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Summer Knight Audiobook

Summer Knight: The Dresden Files, Book 4

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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

©2002 Jim Butcher; (P)2006 Buzzy Multimedia

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    "Another winner by Jim Butcher "

    A magic filled romp through the lands of the fairy. A real treat for any fan of wizardry .

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    "James would make a great Harry"

    James has finally taken on the mantle of Harry.....he would make a great Harry if the series were ever to be remade.....love how he now reads them with heart even adding different voices for other characters.

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    "one of my favorites."

    I have a severe concussion. I'm not allowed to read at this time. Getting to hear my favorite books from Jim Butcher has been an unexpected relief from a great deal of pain and difficult recovery.

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    Tobias 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This book is amazing"

    This book like every single one so far was an incredible read full of excitement and awesomeness.

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    Michael 05-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Even better then the last"

    Loved the story but what really made this book was the AMAZING narrator! Its almost as if this book was written to be narrated by James Marsters.

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    L. Leblanc Louisiana 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "It's not as bad as some of the reviews say"

    Story was great. I feel like I got a big chunk of the world.

    A lot of the reviews I read complained about the narrator smacking constantly, and it was there once or twice, but not constantly.

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    Daniel P 05-17-16
    Daniel P 05-17-16 Member Since 2014

    I solemnly swear that I am up to no good!

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    "This one hooked me..."

    Up to this point I had just been enjoying a fun and interesting series. Not really engaged but this story hooked me and I can't wait for the next.

    Love that smart-ass Harry Dresden...

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    fabulous, new characters, n more developed characters, plus we learn about Harrys past! I loved it!

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    DabOfDarkness Ojo Caliente, NM, United States 04-18-16 Member Since 2011
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    "When the Fae courts rumble, folks should duck!"

    Note: Even though this is Book 4 in the series, it works mostly OK as a stand alone. There is a significant spoiler for Book 3 (Grave Peril) that is referred to in this book, but if you don’t mind that, then it works fine as a stand alone.



    Things continue to intensify for the only phone book listed wizard PI in Chicago, Harry Dresden. After the events of Book 3, Harry has been in a slump. His girlfriend had to leave him and he is guilt-ridden over the reasons why. He’s not taking cases and, quite frankly, not showering often enough. He’s also not paying rent and you can forget about food shopping. However, he does still have friends and one of those friends, Billy the college student werewolf, makes sure he makes it to an appointment on time that could lead to a paying PI case.

    This episode in Harry’s life explores the world of the Fae. There’s the Summer Court and the Winter Court and each court has three queens, denoting the rise, peak, and fall of each of the two main seasons. Someone has killed the Winter Knight, a champion of the Winter court who is given great powers to carry out his tasks. Now, Harry has been hired, or rather compelled, to find out who and why. We briefly met Harry’s fairy godmother in the last book and Harry fears few others like he fears her. So I was very interested to see how the other Fae compared the first time I read this book. My enjoyment of the book has not diminished with time. Harry is in for a wild ride!

    In the previous books, Harry has briefly mentioned his first girlfriend Elaine. Now, Elaine’s character gets filled out and Harry has to deal with yet more emotions. Plus he has to save the world. I think for Harry, saving the world is easier on him than dealing with emotions. The Fae courts have set Harry and Elaine at odds with each other and that makes things rather interesting. There’s plenty of sneaking about and trickery in order to unravel the mystery.

    I like this book quite a bit because we have some demented characters and we don’t always get to damage or kill them. This is to the plot as the fifth taste, umami, is to my tongue. It’s a little sour, a touch sweet, and chunk of it is bitter. Harry can’t undo all the damage they have done. The sweetness is the anticipation (or sometimes merely hope) of these unsavory folks getting trounced eventually. Then, sometimes, the bad guys do get away.

    Counter to that, is Harry’s humor. It’s nearly always bravado against something bigger and tougher. It sometimes veers into self-depreciating, but who wouldn’t want to rename the attacking saplings as a chlorofiend? It sounds bigger and nastier. The chuckle here and there helped relieve the tension.

    Once Harry has a grasp on what happened to who and why, he then has to figure out how to save the world, literally. The final chapters are big and epic and if I had not come into this series late, I would have been concerned that the series might end with this book here and now. A lot of worthy scenes played out in those last few chapters.

    The Narration: James Marsters continues on as the voice of Harry Dresden, and doing it quite well. I feel that he’s a bit more refined in his skill for this book. While I enjoyed his pauses or sighs or light coughs of embarrassment for Harry’s character in Books 1-3, I found there to be quite a bit less of that for this book. I don’t particularly miss it and I think this is more in line with audiobook narration instead of leaning towards radio drama. Marsters did great with all the smug female Fae voices. I continue to enjoy his TootToot fairy voice.

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    Phil Beauchesne 03-23-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic!"

    Love the series and this is one of the best in it. When Marsters voices the pixies it couldn't be more perfect. Possibly my favourite Audio Book of all time.

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