The Warden Morgan has been accused of treason against the Wizards of the White Council - and there's only one, final punishment for that crime. He's on the run, wants his name cleared, and needs someone with a knack for backing the underdog. Someone like Harry Dresden....
Now, Harry must uncover a traitor within the Council, keep a less-than-agreeable Morgan under wraps, and avoid coming under scrutiny himself. And a single mistake may cost someone his head - someone like Harry
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Fast paced. Excellent narration. And Harry Dresden is, as always, an appealing protagonist.
It's possible to appreciate the book as a paranormal mystery stand-alone without a great deal of knowledge of what has gone on before. However, I think it helps to be familiar with the series as a whole since almost all of the characters in the novel were introduced in previous installments of the series.
Butcher has said he plans for the series to go for 20 books or so, and it can be tough to create stories that stand on their own while still moving the subplots forward. I thought "Small Favor" did that well. This is one that relies heavily on the past books to understand the motivations of the characters, and it lays the groundwork for new stories. It is a very enjoyable mystery with good characters, a villain that you don't suspect until near the end, and some insights into the Dresden universe. It was well worth the money and time.
Marsters *is* Harry Dresden as far as I'm concerned. In just two audio books, he has jumped into the top 5 of my list of favorite readers. Hopefully, he can be contracted to do other books because he has a true talent for this work.
This series just keeps getting better and better. Harry has now developed a much fuller personal and professional life which is translated very well in the story. The plot line is fast moving, an easy listen and you are easily capable of keeping track of what is going on. I cannot even think of anyone except James Marsters of being the voice(s) of this series. His Toot-Toot impression is hilarious and actually makes me laugh out loud while driving in the car. I have missed turn offs on the freeway just being so engrossed in the story and the narration. Please start at the first book and work your way up to really appreciate the progression of the characters and the story lines. I have turned several friends on to this book series and they also are hooked now. Well worth it. Please write/release book 12 soon. Can't wait.
One thing I really like about JB's Dresden books, besides the perfect voice JM lends to the Dresden series, is that JB's characters are continually evolving, unlike other lead charters in popular series. For instance, in Turn Coat you see how dramatically Dresden has changed from the reckless, but smart/lucky knight in dented armor found in the early books, to someone who has learned his lesson and thinks before he jumps. That Turn Coat gave readers a whole book of Morgan and Dresden verbally sparring with each other didn't hurt either...
A good addition to the series. However, if you haven't read any of the series before, I would not start with this one.
And Marsters does a very nice job on the narration. I think he does a good job of capturing Harry's voice without the narration being distracting from the story itself. Always a plus in an audiobook.
Harry has come into his own with a network of close friends and family....at least for now. Highly recommend you read the books in order. Harry's warden responsibilities, mentoring, friend and lover roles take him in varying paths that are threatened by different entities and problems. Molly has grown and her role is expanded. The brother relationship of Thomas and Harry is challenged with a numbing and heartfelt result. The organization of the Wizard council is also explored and made very real from the headquarters in Scotland to the wizards themselves. The storyline is engaging with twists and turns, laughter and tears.
The narrator is excellent! From now on, I will only hear Harry through his voice. He is 5 stars all the way...the best male voice for the job! Bravo and kudos for the selection because it made the story all the more better!
Love this book and what makes it is James Marsters. I would buy more just to hear him read. He makes an already great book brilliant!
I've been a Jim Butcher fan for a long time, and have read the previous Harry Dresden books at least twice each. Listening to James Marster put his immersive spin on these familiar characters adds a completely new and compelling aspect to these books and for me the reason to get these on audio. If Audible can get all the previous Dresden books read by Marster, I would buy them all, and see it as another yet new opportunity to get into the Dresden stories.
I give this four stars, since it is not Jane Austin (Yes, red blooded American males read Jane Austin), but it is very good. I am also surprised and pleased with the narration. I liked Mr. Marsters as an actor, and I hope he continues with the Dresden books in the future.
I have high standards for quality of writing; these books are maybe a 6 or 7 out of 10 in that respect. Butcher does not have a delicate touch. But the quality of the plotting, of the story, the appeal of the characters and the performance of the narrator are really, really excellent. I have bought them all, listened to them all, and missed every single one when it ended. Harry Dresden is the kind of character you wish was real, and wish was your best friend. I enjoy all the time I spend in his company.
"More of the same!"
I would definitely recommend this book, but only if you've read/listened to the previous books.
This is definitely more of the same - it has geered up since the original few books, meaning that it's lost personal, low power intrigue but has gained in exchange a certain epic-ness and depth.
James Masters voice, though out the whole thing! Unfortunatly details are impossible without spoilers!
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