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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher #2020AudiobookChallenge

Hello fellow bookworms, today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher. Book 8 in his bestselling urban fantasy series, The Dresden Files.

What’s Proven Guilty about?

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Proven Guilty (The Dresden Files #8) by Jim Butcher #2020AudiobookChallengeMy Rating:
Title: Proven Guilty by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #8
Published by Hachette UK, Penguin Audio on 4 March 2010, 28th December 2008
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Occult & Supernatural, Urban, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Detective, Paranormal, Private Investigators, Urban Fantasy, Witchcraft
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 16 hours 16 minutes
No. of Pages: 528

Meet Harry Dresden, Chicago's first (and only) Wizard P.I. Turns out the 'everyday' world is full of strange and magical things - and most of them don't play well with humans. That's where Harry comes in.

Harry has no friends on the White Council of Wizards, who find him brash and undisciplined (and they may have a point). However, now vampire wars have thinned out the wizards a little, they need him. So before he can blink, he's assigned to investigate rumours of black magic.

Harry's other problem is an old friend's daughter - all grown-up and in trouble already. Her boyfriend insists he's innocent of something resembling a crime straight out of a horror film. This first impression turns out to be . . . well, pretty accurate, as Harry discovers malevolent entities feeding on fear.

All in a day's work for a wizard, his dog, and a talking skull named Bob.

Magic - it can get a guy killed.


Source: Bought
Formats Available: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
Purchase Links: Books2Read - Universal Link ¦ Audible* ¦ Book Depository*

Listened To: 5th – 15th April 2021


In 2020, I set myself the long-overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge I still haven’t completed some of the larger series on my list. However, I’m happy to be able to check off another book from one of them. I started The Dresden Files back in 2018! Eek!

What did I think of Proven Guilty?

Another Gripping Story To Add To This Amazing Series.

I feel exhausted! My buds were in my ears at every waking moment. 

I’m devouring the books in this series; each one so far has held me gripped. The Dresden Files is becoming one of my favourite reads. The magic and paranormal abilities found in these stories feel believable, real, as do the characters. They’re multifaceted creations that have credibility; with depth and layers to their personalities. Good or bad, light or dark is an illusion, the reality is a myriad of shades of grey.

Proven Guilty has all the aspects perfectly blended to create a gripping book.

There’s a great balance between the various building blocks of this story: Mystery, crime, thriller, horror, detective, and the paranormal. Jim Butcher blends the more brutal aspects with well-written humour, love, friendship and hope. This mix helps to keep the story from being too dark and heavy. The pace was once again continual, the threats on Harry’s life raining down on us like a storm. There are revelations in Proven Guilty that took my breath away and aspects of the White Council that I’m hoping will be tackled in the future. I enjoyed trying to second guess what would happen next and how Harry would get out of the various deadly situations he inevitably found himself in.

James Marsters performance was, once again, amazing.

The pace at which James read the narrative was great, adding just the right amount of emotion to his performance to transport me into each scene. The voices he’s created for each character adds another level of credibility to the dialogue. I feel that James has personified our protagonist. Bringing Harry to life in his narration of this series.

In short, Proven Guilty is a gripping audiobook.

There’s no life-or-death cliffhanger at the end. However, it’s part of an ongoing series so don’t expect all the loose ends to be neatly tied up. 😉 Harry may have won the battles in this book, but, we’re left with no doubt that he’ll need to face many more in the future. I for one, can’t wait to find out what adventures Harry is forced to go on next.

About Jim Butcher

Author - Jim Butcher (Photo by Karen Hacker)

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.

Jim goes by the moniker Longshot in a number of online locales. He came by this name in the early 1990′s when he decided he would become a published author. Usually only 3 in 1000 who make such an attempt actually manage to become published; of those, only 1 in 10 make enough money to call it a living. The sale of a second series was the breakthrough that let him beat the long odds against attaining a career as a novelist.

All the same, he refuses to change his nickname.

And because I love James’s narration so much, here’s his bio too.

About James Marsters

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James Marsters is an American actor and musician best known for the role of the vampire Spike in Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel series. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-O and The Super Hero Squad Show. As a narrator, he is the voice of the Dresden Files audiobooks, a supernatural detective series by Jim Butcher.

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my thoughts about Proven Guilty. Have you read this one or any others by Jim Butcher? I’d love to hear from you, drop me a comment below so that we can chat books.

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My love of The Dresden Files means that you count Jim Butcher as one of my favourite authors. Before you go, check out which other amazing authors are on my list. Is YOUR favourite on it? 😉

Bye for now,

Flora x

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I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog - www.florasmusings.com

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