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4.00002643195094 out of 54.00002643195094 out of 54.00002643195094 out of 54.00002643195094 out of 54.00002643195094 out of 5 4.00 (37,833 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: October 2009 ISBN: 9781101145814
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Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he’s getting more than he bargained for: a duel with the Red Court of Vampires’ champion, 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 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 semivampiric 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.

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  • “Butcher maintains a breakneck pace in Harry’s exciting fifth adventure. This imaginative series continues to surprise and delight with its inventiveness and sympathetic hero.”

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christal | 2/13/2014

    " A definite improvement on book 4 for me. The story was well-written, witty, and engaging. I loved the Denarians; I thought they were brillantly created. I also liked the characters of The Archive and Shiro. Susan has never really been my favorite character in this series, and this book doesn't do much to change that. On the other hand, I still love Michael and Murphy and am so glad we got to see more of Thomas. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deranged Pegasus | 2/7/2014

    " With every book read there is more to love about the Dresden universe and even more Dresden him-self's views of his universe. The narration throughout the book is great. And once i have reread the book I plan to improve this review. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 2/3/2014

    " Happy May Day. This is the first one in the series that was available from my audio book store so it took a bit to get caught up on what was going on, since this is # 5 in the series. There was a lot of subplots going on and things thrown at the main character, Harry Dresden, that I thought was a bit disjointed when it started, but it all came together in the end. There is a good sense of humor and wit running through the book, which was fun and offered relief from some of the supernatural/violent things going on in the book. Harry feels like a real, but at the same time, heroic figure, along with his cohorts. People standing up for the right things in the world, protecting the rest of the world. I'll probably move onto the next book in the series to see how it goes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Todd | 2/1/2014

    " 4.5 stars as opposed to the 4 that I'll give the vast majority of the Dresden books, because to me, this is the book where I think Butcher started to kick it into a higher gear. The first handful of books, while they had continuity, really felt more like standalones, but this is right about where Harry's mytharc really began to be fleshed out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah "Mir" | 1/18/2014

    " Bob, Murphy, and Dresden never cease to disappoint. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth666ann | 1/14/2014

    " Okay. The hero was so much less annoying! Also, I like Michael the swordfighting knight guy; he's a good companion. I think the author improves over the course of the series--very cool, since things don't always work that way. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pollmak | 12/6/2013

    " I love the Dresden Files series. A great experience. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 11/22/2013

    " Excellent addition to the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paddy O'callaghan | 11/20/2013

    " Not spectaularly well plotted but the beautiful writing style more than makes up for that. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 11/19/2013

    " As I read through this series, each book is better than the last! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kit | 9/10/2013

    " The series just keeps getting better, Harry's associates get lots of airtime, Harry himself gets even more developed as a character... and I started rereading it already. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chrismpadgett Padgett | 6/24/2013

    " I think I liked this book the best so far. The one-liners are good, and Butcher has a solid feel for his characters. Many folks from earlier novels show up in this one, which lends itself to some good familiarity and explanations for the reader's interests. These are my no-brainer books. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christa | 2/16/2013

    " Best in the series so far. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kieraanne | 1/22/2013

    " Good, good. Michael has SEVEN kids? Crazy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 8/22/2012

    " The formula that is used to write these books is starting to get a bit tired as well as the inherent sexism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janine | 6/20/2012

    " The Dresden Files are a fantastic series following Harry Dresden, renegade (kinda) wizard as he "does the right thing" over and over, often detrimental to his own well being. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hulda | 3/30/2012

    " Very sexy... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phleghm | 11/2/2011

    " The rope scene.. Holy crap. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anthony | 10/30/2011

    " My guilty pleasure, but after taking a break to read more substantial "classic" sci-fi, I realized just can't beat Dresden for being a page turner and Butcher for creating a well populated universe. Reading them back to back, Dresden's idiosyncracies get a little repetitive. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Faulkner | 9/1/2011

    " Probably the best in the series so far "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kalyn | 7/28/2011

    " Excellent set up for later books. Good character interactions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassy Brewer | 7/4/2011

    " Great series, however this was not my favorite one in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachel | 5/5/2011

    " By far my favorite book in the series, and the most well written. Still high action but Dresden actually gets a break, and steamy sex, in this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Geoff | 5/4/2011

    " This may be my favorite Dresden Files book so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michael | 5/3/2011

    " I still enjoy these books, but there is a curious immaturity in their presentation, a combination of the simplistic references and poorly depicted intimacy. Regardless, Dresden is an easy escape, and I can certainly appreciate it on that level. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Raj | 5/1/2011

    " um this one was pretty boss too just because of the whole story behind it probably my second favorite behind summer knight "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megh | 4/19/2011

    " I'm only 5 chapters in and already the relationship between Susan and Harry is more believable and has more depth than the entire third book. Maybe someday I'll get over how badly that was handled. I'm enjoying this addition to the series thus far, though I still don't like Susan. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sudama | 4/14/2011

    " Overall good "blockbuster" book. The Dresden files begin to fell somewhat redondant however.
    By chance, we see hints of a longrunnig plot. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kristin | 4/12/2011

    " Another one of my favorites of the series. Unfortunatly since it took me so long to get through it there were some confusing details at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susanne | 3/25/2011

    " So yeah, count me in amongs Dresden's and Butcher's die hard fans. I don't think I've ever read a series where the characters, main and side, grow and change so belivably. And all this amidst a very belivable world filled with unexplained, scary and fantastic things. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gary | 3/19/2011

    " Harry is in trouble from the first page and as in the previous book, the action is more widely spread, but well thought out and plotted...On to the next one! "

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