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The White Council of Wizards has drafted Harry Dresden as a Warden and assigned him to look into rumors of black magic in Chicago. Malevolent entities that feed on fear are loose in the Windy City, but it's all in a day's work for a wizard, his faithful dog, and a talking skull named Bob.
©2007 Jim Butcher (P)2009 Penguin

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  • Aleksandra
  • Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • 13-12-13

Dark mood and surprising twists

This book, for some reason, was not captivating for me as the others were. I took me about 20 days to finish it, which was never case before. The entire mood and the atmosphere of the book was darker than usual, and so many action in the plot got me thinking "Again, really?"
My favorite character is getting to be Mouse...
But there are some very surprising twists in the story that really make it worthwhile. Won't say what, but I surely didn't see it coming.

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Different each book each time fab!!

Funny, dry humour and wonderful narration. Normally with book series, a similar plot is rolled out but each book is fresh, funny and slowly winding up the tension for the next instalment, without feeling cheated. Love it

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Captivating

This continues to blow me away. The voice acting is fantastic and the story just keeps getting better and better.

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Fabulous... again

Fabulous... again, and again. James does a brilliant job with Harry. One of the best audio combinations.

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Vintage Dresden

There is almost nothing to criticise about this volume of the Dresden Files. It's a fascinating, labyrinthine story, with characters that leap off the page into your room and slap you about until you're having fun (metaphorically speaking, of course, 'cause that couldn't actually happen, could it?). At least two familiar characters are transformed, and there are some sweet treats in the form of tantalising clues toward the overarching series arc. I do have a quibble. Harry has protested a good deal about his tendency towards chivalry to a fault, but I fear he doth protest too much, since certain gender 'notes' are uncomfortable to say the least. Still, though, this is my favourite story so far, and it's encouraging to be able to say that so far into a series.

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  • Theodore
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 18-03-18

Mmmmm

The story line is getting better and more intriguing and Marsters' narration is light-years better than it was in Storm Front. I enjoyed ever second of it.
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Better than the last

This book was a serious improvement on the previous few and I've decided to stick with the series for a bit longer.

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Typical Harry Dresden

Completely normal for this series, funny, emotional, great thrills, and the twist at the end just makes me want more.

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Brilliant

Love the Dresden files. Cannot seem to stop since starting. another great book. James Marsters gets into it the more I listen to.

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A little slow to start

A little slow to start, even though lots of action was happening, doesn't really feel that the plot is - but stick in there because it is probably my favourite of the series so far.

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  • RabidReads
  • 09-10-15

Plan of attack

The horror convention setting was great fun, and I enjoyed watching Harry adjust to his new role as Warden because doing the right thing, and enforcing the laws of magic aren't always synonymous, and a bit of tough love ensues. Charity opened up some as a character which brought on a few interesting new developments, although whether Molly Carpenter will add any value to this universe is still up in the air. I see potential, but another male Urban Fantasy author whom I'm a fan of attempted something similar, and the results were disappointing. It'll all come down to Butcher's plan of attack. Future story line speculation aside, PROVEN GUILTY did this series proud.

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  • Darran
  • 11-07-09

Great listening experience

First, let me say that I was turned on to the hard copy books initially and loved the series from the start. Then I started travelling more for work and was nervous about having them in audio format starting with this book, #8. No need to worry, it was even better than I could have hoped for. James Marsters does a GREAT job of bringing the story and people to life. His intonations, laughs and accents really help to make this an exciting listen. I have actually found myself driving around the block of my customers locations a few times just to get to the end of a chapter for a stopping point. Just like a book you can't put down. I strongly suggest you start with the books in order, now that they are available, to help understand the story development fully. It is good to watch Harry Dresden grow from the beginning and know where the other players come in at and get the background foundation. I am now up to book #11 and they just keep getting better. I rate these books as 5 stars due to the story line and the excellent narration. Well done!

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  • beth
  • 27-09-11

Hell's Bell's Harry!

Fabulous book with an intriguing cast of characters and a convoluted unpredictable story that kept me guessing. Molly Carpenter is the daughter of Harry's good friend and she has gotten herself in a bad situation that only magic can solve. Horror movie monsters are slaughtering the innocent and black magic is staining Chicago. Something must be done and Harry is the man for the job. Jim Marster's narration is perfect. I will never read a Dresden book because Marster's voice will always be Harry to me.

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  • Isaac
  • 31-05-10

Not the book to start the series with, but...

Dresden emerges as a great man in this (what I think is the best so far), the eight book of the series. Before Harry has chosen to do what was needed against the greatest odds, to protect the innocent and right the wrong. In this book, he puts his soul as well as his life on the line to bring about reconciliation, and to some extent redemption for those around him deserving or just plain needing it.

In this book Jim Butcher gives us deeper glimpses of the greater mystery and moves us to a better view of the higher meaning of Harry's struggles. He does so honestly, and convincingly.

This is not the Dresden story to jump into the series with (personally I recommend starting at the beginning). There are two many important character developments that take place in earlier books needed to grasp the scope of this book. If you are following the series though, you will find this story poignant and moving. A transition of young and fragmented Harry to Harry the man.

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  • Teahouse Fox
  • 26-08-11

Harry comes full circle with his youth

The publisher's summary leaves much to be desired. This particular installment of The Dresden Files should not be missed.

Harry gets a call from the oldest daughter of one his closest friends, Michael Carpenter. Molly is in more trouble than she knows, and Harry "An Innocent Bystander" at SplatterCon!!! gets in it up to his neck.
Jim Butcher as always is a master at developing these wonderful characters. You get more information about the Carpenters, and awesome Charity development. You kinda forgive her for treating Harry like trash until now.

In the end Harry comes face to face with some of the demons of his past, resurrected at the sight of watching an untrained wizard sentenced to a miserable end by the White Council. He'll have to pull a rabbit out of his hat to prevent the same fate befalling someone he's driven to protect they way he himself was protected at the same age.

As always, awesome writing by Butcher, and awesome performance by Marsters.

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  • Daniel
  • 03-12-09

Amazing

The story is gripping and the James Marsters is brilliant!!

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  • Stephen
  • 21-05-09

Kudos to all involved!

I've not read any of the Dresden Files books previously and was worried about starting at book 8 (the first 7 not available in audio). I needn't have worried. Butcher does a great job with catching up new readers without making it sound like exposition. The characters are marvelous and brought stunningly to life by James Marsters. I'll certainly be getting all the other Dresden Files available!

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  • B. Skaggs
  • 27-08-12

Excellent Venture into the World of Dresden

What made the experience of listening to Proven Guilty the most enjoyable?

The narrator did an excellent job and was very enjoyable.

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

Harry

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

Nope, I wanted to space it out and make it last longer.

Any additional comments?

The book moves the series along and starts more plot threads for the future...a very enjoyable read if you are into this series.

Not recommended if you have not had previous experience with this series...start with Storm Front and work your way towards this great adventure.

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  • green ice cream garden
  • 11-01-16

Better than 7, now I want 9

Is it possible for a guy to have more girl trouble? Don't think so. I enjoyed this one more than the last two because it wasn't overly complicated and it advanced story lines. I was hoping to put down the series but, maybe not yet.

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  • Jan
  • 25-03-15

Butcher and Marsters do it again!

Dresden files are compelling and addictive. Get your ears stuck on a Marsters rendition and you simply canNOT lose!

2 of 2 people found this review helpful