This review contains spoilers if you have not read Changes, Book 12!! Ye have been warned.
*Book source ~ Library
Title ~ Ghost Story
Series ~ The Dresden Files, #13
Author ~ Jim Butcher
Narrator ~ John Glover
Publisher ~ Penguin Audio
Published ~ 26 July 2011
Genre ~ Fantasy | Paranormal | Mystery
Length ~ 17 hrs 56 minutes
Our Rating ~ 5 bites
Narration ~ 1 bite
Harry Dresden, wizard extraordinaire, private investigator, defender of Chicago and…ghost. After being shot and falling into icy Lake Michigan Harry wakes up to find himself back in
Only it’s not Chicago .
Not exactly. And he has a mission should he choose to accept it. He must find
out who murdered him and restore the balance. With his friends’ lives on the
line, of course Harry rushes in where angels fear to tread. Ok, they don’t fear
to tread in the spirit world, but it sounded good. Go with it. Chicago
A ~ my 17-yr-old daughter
T ~ my 15-yr-old son
K ~ my 14-yr-old son
First off, the title sort of gives this book away. After the ending to Changes it’s fairly obvious where this one is heading. We enjoyed the book quite a lot, but have to admit it’s not a favorite. There is a lot of blah, blah, blah going on amongst all the good stuff, but instead of a 4 we gave it a 5 because it was kinda cool to have a story involving Harry as a ghost.
The plot is a bit murky, but we went with it. Old favorite characters are back and some new ones are introduced. Mortimer is a bit of a dweeb in the beginning, but we really like how he grows and steps up toward the end. Butters is a bit of a surprise. Who knew the little guy was so damn smart? I mean, we love him and he’s proven he’s got balls, but he really shines in this book. Sir Stuart is awesome.
T loved how we got to see many of Harry’s memories and K thought seeing inside Bob’s skull was pretty cool. We were all surprised at the effect destroying the
had. A perfect example of not thinking something all the way through. Everyone loved the whole Star Trek scene,
Uriel’s seven words, Harry’s speech at the end and the ending itself.
Now I must address the narration. We were not happy with the change in narrator. At all. Period. *emphatic nodding* While we agree that John Glover has a pleasant voice and we would be happy to listen to other books he reads, after 12 books in the Dresden universe narrated by James Marsters, we just couldn’t wrap our heads around a totally different take on the characters and off-sounding secondary characters by a new narrator. The entire book grated on our nerves. We feel bad for Mr. Glover, walking into the middle of an established beloved series, but we like what we like and we did not like his version. End of story.
“Star Trek?” I asked her. “Really?”
“What?” she demanded, bending unnaturally black eyebrows together.
“There are two kinds of people in the universe, Molly,” I said. “Star Trek fans and Star Wars fans. This is shocking.”
She sniffed. “This is the post-nerd-closet world, Harry. It’s okay to like both.”
“Blasphemy and lies,” I said.