Audiobook Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher (Narrator: James Marsters)

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The Dresden Files #5
Jim Butcher (Narrator: James Marsters)
Urban Fantasy
Penguin Audiobooks
October 29th 2009
11 hours and 21 minutes


Harry Dresden, Chicago's only practicing professional wizard, should be happy that business is pretty good for a change. But now he's getting more than he bargained for:

A duel with the Red Court of Vampires' champion, who must kill Harry to end the war between vampires and wizards...

Professional hit men using Harry for target practice...

The missing Shroud of Turin...

A handless and headless corpse the Chicago police need identified...

Not to mention the return of Harry's ex-girlfriend Susan, who's still struggling with her semi-vampiric nature. And who seems to have a new man in her life.

Some days, it just doesn't pay to get out of bed. No matter how much you're charging.


Death Masks is book five in The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher.

I’ve been enjoy The Dresden Files. This time instead of reading I decide to give the audiobook a try. I have to say Narrator James Marsters was outstanding. He brought all the characters to life. Harry’s voice was just what I expected it to sound like. It was perfection. I plan to try out more in The Dresden Files series in audiobook formate. It was a superb listen.

As for the plot well several things are happening in this installment and not all of it was good. We have some grey areas, some bad, and some good. Harry’s got a lot to deal with.

Susan comes back to say good bye for good and to warn him. She’s been gone a year with no contact and just shows up out of the blue. She could have called Harry, but nope she’s back and finds herself involved in Harry’s investigation. Having her back is painful for him. I’m ready for her to go and not return. Close that door, please…

Besides Susan returning, he’s been sent out on another case to find a missing artifact and their’s a prophecy that involves him and this artifact. Oh Boy!! He’s got choices to make, but their are things that you just can’t walk away from.

And, last the Red Court still wants Harry dead and the war is going strong between Vampires and Wizards. As you can see so much to deal with. What could go wrong?

Death Masks brings us Demons, Vampires, a possible Apocalypse and so much more. I had a fabulous time listening to this story. The audio was well worth listing too. Can’t wait to see what happens next to Harry.

Rated: 4 Stars


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I'm an outdoor sun loving reader living near San Fransisco. I’m a mother, wife, animal & book lover. I'm the owner, reviewer & mind behind Angel’s Guilty Pleasures. My favorite animals are horses & dogs. As for reading I love all things paranormal & urban fantasy & my favorite shifters are dragons.

8 comments on “Audiobook Review: Death Masks (The Dresden Files #5) by Jim Butcher (Narrator: James Marsters)

  1. This series takes some really dark turns. I’m glad you gave Marsters a try. I think he does a great job with this series. I can’t imagine reading the series after listening to them.

    • I’m with you Melanie. I started out reading, but now that I’ve done the one audiobook I’m hooked and picking them up, as long as they are available at my library in audio. I don’t want to go back to reading them unless I have too. Masters was amazing!

  2. Great review Angela!! Shared on all my socials!!

    • Thank you!

  3. You know Angela as a huge fantasy fan I’ve yet to read him. That should change 🙂

    • It took me 3years to pick up this series. When I started blogging this was one of the series that kept getting recommended to me. I finally picked it up this year and I’ve very much enjoyed reading the adventures Dresden gets into, but I have to say the audiobook was pretty amazing too. Brought out Dresden. I’m waiting for the next audio to be available from my library ^_^.

  4. I only tried the first book of this author but I wasn’t a big fan…

    • Not everyone enjoys the same thing. At least you gave it go. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a male lead, but I’ve been very much enjoying Dresden and the adventures he gets himself into.