A good thriller and a very good reader. The story is dense with twists and characters, so it might demand more attention than first expected.
I'd heard so many good reviews of this series I wanted to try it out. I gave it two books, but I have to say I find myself wishing for the end of the book so I wouldn't have to listen anymore. It's very dark, at times gory. There's maybe twenty while seconds in the whole book where something isn't going horribly wrong, someone is getting murdered, or Murphy (his supposed friend?!) isn't accusing Dresden of murder himself. This series isn't for me. Too stressful.
I read the story several months ago, but after hearing James Marsters read Skin Game, I decided that I should hear how Marsters read more of it as his dramatic reading with voices, diction and accents distinct to each character. Storm Front sounded very rough, but by the end, I could tell that Marsters was quickly understanding how to read aloud effectively. Fool Moon continues that. The changes to tone to signify inner thoughts vs spoken word are well done. It isn't as good as his Skin Game read, but it is night and day different from Storm Front. I didn't rate Storm Front, but I'd only give it a 2 or a 3. This is a strong 4, but that is only because I know how well he did with Skin Game.
The story itself is enjoyable and less obvious than Storm Front. The characters themselves are more rounded than in Storm Front and while there are inconsistencies, they would only be blatantly obvious if you've read and/or listened to all of the books multiple times. The world is vivid, and while you may grow angry at some characters in the book, as someone reminded me, this is in Dresden's point of view.
It's a great series that goes a long way to make the supernatural... Seem supernatural! Always on the edge of your seat and keeping you guessing another amazing book by Jim Butcher.
My only qualms was with the voice actor, he did a great job but it's hard to not nitpick at whenever he smacks his lips; it's a moist, and mildly annoying gesture that you weirdly get used to. Besides that, he's amazing! On to the next book!
Dear Mr. Butcher, I'm enjoying your story, until Murphy shows up. She's not a great detective - she continually has over emotional and knee jerk reactions and Harry then acts like a wuss. I hate having women portrayed so typically. We are capable of sound and logical reasoning. Hopefully she either grows into a believable character or is killed off and Harry grows a pair. I'll give your series two more books and if Murphy remains as is, then I'll move on.
This may just be me. This is not my favorite genre but the first book was good enough that I bought book 2. I like the writing style, I like the personalities, I like the narration...it is just that werewolves and wizardry is not my favorite story. So it is a testimonial to the quality of writing and story telling that I've read two of this series.