is known for breaks out, and once we get there it is worth the ride. Harry is as wise-cracking in his smartassery as always and we even see the return of an old friend to watch his back.

    Marsters is back to narrate again and does a steller job as always. He is hands down one of the best in the business and his personality lends every character a lot of weight. But he really shines when voicing Dresden. His voice has just the right tone to convey every nuance of the character. Now the arduous wait for the next novel begins…

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • lynsey
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    5/30/14
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    "What can I say?...............Awesome!!"

    If your listening to this book then you already know how fantastic (in more than one sense of the word) this series is.
    Harry Dresden and James Marsters are a match made in Heaven!!
    I can only thank Jim Butcher for filling my time with such consistently brilliant writing!
    Long may Harry last and long may he continue getting himself in mountains of trouble!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • berenice
    JARROW, United Kingdom
    5/30/14
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    "thoroughly enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    I will I find I miss some bits and enjoy finding the nooks and crannies of a good story. I will also buy the hardback copy of this book too.


    What other book might you compare Skin Game to, and why?

    Faith Hunters, Jane Yellowrock series. Kim Harrison The Hollows series. The Iron Druid series but I prefer to read, rather than listen to that series.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He sounds right to my ears his voice is right I noticed that Bob for example now sounds mores like Butters than Dresden which seems appropriate.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • J. Sutherland
    7/26/14
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    "A Dresden file that delivers!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Skin Game to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would, James Marsters performance has never been better, especially with the production values on this book, he transition from steady narration to screams and shouts that are alternatively dramatic and intentional comedic gold.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    As with most Dresden stories, there's a hook, a reveal and several moments of true white knuckle peril for the characters, Marsters delivers on all of them. I'm not going into specifics because I feel fellow fans don't want spoilers


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favourite?

    Dresden and Goodman Gray are particular well played


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

    The Devil you know can be just as bad...


    Any additional comments?

    A long running series like this runs a high high risk of becoming stale and repetitive and while there are without doubt formulaic frameworks to the stories, book 15 continues to entertain and impress, characters are not static or two dimensional and have developed over the entire series. Butcher is a master of torturing his characters and bringing them through the hardship stronger, better people in a solid believable fashion. He continues to go from strength to strength with the Dresden Files.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lara
    Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
    7/24/14
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    "It never disapoints!"
    What made the experience of listening to Skin Game the most enjoyable?

    The text. The story. James Marsters, he's Harry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, as usual. The constant struggle within himself, that curiously never gets boring.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As said before he's Harry. He knows how to pull a joke or a punch line. And his voice is perfect for the character. For the people who were used to hear him as Spike it comes as a big surprise, a good one.


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

    Without giving much away, the scene with Maggie is particularly special


    Any additional comments?

    Read the complete series. If you like the genre, it's the most amazing that was written so far. Can't wait for the next.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • thetwistedtail
    7/14/14
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    "jim butcher at his best"
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    harry kicks ass


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    harry dresden, coz hes the reason we read these books.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    the fight with nichodemus


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes totaly


    Any additional comments?

    whens the next one out....

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alex Gilmour
    East Riding of Yorkshire
    7/14/14
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    "Who doesn't like a good heist?"
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Without a doubt I've relistened to the other books in the series many times. They are great stories that grab you and don't let go and beautifully performed by James Marsters


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's a tie between the feel of the book replicating a heist film perfectly and the return of characters I enjoy reading about and have missed


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Everything. James Marsters is Harry Dresden, simple as that. The whole theng has a passion and enjoiment you just can't fake


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

    In places I cried like a baby, it also made me cheer and I lost count of how many times i burst out laughing.


    Any additional comments?

    It's a great book that I can not recommend highly enough. Jim Butcher is second to none

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Walker
    7/8/14
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    "More Dresden Files"

    If you have read the previous Dresden Files and enjoyed them then you will probably enjoy this book.

    If you have not read the previous Dresden Files then I would recommend the series and you should start with book 1 or 3.

    If you have read the previous Dresden Files and did not enjoy them then why are you bothering reading reviews of this book?!?!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Zach
    7/8/14
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    "Jim Butcher successfully expands his universe."
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    I have listened to Skin Game twice now, paying attention the second time for clues. Sure, there are twists in the story, but pay attention to Dresden's dialogue. I doubt you'll see it coming the first time round.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would love to have had the time to listen to this book straight through. I looked for excuses to switch it back on, popping on my headphones and mowing the lawn, washing dishes, or running out for milk.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sam
    Chester, United Kingdom
    7/7/14
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    "Brilliance yet again"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Skin Game to be better than the print version?

    To me, James Marsters makes the Dresden Files, without his narration the book goes, but not as smoothly.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Yes, He is completely on form, maintaining his high standards. It is only a pity that 'Ghost Story' is not also narrated by Marsters. If they ever re-recorded it, I would buy it again in an instant.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has the complex depth of the latter books, along with the low level intrigue of the early books. For once an author in the fantasy genre has avoided the 'must be bigger, more world destroying' plot line arc/trope and has just produced a nice sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rich M
    West Midlands
    6/28/14
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    "More quality Dresden"
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    Rollercoaster, fun, exciting


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dresden is back to his best in one of the best books in a brilliant series. A few twists and surprises at the end make you look forward to the next book. Hope he gets 'Bob' back soon as the interaction between bob and Dresden is always good fun.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    Listened to all the Dresden books James Marsters has narrated which is all bar one, and all perfect.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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