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Skin Game Audiobook

Skin Game: The Dresden Files

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Publisher's Summary

Harry Dresden, Chicago's only professional wizard, is about to have a very bad day. As Winter Knight to the Queen of Air and Darkness, Harry never knows what the scheming Mab might want him to do. Usually, it's something awful.

This time, it's worse than that. Mab's involved Harry in a smash-and-grab heist run by one of his most despised enemies, to recover the literal Holy Grail from the vaults of the greatest treasure horde in the world - which belongs to the one and only Hades, Lord of the Underworld.

Dresden's always been tricky, but he's going to have to up his backstabbing game to survive this mess - assuming his own allies don't end up killing him before his enemies get the chance....

©2014 Jim Butcher (P)2014 Hachette Digital

What the Critics Say

PRAISE FOR THE DRESDEN FILES

"Any new Butcher story is a joy" (Tor.com)
"Addictive page-turners" (SciFiNow)
"If there is an author that defines urban fantasy, it is Jim Butcher" (Fresh Fiction)
"Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Philip Marlowe" (Entertainment Weekly)
"Butcher's storytelling is satisfying on a level that's bone deep" (Io9)
"Extremely well-written and addictive . . . the best urban fantasy series being published" (Walker of Worlds)
"An outstanding series" (Booklist)

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    J. Sutherland 26/07/2014
    J. Sutherland 26/07/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "A Dresden file that delivers!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Skin Game to be better than the print version?

    Yes I would, James Marsters performance has never been better, especially with the production values on this book, he transition from steady narration to screams and shouts that are alternatively dramatic and intentional comedic gold.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Skin Game?

    As with most Dresden stories, there's a hook, a reveal and several moments of true white knuckle peril for the characters, Marsters delivers on all of them. I'm not going into specifics because I feel fellow fans don't want spoilers


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favourite?

    Dresden and Goodman Gray are particular well played


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Devil you know can be just as bad...


    Any additional comments?

    A long running series like this runs a high high risk of becoming stale and repetitive and while there are without doubt formulaic frameworks to the stories, book 15 continues to entertain and impress, characters are not static or two dimensional and have developed over the entire series. Butcher is a master of torturing his characters and bringing them through the hardship stronger, better people in a solid believable fashion. He continues to go from strength to strength with the Dresden Files.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 30/05/2014
    Amazon Customer JARROW, United Kingdom 30/05/2014 Member Since 2015
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    "thoroughly enjoyable"
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    I will I find I miss some bits and enjoy finding the nooks and crannies of a good story. I will also buy the hardback copy of this book too.


    What other book might you compare Skin Game to, and why?

    Faith Hunters, Jane Yellowrock series. Kim Harrison The Hollows series. The Iron Druid series but I prefer to read, rather than listen to that series.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He sounds right to my ears his voice is right I noticed that Bob for example now sounds mores like Butters than Dresden which seems appropriate.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    lynsey Manchester, United Kingdom 30/05/2014
    lynsey Manchester, United Kingdom 30/05/2014 Member Since 2014

    I am 35 year old who loves writing & reading and listening to anything! But I do adore the classics, crime fiction and anything paranormal.

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    "What can I say?...............Awesome!!"

    If your listening to this book then you already know how fantastic (in more than one sense of the word) this series is.
    Harry Dresden and James Marsters are a match made in Heaven!!
    I can only thank Jim Butcher for filling my time with such consistently brilliant writing!
    Long may Harry last and long may he continue getting himself in mountains of trouble!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. Roseann D. Ramage Scotland, UK 06/08/2014
    Mrs. Roseann D. Ramage Scotland, UK 06/08/2014 Member Since 2012
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    "Jim Butcher does it again"
    Would you listen to Skin Game again? Why?

    Yes I will listen to this book again and again. THe Harry Dresden series is fantastic and the choice of James Marsters as the narator was inspired.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I have been a fan of the Dresden books for years and this latest addition takes the story to the next level - the reationship between Dresden and Murphy, Dresdens two daughters, Butters coming into his own - a good read


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    James Marsters performance is without flaw - he is a superb narator who brings the charactes to life.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Supernatural skullduggery in Hades


    Any additional comments?

    The combination of Jim Butchers story telling and James Marsters naration make this a highly enjoyable book - can't wait for the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal 24/07/2014
    Lara Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal 24/07/2014 Member Since 2011

    LCM

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    "It never disapoints!"
    What made the experience of listening to Skin Game the most enjoyable?

    The text. The story. James Marsters, he's Harry.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry, as usual. The constant struggle within himself, that curiously never gets boring.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    As said before he's Harry. He knows how to pull a joke or a punch line. And his voice is perfect for the character. For the people who were used to hear him as Spike it comes as a big surprise, a good one.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Without giving much away, the scene with Maggie is particularly special


    Any additional comments?

    Read the complete series. If you like the genre, it's the most amazing that was written so far. Can't wait for the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delialah 05/11/2016
    Delialah 05/11/2016
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    "Fabulous!"

    Loved every book in the Dresden series. These are perfect stories with the right amount of everything in them. Hope Mr Butcher decides to write more... can't get enough of these.

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    Sam 29/10/2016
    Sam 29/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Oceans 11 meets wizards and monsters"

    By this point you know what to expect. James' performance is quality, he hit his stride by book 4 in my opinion.

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    Kimberley Williams 21/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Best of the Best"

    By far the best of the Dresden series, irreverent and yet dark, sad but joyous at times and with Marsters trademark capacity for chameleonic performance between characters making a very full book really flow from start to finish, still my favourite no matter how many rereads or listens I give it. A+++

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    n3k0 08/09/2016
    n3k0 08/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "PARKPOOUUUURRR"

    Without a doubt the best Dresden book yet. Each book gets stronger and more intense. The play between characters, the plot twists, the depth of all the characters.
    And they are all brought to vivid life by James Marsters.
    Exceptional audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. D. Easter Watford, Herts United Kingdom 22/03/2016
    Mr. D. Easter Watford, Herts United Kingdom 22/03/2016 Member Since 2015

    Big Dave

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    "dresden is awesome. ..... fact!"

    absolutely loved this series and it just keeps getting better. great fun and brilliant storytelling by butcher. excellent twists and turns everything you need in a story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • daryl
    16/11/15
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    "Another solid addition to the Dresden Files."

    An excellent reading by the voice of Harry Dresden (I've decided that is now James Marsters persona). I've blitzed through 7gh all 15 audio books in the main series this past month and love them all.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • misstrishhhh
    Harrogate, England
    29/06/15
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    "Fantastic!"

    James Marsters gives a brilliant performance of a beautifully written story. Everyone should experience this!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • david
    Ararat, Australia
    27/04/15
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    "Another fantastic read"

    This was as expected awesome. As always Jim Butcher is a genius and brings the reader to a remarkable world and story. James Master does a great performance as usual and is well suited to the story. A must listen book :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Glenecollins
    04/03/15
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    "Exalent story told brilliantly"

    I love the Dresden files and the narration is as excellent as always. X x x x x x x

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    North Shore City, New Zealand
    19/06/14
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    "Best Dresden book yet!"
    If you could sum up Skin Game in three words, what would they be?

    Non stop action!


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the best Dresden Files books in the series. Liked how it brings back so many characters from previous books and intertwines them in ways I didn't see coming.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He nailed Dresden again!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Hell's Bells man!


    Any additional comments?

    Keep them coming!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Denis
    14/06/14
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    "Jim Butcher scores again"
    Where does Skin Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Among the highest.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    At this point? All of them really.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    That's pretty much what I did.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher and James Marsters created something wonderful, again.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nathan
    Glen Bernie, MD, United States
    10/06/14
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    "Will not disappoint"

    Jim Butcher delivers another fantastic Dresden file. This book completes brings a couple of long story arcs to a satisfying and in some cases surprising close, only to throw a few more spanners in the works and leave us eagerly anticipating the next chapter.

    There is some excellent character development with moments to both cringe and cheer for our favourite good guys. Plus plenty of Dresden wit and very up to date pop culture references to keep us amused, one in particular almost groan worthy but both hilarious and uplifting at the same time.

    As always five stars for James Masters narration. Flawless character definition, comedic timing and every emotion where it should be.

    The only flaw is the time we will now have to wait for the story to continue.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Todd
    Orange, Australia
    05/06/14
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    "The Denarians return"

    Harry Dresden, Chicago’s only wizard-for-hire and Knight of the Winter Court is back for more supernatural action. This time he is called upon by Queen Mab to assist in breaking into the most heavily fortified vault in existence: the personal vault of Hades, Lord of the Underworld. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Harry must ally himself with Nicodemus and the Denarians in the heist, courtesy of a debt required to be repayed by Mab to the fallen angel.

    The story starts slower than is usual for the series, with a lot of character introductions and planning of the heist. It isn’t until the last third of the book that the mayhem the series is known for breaks out, and once we get there it is worth the ride. Harry is as wise-cracking in his smartassery as always and we even see the return of an old friend to watch his back.

    Marsters is back to narrate again and does a steller job as always. He is hands down one of the best in the business and his personality lends every character a lot of weight. But he really shines when voicing Dresden. His voice has just the right tone to convey every nuance of the character. Now the arduous wait for the next novel begins…

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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