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Blood Rites

The Dresden Files, Book 6
Written by: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 6
Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
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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.

©2004 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

What the critics say

"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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Great performance!

Marsters give a full cast level performance all on his own. The whole series is a pleasure to listen to.

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A well read rendition of a kick ass book

Jim Butcher is as much a Wizard as his protagonist Harry Dresden, gripping stories from start to finish, comedic, action packed and full of mystery.

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Dresden Files are great!

I love listening to the Dresden Series! Would love for these books to be made into movies!

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Well developed characters, the continuation of a great storyline, plots and subplots - all brought together by and a clever writer and the masterful reading by James Marsters.

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Hooked

The first of the Dresden files thats really hooked me. The series has been laying out the fantasy ground work for the pervious 5 books. Its a lot to take in, but this book is where they finally take it all and run with it.

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very good

I like seeing the progression that Harry makes at the end of his books and they always keeping me excited for the next one.

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Can’t put down this series

I’ve reread this series about 20 times and it’s just as good every time. Can not recommend it enough. #Audible1

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  • Hakes
  • 2010-04-14

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.

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  • Karin W.
  • 2010-04-09

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!

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  • Robert
  • 2016-02-18

Hurtfully misogynistic, but relevatory.

This i installment was sexist to an almost infuriating degree. I almost gave up on the series because of it. We all know Harry has a skewed view of women, but Blood Rites took it much further than usual; from tolerable to near hurtful. However, i trudged on hoping things would get better. I was rewarded with fantastic reveals into Harry's past, and heaps of intrigue. Character development was fantastic, and I felt validated in my choice to continue. I wouldn't say the ending made the misogeny worth it, but it saved the book in my mind.

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  • RabidReads
  • 2015-04-26

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!

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  • Linda
  • 2013-01-10

Not his best work

The book holds your interest, but I have read several of his other novels that were more engaging. Several times during this book I wanted to fast forward. I really wish he would get a girlfriend. And he gets beat up and hurt a heck of a lot in this book. Overall, he prevails, battered and worn. What's up with a hero that is always getting jacked up? If that keeps happening he'll be dead and the series will end. The narrator as always is great. You learn more about the main character's past. That's good. Some good surprises and some bad ones in the book.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2015-12-22

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!

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  • Thomas More
  • 2015-04-26

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-08-08

first weakness

since I started this series that I've already read I've been floored by Marston's performance. it's excellent. however after 6 books I finally can say I'm a bit dissatisfied with his potrayal of Lara. if she's a sultry sexy succubus then in my opinion the voice should read the a calcutive sinister inflection. Ive always imagined a sexy version of Cruella DeVille without the "darlings". Still excellent it's just my reviews were getting same with 5 stars and praising of Mr Marston's.

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  • Hanuman Ishmael
  • 2018-07-16

Good, but trite at times

I like the basic story, but I think the writer could have done at least a minimum of research regarding Firearms since they are in the book so much.

Also, it is distracting to pretend that a 100 pound woman is some Kung fu master, motorcycle dare devil, crack shot, Sherlock Holmes, bone breaking, research phenom, super cop. Even in a book with demons, vampires, and magic the suspension of disbelief has limits.

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  • Erik Barbieri
  • 2018-07-03

Not the best Dresden, but very good

Not Butcher's strongest of the series so far, and with a bit of a weak villain, Blood Rites manages to introduce and expand on the characters adjacent to Harry admirably.

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