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When a killer vampire threatens to destroy head of Special Investigations Karrin Murphy's reputation, unless Harry delivers the powerful Word of Kemmler to her, he has no choice. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead.
©2006 Jim Butcher (P)2010 Penguin
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"Butcher's latest maintains the momentum of previous Dresden outings and builds the suspense right up to a rousing conclusion." (Booklist)
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By Dan on 04-18-12

I wish it was about 20 hours longer

Would you listen to Dead Beat again? Why?

Yeap. This book introduced Butters, a Chicago medical examiner, and a perfect foil to Dresden. Jim Butcher's books are always peppered with humor, but between Butters, the almost full-grown Mouse, and a third plot point (that I will not spoil) this book was one guffaw after another. Past Dresden books have been dark, with Harry just getting pummeled time and time again. Harry picks up some new bruises and sutures in this book too, but the whole tone of the story is lighter.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Dead Beat?

Avoiding Spoliers: Right towards the end, when Harry finds the perfect weapon against the baddies. I rewound that scene twice before moving on with the rest of the book

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By Debra on 04-27-10

Polka will never die!

A late addition to 'The Dresden Files' Audible lineup, this is one of my favorites of the series. In Dead Bead, Mr. Butcher fills out the character of Waldo Butters, who plays a major role in this story, gives us additional glimpes into Bob's dark history, and reintroduces us to some old friends...and enemies. The story is fast paced and exciting with Mr Marster's doing the usual fantastic job of caturing Dresden's emotional intensity. Dresden's resolution of the current crisis is, in a word, audacious! A credit worthy listen.

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By mr on 11-18-15

best audio book, and best narrator

Dresden files is the best series of books made for audio out there that I have found so far, and as I drive for a living and music puts me to sleep I have a huge library to chose from.

Mr Marsters unlike many narrators obviously has read the books before narrating them and enjoyed them, and this comes through as energy and emotion. Mr Marsters doesn't read these books, he performs them with great skill.

in short Dresden files rocks
Jim butcher rocks
and James marsters kicks backside.

more please.

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By AReader on 10-28-17

Very listenable

OK, it's fantasy full of vampires, magic, and so on, but it's a good listen for adults as well as younger people, partly because of the excellent narration by James Marsters in which every character has his or her own voice.

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By Damien on 06-12-16


I'll be honest, it was the thought of the narrator sitting there pretending to be an answering machine that pulled this one together.
Good story, not my favourite in the series but there are no downsides to it, good plot, well developed, engaging it probably just comes down to the fact that harry shies away from his magic a little, not entirely unwarranted to be honest. There probably is no less spellcasting to get out of tricky situations than any of the other books but Harry just seems weaker and less in control of his power, it was intended I think but it leaves a slightly dismal taste in the memory.

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By Tonyo on 04-20-16

a good read like all the books in the series

the book is similar in style to all the Dresden stories but has enough new to make it worth the read

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