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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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Good story, okay performance

Runes and ruins are not the same. I could see it being an error a few times, but its constant and having done several books, the reader should know better by now.

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Inspirational

For all the talk of Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying near the beginning this really inspired me to write more about Faeries.

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Great book. Annoying narration.

Entertaining storyline. Narration can be hard to bear (You can hear the saliva rolling in the narrators mouth throughout the entire book....). Very distracting and annoying.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Fairies don't make your life easy.

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You try and try to have a normal life as the only "Wizard" in the yellow pages trying to make your rent, But when the Queens of Faerie take notice of you it just make your life a whole other shade of complicated.

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  • Rachelle
  • Bakersfield, CA, United States
  • 08-21-12

Love this series

I love this series - they couldn't have picked a better narrator - Marsters is perfect.

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  • JG
  • New York
  • 06-19-12

Great story and *fantastic* performance

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If you've made it this far into the Dresden series, you already know how great it is. (And I'd opine that Book 4 tops the initial trilogy.) I had read the first three in paperback, however, and this was my first time hearing James Marsters narrate.

His performance was nothing short of fantastic.

Having heard more than a few audio book performances to date, it is abundantly clear that Marsters timing and understanding of the work outclass his contemporaries. He is the benchmark others should be gauged against, and he brought this book *vividly* to life.

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I'm so hooked on this series!

I never thought I'd love a series about a magician. This series is so fun, yet so interesting I can't get enough of them. I suggest reading them in order though as the characters are developed along the way. Even if you don't you'll love the book any way. More more!

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  • Cindy
  • WILLITS, CA, United States
  • 04-01-12

Dresden is a great "real" character

Dresden is a wonderful character that the author peels like an onion. Dresden takes on all his trials and tribulations as a modern day wizard with realism and a dry, witty sense of humor. Jim Butcher allows us to feel everything that happens to Dresden along with how he mentally deals with his situations, bringing up issues of rage, love, power and helplessness in a wonderful mix that keeps me coming back to this series. Dresden feels like an old friend, good job Jim Butcher!

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Yet again! Another Slam Dunk!

I loved this book! Jim Butcher's view of Winter and Summer is great. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

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Love this one!

Where does Summer Knight rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Very good. I listen to mostly sci/fi, and I love Butcher's take on a detective-noir story.

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  • P. Mack
  • 07-28-15

What fools these mortals be...

Just brilliant as always. James marsters portrays Harry as wonderfully as ever conveying the character with all the depth and humour Harry deserves

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  • mike
  • 01-04-15

Always good but book three is where it gets really

The author is building a reputation as one of the greats in modern fantasy. The read delivers a versatile performance that is both polished and compelling. The title of my review says it all as regards the story. Avoid spoilers and enjoy a rollicking who done it, fantasy, classy piece of literature.

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  • Christopher
  • 12-17-14

The best one yet!

Story – 5/5

If you are at books 1 & 2 thinking "this is reasonable, but not sure if I am bothered about continuing" - keep going. The end of book 3 turned the momentum of Dresden up to 11, and book 4 keeps up with that same pace. The world has become even more epic; we are properly introduced to the white wizard council, the winter and summer fae courts, and some characters from Dresden's past. The immortal world is still on the brink of war and Dresden is the unlucky one who always seems to get stuck in the middle.

As I have already alluded to, there is plenty of action and plot that will keep you hooked from the very get go. Jim Butcher's humour is also prominent again, making me laugh regularly.

My favourite part of this novel was the addition of a bit of back story; understanding how Dresden got to where he is. I cannot wait for book 5 to learn more.


Performance – 5/5

James Marsters puts out another superb performance. His first person narration is top class, and he also puts distinct voices out for all of the other characters in the story. He helps to add to the humour, fear and action excellently with his pacing.


Overall - 5/5

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-20-14

Dresden Files

An enjoyable lightweight read. I would recommend this book to someone who has similar tastes to me but it is much less intense and engrossing than some fanatasies that I have read/listened to. It is improved by James Marsters reading.

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  • Amanda
  • 12-02-13

James Marsters Rocks Dresden

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I've already recommended this series, read by James to friends. He reads it so well, and I've always loved the stories.

What did you like best about this story?

Dresden's loveable down to earth wizard, seeing the fantasy world dropped into Chicago.

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Fourth book by him and still great.

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  • Barry
  • 04-13-13

Really takes the character on

Marsters is great in this book, speaks as if he's genuinely Harry Dresden, I almost see Dresden as him now. Very emotional in this one and of course the book is great, Butcher adds a few new characters in this one & it adds another dimension to the series, of course he brings a few old ones in too to continue some of the other interests & story lines.

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  • Leonardo
  • 06-26-13

A good listen

Not the best in the Harry Dresden series but still good and well read by James Marsters. He does a good job of giving voice to the world weary wizard. If you haven't read any other Dresden books then I don't recommend starting here. Best to start at the beginning with Fool Moon.

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