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  • Changes: The Dresden Files, Book 12

  • Written by: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: James Marsters
  • Length: 15 hrs and 26 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (436 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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Changes is Jim Butcher's greatest work yet.

My favorite book of all time including other books in the Dresden Files up to and including Battle Grounds. It hits me on so many levels, I laugh and cry every time I read/listen even though I know what's coming.

I don't say this lightly but it's better than The Empire Strikes Back.

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Necessary "evil"

I hate this kind of story, not sure I can express my feelings without spoilers, but the book title gives you a glimpse. This type of story seems to be necessary in long running hero tales for various reasons and as much as the growth and payoff in coming stories may be worth it, I still dislike it. But then again, I'm probably supposed to. It's probably very normal and human.
I going to take a break before continuing, listen to something else, relisten to at least books 9-11 and then this one again. Probably download 12.5 and warm myself with side stories.

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the final seconds to the war

what more can one say. James Marsters amazing voice acting projecting such emotion in those lines. "I used the knife. I saved a child. I won a war. God forgive me." I have listened to that moment several times and each time.it gets me.

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This series is amazing.

Bravo! Loved it. Great story and the narration takes it to the next level. Worth every penny

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ryan D. Gilbert
  • 2010-05-13

On the fence until the next book

I have mixed emotions about this story in many ways. I look at it in two different ways. In one way I'm glad that Jim Butcher has decided to grow Harry and keep building on this character. On the hand the changes that he is forecasting do not seem like he will become a character I much want to read or care about.

Much of my thoughts on this book won't come to fruition until I see what Jim has in store for Harry in the next book. Which leads me to my second complaint. Cliffhangers were great during 1950 and 60's television when writers couldn't think of a better vehicle to bring viewers back to watch next week. Fast forward 50 years and to use a cliffhanger just seems like a cop out. We don't need to have each story summed up completely at the end of each book, but the way this ended just felt very, very cheesy, "The car plunges over the cliff and...Tune in next week kids to see if the Green Hornet survives!"

The whole story with the daughter felt a little awkward as well, especially since she was just a nameless faceless nothing throughout the entire story. Every time Harry made some crazy decision he would NEVER make before for his daughter, I couldn't really buy the empathy for it.

It really boils down to what happens in the next book. If Jim Butcher writes a awesome story that keeps Harry entact for the most part with interesting changes, I'll recant my whole review. My fear is Butcher is going to radically change Harry into something so different, that I won't want to listen to this series anymore which I would hate. For instance, making Harry a more cold hearted killer and doing a bunch of evil things just because he's forced to, or make him more evil in general. This would be tough to swallow and I don't think I could keep listening, which would really suck. So, I've got my fingers crossed for the next book and I'm hoping for the best.

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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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  • Paulette
  • 2014-02-25

Harry Finds Margaret Angelica & Destroys Red Vamps


Changes is a superb feast for the mind and heart. This is a solid 10 star read. The first scene and the first words of Changes, ("I answered the phone, and Susan Rodriguez said, 'They've taken our daughter), are captivating. After hearing this announcement from Susan Rodriguez, we are held hostage until the entire story has unfolded. There are many intense moments in Changes. One occurs in the very first scene. In this scene, Harry is told that his daughter, Margaret Angelica, is missing. Together, both Harry, (and you and I), hear about his daughter for the first time, ever. This scene informs the tone and intensity of the narrative. He first met Susan, his daughter’s mother in Fool Moon where they began dating briefly.

In Changes, aptly named, Harry’s entire universe changes. His car, the Blue Beetle, is destroyed; his home burns down; he is separated from his tom cat, Mister, in the fire; his office is bombed; he is uncertain about the dependability of Thomas, who has been yielding to the demon side of his nature; and his friend Karrin is in trouble with the FBI; and many members of the White Council have mysteriously become ill. He proves that he will go to hell and back to save one who is not known to him but is important and loved, because he has given her life, albeit unexpectedly, along with his unrequited love, Susan Rodriguez. He shows this by making a deal with Mab, Queen of the Winter Sidhe.

The war that is started with the Red Court of Vampires in Grave Peril is brought to a conclusion in Changes with a total absoluteness and grim finality. In fighting the cause of his daughter, he fights again for many who have been victimized by the Red Court. The Red Court has held evil Dominion over the parts of South American and Mexico where the Red Court dominates. This is an allegory for the victimizations and the abuses in life: physical and emotional abuse of children and adults, and even modern human slavery, (usually the slavery of women promised what they have hoped for but in the end are given so much less), perpetrated on specific factions in society by the powerful, whether criminal elements like cartels or otherwise. If only all evil-doers can be vanquished like the Red Court in one crusade by one pure of purpose such as Harry becomes in Changes. Changes is also the tale of a love story gone wrong. Harry and Susan once upon a time dated and unbeknownst to Harry, they had a child, Margaret Angelica. Margaret Angelica appears to be a “right” result of their relationship. The part that has gone wrong is that after all that they must go through; they will never be able to be together.

Themes such as third world victimization, the victimization of women, the development of the Stockholm syndrome, and the difficulties of being a parent in today’s world are considered in this modern allegory and gives us pause. Why the Stockholm Syndrome: While the psychological condition in hostage situations became known as “Stockholm Syndrome” due to the emotional “bonding” with captors and is and was a familiar story in psychology, it had been recognized many years before and was found in studies of other hostage, prisoner, or abusive situations.

In the final analysis, emotionally bonding with an abuser is actually a strategy for survival for victims of abuse and intimidation. The "Stockholm Syndrome" reaction in hostage and/or abuse situations is well recognized. We see this, especially in the story of Alamaya. She belongs to the Red King and will do anything that she feels that he wants her to do. This includes offering Harry her body, not to please Harry, but to please the Red King and show that she is willing to do her duty. The bonding has occurred with individuals like Alamaya because having no power; this is their best way to survive one who has such little regard for human life.

The tale of Changes is impressive by virtue of its greatness. Though Harry overcomes many obstacles to save Margaret Angelica, in the end, not everyone can be saved. This again informs the reader and reminds one of life. Failure exists and we must rise above the struggle. Harry rises above the struggle and the price he pays is dear.

Changes, though a modern allegory, is also reminiscent of Homer’s Odyssey and the many challenges that Odysseus encounters before he again returns to Ithaca. Odysseus after 10 years of trial and tribulation finally reaches home. The cost has been dear.

Changes rises to the status of icon and Harry becomes the avatar of justice. In its brilliant narrative it stands alone. It’s the most impressive novel of the series to date.
James Marsters is masterful in his narration. This is a solid 10 stars.

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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.

10 people found this helpful