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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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    Michael Short MI USA 01-14-13
    Michael Short MI USA 01-14-13 Member Since 2017
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    "Another fine tale!"
    Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Jim has uncorked another wonderful page-turner. When added to James' storytelling this is one of those books that seriously endangerd my ability to keep my job! I just had to keep listening to the end of the Chapter. (Okay, maybe one chapter more!)

    This book rates near the top of my top-ten!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Kringle! Jim doesn't know it, but he gave me the best Christmas present when he wrote Kringle into this story. First time (IIRC) that he's been talked about since Jim's original short story. I'm a professional Santa, and began listening to this book about 10 days before Christmas as I was driving to a gig. I'm afraid that the drivers around me got a bit nervious as a "whooped" when Kringle showed up at the party!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    It has to be the "Santa Beat Down"!


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

    As I said, I made quite a public display as people saw Santa driving down the highway hooting and hollering as I listened to the story on my way to an appearance!


    Any additional comments?

    So the next one is coming out when?????

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    Nathan Roanoke, VA, United States 01-14-13
    Nathan Roanoke, VA, United States 01-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Chills..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES. Because Jim Butcher gets infinitely better with each novel and James Marsters is the best Narrator for the job.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Harry's relationships - you get to be much more satisfied in that regard than you were in the last.


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

    A depth of character to Dresden. He really breaths an extra spark into the already larger than life Dresden.


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

    Laugh, gasp and tear up.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have not read this series - you are missing out on one of the best authors and stories of our generation.

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    Amazon Customer 01-13-13
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    "Another excellent installment! Jaw dropping twist!"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Engaging, fast paced and timely all describe the latest installment of The Dresden Files. True to form, Jim Butcher delivers on the (mis)adventures of Wizard, Harry Dresden


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twist at the end leaves you wanting more!


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

    James Marsters's performance is masterful as he effortlessly switches between characterizations. His performance completely brings you into the story.


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

    I was left stunned with the twist at the end!


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    John Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-13-13
    John Colorado Springs, CO, United States 01-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great book just like the rest!!!"

    Welcome back James Marsters!!!! Not that the other reader was bad but James just has a way of bringing the characters to life and bringing the listener in more and more. This book is another gem in Jim Butcher's crown of great story writing. This is a well written story of Harry trying to recover his life. We look forward to the next installment and hope that James continues to narrarate.

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    Greg 01-10-13
    Greg 01-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "He's Back (James Marsters that is)"

    Obviously Dresden is evolving and staying fresh, although I am not sure I like the current twist in the story line. Too much Fae and invincible mad queens for my taste. On the other hand with James Marsters back as narrator it kind of makes up for the loss of the quintessential Harry.

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    Candy 01-10-13
    Candy 01-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "My imagination will never be the same."

    When I say this is one of the best stories ever, I do not just mean the story or performance or even overall... I mean ever, and I can't wait for the next one.

    Jim Butcher, James Masters & other people who helped.., I hope you are reading this and want you to know; The Dresden Files from beginning to this last one were “relate ably” down to earth in a way that often and regularly carried me off, while somehow always keeping me grounded. The narration in the beginning books thru this last one, felt humble to the auther and slowly over books of time from the first one, grew into the very solid character “Harry Dresden” while keeping the autors truth in a way that was as easy to listen to as decency.

    Speaking of "Decency," or at least one aspect of it- Parents, this is not a story I would recommend to hormonal teens or younger. There were adult moments in the story that may not have been able to be told much differently with the same emotional effect, and I will also add because many will concern about this next bit.., there are just under a handful sum total of words in all of the stories together that could have been evaded.

    That being said, this was one of the best fictional adventures I have ever taken, and my imagination will never be the same.

    You have my most sincere thanks and appreciation!

    Tim Godfrey

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    Amazon Customer Brea, CA, United States 01-09-13
    Amazon Customer Brea, CA, United States 01-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "One of the strongest titles in the series"
    If you could sum up Cold Days in three words, what would they be?

    Fast. Nuanced. Compelling.


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

    No spoilers here, but this book allows Dresden to come into his own at moments instead of just on the defensive end of things. Some character growth a long time coming, and worth the wait.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marsters is Dresden. I listen to these books because the marriage of Dresden and Marsters brings things to a new level. It is a performance without being overwhelming, and the moments that need that extra punch, it is always delivered. I wish Marsters had more audio books under his belt!


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

    Definitely laugh out loud moments in this book, some from the dialogue, some from the great performance.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the wait, and probably one of the top three titles in the series if not top. Glad I spent the credit on the book, it was long enough to keep me entertained for a few days, and some great closure at the end.

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    Michelle Enfield, NS, Canada 01-08-13
    Michelle Enfield, NS, Canada 01-08-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Just when you think it couldn't get any better..."
    Would you listen to Cold Days again? Why?

    Absolutely! The whole series is fantastic. Its funny and compelling, twists and turns ... and just when you think the story line must be wrapping up BAM! It leaves you wondering where the next book is going to take you. I can't wait for the next book. I love the narrative of the old style detective novel but with the sci-fi twist.The sarcastic humor has had me burst out laughing while listening to it.


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

    I can't think of any that I can compare it too


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

    Definitely Harry ... James Marsters does a brilliant job


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    Garvin Lawrence, KS, United States 01-08-13
    Garvin Lawrence, KS, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Incredible Story - a must read!"
    What made the experience of listening to Cold Days the most enjoyable?

    The story was so unique from beginnig to end than any book I have read in a long time. There was never a dull moment to be had, with the plot taking you on an incredible journey. Though I hadn't read or listd the previous books in the Dresden Files series, I had no problem being immediately immersed in the lives of the characters. I am now finished with book 1 and working on book 2!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden had to be my favorite. Jim Butcher showed a mastery of giving the listener a true feeling for the depths and understanding of this character with his inner struggles and personal demons to battle, while still maintaining a humorous outlook on life


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

    I personally liked Harry the most. The non-chalont attitude he presented drew you in.


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

    If I had the time to listen for the whole 18 hours straight through, I definitely would have!


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    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-08-13
    Douglas Grand Junction, CO, United States 01-08-13 Member Since 2012
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    "SOLID."

    You will enjoy this installment of the adventures of our local wizard, Harry Dresden. Exciting and fun (especially the last third of the book). The middle part of the book was muddied with a confusion of plot lines, however, but was satisfyingly resolved in the last portion. SOLID.

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