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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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"The most reliable post-Buffy supernatural series on offer." (Time Out)

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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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  • JaniceO
  • Queensland, Australia
  • 01-15-14

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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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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  • Mrs
  • 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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  • 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.<br/><br/>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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  • C Hall
  • 10-11-17

well worth the credit

have listened to the whole series of Dresden files the story lines are fantastic and the performance is perfect.

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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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  • Jason Kirker
  • 02-18-17

Entertaining listen

As usual another great book in the Dresden Files series. Any shortcomings in the the story are more than made up by the supurb narration by James Marsters.

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  • UKStevieB
  • 12-08-16

Best so far?

My favourite up to this point, James Marsters continues to knock it out of the park!

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  • meseret
  • 08-28-16

Cool book and great narrator


James Marsters is a great narrator! and Dresdent files are all nice books good work.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-19-17

Never disappointed with Dresden Files

Absolutely loved this Dresden Files. The story is fast paced and development of all the characters other than Harry keeps your turning the pages. The unexpected twist at the end just makes me want to read the next book NOW!!!

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  • Harrison Marley
  • 06-02-17

so many answers

So many questions and suspicions are answered. I feel this is a much darker book, and that the Lasciel arc was just a warm up for a much darker, deeper and more complex book, and that being Cold Days.

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  • MISS SARAH TOWLER
  • 05-20-17

Great story

Another hit with:
- excellent narration
- intriguing plot
- character development
- lovable characters
- action and humour

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  • Thomas
  • 03-26-16

Not the worst Dresden File

But only because Fool Moon was even more of a slog. I love the Dresden files, but this was a big step backwards after Changes and Ghost Story, still not bad but tortured in a series of contrivances instead of Butcher's usually more subtle writing, and the result is a perfectly inoffensive story that is perfectly uninvolving.

There's nothing to make me go 'christ that was awful' but also nothing to make me go 'christ that was amazing'. To demonstrate the point. SPOILER WARNING the plot ultimately boils down to conflicted mommy issues between two minor supporting characters and another character we've never met before.

Dresden files fans will still want to knew what happens so they don't miss important build-up for the next book. But it's probably a good thing that James Masters remains as terrific a reader as ever, listen to him read this book while you're at the gym and knew that if you miss anything while you're concentration in elsewhere it will hardly matter.

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 02-03-16

solid book as always

loved it, Jim Masters is an artist.
have done all this serise in less than a month.

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  • Shaun
  • 05-17-15

As always, pure entertainment

Marsters' narration brings the story alive. Great yarn. As usual, Harry is in a spot of bother.

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  • Edith
  • 03-22-15

Excellent reading

The story keeps getting better and more interesting
Twists and turns ,but sometimes makes me laugh out loud
Great narrator