Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

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Review of audiobook version narrated by James Marsters

Ghost Story (The Dresden Files #13) by Jim Butcher

Reading Level: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 26, 2011
Publisher: Roc
Pages: 608 pages
Source: Purchase
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry

Ghost Story is Book 13 in the Harry Dresden urban-fantasy series. It begins six months after the end of Book 12, Changes. In Changes, Harry received major, magical assistance from Mab, Queen of the Winter Court of the fae, in order to save his daughter’s life, in exchange for his solemn oath that he would fulfill a longtime desire of hers and become her Winter Knight. But before he could take up his duties, Harry was shot and fell into Lake Michigan.

In this story, Harry turns up in the form of what appears to be a ghost, and runs into a series of magical villains while wandering around with fellow ghosts in his long-time stomping grounds, the city of Chicago. He learns that malevolent spirits are endangering his friends, and he is determined to save them from harm, in spite of the fact that he is minus not only his body, but his wizardly magical powers.

Given that there are multiple books that follow this one in the series, in which Harry Dresden is very much alive, it will not surprise long-time fans of this series that there is something quite unusual about the wandering spirit of Harry Dresden that we encounter in this book.

This novel is filled with the usual, slam-bang action that we diehard fans of Jim Butcher have come to expect in all of his stories, and in the Harry Dresden series in particular. There is a continuing cast of beloved characters, and it is terrific to have a chance to spend time with them again.

I originally listened to this story narrated by actor John Glover. He did a good job, but over the years, the voice and acting talents of James Marsters have become utterly associated with Harry Dresden and his world, and it is such a relief that this book has been re-recorded by James Marsters. He is best known for playing the character Spike, a platinum-blond, British vampire, in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spin-off series Angel, between 1997 and 2004.

The sound quality of this audio recording is excellent and it is an unabridged version of the book. Marsters does an outstanding job on every part of the reading, including general narrative and various character voices. He is equally skilled at portraying every type of male and female voice, of all ages and various national and regional accents. Listening to him is a real pleasure.

I rate this book as follows:

Hero: 5

Subcharacters: 5

Worldbuilding: 5

Action-Adventure Plot: 5

Writing: 5

Audiobook Narration: 5

Overall: 5

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