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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden has had a rough couple of weeks. As the only openly practicing professional wizard in the Chicago area, he has squared off against a multitude of supernatural bad guys. Harry has won the day against demons, poltergeists, sorcerers, trolls, vampires, werewolves, and even an evil faerie godmother. You might think nothing could spook him. You would be wrong.

Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry. His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken.

©2001 Jim Butcher; (P)2004 Buzzy Multimedia

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  • 12-05-16

awesome

from the start all the way to the finish, this book was amazing. awesome book

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very entertaining story. never boring.

loved it. James Marsters is a phenomenal narrator. He really makes the characters come alive.

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Good but not the best

I feel I must have missed something based on all the 4 and 5 star reviews. This wasn't my favorite in the series. I had a hard time staying with the story. I do like Harry and Bob is the best!

The narration takes some getting used to. At least much of the mouth noises have been eliminated- not all, unfortunately. The switch from whispers to loud voice is a bit annoying but, overall, I like James Marsters narration more with each book.

I am looking forward to the next book.

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this marks the real beginning of awesomeness

This is the real beginning of the series, and really sets up the series , Butcher finally finds his voice for Harry and this bòok is a real thrill ride.

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This is the book where this series takes off

Book 3 is the first truly excellent book in the series. The number of characters starts to increase as you find out so much more about this world if Dresden.

The uniqueness of this series takes root here. Books 1 & 2 are decent but you can tell Butcher was new and learning.

You need to read the first two books to know what's going on and that's not a bad thing. Just the level of story telling from now on takes on a whole new level of goodness.

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Good read love the series

Wizards Vampires Ghosts yay. Story continues to get better and better. This is definitely a turning point for Harry and his allies.

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Recording was not good

While the story and the narration was great, I found that the recording quality was quite terrible.

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Non-communicative bastard takes on vampires

This book is too stupid to live. The only redeeming factor is Marsters narration, but I still couldn't finish the story.
The main character Harry Dresden seems to believe that all women need his male chauvinist knight on a white horse-routine to save them from whatever peril there is in the world. But hides crucial information from people because he's afraid it might harm them, like a f-ing twat.

Almost every woman in the novel gets introduced with their cupsize neatly labeled.

At the 50% point of the book I loathed side character Michael and his holier-than-thou approach to life, and I started to really hate Harry Dresden. And at 70% I gave up, when he white-knighted himself again for a damsel in distress, when the odds were stacked lightyears high.

That's another thing I truly hate about this series. The main character gets brought so low, that it should be impossible to continue, but yet, Dresden finds that one tiny ounce of strength left to him to hurl himself at the enemy and win. What the F? The fight at the cemetary was so non-sensical and too-against-all-odds to stand up to any scrutiny.

And the next person to say Hells Bells to me will be fed to Harry's (inexplicable) fairy godmother, who suddenly exists.

If you read the series this far, and have had doubts about Dresden's character in the previous books. Stop now, and don't continue. It doesn't get better, despite what the fans say.

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James Marster is an amazing narrator!

Each book gets better and better! Butcher is a Master author, and Marster's narrative brings the characters and story to life!

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  • Meghan
  • Yardley, PA, United States
  • 10-29-16

3rd time through

Love the story, love the world Jim had created, love James. He is Harry to me.