Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day.…
Because 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.
He doesn’t know the half of it.…
Mab has just traded Harry's skills to pay off one of her debts. And now he must help a group of supernatural villains - led by one of Harry's most dreaded and despised enemies, Nicodemus Archleone - to break into the highest-security vault in town, so that they can then access the highest-security vault in the Nevernever.
It's a smash-and-grab job to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure hoard in the supernatural world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the freaking Underworld and generally unpleasant character. Worse, Dresden suspects that there is another game afoot that no one is talking about. And he's dead certain that Nicodemus has no intention of allowing any of his crew to survive the experience. Especially Harry.
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 Penguin Audio
Harry gets into jam after jam and he is able to skirt death by the skin of his teeth. Mr. Butcher brings all of Harry's friends along for a fantastic roller coaster ride that makes you buckle up and hang on through every chapter.
Butters is the surprise character that makes you stand up and clap putting evil in it's place.
James Marsters as always does an outstanding performance for Harry Dresden. He's able to bring this character to life and simultaneously brings the whole world of Jim Butcher Dresden files in to existence with such clarity that few other narrators can. I can't imagine anyone else narrating this great series of books.
A Great book. A Great addition to my library.
Yes, I will. I went back and listened to the pervious book before this one came out. It's hard to remember all the details otherwise.
Spoilers!! Harry meeting Maggie.
Waldo Butters, Jedi Knight.
No, but I was happy to have some forward movement on a few of the sub plots. I was going to be disgusted if the whole Harry/Karrin thing didn't see some resolution.
Not enough Bob. And James Marsters doing a southern accent was DIVINE.
This book both feel unique from the rest of the series while delivering everything you love about the series.
This is book 15. You must read previous books to enjoy this one. You could jump into the series as late as Book 9... but most consider book 4 the best starting point.
Author. Audiobook lover. UberGeek.
I love Jim Butcher's writing. I love Harry. I admire the way Butcher rebooted the world after changes. Everything is different, but the same. Very well done.
But... and this is the kicker, the same stuff is getting old. I love Harry being snarky, I giggle at the Star Wars references, I groan and roll my eyes at the obvious sexual tension, and I shake my head at Harry for being so hard on himself. And I have for 15 books now.
I don't know if it's the fact that we are on book 15 or if it's because the references now seemed forced (and there for a cheap laugh) but it's taking away from the story. I really think this was a solid story. It brought in some interesting characters. The twist at the end was well set up and seamless. But I kept getting distracted. The geek jokes were forced in at times when the plot should have kept the reader engaged. The snark didn't add to Harry's charm, it made me wonder if the man had issues b/c he was being obnoxious.
I love Harry. I'll stick with Jim until the bitter end, but Skin Game was a disappointment.
James Marsters did a fantastic job as usual. I'd listen to that man read the phone book!
First rate performance by the narrator. Absolutely ghastly and sloppy effort by the author. I'm done wit the Dresden Files for a while.
I have listened to every one of these books. . . Including the one J.M. didn't narrate. .. but now has... AS for it's ranking, it's good, but not my favorite. I'd say like 9 out of 15?
I like the unexpected team ups. enough said.
This guy just delivers. If you've not heard him narrate you need to.
Not without spoilers.
The force is strong with this book.
the entire series is just darn good. Every time I finish one the next book is eagerly awaited.
Marster's makes the stories go. The one book he missed was a real setback so hopefully he is able to do whatever follows.
Butcher has a way of introducing aspects in his characters that you might not see as likely as the story is in motion. Without giving too much away we seemed to have added a new knight who has come up through the ranks and grown more in each book.
maybe, really gripping story
harry, surprisingly deep characters
scene with archangel
pretty much, stopping for work and sleep
What didn't I love is a better question.
The story moved quickly. Dresden is as pithy and self-effacing as ever. Tight plot line.
James Marsters has spoiled me for almost all other narrators. No matter the book, it seems I'm always saying, "I wish Marsters was reading this instead." I believe that being an actor makes him so much more believable and natural in the role of Dresden. He's great and I've been happy to see him on TV again in The Witches of East End.
Nothing was wrong with Mr. Marsters's performance
Tagline for this book... Better the Devils You Know
The mix of old and new characters
Harry figuring out how to scam the scammer ( can't spoil it )
I love it all when he does these books I know they will sound like Dresden in my mind
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