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review 2018-10-13 03:50
A Few Thoughts about the Audiobook of Changes
Changes - Jim Butcher,James Marsters

Spoilers to follow. This isn't one of my typical posts, so my typical rules don't apply.

 

After starting a few months back, I've pretty much stopped posting about listening to the <b>Dresden Files</b> audiobooks -- there are only so many ways to say, "I'd forgotten how much I like this story" and "Wow! James Marsters did a fantastic job!" Not only does it get dull to read, it gets pretty dull to write. (okay, there is a challenge on finding a new way to say it, but . . . I'm too lazy to find that enticing).

 

But I listened to <b>Changes</b> this week and how can I not talk about that?This is one of my favorite novels ever -- Top 10, Deserted Island Must-Have kind of thing -- highs, lows (and things lower than lows), laughs, tears, anger, shock, joy. <b>Changes</b> has it all (at least for those who've been with Harry for a few books -- preferably 11).

 

Listening to the book was a great way for me to experience it again -- if for no other reason, I couldn't race through it and accidentally skim over things in my haste to get to X or Y plot point.

 

It's silly as I've read everything that comes after this a couple of times, but seeing all the compromises and deals Harry made as his life is dismantled piece by piece really hit me hard. Yet, Harry makes his choices freely and for the best reason imaginable. All for Maggie. The ramifications of his choices and agreements are wide, huge and so-far we don't know all of them -- and Harry'd do it all again, and there's not a fan in the world that would blame him.

 

And Marsters? He gets better and better with every book -- and this was fantastic. I loved where Mouse got to "talk" -- it was the next best thing to reading it for the first time. And, when he got to those lines? You know the ones I'm talking about:

 

And I . . .

 

I used the knife.

 

I saved a child.

 

I won a war.

 

God forgive me.


I had to hit pause for a couple of minutes before I could keep going.

 

Sometimes as a book blogger, you get wrapped up in numbers, ratings, book tours, promotion, and all the other stuff -- but every now and then it's great to remember what it is about fiction that gets you into it in the first place. This treat by Butcher and Marsters did just that for me -- I was entertained, I was moved, I was a little inspired.

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2018/10/12/a-few-thoughts-on-changes-by-audiobook-by-jim-butcher-james-marsters
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quote 2018-10-11 05:20
You can have everything in the world, but if you don't have love, none of it means crap
Blood Rites - Jim Butcher

I just finished reading Blood Rites and this quote from Harry is from the bible. The famous 1 Corinthians chapter thirteen called the Love chapter. Thomas the vampire, Harry finds out, is his brotha from the same motha.

 

I love James Marsters audio performance. He always does a great job and I admire him. I think he is the reason I get sucked into this world all the time. I couldn't experience Harry Dresden better without him narrating the book.

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review 2018-10-09 02:04
Furies of Calderon (Codex Alera #1) (Audiobook)
Furies of Calderon - Jim Butcher

DNF @ 20%

 

Bored now.

 

This reads more like Brandon Sanderson and Michael Sullivan teamed up to write the most basic, convoluted "epic" fantasy of all time rather - and failing - than anything Jim Butcher would write. I love the Dresden Files, but this was boring. The characters are boring - they're either super good or super evil. The twists are boring - a big one is revealed in the third chapter, only a couple of scenes after so-and-so was killed. We jump around from one POV character to another, get to see a scene they're in and move on to another. Nothing's really explained, especially all this fury nonsense (aka Pokemon) which is the crux of the magical whatits in this world. There's no reason to care about these characters or what is happening to them or what's going on in this world.

 

Kate Reading is a decent narrator but she reads slow. Speeding this up to 1.20x helped, but not enough to make up for the lack of world-building and character development.

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text 2018-10-06 00:35
Reading progress update: I've read 198 out of 282 pages.
The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop - Gladys Mitchell

at this point I’m just strapping myself in and expecting some pretty wild revelations.

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text 2018-10-05 14:54
Reading progress update: I've read 137 out of 282 pages.
The Mystery of a Butcher's Shop - Gladys Mitchell

well, except for the weird items some digging has unearthed - weird that they have been put together - the book seems to have settled down when it comes to flinging heaps of lunacy at the reader without caution for what that does to the head, and has focused on cops, and Mrs. Bradley, trying to apply sensible theories to the whole extravaganza in order to figure out what it all means.

 

this book does make me want to continue with the series at some point, and seems very different from what I remember of The Rising of the Moon, which speaks to appealing variety in the many Mrs. Bradley books. the solution to this Mystery is going to help determine my overall rating, but it has been fun heading towards it.

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