Ghost Story by Jim Butcher

May 28th, 2019 Kimberly Review 20 Comments

28th May
Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
Ghost Story
by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #13
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 17 hours and 36 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Purchase
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
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Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.4x

Chicago wizard Harry Dresden gets a taste of the dead life in this novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling series.

In his life, Harry’s been shot, stabbed, sliced, beaten, burned, crushed, and tortured. And after someone puts a bullet through his chest and leaves him to die in the waters of Lake Michigan, things really start going downhill.

Trapped between life and death, he learns that his friends are in serious trouble. Only by finding his murderer can he save his friends and move on—a feat which would be a lot easier if he had a body and access to his powers. Worse still are the malevolent shadows that roam Chicago, controlled by a dark entity that wants Harry to suffer even in death.

Now, the late Harry Dresden will have to pull off the ultimate trick without using any magic—or face an eternity as just another lost soul...

magical MURDERMYSTERY paranormal urban

After the events of the last novel I was a tad worried about how everything would play out. Ghost Story, the thirteenth novel in the Dresden Files was an addictive, sad, funny, twisted tale that kept me listening into the wee hours.

Several months have passed since Harry’s “death” although his body has never been recovered.  In the meantime, Chicago has gone to shit.

Harry awakens to find he is somewhere in between the living and the dead. Carmichael, Murphy’s old partner pulls him in to meet the Captain. They task him with finding his killer and restoring balance. I really wondered where Butcher would take things. Harry’s death has messed Molly up and I found myself worried about her. Murphy, Butters and the werewolves have joined forces to protect Chicago along with others. The events in Changes have has far-reaching effects beyond what Harry imagined.

The bits with Butters and the geeky stuff…hilarious! I freaking love his new roommate. I can say no more. Spoilers, darling.

Fighting specters, opened gates, and battles await you. but first we need Mortimer and Sir Stuart (whom I loved). Harry finds himself powerless and a complete noob to the rules of the dead. This provided some humor, but also created obstacles. As usual Harry risks afterlife and bends the rules.

This story read much like an ending to the series. Harry comes to terms with things and the whodunit…wowsers! Had I not known there are more stories I would have wept like a baby.

Butcher weaved danger, twists and humorous moments as I held my breath wondering how he would make things right. Speeches, nods to fandoms, and a killer ending left me reaching for Cold Days.

James Marsters narrates, but I saw that he was not the first. I am glad I came to this series late and got to experience Marsters as the narrator. He has become the voice of Harry and these characters. Why mess with perfection?

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About Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri. Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

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20 Responses to “Ghost Story by Jim Butcher”

  1. Anne - Books of My Heart

    Fantastic! Yes I saw at the library there were some with the old narrator which I had no interest in them. I thought the novella in Side Jobs was pretty important going into this story. Luckily I was reading every single thing in this series and they’ve done a great job of putting a group of the novellas into a book.

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  2. Jen

    I originally got this one from the library and they still had the original narrator, so I immediately purchased it on Audible. Yes, fans were so upset that Marsters wasn’t available to narrate this one, that (I believe) Audible paid to have it rerecorded and gave it to all those who purchased the first version!

    This one was a tough one, I am definitely going to re-read this series soon. Thanks!

  3. Carla

    Wonderful review, sounds like you really enjoyed this series. I don’t think I have listened to anything with this narrator, but good to know he did a great job. I need to start making a list of recommended narrators.

  4. sjhigbee

    I find myself wishing I’d heard this story, rather than read it as I think I would have enjoyed it far more as an audiobook. As it was, I found it rather stressful read… Thank you for a great review, Kimberly:)

  5. Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

    Butters sounds like an awesome character! I love it when a character can make you laugh! The battles and dangerous twists sound like this story was such an awesome page turner! Excellent Review Kim!