Review: Blood Rites by Jim Butcher

February 28, 2014 2014, Audiobook Challenge, B+, book rating, Goodreads, reviews, TBR Pile 0

I’m participating in the TBR Pile Challenge hosted at the Bookish blog. I’ve had this Audible version of Blood Rites on my Kindle Fire for a long time! When I came across it as I was browsing my Audible books I realized it was the next book in the series so I promptly started listening.

I’m also participating in the Book Bingo Challenge. Since this is an Audible audiobook it also fits with the Audiobook Challenge hosted by Hot Listens and The Book Nympho blogs.

blood-ritesBlood Rites
by Jim Butcher
Narrated by James Marsters
Series: The Dresden Files, Book 6
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Published by Roc, 2004
Audiobook, Purchased
372 pages (13+ hours)
Grade: B+
Narrator Grade: B+
Synopsis: For Harry Dresden, there have been worse assignments than going undercover on the set of an adult film. Still, there’s something more troubling than usual about his newest case. The film’s producer believes he’s the target of a sinister curse-but it’s the women around him who are dying.

Harry’s even more frustrated because he only got involved with this bizarre mystery as a favor to Thomas-his flirtatious, self-absorbed vampire acquaintance of dubious integrity. Thomas has a personal stake in the case Harry can’t quite figure out. But Harry is about to discover that Thomas’ family tree has been hiding a shocking revelation that will change his life forever…

Over the course of many encounters and many years, I have successfully developed a standard operating procedure for dealing with big, nasty monsters.

Run away.


“I wish I worried about my uncle’s opinions, and had problems to work out with my mom. Hell, I’d settle for knowing what her voice sounded like.” I put a hand on her shoulder. “Trite but true—you don’t know what you have until it’s gone. People change. The world changes. And sooner or later you lose people you care about. If you don’t mind some advice from someone who doesn’t know much about families, I can tell you this: Don’t take yours for granted. It might feel like all of them will always be there. But they won’t.”

What worked for me:

  • I like the beginning of the book with Harry rescuing puppies! The puppy in this book is very cute and since I like dogs and cats I always like hearing about Harry’s cat Mister and now he seems to have a puppy. Very nice!
  • The movie at the center of this story is an “adult” movie which makes sense based on the facts of the story. I found it kind of funny when Harry discovers this.
  • In this book Harry finds out things about his personal life and family–some good and some bad.
  • We also see more of Murphy in this book and learn about her family and her insecurities. I like we learn more about secondary characters as the books continue.
  • Like any good series as Harry learns about people in his life it sometimes feels like betrayal to him. Sometimes he doesn’t quite know how to react. All very true-to-life reactions.
  • We find out more about things which happen in earlier books. I like the overall arc going on.
  • I like the narrator, James Marsters. He has a good voice for the stories.
  • We find out more about the different types of vampires. Jim Butcher has created an interesting world with lots of different supernatural beings.

What didn’t work:

  • Though I like James Marsters’ narration I think I missed some of the nuances so I’m going to stick to the books after this. I listen to audiobooks while I’m doing other things–cooking dinner, cruising the internet, working on cards so my full attention isn’t always on the book.

My thoughts:

I like the direction the books are going. They are more complex with more characters. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Have you read any books in this series? How do you like them?



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