Terrific audiobook version of 3 Harry Dresden short stories
Reading Level: Urban Fantasy
Release Date: July 21, 2015
Publisher: Penguin Audio
Length: 3 hours and 44 minutes (Unabridged)
Source: Obtained from Friend
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
These three stories each first appeared in separate collections of stories by multiple urban fantasy authors. It’s wonderful to find them grouped together like this in one place. I experienced these stories as an audiobook narrated by the fabulous James Marsters (best known for playing Spike the vampire in the Buffy TV series).
The Bigfoot of these stories is part of the magical Forest People, and his name is River Shoulders. He is around nine-foot tall and weighs about 650 pounds. He is a peaceable creature, though he has enormous physical and magical power. Some years ago, he had an affair with a professor of archaeology who is very tall for a human, over six-foot, and as big as a linebacker. The result was their son Irwin. They never married, but have remained friends. Irwin has been raised by his mother, because River Shoulders wants him to have a more expansive life than River has had, limited to living in the forest.
River hires Harry Dresden three different times to help Irwin. The first story occurs when Irwin is a child of 10 and River hires Harry to rescue him from being bullied by some dangerous, magical creatures. The second story is Irwin at age 14, and River hires Harry to save him from an illness he should not be suffering, since Bigfeet never get sick. Harry discovers Irwin’s life force is being sapped by a mysterious dark, outside force. The third story is Irwin around age 19 at college. He is in love with a dangerous young woman who might inadvertently cause his death.
It was a pleasure reading stories which are not so dark and violent as the Dresden books themselves, and with the relatively lighthearted, amusingly snarky Harry as he appears in the earlier books in the series. These three stories are interlinked, and it makes a pleasing whole to hear them narrated one after the other, in chronological order. Harry, as always, is a fantastic character, and I also enjoyed River and Irwin. They are terrific characters.
Anyone who is a fan of the Harry Dresden series will not want to miss this outstanding collection of stories.
I rate this audiobook as follows:
Action-Adventure Plot: 5
Audibook Narration: 5