No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness - and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse, one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits.
It figures. Everything was going too well to last....
©2008 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin
Someone asked me if I caught the Super Bowl on television. I said no, the new multimillion dollar players don't seemed to be anything like me. When I was young, even famous athletes, like Joe Namath, seemed like people you might encounter at your neighborhood bar once in awhile, famous but one of us mugs. This is why I like the character Harry Dresden.
Jim Butcher creates a great character that you'd love to sit down with and have a beer and pizza, just to listen to what he's been up to today. You might run into Harry walking across your street and yell hello while he's out with Mouse. The humanity of the character doesn't dim his powerful, ever growing, powers as a wizard. Butcher does follow an old, 'Sam Spade,' formula, true, but the characters are so good you don't care and find yourself glad of the time it took to read it through.
I am hoping that soon all the Harry Dresden books are here at Audible. You really do need to read them from the beginning in order to not only appreciate the plot you're reading now, but to understand the subplot that flows through all the books. But you can still listen to 'Small Favors' by itself, so grab a beer (or your favorite beverage) some pizza, turn out the lights, and get on a case with Harry.
I absolutely love this! I kept hoping you would get Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. James Marsters has done a fantastic job! His snarky humor is spot on as Harry. Would love to see more of the Dresden Files on Audible. *pretty please* In the meantime, I will be listening to it again.
I thoroughly enjoy the Dresden Files and the audiobook experience that James Marsters provides, but Caveat Emptor, the Audible version had a couple minutes of audio missing during the first interaction between Dresden and one of the Denarians.
I tried everything I could and the Audible Customer Service, but they could not figure out a means to resolve this as the audio just skips from the demon changing form to Dresden barking out an impudent response to what is obviously close to the end of the conversation.
Still worth the listen and still very enjoyable. Didn't completely spoil the fun, just resulted in an lost hour of time working with Customer Service trying to fix the issues.
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! I have to agree with another reviewer that says that he can now picture Dresden saying "FOZARE!". I am now the same way and also when Marsters makes the difference in using a small "fuego!" in comparison to belting out a bellowing basso "FUUEEEEGGGGOOO!!!!" It really brings the story to life and sometimes I get chills just from listening to it. This particular book was a great addition to the series. I really liked the ending and Captain Luccios part in it. I just downloaded # 11 and can't wait to get started on it.
After I had major surgery in 2005 a thoughtful friend gave me a box of books to occupy my recovery at home. Tucked in the box was the first 4 books in the Dresden Files, as the books are known. To this day I still remember my delight at discovering how much fun they were to read, and still are.
Harry Dresden is a great twist on the two-bit private eye. Like a typical P.I., he packs a gun and he works for peanuts (or sometimes pizza). He also packs a wizard's staff and gets involved with things Sam Spade never imagined.
As the series has evolved Dresden and his world have developed so well and clearly that I know his world as well as my own.
DO NOT judge the books by the Sci-Fi channel series, which did reeketh mightily. This is great!
My only complaint is that this, Audible's first offering of a Dresden story, is book 10 in the series. First time "readers" would benefit from listening to the stories in order, since each, to varying degrees, does build on the stories before.
Hey Audible, PLEASE give us the rest of the stories, unabridged. Thanks for this one.
The Summer and Winter Queens are having another strange game of 'cat's paw' and our favorite wizard is stuck in the middle again. Small Favor draws on plot threads from some of the previous novels and sets the table for Turn Coat which follows as book 11. Care is taken to explain plots that carry over from another book, at least briefly, so the book stands on it's own, but read the earlier installments to get the full story.
Jim Butcher seems to have few 'disposable' characters, and they become familliar and develop over the course of several of the books, most involved in over-arching plots that do not detract from the main plot of the novel, but continue to neatly build over time. He does hit the pop-culture references pretty hard in this novel, but that's one of the joys of reading modern fantasy that connects so strongly with it's reader base. I am a RPG playing child of the 80's and can't help but love this series.
This is probably one of the more action packed books, with the billy goats gruff, hobbes,not one but two showdowns with Nicodemus and the Denarians, a non-standard assortment of thugs, the Archive and her Hellhound, the captain of the White Council's Wardens, the Knights of the Cross, the Queen of Air and Darkness, and... a donut. Prithee, with frosting of white, and sprinkles 'pon it.
I came to these books as a fan of the narrator's previous work, and I have not been dissapointed. James Marsters rocks hard as Harry Dresden and the suprising array of character voices he portrays in this series. They come to life in his care and I couldn't imagine anyone else portraying them. The only vocal continuity glitch is the change from the normal "John Marcone" voice of previous installments to the one used for his brief appearances here.
Some of us actually take a serious look at the reviews before purchasing. Before you give a bad review and whine about not understanding the story have enough sense to listen the the NINE previous books. Idiot.
Jim Butcher and James Marsters go together like PB&J. As usual the story drags you in and won't let you leave. James Marsters has spoiled me for all other audio narrators. I have listened to a few other books from other favorite authors and found the narrations distracting. The Dresden Files are brought to life through the emotional narration. James Marsters infuses all the nuances of courage, rage, love, regret, hope, loss and frustration that make Harry Dresden so human. A truly amazing raconteur telling an amazingly crafted tale.
This is the tenth book of the series and not only is the narration great on Small Favor but as always Dresden Delivers. Do yourself a favor listen or read any Dresden story published. Audible please pick up the first 9!
Small Favor has all the things that got me hooked on the Dresden Files with the first book: good characters, a mystery without secret doors, ironic, wry humor, and a level of descriptive detail that pulls you into the book's world like you were a regular inhabitant. I've read all 10 books in the last 4 months, so all the stories are fresh in my memory. I think this is the one I may read again soon because it was a good "read".
James Marsters was excellent. He does a very good job with Harry's different moods, and his timing for the wisecracks was spot on. The voices and accents for the other characters were distinctive enough that you could follow the dialog easily. The voice he uses for Toot-toot had me laughing out loud. Like Nathaniel Parker for the Artemis Fowl books, I think James Marsters is *the* voice for Harry Dresden.
Story – 5/5
The Archive is a very intriguing concept in these novels, so it was great to get a fuller story involving it (/her) - not to mention the return of the Denarians, who were one of the more interesting enemies from a previous novel (I forget which).
The entire mythology and epic magnitude of the world that has been created by Butcher is truly amazing. I kind of don't want it to end, but I know it will have to soon.
If you like this series, I highly recommend his other works as well - Codex Alera (which unfortunately is not available on Audible) and The Aeronaut's Windlass. Both are very different in style and genre - but equally as entertaining.
Performance – 5/5
James Marsters a fantastic narrator for these novels - it would be hard to listen to anyone else now after 10 audiobooks. His voice acting is subtly distinct and he performs the story like no other audiobook actor I have come across. He really helps to convey the strong and varied emotions throughout the books.
Overall – 5/5
The story and performance are good. But the editing is not. This and a few other Dresden Files audio books are missing sections when compared to the printed text.
It's disappointing to find it hasn't been patched.
"I just can't help enjoying these books"
As always Jim Butcher and the beautiful sarcasm of his narrator have created another interesting, funny and witty audio book. If I am being perfectly honest the storyline is nothing earth shattering, but it is enjoyable, and quite frankly that is what I want in an audio book.
"Dresden is the best"
James Masters is simply perfect for these book, he brings every nuance to life
Harry as always
The series of book are wonderful you can follow them in order or read them indivudually without losing anything, but be warned they are addictive
Very good book indeed! Will be getting the next book in the series immediately!! I would recommend this book to everyone ever.
Quite simply a great story with a great narrator! 3rd time I have listened to it
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