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
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.
I have been listening to audio books for over two years. This will be my first review.
I love the TV series Dresden Files. And the audio book was just as wonderful. Jim Butcher can tell a story and make you want more. He takes the unbelievable and makes it possible, scary. I love Harry, more please.
Great story + amazingly talented narrator = one of my favorite audiobooks of all time. Marsters is so versatile that you'll swear it's more than just one narrator. The story is fast paced and riveting. This one is worth a listen. I just wish the entire series was on Audible.
James Marsters is a fabulous narrator. I have really enjoyed the way he performs this series (though the way he pronounces some words makes me giggle now and then).
I just heard about this series a few weeks ago and have been reading/listening to them in every spare moment since.
I was listening to Chapter 13, and right in the middle of a sentence the narration jumps about a page and a half! That's a pretty good chunk that people who don't own the book will miss.
I am really glad that I have the ebook, so I was able to pause the narration and get caught up. I have found missing lines in some of the other books, but nothing like this. It's very disappointing. Hopefully there aren't any more issues like this in the narration/editing.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
This is my favorite book in the series. The archive features big in this one and the Denarians as well. You also get your first look at Demonreach in this one. A major foreshadowing of things to come. This is a really action packed book. If you don't like this one then something is wrong with you ;)
Butcher surprises and pleases again and again. The longer this series goes the better it gets. I love how Harry is tied into all realms of the supernatural, this time Mab comes a callin. The billy goats gruff are also an awesome addition and we see further and further into Harry's psyche. Kincaid reappears, "gulp" for Murphy and Harry. Awkward! Anastasia Lucio's role in this book is very well done too. Awesome book. Anytime the Fae are involved, how can you go wrong?
James Marsters is the absolute best narrator. Love the stories. They keep me wanting much more. We have listened to all the books and just can't wait to start the next one. This book leaves lots of unanswered questions and concerns for those of us who have become invested in the characters. Hope Jim Butcher keeps Harry casting magic for many more adventures.
This is brain candy - but really tasty sophisticated brain candy. While the setting is fantasy, the characters are real enough to care about. Furthermore, Butcher always comes up with a complicated and interesting twist to the motivations driving the plot. James Marsters is an inspired choice for the narrator. His voice for Harry Dresden is suitably hard boiled while his voice for Toot-toot (the fairy) is indescribable. This is a thoroughly enjoyable ride.
This is an excellent addition to the Dresden Files. The narration is spot on. I can picture Dresden belting out "FOZARE" as though I was right there with him! Jim Butcher continues the tale of Harry Dresden, Wizard of the White Council. The stakes just seem to be getting higher and higher, with Harry forced to take on more burdens and and make continuous life altering (or shattering) decisions. Add to that suspicion from his friends, children's fairy tales come to life, and a few fallen angels and you have one hell of a ride!
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