Monday, August 29, 2016

Audiobook Review - Grave Peril by Jim Butcher @longshotauthor

Grave Peril by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #3
Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp. (Audio)
Publication Date: June 10, 2009
Date Read:  August 10, 2016
Source: Purchased - Audible
Length: 11 hours 59 minutes

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Harry Dresden’s faced some pretty terrifying foes during his career. Giant scorpions. Oversexed vampires. Psychotic werewolves. All par for the course for Chicago’s only professional wizard.

But in all of Harry’s years of supernatural sleuthing, he’s never faced anything like this: the spirit world’s gone postal. All over Chicago, ghosts are causing trouble—and not just of the door-slamming, ‘boo’- shouting variety. These ghosts are tormented, violent, and deadly.

Someone—or something—is stirring them up to wreak unearthly havoc. But why? And why do so many of the victims have ties to Harry? If Harry doesn’t figure it out soon, he could wind up a ghost himself....

My Review

Every once in a while the right combination of things come together perfectly.  This audiobook fits that description.  I enjoyed this book the first time I read it years ago but listening to James Marsters perform this story really takes it to a whole new level.  The series seems to really be taking off at this point and the story was very well done.  I completely enjoyed every moment that I spent listening to this book during my re-read.

Harry Dresden's life is anything but boring.  This book starts with a bang and really doesn't slow down until the end.  I love how many different things can come together to make sense in Harry's world.  In this book, there are ghosts, demons, and vampires all mixed together and it flows smoothly.  The mystery was pretty complex in this one with a lot of things happening that will be brought up again as the series moves forward.  I had a hard time setting this one aside.

I am so in love with the characters.  Harry is awesome in his own way.  He is funny and able to think on his feet.  He makes decisions based not only on what is best for him but what will be best for others.  He risks himself to helps other people quite often.  Michael played a large role in this book and I really enjoyed his character.  It was really fun to go back and see some of my favorite characters early in the series.  Karin, Bob, Susan and everyone else really all added important pieces to the story as well.

James Marsters is the perfect voice of Harry Dresden.  I absolutely love how this book was narrated.  He didn't just read the story - he performed it.  I could totally hear every one of Harry's emotions in the performance.  I was really impressed that even the perfectly placed breath seem to add to the delivery.  He performed all of the different characters flawlessly.  I can't wait to listen to more books narrated by James Marsters.

I would highly recommend this series to fans of urban fiction.  This is a series that you will want to read in order since there are some story arc that carry over from previous books.  I am looking forward to listening to book four in the series very soon.  

About the Author
Photo by Karen Hacker with The Portrait Gallery, located in Independence, MO
Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990’s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads


  1. I really want to read this series. Would I like it, do you think?

    1. I think you would. Not everyone loves the first couple of books but I did. This is a series that gets better as you move along. If you have a chance to listen to the audio, I would recommend that.

  2. Always great when everything comes together for the just the right read. I still need to start this series. Glad it's great!

    1. It is a great series. I am loving this re-read because the audio is just so well done.

  3. I've heard great things about this author and this book. I don't think I've ever really read in Urban fantasy but I'd like to try it. I'll have to look for the first book in the series - especially if I can get it on audio.

    1. This is definitely a series to look for in audio. I enjoyed it enough that I may actually listen to it again in the future.

  4. oh I just love it when an audiobook takes a story on a deeper level especially when its a story you have read before.


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