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Cold Days Audiobook

Cold Days: The Dresden Files, Book 14

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden lives!

After being murdered by a mystery assailant, navigating his way through the realm between life and death, and being brought back to the mortal world, Harry realizes that maybe death wasn’t all that bad - because he is no longer Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only professional wizard. He is now Harry Dresden, Winter Knight to Mab, the Queen of Air and Darkness.

After Harry had no choice but to swear his fealty, Mab wasn’t about to let something as petty as death steal away the prize she had sought for so long. And now, her word is his command, no matter what she wants him to do, no matter where she wants him to go, and no matter who she wants him to kill. Guess which one Mab wants first?

Of course, it won’t be an ordinary, everyday assassination. Mab wants her newest minion to pull off the impossible: kill an immortal. No problem there, right? And to make matters worse, there exists a growing threat to an unfathomable source of magic that could land Harry in the sort of trouble that will make death look like a holiday.

Beset by enemies new and old, Harry must gather his friends and allies, prevent the annihilation of countless innocents, and find a way out of his eternal subservience before his newfound powers claim the only thing he has left to call his own… his soul.

©2012 Jim Butcher (P)2012 Penguin Audio

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    L. Finis 02-27-13
    L. Finis 02-27-13

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    "So glad Dresden and James Marsters are back!"
    What did you love best about Cold Days?

    Thank goodness Dresden has his body back and his friends behind him. Cold Days is a return to action. Dresden is never better than when he has his friends to give him grief and bad guys to stomp.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    James Marsters IS Dresden. I can't listen to anyone else narrate these books; even when reading them, I hear his voice. He has a great grasp of all the characters and brings them all to life, but Dresden is the key.


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    Gareth C Hendrix 02-26-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Dresden Jim Butchery goodness."
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    A Fun Stroy


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    The ending


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Good characters and a dramatic reading.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    If you made it this far in the seris you'll love this book.

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    E. Kennedy Greeensboro, NC USA 02-25-13
    E. Kennedy Greeensboro, NC USA 02-25-13 Member Since 2011

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    "And the magic continues"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    hard biting fiction


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden - he struggles to do the right thing


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry Dresden - the voice is just what I feel that Harry would sound like


    Any additional comments?

    Was not sure where the author could go after Harry 'died' and then came back as the winter knight to an evil queen of fairy. But Jim Butcher delivered again and as the story moved on we find that evil is not always what we think that it is.

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    Gil 02-23-13
    Gil 02-23-13
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    "Cold Days is a Hot Book"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the top 70 percent.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The Lead Character, Harry


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The Big Battle on the Island


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Several, Harry is a very introspective character. Deciding what is the right thing to do when all paths seem to lead to darkness, is compelling.


    Any additional comments?

    You should read some of the earlier books in the Dresden Files first. They will help you understand underlying themes.

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    Joel Pearland, Texas, United States 02-21-13
    Joel Pearland, Texas, United States 02-21-13
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    "Great book, and Marstars is never better"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Dark, fun, exciting


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Well most of the Dresden files lol, but seriously... There is no comparison to these books. Butcher is in a league of his own.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Any scene with Thomas or Mab, and I love Dresden's "Die Hard" moments when he's getting the snot kicked out of him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Inside my head!


    Any additional comments?

    Read all of Butcher's work, great stuff.

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    Donovan Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 02-19-13
    Donovan Playa Del Rey, CA, United States 02-19-13
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    "Loooooved it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes - two words: James Marsters. In 2 more words: Jim Butcher.


    What other book might you compare Cold Days to and why?

    Harry Potter


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

    I have listened to all the dresden files as audio books. I almost tossed my cookies when they used someone else for last book. It was awful by comparison.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There are new twists that garnered an OMG, but those are spoilers. There are points where Dresden is grappling with some really deep human issues that were surprisingly well done. Always shocks me when Butcher puts some meaningful heart and soul in a novel about a bad-ass wizard taking care of business.


    Any additional comments?

    Overall, the lore of the world and some of the mysteries are nicely laid out with answers, but more questions, and Dresden is still awesome and living life cranked to 11 with little breathing room.

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    Cynthia 02-19-13
    Cynthia 02-19-13
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    "Each book made me want to read the next"
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Yes, but not for a while... too many others I need to read first


    What did you like best about this story?

    Unrequited love...


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

    No, not before this series.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, when i wasn't listening I thought about the book.


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    D. DAmico 02-19-13
    D. DAmico 02-19-13
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    "They just keep getting better!"

    Jim Butcher does it again. He has managed to escalate the story to new heights in a natural way. I had my doubts that he would be able to keep the momentum he has built in the previous books up, but thankfully, I was wrong. This series is just amazing. :)

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    Jules 02-15-13
    Jules 02-15-13
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    "Dresden & Marsters are Back!"

    Jim Butcher is a genius! Another excellent installment in the series. Harry Dresden is my hero!

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    Peter 02-12-13
    Peter 02-12-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Welcome back, James Marsters!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If I hadn't so thoroughly enjoyed the whole series, I might have been tempted to condemn Jim Butcher for the turn the series took with the last book. It was great, but where could the series possibly go from there, and how could it continue without losing almost everything that made it wonderful up until then?

    So I was very concerned about this book, and I should never have doubted. I can't say it's my favorite in the series - hard to beat making riding a dinosaur through Chicago believable as he did earlier in the series! - but it's darn good and stands on its own as well as making me eager for the next one.

    One of the things I loved about the book is that while it has a number of seriously surprising plot twists and new revelations about old situations and characters, none of them felt like cheats - as surprising as they were, I got the feeling that they were things I could have seen coming and were fully supported by what came before - AND make me want to go back and start the series from the beginning to watch the old events with new eyes.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Cold Days?

    It's hard to share the most memorable moment without unforgivably giving away spoilers, but there are a number of places where the plot suddenly shifts from the direction it was clearly going into a whole and suddenly new direction, one that takes not only the reader, but the characters, by surprise.


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

    James Marsters IS the voice of Harry Dresden. he combines just the right balance of been-there-done-that and golly-gee-wiz, and just the right balance of deep wisdom and klutzy seat-of-the-pants that it's hard to imagine anyone else doing it. Nothing against John Glover in the last book, but it's a joy to have Marsters back.


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