Grave Peril: The Dresden Files, Book 3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Something is stirring up angry apparitions all over town. Something that can break all the laws of supernatural physics. Something that doesnt like Harry. His closest friends are being targeted. The net is closing in. Harry must find a solution soon or find this is one Nightmare from which he will never waken.
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|Listening Length||11 hours and 55 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 December 2008|
|Publisher||Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 2,439 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Chapter two ends of a pseudo cliff hanger - which is probably some kind of record in the history of popular fiction, as who puts a cliff hanger right at the start of a book? Jim Butcher does. And the world is (or it bloody well should be) forever grateful.
The reader gets a chance to take a breath, relax and take a look out of the train window for a few moments as the pace of the story drops back to normal. This is where Harry meets his latest client - a stunningly beautiful young woman (complete with matching figure) called Lydia who convinces him that she is suffering from “Cassandra’s Tears” and therefore without our hero’s protection, she won’t survive the night. And we all know how much resistance a certain wizard has when it comes to beautiful women....
This is easily the best Dresden book so far. The plot sizzles along at a break neck pace, the jokes are back, it is relatively spooky and as I have already mentioned, it comes pre-packed with a plethora of cliffhangers. The thing is simply unputdownablly FUN to read. All books should be like this. Well, actually, all books SHOULD not be like this, but certainly books aimed at this particular genre should have at least one book like this in a given set.
Moving on.... So what is missing from the e-ink of my kindle screen? Well by the time you reach the ten percent mark, there is no mention of the FBI, or Lt. Murphy, the local members of the Chicago Police Department. Have I said how good this book is? Have I said which characters are yet to make an appearance? Have I said how good this book is? I think I see a connection there...
There is only a small mention of Harry’s part time love interest, Susan Rodriguez, famous (and syndicated) reporter for the Chicago Arcane Newspaper. She enters from stage left, briefly, in three, and soon departs in order for the story’s for the main characters to entertain you. No doubt she will return, when the time is right. And when Mr Butcher writes her back into the story.
I love this novel. Book one was a great introduction to the concept of a Private Detective with Wizard-type Powers setting out to save the world from the bad guys and bad demons. Book two fell over itself somewhat when it tried to take itself too seriously. This is easily the best of the first three books and naturally I have to award it full marks. I demand it. Logic demands it. And so do my funny bones. And yours will, too.
Looking forward to the next one.
The big breakthrough in this book comes from the characterisation. It’s a lot better than in the first two books. It’s helped greatly by Harry staying with a couple of the characters for extended periods of time, giving us time to get to know them. And, of course, one of them is Michael, one of the great characters of the series.
Michael is a Knight of God; just a regular human, but one whose faith (and a really good sword) allow him to perform wonders. He makes the perfect foil for Harry, and the early chapters where they’re tracking down angry ghosts give the book an excellent start. Quickly introduced is what we think will be the central mystery of the book. However, Butcher isn’t done with us and things quickly escalate. It’s one damn thing after another, and from the middle of the book, Harry is just dealing with the fallout from his actions in this book – and the previous ones.
Butcher doesn’t cop out at the ending, either. There’s no nice reset button at the end of this book, and the ramifications of what happen are going to keep returning in the series for several books to come. It’s also nice to see quite a lot more time and definition given to Murphy and Susan. Grave Peril is no easy “monster of the week” book, but tells a story where the culture of the monsters is important both now and in the future. The world-building is great, and this time the characters are as well.
And there are better books than this in the Dresden Files. This is where the series starts getting good – it’s not where it stops.
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It's a bit like... well, imagine JK Rowling hadn't hinted at the connection between Voldemort and Harry until the scene in the forbidden forest when Voldemort used the killing curse on Harry but it didn't work... and then just rolled the whole explanation out at that moment to explain Harry's survival...
It doesn't make it a bad book, just frustrating that it could be so much better with a bit more work and forethought.
This story has everything that I look for in a great read; some really great characters, a good balance between the various aspects - mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective and paranormal - and blends them with well written dry humour ensuring that it doesn't got too heavy: Butcher even managed to include a sprinkling of romance. This story surprised me a few times, left me breathless on the edge of my seat but I loved trying to second guess where he would take us next!
I added the narration too and I alternated between reading and listening to the tale. I feel that the narration by James Marston helped to bring our hero, Harry Dresden to life. His obvious acting skills added a further dimension to the various scenes and I liked his tonal variations when reading the dialogue.
The third book was generally quite good and very much along the lines of earlier outings. I can’t quite put my finger on it other than to say that the book seemed to stall at times with a lot of words that did little to advance the narrative, and for me it dragged at times. The book could have been 20% shorter without losing much.
I still liked it overall and will still read book 4 at some point.
So the lesson is ....read them in order !!!
There are lots of summaries of the plot already posted so no need to go there.
This one is certainly a drop after the first two,the humour is there and the magic is there but there is a lack of oomph somehow. There is a feeling of narrowness in the storyline. That is once you realise that you haven't actually missed a book out....because it gets just a bit confusing. On the bright side Michael is great and carries the story for me, I was more interested in him than Harry (not sure that's a good thing though) and the Vampires were fascinating. (Love a good world build for a vampire ..have to say his world building for the 'bad guys' is excellent,)
So,all in all it's ok. Not as good as the others and roll on the next book.
Once I got past the feeling of having missed out though the pace seemed to pick up and I got really into this book. The plot twists with satisfying regularity and Dresden feels like he's in actual peril throughout.
The new characters and aspects of the universe are all interesting and we learn some more of the main character's backstory, though it remains sufficiently shrouded in mystery to make me want to dive back into the next book (and the ten plus that follow that).