by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #14.5
Narrator: Julia Whelan, Full Cast
Length: 11 hours and 3 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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In this dark and gritty collection - featuring short stories from Jim Butcher, Seanan McGuire, Kevin J. Anderson, and Rob Thurman - nothing is as simple as black and white, light and dark, good and evil....
Unfortunately, that's exactly what makes it so easy to cross the line.
In number-one New York Times best-selling author Jim Butcher's "Cold Case", Molly Carpenter - Harry Dresden's apprentice-turned-Winter Lady - must collect a tribute from a remote Fae colony and discovers that even if you're a good girl, sometimes you have to be bad.
New York Times best-selling author Seanan McGuire's "Sleepover" finds half-succubus Elsie Harrington kidnapped by a group of desperate teenage boys. Not for anything weird. They just need her to rescue a little girl from the boogeyman. No biggie.
In New York Times best-selling Kevin J. Anderson's "Eye of Newt", Zombie PI Dan Shamble's latest client is a panicky lizard missing an eye who thinks someone wants him dead. But the truth is that someone only wants him for a very special dinner....
And New York Times best-selling author Rob Thurman's infernally heroic Caliban Leandros takes a trip down memory lane as he deals with some overdue - and nightmarish - vengeance involving some quite nasty "Impossible Monsters".
Also includes stories by Tanya Huff, Kat Richardson, Jim C. Hines, Anton Strout, Lucy A. Snyder, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, and Erik Scott de Bie.
I didn’t even realize this was an anthology when I purchased the Dresden Files on Audible. The anthology features Cold Case, Dresden 14.5 and focuses on Molly. Julia Whelan narrates and holy snowballs it was good. The Shadows Souls collection is a feast for audio and urban fantasy fans. Dark and delicious!
Introduction by Kerri Hughes, read by Julia Whelan. The Foreword was written and read by Jim Butcher. I love gaining insight into this brilliant mind and savior these conversations.
- COLD CASE by Jim Butcher, read by Julia Whelan. The tale gives us Molly’s perspective in her new role. Mab just loves giving her lessons! This was excellent from the magic to the threat. Grasshopper is clever but at what cost? I have long loved Julia Whelan and felt she did an outstanding job even if I missed Marsters.
- SLEEPOVER by Seanan McGuire, read by Emily Rankin (InCryptid World). This is a short story about another Price family member and will give you a taste of the series unique world. It isn’t necessary to have read the series but a treat if you have. Elise is a succubus, but not quite like you think. When she is kidnapped by a group of teens she is annoyed, until she discovers why. I enjoyed Emily Rankin narration and was pleased to see this series/author in the mix.
- IF WISHES WERE by Tanya Huff, read by Justine Eyre (Vicki Nelson series). I really enjoyed this one about a vampire PI dealing with a gin and the inevitable loss of someone she cares deeply for. This is what i love about anthologies. I discover series I want to read. Justine Eyre did a stellar job with the narration.
- SOLUS by Anton Strout, read by David de Vries. Psychometry and a secret agency that regulates the paranormal world. Hells yes! Banter and a castle filled with ghosts have me wanting to discover more of Strout’s writings. I enjoyed David de Vries narration.
- PEACOCK IN HELL by Kat Richardson, read by Mia Barron. I love Kat Richardson. Her Greywalker series is one of my favorite urban fantasy series, and I enjoyed her science fiction debut. Peacock is sent to hell to retrieve someone. While this felt like it was part of a whole series, it was fascinating and left me wanting more. Mia Barron was fantastic giving voice and tone to the characters.
- EYE OF NEWT by Kevin J. Anderson, read by Jon Lindstrom. This was hilarious. A zombie PI helps a newt. I loved this. It wasn’t at all dark, but featured a crazy world I’d like to visit again. Jon Lindstrom did a bangup job with the voices.
- WHAT DWELLS WITHIN by Lucy A. Snyder, read by Julia Whelan. Of course I love Whelan as narrator. This was an interesting story about a witch with a unique familiar. The world was interesting, but I needed more explanation. It features Jessie from the Jessie Shimmer series. I’ve added the first book to my bookshelf.
- HUNTER, HEALER by Jim C. Hines, read by Sumalee Montano. This was an interesting tale about a two-souled woman, her crazy father and her unique abilities. Her assistant had the foulest mouth and I couldn’t help but laugh. I had hoped to discover a series, but struck out. Sumalee Montano offered delightful voices to this narration.
- BAGGAGE by Erik Scott de Bie, read by Mozhan Marno. This was a new to me author and narrator. The story features a retired superhero who drinks to keep things in check. In this tale she ends up tackling something evil. I am curious about V and this world. The narration was well done.
- SALES. FORCE by Kristine Kathryn Rusch, read by Karissa Vacker. What if you suffered a terrible loss? What if a potion could magically take the pain away. Our heroine is tested on her latest assignment from her employer. This was an interesting tale and I would love to know more about the agency she works for. Karissa Vacker offered a nice listen and captured the protagonists emotions.
- IMPOSSIBLE MONSTERS by Rob Thurman, read by Macleod Andrews. This is a story from the world of the Cal Leandros series and narrated by one of my favorite narrators. Cal is a half-demon and a visit to an old teacher turns grim. I think this was one of the darkest in the anthology and I’ve added the series to my backlist.
This was a stellar anthology with interesting stories and a variety of authors. Let these narrators read you a bedtime story each night.Shadowed Souls by Jim Butcher and various authors was a superb collection of dark and gritty #UrbanFantasy #JIAM #loveaudiobooks Click To Tweet