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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a very powerful wizard and a dedicated private eye. He is also a wise cracking trouble magnet. Fueled by a tempest of guilt, sleep deprivation, malnutrition, bad temper and frankly awful personal grooming. Harry is hurtling toward oblivion. According to Harry that is nobody's business but his own.

The Winter Queen of Faerie manipulates him into accepting a case to solve a murder and stop a war between the courts of Summer and Winter that could have literally earth shattering consequences. His own soul is up for grabs. Dresden must dig deep to discover that at time a willingness to accept a little help from your friends, be they a cub pack of werewolves, old loves in sheep's clothing, or a battalion of pizza loving dewdrop fairies, is a very good thing.

©2002 Jim Butcher (P)2006 Buzzy Multimedia

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excellent!

love the books and the reading was amazing! 5 out of 5. recommend to anyone I know!

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If you don't like this, you need help

Harry Dresden finally takes off.
A funny and excellent book, with a phenomenonal performance by James Masters.
It will only make you wanting more.

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Perfect pairing

I love The Dresden Files and James Marsters. Putting them together was just a brilliant move! James’s voice acting really brings the characters to life. I did start at the beginning of the series, but this is the first review I’ve written. But I’d say the same thing for each audiobook- absolutely fabulous!!! I hate comparing book series, but the easiest way to describe The Dresden Files series is to call it the adult version of Harry Potter. Definitely worth checking out

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Well written, excellent narration.

couple cringe worthy pronunciations, like sigil (Siggill), rune (ruin). but overall, very well voiced and emoted

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One of the best

Love this story and the narrator was great. Harry Dresden is a favourite of mine and this story is one of his best

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Love this series!

James has done it, again! I already loved Jim's series, but with James reading it, I love it even more! Such great ability for doing different voices and inflections. Very enjoyable experience!

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Jim Butcher's Excellence!

same old same old ....... lol! Amazing, Wonderful, spell binding, articulate and just plain riveting!

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summer knight

I am doing a reread of the series in preparation for peace talks. I had forgotten how funny summer knight was. maybe it's good we are self isolated right now or people would have been staring at the crazy lady laughing like a loon. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Deserves all five stars.

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Excellent

Harry Dresden takes on the Fairy Queens in this novel from the Harry Dresden Files. Of course, it is not by choice as he is manipulating by the Winter Lady, the White Counsel all while trying to survive the vampires attempts to kill him.

This is a paranormal saga worth its weight in fairy dust. The characters are some creative so amazing and so engaging that they almost become real. The storyline is complex with a multitude of characters and constant action, yet it flows smoothly and very quickly. Witty, sarcastic and fun dialogue mixes well with the excellent narrative. This book has it all, humour, action, romance, evil queens, brave knight and best of all, magic.

The performance was excellent and add the book just that much better.

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Awesome!!!

The narrator is the perfect pick for the character. He sounds like an old radio show private eye with so much more depth and interesting personality! Love this series!!

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  • Michael
  • 2010-10-28

Harry & James are one.

Anyone who has made it this far LISTENING to the Harry Dresden series has to feel that James Marsters is the perfect Harry and one of the best overall narrators out there.

Jim Dale move over! James Marsters is the new leader in town...(at least Chicago). His tone, pitch, inflections and a host of different character voices make it seem like he is actually telling HIS story.

I have been listening to recorded books for decades & i can tell you a bad narration can ruin the experience; a great narration can make it hard to stop listening.
You probably could not go wrong with Jim Butchers story lines but then i wouldn't be going through them as fast as i am without Marsters.
The story in Summer Knight is extrodinary. Just when you think Butcher can't be more inventive, he comes up with more spells & monsters to make your pulse fly!

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  • Dana
  • 2011-11-18

A 'Harry' Situation

I'm a fan of urban fantasy and I also love a good a detective story, so people have been telling me to read Jim Butcher's Harry Dresden series for years. Since I find myself with very little time for reading at this particular moment in my life, I decided to check out the audio books. I'm glad I did.

James Marsters does a magnificent job giving a voice to Harry. I had read several of the short stories before I began reading the series, so I had an idea of what I thought Harry sounded like --- but now I can't picture Harry sounding any other way. James Marsters skillfully breathes life & emotion into Harry and the gang. I enjoy the various vocal nuances he brings to ALL the characters, and in this book there are MANY.

As for the story, Harry finds himself in some truly hairy situations in this book. (I suppose that is normal, but it seemed like more than usual.) We get a closer look at Wizard Dresden and what makes him tick. I haven't read all the books yet, but I didn't truly become invested until the last book, Grave Peril. I feel as though the series has hit its stride with the 4th installment, Summer Knight, in which we continue to see the measure of the man. I can't wait to listen to the rest of the series --- I can't imagine experiencing the books in any other fashion now.

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  • Tommy
  • 2017-02-22

Decent

These books are good when nothing else to read. Harry is one of those characters that drives me crazy by either being a real a**hole for no reason but then with bad guys is Dudley Do-right and keeps giving bad guys a chance. The books are getting better but I think this was my last one for a while. Just started the Immortal series by Gene Douchette and it is amazing what a cool character and idea

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  • Pie
  • 2011-03-20

Pleasant entertainment :)

Not deep at all. Comfort food in so many ways. The hard boiled detective who's a sucker for a damsel in distress. The guy who is ALWAYS taking a beating. An interesting compliment of companions (take Bob the Skull for example). Magnum PI... but with witches and vampires, etc. The story DOES progress book-to-book, but each story is complete in itself. I agree with others, the narrator is PERFECT for the job. LOL.

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  • CrzGzr
  • 2009-08-19

Love these books!

We have the print versions and took them to jamaica with us, they go very easy with rum. We have bought the audible books available but really want Books 5, 6 & 7! It leaves a big gap in the story line.
James Marsters is a very good narrator, he handles the characters very well. Jim Butcher has done a very good job with The Dresden Books! I am very cheap, so I really have to love a book to buy it in print and Audible!

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  • Angela
  • 2015-04-22

I know I run the risk of public scourge but

I can't listen to James Marsters make mouth/swallowing noises again. I don't care how much I love him as an actor or how much I might enjoy the book I can't NOT hear the smacking and saliva noises of his mouth. Ok feel free to rip me a new one I'm good with it. Go.

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  • Danlar Anthony
  • 2019-09-09

love/hate

I really, really liked the first three books a lot more than the story in this one. I don't expect every book in the series to be perfect, but I am just giving an honest opinion. I still loved this book and enjoyed it, and do not regret reading it at all, but it just wasn't the same to me, as far as plot and closing chapters, as the first three.

He has such a way with words that I can visually put myself in every single situation the characters go through, and I am absolutely in love with the series. I love the character development with different groups of people in this book too, it seemed like he got involved with many more characters and that was really a plus. I enjoyed his difference in actions between all of them.

Cannot wait for the next book!!

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  • Susan
  • 2014-09-19

Dizzy Dresden

Harry is in the middle of it again, this time he has it coming at him from all sides. The White Council is considering turning him over to the Vampire Council for a fire storm massacre, that Harry used, to save he and his cohorts in the last book. Mavv the head Winter Fairy is calling in a favor that Harry owes her, which is complicated, and not at all helping his case with the White Council. Susan, his estranged girlfriend, may become a Vampire at any moment, because of a situation that Harry feels guilty for putting her in. All in all a typical day in Harry's Dresden's wizarding life.

Harry turns to the only ones that will help him and the only ones he can trust, his police officer friend Murphy and a pack of young, but formidable werewolves. My favorite character, Bob, just had a brief cameo, but there is a fun appearance by the crazy fairies who love pizza. The Dresden files are great, paranormal, fun reads that are always amusing adventures. Starting at the beginning of the series is essential in order to understand Harry's complicated, discombobulated life.

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  • A. Irvin
  • 2011-07-27

Narrator sounds dried-out

I enjoy these books, however the narrator sometimes sounds like he REALLY needs a glass of water. I can hear all of his sticky mouth noises. It's quite distracting. I am glad that the new book will have some new blood!

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  • Jennifer
  • 2011-04-07

Brilliant series but where is the next book ?!

Why, Audible, WHY CAN I NOT HAVE MORE DRESDEN BOOKS ON AUDIO? Please tell me there are more coming! I find it difficult to get time to read physical books but I can get through a lot of audio books while I'm working and I would love to listen to the entire series if it was available.

This is a fantastic series, and each book so far has been better than the last. I love all the detail about the Faerie courts and it's interesting to see a bit more of the White Council in this book.

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  • GAUTIER JAMOT
  • 2016-04-27

Fantasy full of mysteries.

John marseters is awsome! Vert good, the book in itstelf is very good though it Is not asoiaf.