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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, takes on a case as a favor to his friend Thomas - a vampire of dubious integrity - only to become the prime suspect in a series of ghastly murders.

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©2004 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

Critic Reviews

"Filled with sizzling magic and intrigue as well as important developments for Harry, the latest of his adventures will have fans rapidly turning the pages." ( Booklist)

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  • Hakes
  • Wilkes Barre, PA, United States
  • 04-14-10

Worth the wait!

I was determined to listen to the Dresden series in order, so it was a pleasant surprise when books 6 & 7 became available months earlier than expected! Blood Rites features a fairly new and interesting character, Kincaid the bodyguard of the Archive. I'm looking forward to hearing more of his story in future books. Love the addition of Mouse!

James Marsters sounds more polished and "edited" than in the earlier books, but the books are becoming more complex and polished as well. It's still a fine matching of narrator and author.

11 of 12 people found this review helpful

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another terrific installment in the series...

...and another excellent audiobook performance by James Marsters, who really brings the series to life.

When Harry's incubus friend Thomas calls in a favor, Harry finds himself working on the set of a porn movie, trying to figure out who...or what...is trying to close down the production by killing off the film's female stars. Of course, there are many, many complications, high danger, White Court vampire intrigues, and of course, Jim Butcher's trademark witty dialogue.

A thoroughly entertaining audiobook!

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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This installment really brought it!

I've been enjoying this series thus far, but this installment really brought it! The porn star murder mystery had barrel-of-laughs written all over it, doubly so with Harry Dresden on the case. BLOOD RITES put a lot of the characters' roles into perspective; Murphy tries being a vigilante on for size, Ebenezar is not what he seems, and Thomas—I did NOT see that one coming. This book was a turning point for THE DRESDEN FILES, and... PUPPIES!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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New developments keep this alive and strong

I very much enjoyed the plot twists and character developments in this book. It opens up boundless opportunities for more Dresden Files. This is one though that would be hard to read without preamble.

Marsters is a Master!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Marsters brings to life another Dresden adventure

Blood Rites is one of the best audiobook versions of a fantasy novel that I've heard. Jim Butcher's fantastic novel melds gritty detective story with fairy courts, secret societies, vampires and wizards in contemporary Chicago. It's crime drama and fantasy adventure in one. James Marsters has indelibly molded the voice of the hero, Harry Dresden, in my mind, even when I'm reading the novels instead of listening to them. His performance is top notch, though from time to time I think that I would have read some lines differently.
This novel of the Dresden files sees Harry Dresden taking on a sinister curse that is dropping beautiful women left and right... women involved in a rebel and revolutionary adult film industry! The story also reveals a stomach dropping twist about Harry's past that you can't pass up if you're a fan of the series. Harry's life is forever changed. Read (Listen) On!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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I LOVE this series!

Jim Butcher is a great writer, I've enjoyed all of his books thus far.
And James Marsters who reads the books is equally as fantastic. It took me a while to get used to the sighing and deep breaths, etc, but after I did and realized it is just part of the main character Harry's persona I loved it.
It is hard for me to stick to only buying one book per month and not zooming through the whole series as fast as I can!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Boring

The dialogue in these books has gotten progressively more cheesy while the storytelling has gotten more boring. I can't bring myself to read anymore in the Dresden series. It's a shame too because the concept was interesting.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another great installment

There are so many praiseworthy elements to Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series. Time to note a couple of them that I haven't mentioned before:
1) JB knows how to steal from the best. I think all writers steal - all artists, for that matter - and the best do so in such a way that the audience doesn't mind a bit. J.K. Rowling is an excellent example of this. She stole all sorts of plot elements from things she'd read along the way (sorry Ursula K. Le Guin). Here, Butcher steals from her. Isn't the world full of lovely karma?
2) James Marsters. Marsters is so good, such a wonder with intonation, accents - he does things with lines that are utterly unique, things that I'm certain the author never anticipated. This duo of author and narrator are perfect for one another, and it's impossible for us, at this point, to accept anyone else as Harry's "voice."

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Rooting for the bad guys

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Harry is a wizard whose powers seem to be limited at most times. His favorite spell is "fuego" which seems to be one of the few spells he can do. If someone holds a gun on him, he's trapped and at a lost for how to get out of the situation. Other reviewers said the series gets better and book 5 was fairly interesting, however, Book 6 was a huge disappointment.

I wouldn't call Harry a Wizard -- amateur magician is a better description.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Not another Dresden Files book! I've read through Book 6 hoping the series would improve. Time to move on to another author!

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Oh, Harry, how we love thee...

*Book source ~ Purchased at Audible

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard and a private investigator, agrees to take a job recommended to him by White Court vampire Thomas Wraith. Arturo Genosa, film producer, appears to be targeted by an entropy curse and Thomas would like for Harry to protect Arturo & the people on the set and find out who is behind the curse. Since Thomas had helped Harry rescue a litter of Tibetian Temple puppies from a pretty dicey situation, Harry agrees to look into it. Little did he know he would end up with a puppy, working on the set of a porn film and getting in the middle of White Court vampire politics. Some days he really shouldn’t leave his apartment.

Guest reviewers:
A ~ my 16-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 14-yr-old son
K ~ my 13-yr-old son

I think, by far, the most favorite addition to the growing cast in the Dresden Universe is Mouse the puppy. Everyone loves him. There’s news about Thomas that was a surprise, but everyone cautiously likes, Ebenezer and Kincaid are back and still favorites though Kincaid is a mystery that needs solving and Anna particularly liked meeting Murphy’s family though no one liked her sister. They thought it was interesting to see Thomas’s Hunger and the whole bit in the picture gallery was a big surprise.

The fight with the Black Court vampires was a hit and we thought the part where Murphy had to take her pants off was funny. It really is. You’ll see. A & T did not like what happened to Harry during the fight (his injury), but K did. When asked why his reply was: “It looks cool and I know what happens in future books.” Well, ok then. :D

Favorite moments:
A ~ meeting Mouse or any part with Kincaid in it. (Hmmm…)
T ~ the conclusions to any and all fights
K ~ when Trixie died because she was really annoying

Favorite quotes has a tie:
“Everyone stopped to blink at that for a second. I mean, come on. Impaled by a guided frozen turkey missile. Even by the standards of the quasi-immortal creatures of the night, that ain’t something you see twice. “For my next trick," I panted into the startled silence, ‘anvils.”

“An errand is getting a tank of gas or picking up a carton of milk or something. It is not getting chased by flying purple pyromaniac gorillas hurling incendiary poo!” ~ Thomas

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • raeamber
  • 12-11-15

Murphy!

really enjoying this series the welcome new addition stays I hope. Finding out more about Muphy's background was very welcome & mother Murphy sounds like one hell of a woman. . Loved the story sad funny thrilling & worrisome

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  • Louise
  • 10-06-15

excellent! totally brought to life !

narrated by James Masters. buffy references made me laugh out loud on the train :/

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  • Chris
  • 07-06-15

Awesome

Brilliant entry in the Dresden series of books best one yet. Must read for fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • K
  • 04-10-13

Harry is exposed

In the previous books we have been offered Harry,an interesting but rather 2 dimensional wizard. With this book you finally get to see the man; his back story is peeled off layer by layer to give a richer more complex character. Tantalising glimpses of how is past informs his future are laid out like bread crumbs to follow...

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Harryfanboy
  • 08-07-18

James Marsters has nailed it.

As a long term fa n of the Harry Dresden books I didn't know what to expect of the audiobook but I was delighted to discover that James Marsters is perfect in the role. For me no one else could be Harry now!

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  • Vivienne
  • 07-25-18

Back in the game

It was getting a bit slow 2 books ago but this one picks it up.

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  • Hannah Rae
  • 04-13-18

Another great title in the series

Another great title in the series with some new adjustments for our protagonist. Narrated wonderfully, as ever, by James Marsters.

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 04-04-18

Again, a great combination

Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden, and James Marsters. Just great. Entertaining and engaging. Love this series. .

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  • Carrie
  • 02-12-18

Hooked on Dresden

I am loving this series!
As ever Dresden finds himself in a somewhat impossible position and somehow manages to make it to the end sarcastic quip.
As ever James Masters narrates with clarity and a performance that is just enough, dramatic but not over the top, characters easily identifiable and expression for every emotion offered.
On to the next!

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  • WarwickStudent
  • 01-22-18

Nice story

Not sure how Harry's going to make it through many more books with the wounds he seems to accumulate.

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  • chelsea
  • 02-05-16

These books get better and better!

The Dresden Files started off pretty weak (wasn't overly keen on the first two books) but they held a certain appeal that I couldn't quite put my finger on, so I kept on reading. Butcher's writing has improved dramatically and his narratives have become consistantly more complex and dynamic with every book. Dresden's cheesy one liners, which I initially put down to bad writing, have actually grown on me and have become an integral part of his character, making him unique and likeable and ultimately believable.

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  • Benjamin
  • 10-25-17

Great book favourite so far

Characters and story move faster than the last book and feels like a big step forward for the series having characters come back and grow.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-22-16

Love the elements that get brought into it

Underestimated Butcher's reasons for sometimes glossing over a detail or explanation, but now several books in, it's clear that he has left himself a great deal of scope to enrich his world. Also in that vein, why kill off a good bad-guy when you can just fake their death, have the characters realise it and build some tension for a book or two?