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Proven Guilty Audiobook

Proven Guilty: The Dresden Files, Book 8

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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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    Brody 05/04/2015
    Brody 05/04/2015
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    "phwoar"

    The further I get into the series, the more and more I want to keep going, I don't know how Jim does it but I just cannot get enough, James also does a hell of a job breathing life into the characters male and female alike, whether its the great writing of just great voicing I'll let you decide on that one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eleanor 20/12/2015
    Eleanor 20/12/2015 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best so far!"

    James Marsters is great as always, and Jim Butcher's Dresden Files story just gets better and better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kent 16/09/2015
    Kent 16/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "awesome story"

    Great story done by a nice guy Jim Butcher, James Marsters dose a awesome job.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Justin 25/04/2015
    Justin 25/04/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent"

    Can't get enough. Excellent stories told by an amazing narrator. Leaves me wanting more and more. Can't recommend this series enough

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  • Darran
    santa ana, CA, USA
    11/07/09
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    "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!

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Isaac
    31/05/10
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    "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.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Indianapolis, IN, USA
    21/05/09
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    "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!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • RabidReads
    9/10/15
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    "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.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • beth
    LEAGUE CITY, TX, United States
    27/09/11
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    madison, MS, United States
    23/12/13
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    "The faeries are back."

    This one is where Molly Carpenter really becomes a major character in the series. harry is asked to investigate a series of attacks at a horror convention. This of course turns into a total donnybrook. Faeries, vampires and Charity Carpenter suits up to take a bite out of crime. Narrarator is stellar as always.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • B. Skaggs
    United States
    27/08/12
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Teahouse Fox
    MD, United States
    26/08/11
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Melissa
    Walnut Creek, CA, United States
    26/12/09
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    "You can listen out order, but..."

    Books 6 and 7 aren't published in audiobooks until April 2010. I've heard 1 thru 5 - I'll just skip to book 8. Skipping ahead didn't detract from my enjoyment of the story, but it's clear that things have happened in Harry's live that would have increased my enjoyment of the story. There are a number of references to previous adventures (that I hope will be covered in 6 and 7) that would have helped me understand, not necessarily what was going on, but why it was happening the way it was happening. All that aside, I needed a Dresden fix. This is a thoroughly entertaining story, and I'll get to listen to it again after I've heard 6 and 7.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Daniel
    3/12/09
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    "Amazing"

    The story is gripping and the James Marsters is brilliant!!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Aleksandra
    Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
    13/12/13
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    "Dark mood and surprising twists"

    This book, for some reason, was not captivating for me as the others were. I took me about 20 days to finish it, which was never case before. The entire mood and the atmosphere of the book was darker than usual, and so many action in the plot got me thinking "Again, really?"
    My favorite character is getting to be Mouse...
    But there are some very surprising twists in the story that really make it worthwhile. Won't say what, but I surely didn't see it coming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • gillbee16
    11/11/15
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    "Different each book each time fab!!"

    Funny, dry humour and wonderful narration. Normally with book series, a similar plot is rolled out but each book is fresh, funny and slowly winding up the tension for the next instalment, without feeling cheated. Love it

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Isobel
    Shipley, United Kingdom
    7/04/13
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    "Classic Fantasy"

    This eighth book in the Dresden Files catalogue holds much promise of what is to come. Set in (more or less) present day Chicago it is a compelling mixture of magic and human issues. It highlights both the advantages and disadvantages of being a practising wizard in the world of today. Having to live alongside technology when it is likely to fall apart just because of your presence is only one of the problems that Harry Dresden has to overcome in a world which has lost sight of it's connections with otherworldly prescences inherent in life. The fact that it is narrated by Spike from Buffy is an added bonus.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • avery
    BINGHAMTON, NY, United States
    31/10/16
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    "A great story"

    With The Dresdon Files there are many mistakes throughout the series, mainly to do with the timeline, like in one book you will hear mention of something happening a year ago, then something that happened at the same time, they will mention it happening two years ago; but aside from that, the story is great, immersive even. And to top it all off, the story only gets better as it goes. I mean, I do have some qualms, like the relationships, Harry has some; but a lot of the time it seems that he is just meant to suffer in that hero, masochistic, martyr fashion...it can get annoying.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Miss J E Hanlon
    28/03/16
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    "The best yet"

    I really enjoy this series, it's superbly written with intelligence and wit, and this book is the best yet. And as ever, James Marsters is just perfect.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • RGM9588
    London, United Kingdom
    21/03/16
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    "Yet another Harry Dresden classic"

    Loved this book, great story, brilliantly told, I have no hesitation in recommending this series to anyone!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David White
    14/02/16
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    "Another good story. Dresden is amazing."

    Enjoyed the story. Not sure if the synopsis is correct as it has very little to do with Morgan.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul (Shropshire) the Shire with no Hobbits
    10/01/16
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    "Another great book from Jim Butcher"

    Another great book, I have enjoyed them all so far I wish that someone would have another go at a tv series if things like true blood can do so well so can Harry and his friends. I also hope that James Marsters narrates all the remaining book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    13/12/15
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    "Along came Molly"


    Story – 5/5

    Wow - yet again a great Dresden novel amongst the many released. It will be such a shame when these come to an end.

    This one adds some interesting new characters into the mix, and brings back Michael (who is a personal favourite of mine) and his family. Movie monsters coming to life? Traitors amongst the White Council, which Dresden is now a Warden of? What's not to like. Some great action again, and a few twists and turns as we have come to love in these novels.


    Performance – 5/5

    James Marsters was perfect again, and really performs this book to enhance the experience for the listener. Distinct voice acting, atmosphere, comedy execution, and excitement – He has it all and is one of the few narrators I provide regular 5-star reviews to.


    Overall – 5/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR
    8/12/15
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    "Best one yet"

    Seriously, if this series gets any better I'm going to start having anxiety attacks or something.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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