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The new novel in the #1 New York Times best-selling Dresden Files series. Long ago, Susan Rodriguez was Harry Dresden's lover - until she was attacked by his enemies, leaving her torn between her own humanity and the bloodlust of the vampiric Red Court. Susan then disappeared to South America, where she could fight both her savage gift and those who cursed her with it.

Now Arianna Ortega, Duchess of the Red Court, has discovered a secret Susan has long kept, and she plans to use it - against Harry. To prevail this time, he may have no choice but to embrace the raging fury of his own untapped dark power. Because Harry's not fighting to save the world...He's fighting to save his child.

©2010 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin

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Alright

This book is alright at best. There are a lot of story elements just thrown in to move it along but making little sense. Without giving any spoilers some of the characters are annoying in their decisions and actions, Harry included. I was glad the story ended just to be done with it. Hopefully the next book in the series isn't so haphazardly forced together.

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the whole kitten Kaboodle

read all of this amazing series
this one's a heartwrencher and a game-changer for the rest of the series you thought you had your feels or your anger before with Harry Dresden you thought the world was complicated enough for him gosh darn this is the turning point book of changes for sure!

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OMG!!!! Shit is getting real!

Some crazy twists and turns, a joy to listen to,action from beginning to end.

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awesome

loved it, binged it in 2 days. great story! cant wait to do the next one!

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Best Dresden Files book Ever

I absolutely loved this book. It made me laugh, it made me cry.....but mostly cry. I recommend this book to all nerds & fantasy buffs. I don't necessarily like fantasy as a genre but this series is such a cut above it almost has its own genre!!!

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A great read with all the dark humor and twists of any good Dresden story.

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Thoroughly stunned

Ok. I have close to a hundred titles in my audio library and this book may actually be my favourite of them all. It’s everything that’s good about The Dresden Files but more, and better, than all the other books. This book made laughed, cried and pretty much everything in-between. Considering James Marsters is a the very top of his game I just cannot recommend this book enough.

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Oh geez

The heaviest and most heart wrenching book in the Dresden files so far. Really can't wait to get to the next in the line up.

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great series

Can't wait for the next book. Harry Dresdan is one of my very favorite people.

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Dresden is back!

after a few slower novels, this one picks thing back and takes you on a crazy trip. was very enjoyable!

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  • Julie
  • 2010-04-27

WOW. I'm stunned!

Butcher's latest Dresden File is OUTSTANDING. Yes, totally worthy of All Caps OUTSTANDING. If you think that because you've read his past Dresden novels, you know how this one is going to end... prepare to be shocked. "Changes" is definitely an appropriate title for this book. I won't go into the plot, because anything beyond what the publishers already described would be far too spoilerish.

I also have to say something about James Marsters- the narrator. Holy Cheese Doodles is this guy good. He can make a shout sound like a shout without it hurting your eardrums, he can meld his voice so it sounds, very believably, like a female whisper. He can produce the crack of dry humor and the choke in his throat when deep sorrow is called for. He did an excellent job of narrating this book and I was left wishing he had been hired to narrate the Codex Allera books that Butcher has also written. (but that is another review.)

Can't say enough good things about this one. Definitely worth the buy.

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  • dg
  • 2010-04-20

Amazing

I couldn't stop listening to this amazing story. James Marsters has read it perfectly. He is the voice of Harry Dresden and I hope he will read all the upcoming books.

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  • Kent A. Larson
  • 2010-04-12

Wow

This is easily the best of the Dresden series thus far. The book is aptly named and aptly written along those lines. The character development is phenomenal and many questions are answered. Those who are saying this is a Finale? Nope. I ain't buying that one. I highly recommend this to Dresden fans but STRONGLY DISCOURAGE this being your FIRST book to introduce Dresden.

I am so pleased that Audible now has the complete series now and I recommend you start at the beginning and have the sweet experience of going through all twelve books.

James Marsters does his very best in this audiobook. It's almost more of a dramatized version than an unabridged audiobook! Thanks, James for such an excellent performance.

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  • Jeanne
  • 2011-01-26

Really BIG ???Changes???

Wizard Harry Dresden face his most daunting battle ever in this latest installment of his war with both the evil in the world of magic and the demons within. This time he must fight to save both himself and the daughter he only recently learned existed.

Like all of Dresden???s adventures, the book begins with the revelation of an evil plot leading to lots of little battles culminating into an epic confrontation. We know that Dresden ultimately will win, but author Jim Butcher does and outstanding job of ramping up the suspense by creating heart stopping how-is-he-ever-going-to-get-out-of-this-one encounters with the badest of the bad monsters from the netherworld. This one, however, is different. The ending is a twist I didn???t see coming, and it does indeed change everything.

The next book in the series is due out this fall and it will no doubt be very interesting to see how Butcher does get Harry out of this one. I think there may be clues in some of the recent books, but we???ll have to impatiently wait and see.

Narrator James Marsters, as always, does a magnificent job of channeling Dresden and bringing Butcher???s imaginative writing to life.

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  • L. Williams
  • 2011-03-01

6 stars - How could it get any better?

I was hooked on Harry Dresden practically from the first moment of Storm Front. While early books were a little shaky - and James Marsters took a while to reach his stride as a reader - by the time I listened to White Knight, I was convinced that Butcher & Marsters were at the top of their games. Yet over the course of the next several books, Harry and the cast of supporting characters became even more complex, more interesting, more human. And Butcher kept revealing surprises and "Aha!" moments that kept me engrossed.

From the opening moments of Changes, I knew that Butcher had trumped himself with this one. Everything - and I do mean everything - comes together here in a deeply satisfying way (despite a cliffhanger conclusion). Plots that have been unfolding for several books are finally resolved and new ones introduced.

Changes reminded me a lot of the final chapter of The Lord of the Rings - a series referenced by Harry as he and his friends (and even former foes) form a fellowship in order to complete the ultimate quest. The book culminates in a battle of good vs. evil of epic proportions and has a valedictory feel to it. But according to Butcher, there are several more books planned for the series - good news for his devoted fans.

I urge anyone who has not read previous Dresden Files not to begin with this. The impact of this book is meant for devoted fans - it is a payoff 12 books in the making - as well as a glimpse of new directions for Dresden and Company.

Any criticism I have seems petty by comparison to the towering achievement Butcher has realized in Changes. There are a few moments where I felt the editing should have been tighter - which is perhaps why Butcher has pushed back the release of his next outing - Ghost Story - from April to July, 2011. The worst part of being a Dresden Files fan is figuring out how to feed our addiction between fix.

Bravo, Mr. Butcher! A tour de force.

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  • Joe
  • 2010-04-07

Jim Butcher at his best!

This is probably the most fast moving of the books in terms of action, but it doesn't reduce the rich drama and character development along the way that is the hallmark of Butcher's writing.. The only problem I had with the story was the ending, but don't let that keep you from buying it. For any fan of modern/urban fantasy, this book is at the top of the pile.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 2016-01-25

Down to Mexico

Not my favorite but I will say the following: 1) the beginning and the ending are excellent, it's the middle third I didn't care for and 2) if you don't want to start with book 1, this one would probably be the best bet.

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  • Helen
  • 2010-04-19

Summoned Up Another Great Book!

Literally, from the first line to the last I was captivated and riveted. This is a fast pace story with many of the old characters returning. You will laugh at the humor, cry at the "changes" and be thoroughly entertained in the imaginery world that Jim Butcher has created. The scenery details are amazing and the storyline is a paranormal rollercoaster of making bargains, meeting demons (don't want to say any spoilers) and visiting "never never" places (outside of Chicago). Harry Dresden learns more about his family and his friends, and in order to save one he has to sacrifice. James Marsden is the voice of Harry Dresden and he portrays him flawlessly. He is Harry, and he projects the other characters very well. This series gets better with every book, now is the waiting for the next. Highly recommend reading the Harry Dresden series in order.

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  • Chris
  • 2010-04-06

Pivital Point for the story IMO

Consider "Changes" to just be a pivot point in a extremely well told story. When you go through it you get to see Harry make his usual hard choices even his hardest. There is also some interesting character development with some of the bit part characters. One of the major characters dies and Jim fleshes out a good portion of the rest of the major players. Uriel makes an appearance as well as a unexpected god (note the lower case for you religious nutters). And Thomas is by Harry's side through most of it. Excellent read for the Dresden Crack addicts we all are.

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  • Anthony Robertson
  • 2019-02-11

The Saddest

I can't listen to this book often; it hurts too much. Then again, once you start the series, it's hard to stop...

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