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4.00007545570157 out of 54.00007545570157 out of 54.00007545570157 out of 54.00007545570157 out of 54.00007545570157 out of 5 4.00 (35,385 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jim Butcher Narrator: James Marsters Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dresden Files Release Date: April 2010 ISBN: 9781101222300
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Harry Dresden must save Chicago from black magic and necromancy—but first, he must locate the Word of Kemmler. Just as soon as he figures out what that is. Now Harry is in a race against time to find the Word before Chicago experiences a Halloween night to wake the dead. 

It’s all in a day’s work for the city’s only professional wizard … if he can live to see the end of the day.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is one of the best entries in a terrific series...Readers will be hoping for Harry to get the happy ending he deserves.”

    RT Book Reviews

  • “Horror fans with a sense of humor will be pleased.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Mixing offbeat humor, a hard-boiled style, and rich detail, Butcher’s...Dresden File series deserves a spot in every library’s fantasy or dark fantasy collection. Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Adventures blossom like shotgun fire...A fun-loaded series.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 ace | 4/19/2017

    " I always enjoy the Dresden novels but if you don't read them in order, you miss a lot of the store line. I have read them hit and miss but am now listening to them in order and really am enjoying them. "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 Ace | 4/19/2017

    " I always enjoy the Dresden novels but if you don't read them in order, you miss a lot of the store line. I have read them hit and miss but am now listening to them in order and really am enjoying them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/20/2014

    " Really good. I like that stuff from previous books keep popping up when least expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christi Lupher | 2/7/2014

    " Put this down the first time I started it. Think I was just a little OD'ed on Harry. Very glad I came back. May be the best one so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 2/2/2014

    " Why didn't I pick up the audio books earlier in this series? I will likely go back to the beginning and listen to them all. James Marsters is the perfect voice for this series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 1/26/2014

    " The first in the series I've given 5 stars to and possibly the best climax battle to date. Also some great new characters are introduced. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crystal | 1/25/2014

    " It pains me to give this a mere three stars but something was missing. Or maybe it was just too much going on. The story took place over 2 days, took 400+ pages, and only the last 100 were actually interesting. Seemed a lot of blundering around. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paul | 1/20/2014

    " Despite some of the painful dialog-that's-really-exposition passages it was enjoyable. Polka will live forever!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Krista D. | 12/25/2013

    " Zombie T Rex. 'Nuff said. Go read it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Human | 12/3/2013

    " Really awesome book. The story takes some really wicked turns, and still leaves a lot on the table for the next books! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris Ramsey | 11/24/2013

    " My absolute favorite Dresden story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 10/27/2013

    " This one went by quickly, lots of action, and a surprisingly fun ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristy Maitz | 11/25/2012

    " A lot is happening in that book and we get to know some new characters like Butters or the fallen angel who is inside Harry. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sara | 9/10/2012

    " I have really started enjoying this series. I never considered sci-fi before, but these books are humorous and have really good plots! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shahbaz | 9/5/2012

    " This series is getting really good to read. I really enjoyed the characters this time around, from Harry to Bob to Butters. It was just an none stop good story. Jim Butcher has really really gotten me hooked to this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/22/2012

    " Dresden's a little more on his own in this book, though he does get some assistance from unlikely places. Necromancers bringing the dead to "life" vie for power and Dresden has to stop them while keeping his friends safe. Parts of the story predictable but still lots of fun. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raven | 7/14/2012

    " Pretty much blew my mind. Harry is the best. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 10/9/2011

    " I appreciate that Dresden got back to some good, old-fashioned investigative techniques. Also, Bob gets the chance to be the hero, which is pretty cool. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 7/3/2011

    " Polka will never die! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gloria Sigountos | 6/5/2011

    " Bob the skull riding a dino zombie. nuf said. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Morris Nelms | 5/31/2011

    " If you are a fan of the series, as I am, this is an exciting installment. If you are new to the series, you could start here, but I wouldn't recommend it. Butcher is full of surprises. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bethany | 5/16/2011

    " What is not to love when Zombies are involved! Conjured or NOT! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sally | 5/13/2011

    " Damn I wish Goodreads had half start. This is a good solid four and a half and these books keep on getting consistently better. Few other series have been this pleasing to me on a continual basis. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camilo | 5/11/2011

    " This book includes a zombie dinosaur. I'd say everything else is irrelevant, but the book itself is pretty solid to boot. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 5/9/2011

    " Possibly my favorite Dresden book. Adding the dog was brilliant. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/3/2011

    " Another wild ride with Harry Dresden. Must check on Sue next time I'm in Chicago. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 5/2/2011

    " I do like these books. The stories are interesting, but I'm definitely not feeling anything emotional from them. That's not their intent, tho, I don't think. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca (agirlirlblog) | 4/29/2011

    " Another solid book in this series. Had me on edge until the end. How Harry manages to get through so much is truly amazing. The guy just can't seem to catch a break! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brick | 4/17/2011

    " Great book! I am definitely hooked!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrew | 4/11/2011

    " Butcher has hit his stride in this installment of the The Dresden Files. He handles the multiple plots very well, and continues to develop the secondary characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurel | 4/9/2011

    " How one can read a book that involves a necromatically animated Tyrannasourus Rex as a noble stead, employed by a sarcastic wizard who hopes that he will die doing the right thing, trying to defeat another evil wizard from becoming a god and NOT give it five stars is just plain crazy! 'Nuff said. "

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About the Author
Author Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. He read his first fantasy novel when he was seven years old—The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. By the time he turned eight, he’d added the rest of the Narnia books, the Chronicles of Prydain, every book about Star Wars he could find, a great many Star Trek novels, and The Lord of the Rings to his count. He was pretty much doomed from the start. Love of fantasy drew him toward a fairly eclectic spread of interests: horseback riding, archery, martial arts, costuming, music, and theater. He played a lot of role-playing games, a lot of fantasy-based tactical computer games, and eventually got into live-action role-play. He took up writing to be able to produce fantasy novels with swords and horses in them, and determinedly wrote terrible fantasy books until, just to prove a point to his writing teacher, he decided to take every piece of her advice. He was certain that once she saw what hideous art it produced, she would be proven wrong and repent the error of her ways. The result was the Dresden Files. She has not yet admitted her mistake and recanted her philosophy on writing. Jim stands accused of writing the Dresden Files and the Codex Alera. He has plead insanity, but the jury is still out on that one.

About the Narrator

James Marsters, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, graduated from Davis High School and attended Juilliard, the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts, and the American Conservatory Theatre. After spending ten years doing stage work, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film and television. He got his big break as Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He is also a talented musician; his band Ghost of the Robot has released three albums: Mad Brilliant, B-Sider, and Murphy’s Law.