Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Audiobook Review - Death Masks by Jim Butcher @longshotauthor

Death Masks by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files #5
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Publication Date: October 29, 2009
Date Read:  January 9, 2018 (2nd read)
Length:  11 hours 21 minutes
Source: Purchased - Audible

The Dresden Files have taken the genre of paranormal mystery to a new level of action, excitement, and hard-hitting magical muscle. Now, in Death Masks, Jim Butcher’s smart-guy private eye may have taken on more than he can handle…

Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But he also knows that whenever things are going good, the only way left for them to go is bad. Way bad. Such as:

• A duel with the lethal champion of the Red Court, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards…
• Professional hit men using Harry for target practice…
• The missing Shroud of Turin—and the possible involvement of Chicago’s most feared mob boss…
• A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified…

Not to mention the return of Harry’s ex-girlfriend Susan, who’s still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life. Some days, it just doesn’t pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you’re charging.
My Review

I really enjoyed this book!  This was a re-read for me and I liked it just as much the second time around.  I did remember some parts of the book from the first time I read the story but I had forgotten most of the details.  It has been about a year and half since I listened to the last book in this series and I really enjoyed spending a little bit of time with Harry Dresden once again.  This is the fifth book in the series and I do recommend that this series be read in order.  This was a book that entertained me from beginning to end.

Harry has a lot going on in this book.  I don't even know how he is able to keep everything straight.  He has a vampire from the Red Court that wants to duel him.  A priest wants his help in finding the Shroud and a few other people would like to get their hands on it as well.  An old girlfriend is in town to keep things interesting.  Plus there are all the other situations that Harry seems to regularly find himself in.  If you are looking for a book with a lot of action, look no further because this book really never slows down.

The characters in this book almost feel real to me.  One thing that I love about reading a series like this is how well you get to know each of the characters.  It is almost like they are old friends and you can somewhat anticipate how they might react in certain situations.  I do think it is also a lot of fun to re-read a longer series like this because the groundwork for future events is being laid.  Having already read the later books, I know that some scenes will become more important later on.  There are a lot of characters featured in this story that have been very important to the series.  I liked seeing Michael and his family as well as the other Knights of the Cross.  Thomas, John Marconi, Susan, and Karin also play important roles.

James Marsters takes this book to a whole new level.  I originally read this book on my kindle but if I had known how good the audiobook was, I might have went that route the first time around.  I think he does a fantastic job in bringing Harry to life.  I know what Harry is feeling at times because I can hear it in his voice.  I think that he does a great job with all of the characters and the dialogue in the story flows very nicely.  He has a very pleasant voice that was easy to listen to for hours at a time.

I do recommend this series to others.  I like that it is a fairly complex story with some humor worked in at just the right moments.  Harry is a character that is easy to cheer for because in the end he really is a good guy.  I am looking forward to continuing with my re-read of the series very soon.

About the Author

A martial arts enthusiast whose résumé includes a long list of skills rendered obsolete at least two hundred years ago, #1 New York Times bestselling author Jim Butcher turned to writing as a career because anything else probably would have driven him insane. He lives mostly inside his own head so that he can write down the conversation of his imaginary friends, but his head can generally be found in Independence, Missouri. Jim is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera novels, and the Cinder Spires series, which began with The Aeronaut’s Windlass.

Author Links: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

24 comments:

  1. I tried the first book of this series but I wasn't that taken by the story but maybe I should try more

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    1. I have heard that some people really get hooked on the series around book 4 or so. I liked it from the start.

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  2. I have to admit that I read the first one and while I liked some things like Bob, it just didn't grab me enough to want to continue the series. But that aside, it's great when you are continuing to enjoy a series and the author keeps producing for you!

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    1. Bob is pretty awesome. With each book buidling on the last, I do think that this series keeps getting stronger.

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  3. I actually heard lots of great things about this series, but I haven't started it yet. Glad you are pleased with the audiobook, they aren't my thing but I'll probably give this series a go either in paperback or eBook at some point :)

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    1. I read the ebook first and enjoyed that as well. I love Harry's sense of humor.

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  4. I think I've read the first 4 of this series and really do plan on continuing at some point. I always liked Harry and am disappointed the series didn't last longer.

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    1. I think that there are 15 books right now and I understand that the author is still writing them although it has been a while since the last book. I do still need the most recent installment.

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  5. Ah man! Another wonderful-sounding series I still haven't started. :) Glad the re-read/listen is going great with the fab narrator.

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    1. The narrator really does such a good job with this whole series.

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  6. Wizard and then vampire?! I'm in!

    Vanessa @ Blushing Geek

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    1. This series has a little bit of everything in it.

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  7. I have actually never read Dreseden

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  8. The fact that you've went back and re-read/listened to this says a lot about the series to me. It does sound something I would enjoy as well. I'll have to check my library and see if they carry any of the series now.

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    1. I have really enjoyed this series Jenea. I do a lot of re-reads through audio and usually end up liking the story even more.

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  9. I haven't read this author but this sounds great!

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  10. This series hasn't really grabbed me but I've heard so many raves I've been reconsidering. The fact that this is a reread for you and you still enjoyed it really makes this one tempting!

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    1. It's not a series that I want to binge read but I do really enjoy it. The audio is a really great route to go.

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  11. Spiiiiiike!!! Yes! I want to listen to them just for him. lol I have them all in print, though. It does sound like he had his hands full this time. lol

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    1. I haven't seen Marsters on Buffy but I know people love him as Spike. He does such a good job with Harry!

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  12. I eventually want to revisit this series through the audiobooks. It's one of my favorite series and Marsters does a great job. I've only listened to the first book in audio so far.

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    1. Marsters really does a fantastic job with this series. I love doing re-reads via audio. It is neat to experience the same story in a different way.

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