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Proven Guilty

The Dresden Files, Book 8
Lu par : James Marsters
Série : The Dresden Files, Volume 8
Durée : 16 h et 15 min
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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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  • RabidReads
  • 09/10/2015

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
  • 11/07/2009

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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  • Isaac
  • 31/05/2010

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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  • beth
  • 27/09/2011

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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  • audiobabe
  • 07/01/2017

Love the Series, This One Predictable

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So I love this series and the current overarching story line is compelling. That being said, this one was not as good as the last 7. Yes, 7 good and one meh, is a pretty good record. Once you have read the other books, this one is very predictable. I knew what would happen, give or take some details, every chapter. I often stop reading series once they get predictable like this, but I have been prompted by friends to read on, as the story line is still worth it after this book. The writing style itself was rather repetitive too. Drinking each time I heard that a character "arched an eyebrow" would have literally killed me.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

Exactly as expected.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

I love his voice and the way he brings a film noir classic gum shoe vibe to the story. It's perfect and makes Harry a very believable character.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Well, since I would have seen all the prior ones, I would probably see this one too. I mean, are you really not going to keep going to Star Wars movies each time there's a mediocre one? Nope.

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  • Stephen
  • 21/05/2009

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
  • 27/08/2012

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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  • Teahouse Fox
  • 26/08/2011

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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  • Mr Dangerous
  • 12/06/2019

Obvious...

While i enjoy the Dresden series, this one was a bit disappointing. The plot was pretty weak. This so far was the weakest Harry story so far. Almost as if it was a filler book.

I always enjoy Masters read for Harry.

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  • L. Prescott
  • 24/08/2016

Same old dresden

Not my favorite story so far, but good building blocks to the series. If you're this far hopefully you have listened to James Marsters already.

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  • Konstantinos
  • 06/10/2019

Great book

This books will make it difficult to choose your favourite book in the series. The performance is also amazing.

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  • Freed
  • 20/12/2018

somewhat predictable but very epic

In short: if you liked any Dresden boom before you will like this. If you didn't listen to one start at the beginning and listen to them all. definitely a recommendation.

The series keeps getting better and better every book. You would think that is not possible when the previous books set the bar this high but Dresden does not disappoint. The overall story in this one was a little predictable at points, but that did hardly matter as the remaining story around it was full of surprises and kept the pace like the previous books mounting to epic proportions at some points. Otherwise it contains all the pieces of other Dresden stories. Some detective work. Epic magics, stupid jokes :)
I especially liked the fae parts as they are very unpredictable. I also like the white council politics that slowly thicken as they add some more long term depth to everything.
A slight con is the somewhat repeating picture of "tired Dresden" I know that this somewhat constitutes the image of the lone detective. But when the book is in chapter 4 and he already complains the state itself looses its importance.

James Marsters is, as always, doing a fantastic job making me believe that he, Dresden, is telling me the story. He has improved in regard to the first book quite dramatically but with each one gets better and better.

9.6 out of 10 would listen again.

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  • Manfred L.
  • 05/12/2017

it just gets bettet

this series just keeps getting better and better. I am already looking forward to get the next book startet

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  • Kai Fabricius
  • 13/08/2016

Langweiliger Beginn, tolles Finale

So, der achte Teil der Dresden Saga… Am Anfang ist es wie eine Standard Horror Geschichte… Leinwand Monster, die in die reale Welt übertreten... Haben wir alles schon gehört und gelesen und im Fernsehen gesehen. Ab der Hälfte macht das Buch allerdings eine schöne Wendung bis zu einem fulminanten Finale. So hinterlässt es ein gutes Gefühl und eine Vorfreude auf das nächste Buch. Zu empfehlen, allerdings muss man sich durch den Anfang durch kämpfen.