The second Dresden book is quite a bit more graphic than 'Storm Front.' In fact, one of the things I said in my rating of the first book was that I was impressed with Butcher's reliance on great storycrafting over simple shock value. In the first book, the gore did not seem gratuitous. This book didn't feel as authentic. Aside from learning every possible way a werewolf can savage a victim, poor Harry gets beaten within an inch of his life far too many times each "book" day to be remotely possible.
I found this book far less enjoyable, but the characters are further developed, which is enticing enough to get me to rush to the next book to find out where they are headed.
Marsters' narration was even better than the first book, which I liked. He switches almost seamlessly between characters and does a wonderful Dresden, Bob, various mobster and FBI/cop voices, and even the demon (I forget his name) in this book was spot on! The breathing and swallowing is part of the effect, though I know that a lot of reviewers take issue with it.
This book was well written and narrated and I enjoyed listening to it. The only thing about it that gave me pause was some of the characters in it (without giving anything away), at first this took me time to get used to as it was along stretch from reality, but once I got it in my mind that this is fantasy (something I don't read much) I was fine with it. In the end I felt that it was worth the time and credit.
I can't say enough good things about how well this narrator portrayed Dresden as I 'hear' his voice when I read the books. He also did a fine job with the other characters. Great book also, but, even though a fan of the books, there are a few things that annoyed me about this early book:
(1) there are some obvious redundancies in Jim Butcher's descriptions that you'll see/hear in other books (I was tempted to review to see if these were word-for-word, then decided I really didn't want to know...),
(2) Butcher spends WAY too much time describing Dresden's intimate moments (realized and fantasized) - so much so that it begins to read like a romance novel at times.
Despite these minor reservations, I still considered it a top-notch book, and a great read/listen for the Dresden fan.
Don't get me wrong; James Marsters does a fantastic job as always on the Dresden Files, but this is by and away my least favorite of the series, and the audiobook doesn't save it.
A couple of the other reviews confuse James Marsters with a different actor with a similar name. Marsters is an excellent narrator who really catches the mood of the series and brings Harry to life. A fun read with plenty of action and humor!
This is the 2nd in many Harry Dresden Wizard books and I wasn't disappointed. The first book got my interest so I decided to try the 2nd. What I like about these books is the non-stop action and when things just couldn't get any worse....they do but Harry always finds his way out somehow. I like the sense of humor in the books, his self deprecating character and I like the way he is evolving into someone who is beginning to realize his important role in holding back or stopping the bad things out there. On to book 3! My only complaint would be the audio is too close up to the narrator and you can often hear him swallow, etc. I've decided the books are worth listening to even though the audio isn't 100% perfect. The narrator on the other hand is excellent for the character and I enjoy listening to him.
I have read most of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books and Fool Moon is the first I have listened to as an audio book.
The narrator starts off a little shaky but soon gets into his stride, but I still think I enjoyed actually reading the series in book form a little more. The humour just seems to come across better.
All in all, this audio book is a viable option to the actual paper book.
I found myself wanting more enthusiasm from Harry Dresden. He sounded depressed, disinterested, disheartened, and yet a man with such power and so much to discover, I found myself let down by him. I liked Harry most when he transformed near the end of the story, because his personality changed and he had strength. I don't know if it is the character created by the author, the lack of vocal range of the reader or the audio director that caused me to tire so of a book I had been looking forward to listening to.