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Publisher's Summary

The new novel in the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files series.
No one's tried to kill Harry Dresden for almost an entire year, and his life finally seems to be calming down. For once, the future looks fairly bright. But the past casts one hell of a long shadow.
An old bargain has placed Harry in debt to Mab, monarch of the Winter Court of the Sidhe, the Queen of Air and Darkness - and she's calling in her marker. It's a small favor he can't refuse, one that will trap Harry Dresden between a nightmarish foe and an equally deadly ally, and one that will strain his skills-and loyalties-to their very limits.
It figures. Everything was going too well to last....
Please note: A few lines of text from one section of the original book are missing from this 2008 recording. This is the best available source audio from the publisher.
©2008 Jim Butcher (P)2008 Penguin
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4 out of 5 stars
By Daniel Eggert on 12-15-15

Missing 2 minutes of audio!

I thoroughly enjoy the Dresden Files and the audiobook experience that James Marsters provides, but Caveat Emptor, the Audible version had a couple minutes of audio missing during the first interaction between Dresden and one of the Denarians.

I tried everything I could and the Audible Customer Service, but they could not figure out a means to resolve this as the audio just skips from the demon changing form to Dresden barking out an impudent response to what is obviously close to the end of the conversation.

Still worth the listen and still very enjoyable. Didn't completely spoil the fun, just resulted in an lost hour of time working with Customer Service trying to fix the issues.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Carrie Bufford on 02-03-09

I want more of Harry!

I absolutely love this! I kept hoping you would get Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. James Marsters has done a fantastic job! His snarky humor is spot on as Harry. Would love to see more of the Dresden Files on Audible. *pretty please* In the meantime, I will be listening to it again.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christopher on 12-13-15

Comfort Listening


Story – 5/5

The Archive is a very intriguing concept in these novels, so it was great to get a fuller story involving it (/her) - not to mention the return of the Denarians, who were one of the more interesting enemies from a previous novel (I forget which).

The entire mythology and epic magnitude of the world that has been created by Butcher is truly amazing. I kind of don't want it to end, but I know it will have to soon.

If you like this series, I highly recommend his other works as well - Codex Alera (which unfortunately is not available on Audible) and The Aeronaut's Windlass. Both are very different in style and genre - but equally as entertaining.


Performance – 5/5

James Marsters a fantastic narrator for these novels - it would be hard to listen to anyone else now after 10 audiobooks. His voice acting is subtly distinct and he performs the story like no other audiobook actor I have come across. He really helps to convey the strong and varied emotions throughout the books.


Overall – 5/5

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5 out of 5 stars
By Avid Kindler on 06-20-18

Dresden just keeps getting better

This series never disappoints. Harry is a wonderful character, always pitting himself against heavy hitters- criminal, magical or demonic - determinedly standing up for those who need his help, regardless of the pain and injuries he suffers in the process. It’s not grim, though, I often find my self chuckling as I am walking along, listening.

In this story Harry is forced to rescue someone he despises, has to battle the fiercely powerful Denarians alongside the Knights of the Cross, and pursues the abductors and abusers of a little girl. No-one gets out unscathed ...

James Masters performance is outstanding. If you enjoy his voice try some of the plays available on Audible, such as Macbeth or The Importance of Being Earnest - to go from one end of the dramatic spectrum to the other.

If you have not listened to any of the Dresden Files before, I do recommend listening to the series in order, otherwise you will miss some of the nuances of relationships which have built up over time, and the maturing of Harry’s character as he learns and grows through tough experiences.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mags on 07-11-18

Best one for a while

Compelling story, I prefer when Dresden is desperate and on the back foot. This didn't let me down.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ralf on 05-09-18

best one yet

every time i hear one of these books i dont think it can get any better but it does.

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