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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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  • Marcus
  • SHOEMAKERSVILLE, PA, United States
  • 12-27-12

Harry is back in form!

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

I would, if they enjoy the series -- it's not good for someone not a fan of the genre or if this is their first in the Dresden universe.

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

Harry has a psychic battle at one point that's pretty epic.

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

Cat Sith

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

He lives

Any additional comments?

A pretty good entry in the series. Some past questions are answered, Dresden powers up and fan favorites return.

There are some downsides though:
--The Outsiders make an appearance and seem a bit underpowered. Almost like Jim wanted us to see them, but not for them to be a huge threat to Harry just yet.
--Some parts felt a bit heavy-handed in how they "explained" past events. Would have preferred a more natural revelation than Harry just coming up with the connection out the blue and telling us.
--I wish Harry would have unleashed his full power!

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Fantastic, and glad James Marsters is back

The story and the writing are as awesome as I've come to expect from James Butcher. I found the story line, and the changes to the situations of the characters, really interesting. Also, James Marsters is back! For me, he is the voice of Dresden. I didn't like the last audio book as much because someone else narrated it.

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  • Rufus
  • DALLAS, TX, United States
  • 12-27-12

Harry's Back!

What did you love best about Cold Days?

Butcher does a great job of reinventing Harry while throwing a lot of great twists that had me screaming - what?! He also had me laughing out loud, something his last book didn't do as well. I still loved it as a fan of the series but felt a little let down. Cold Days made up for it all. I'm back in love with Harry.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Harry of course was the best character. His reunions with the gang from his brother to his apprentice made me as a fan tear up, cheer and laugh.

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

Yes, thank God they got James Marsters back on the Dresden Files audiobooks. He is the voice of Harry Dresden and one of the let downs of the last audiobook was his absence. The hole was obvious, big and insurmountable. Those shoes just can't be filled - sorry! However his return in Cold Days was fantastic.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I just said it Harry's Back! Thank God!

Any additional comments?

This is well worth the listen if you're a fan of the series and if you want to be a fan I'd start with Storm Front, but it certainly wouldn't hurt to try Cold Days.

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He does it again

The story was excellent. Lots of twists and sarcasm. Glad to see James Marsters back. No one performs it better.

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Continued greatness!!!

Loving it!!! I've loyally listened & read each book as they are released. This one stays true to form with a bit maturing. The first hour or so has a lot of sexual tones (not the most appropriate to listen to at work) but gets back to basics soon enough. Kept me laughing and made a few more fans from my coworkers.
I will add that I wouldn't have gotten the audible version if it wasn't narrated by James Marsters. Welcome back Marsters!!!!!

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Awesomr

Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

My favorite author and reader

What did you like best about this story?

Butcher has created a wonderful complex storyline that gets better with every book

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

Excellent - have listened to quite a few of his books

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

Yes but I like listening over time to get the nuances and details better understood

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Excellent!

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

Yes. Because it's freaking awesome!

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

The Dresden books are a beast unto themselves.

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

It's not Harry Dresden unless it's James Marsters.

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

I laughed several times.

Any additional comments?

This book is an amazing return after being so disappointed by the last book. It had everything that I felt was missing from Ghost Story.

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Dresden Files are my brain crack!

What did you like best about this story?

There were some surprises!

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

He does a fantastic job of portraying the personalities and moods of all of the characters.

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Epic

Where does Cold Days rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

5 stars along with the rest of the Dresden Files! Glad to have James Marsters reading again. It just wasn't the same without him.

What did you like best about this story?

In the last few books we have seen Harry lose absolutely everything. In this book he gets a little of it back.

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

Um.. Harry! (All of them!) Marsters is fantastic!

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

Of course. Did I mention its epicness? You will be absolutely shocked, I promise.

Any additional comments?

Mouse is back! I love that dog.

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Jim Butcher delivers!1

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

This was one of the best Dresden books to date.

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

It was in a class of its own.

Which scene was your favorite?

When Dresden finally kisses Murphy.

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

*SPOIL ALERT* MOLLY BECOMES THE WINTER LADY.... I had strange looks shot my way after hearing that.