• Cold Days

  • Dresden Files, Book 14
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 18 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (309 ratings)

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By: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
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Publisher's Summary

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard PI. Turns out the "everyday" world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.

A bargain made with the Queen of Air and Darkness has forced Dresden into a new job: professional killer. His first task is to bring death to an immortal. As if that wasn't hard enough, Dresden learns of a danger to Demonreach, the living island hidden upon Lake Michigan. A danger that could destroy billions and land Dresden in the deepest trouble he has ever known.

Dresden has only 24 hours to gather the allies he has left and prevent a cataclysm - all while the power he bargained to get, but never meant to keep, lays siege to his very soul. Magic - it can get a guy killed.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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Great Listen

heartwrenching, thrilling, funny just like always. Hope the goodness keeps on coming. The narrator is still my favourite part of the series though

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Harry's back!

Narration was excellent! Story was exciting and well paced. Always loved the interaction with members of the faerie court.

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A great story.

I have really enjoyed the dresden series. Am sad that I am at the end...but stars and stones dresden will remsin with me. Thank you.

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I just dare you to try and put this book down.

As you're almost smugly waiting for the anticipated next explosive event in a logical progression, it doesn't! Lean back and take a breath from the judder bars of terror, finally a time to rest. BANG!! Where the hell did this unexpected horror come from?! Jim Butcher: Wow! Narration from Spike, James Marsters' huge repertoire of accents and variety of voices, reading with elegant care and appropriate emotion...Wow!!

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Rough ride

An enjoyable reread (in the hopes of the next book coming out one day.)
Harry is brought back and, as always in his life, things just keep getting worse and worse. Being the Winter Knight brings him a lot of power but the difficulty of the things he has to do are raised exponentially. The politics of Faery are impossible for a mortal to understand well and poor Harry mucks up a lot.

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James Marsters is as always brilliant!

What did you love best about Cold Days?

Once again Jim Butcher brings us into his magical world with a great plot, many twists and cliffhangers before Harry once again emerges the victor after much sacrifice.

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

Harry Dresden James Marsters is Harry Dresden and I cannot imagine anyone else reading these books.

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

There are always plenty of tears and laughs in a Harry Dresden book.

Any additional comments?

James Marsters is a master of the performance of an audio book. His voice is excellent, his cast of charachter voices unbelievable and consistent. It's a pleasure to listen and hard to turn it off to get back to RL especially when combined with the writings of Jim Butcher.

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  • The Edwards'
  • 12-13-13

Jim Butcher nails it again!

I cant wait for the next book. I only found the Dresden files books 3 weeks ago after reading a review here. I have since listened to all 14 books and they are truly brilliant gripping edge of your seat story lines with fantastic laugh out loud moments, delivered flawlessly by James Masters. If your new to the life of Harry Dresden then get stuck in you wont regret it.

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  • Mr. W. Inskip
  • 12-12-13

Like old shoes, comftable but not that smart.

Okay firstly I really enjoyed this audio book, the performance as always was brilliant. He is Harry Dresden.

As to the story, I love the characters and really like hanging out with them, I enjoy the pace and interactions. As to the plot - hmmm I could not really give a fig about what was going on, I was concerned of course for the characters I love but sadly the series has become formulaic. I will keep coming back probably forever but for the characters not the story, if this was my first entry into the series I would probably not return.

If this is going to be you first entrance into the series, stop turn around and begin with Storm Front. Maybe four stars was generous.....

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  • Kelly
  • 12-01-13

A fantastic listen!!

What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

James Marsters was a great choice to narrate this book, he makes the story come to life, the wit of Harry and the cast.

We were expecting some answers with this audiobook and instead left with even more questions! Excellent!

What did you like best about this story?

Harry is doing what he didn't want to do and stubbornly doing it his way. As always a great listen.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Demonreach... That is all I can say without giving too much away.

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

Yes, it was hard as my husband was also listening to it, so we had to be a little patient.

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  • Hussain
  • 05-03-17

Amazing

Amazing story ! Never a dull moment and only made more wonderful by the amazing narrating of J. Marsters .

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  • Kenny/Wendy/Conor
  • 04-22-14

Back with a bang!

Would you consider the audio edition of Cold Days to be better than the print version?

I have read all of the Dresden files and loved most of them. "Changes" was one of my favourites but I was disappointed by "Ghost Story". Cold Days is much closer to the good old days. The audio book was great, very involving narration and the book is the usual blend of comedy, action, loveable characters and wonderful storytelling. The story arc through all of the books is engrossing and imaginative and the developments in this story are great and shocking.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending. Give me morre!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The climax on Demonreach or the ball in Winter.

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

Totally. When reading the previous books it was totally a page-turner and this book was no different.

Any additional comments?

I cannot recommend this range of books more. I wouldn't read this book before the previous ones though it would still be good but the depth of story will be lost. Perhaps it would inspire readers/listeners to seek out the others.

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  • Barry
  • 12-13-13

Good but not great

Would you try another book written by Jim Butcher or narrated by James Marsters?

I enjoy the Jim Butcher Dresden series, read and listened to every book so far and I will continue to follow the series, however I have never considered his other books, I may sometime buy one to try. James Masters was fantastic as usual and I could listen to hi all day

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

This ending in the series I thought was fairly predictable and by the time I got to the end I knew what was going to happen, however I am intrigued where Butcher will take the main characters from here.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

I like that we are seeing a slightly darker side to Dresdens character in this book, particularly when he is fighting the erkling. The thought of Dresden as a bit of a badass is pretty cool.

Do you think Cold Days needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Harry Dresden seems to be getting himself deeper and deeper into trouble, I can't wait to se how he will get out of it eventually, or will it all end badly?

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  • Ian
  • 09-12-22

Brilliant

What can I say, probably the best book so far. Dresden just keeps getting better and better.

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  • RAYMOND ORR
  • 05-19-22

Stopped at chapter 4 and wouldn’t play


Stopped at chapter 4 and would not play again even after going to beginning and starting over. Switched phone of and on prob still there

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  • The Guy
  • 03-08-22

Return of the wizard

ghost stories took some getting into though very rewarding by the end. this one is a return to form. Great throughout some really awesome scenes. another great adventure in dresden files.

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  • CooperUK
  • 03-03-22

Excellent book.

excellent audiobook. a few audio glitches at times. James marsters is an excellent reader. recommended.

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  • Teena
  • 09-10-22

Brilliant

Even with this many books into the series, the author still manages to keep me in suspense multiple times throughout the book with the story. But more than anything else, the narrator's performance is beyond brilliant, not just the emotion conveyed, but the voice acting of all the different characters completely immerses you entirely

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  • Gelfie
  • 04-30-22

Butcher brings his A game

Well, after the (IMO) disappointing “Ghost Stories”, Jim is back in top form with “Cold Days”. Plenty of humour and many hints dropped of epic challenges to come.

This book is back up there with those between 4-12.

James Marsters is, as always, excellent as our narrator, veering much closer to voice actor with his performance.

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  • Josie - The Bubbly Book Reviewer
  • 03-27-22

Butcher just keeps on surprising.

Jim Butcher keep on giving more of what fans love about Dresden and his friends. A great formula, with great character progression.
And James Marsters gave another masterful performance.

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  • Craig McSpellcheck
  • 03-07-22

How...

Even of the other books sucked ass (wich they dont) it wold have been woeth it to get to this book. So many twists linking all books together. Omfg.

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  • Martin A Slater
  • 12-05-21

A sudden weak turn in the series

Not sure what happened here but this is the first in the series that i found just wanting to end. The characters become high school idiots, relatiobship drama dragging on and dialogue that was just frankly annoying. Hoping this isn't the end of the good stories.

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  • Richard
  • 12-21-20

Unbeatable

Jim Butcher is an author on the level of Tolkien and Feist, only with significantly more snark. Listening to this series is like going on a journey with him through his own life as he grows and matures, because it is a growth and maturity that is reflected in his characters. My life has changed immeasurably since I started this series, and on this fourth time through the books it continues to change as my own life matures and my perspectives broaden. I've never experienced anything like this series. Buy the damn books, just do it. you won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-25-20

Amazing best so far

Loved it beat one so far, really a climax. With enough to wish for the next book.

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  • Ishy Neville
  • 05-26-19

Winter’s tale.

Shattering and beautiful. So many threads weaving together. Characters challenged, developed and endangered. Leaves you wanting the next book.

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  • Bonita
  • 04-15-19

Always engaging

I love the Dresden Files and James Marsters is brilliant in his telling of them.
Once again I found it hard to pause the story when I had to.
I get so lost in the story and James is so great that all I hear are the characters.

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  • Babs59
  • 03-29-19

a struggle to wade through!

I love the characters but even listening to the lovely James Marsters couldn't stop me skipping ahead here and there when it got bogged down. Everything is really Big and Dramatic and Dark. I had read this when it came out and not sure I even finished it, but if you're following the series hang in there and at least find out where it gets to! I recommend some more classic Dresden to recover by reading the Brief Cases short stories!