If you took out a lot of his self-pity, thinking he's responsible for most of the deaths and everything that's happened, even though there were other adults who made their own decisions that he had no control over, plus his constant introspection.
This book would have gotten a higher rating if there wasn't so much of my above comments. There was a lot of action, a lot of fighting and a lot of blood and gore, which I wouldn't have minded if there had been a little less. You did learn about different types of werewolves. Good guys turned out to be bad guys. Unfortunately my mind did keep wandering because between each bought of something happening we'd have to hear Harry's every thought and they weren't always that interesting.
The narrator was okay, except he is pretty noisy. Maybe overacting the part.
I enjoyed the first book enough to try this one, hoping to get hooked on the series but, while the premise is intriguing and I like that Harry is a wizard who only uses magic sparingly, there were far too many character-based irritants in this book for me to carry on.
The plot of the book is good enough. The narration is horrid as there is practically no differentiation between character voices whatsoever to the point that I can't keep track of who's speaking until the words and context give me a clue. It is literally Mr. Buffy speaking in his own monotone through the whole book.
I can get past poor narration and frequently do but what really drove me off was Harry and Murphy's relationship dynamic. Basically it's this. Harry learns about vital information to their investigations, decides he doesn't want to endanger Murphy and, thus, withholds it from her even though it just as often ends up putting her in further danger. For her part, Murphy overreacts severely to being left in the dark, even when it's just that Harry hasn't had time to tell her something, such as in this book when Harry shows up at the murder scene of someone he knew and Murphy proceeds to beat him senseless without giving him a chance to speak. Thus, Murphy is angry that he does not tell her things and yet she does not allow him tell her anything either because she's so mad... Furthermore, Murphy blames EVERYTHING on Harry regardless of circumstance, evidence, past experience, willingness to cooperate, etc. She doesn't even flinch in her malice on the occasions that he risks his own life to save hers.
At this point I could maybe due with just hating Murphy's idiotic nature but what seals the deal is that Harry takes all the punishment and AGREES with her. He takes all the blame on himself when she acts like a petulant child and begs her for forgiveness while he's still bleeding from her unwarranted beatings. For all intents and purposes, Harry suffers from battered wife syndrome and I can't stand to listen to it any longer. It's simply infuriating.
I could have continued this rant but it's been a few months since I listened to it and I really don't want to waste any more time on this than I already have, besides. I just hope this saves someone else the time and money I spent on the author's sick idea of friendship.
I think that I will give the thirde Dresden book a try, because I have read in reviews that it starts getting better by the third book.
I have listened to the first Dresden book, and that one had a better story.
He brings Harry Dresden to life and acts him out very well, better than I would have done in my head.
These books are NY Times best sellers but I guess they aren't for me. I love the genre just not the writing style.
First, I'm immensely pleased I discovered THE DRESDEN FILES series this late (after all, they've been available quite some time). Luckily for me, this means I can enjoy them one right after the other without a waiting period.
Fool Moon was every bit as captivating and enjoyable and QUALITY as was the first book (Storm Front). Engaging plot, powerful secondary characters, enough suspense to keep me listening (avidly), characterization of Harry is consistent in every way. I'm incredibly impressed.
James Marsters does an outstanding job performing the book. I LOVE his narration. I've already purchased #3 in the series and have every intention of buying and devouring every last one.
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Dresden is an amazing Character and James does such a great Job
The in-depthness of explaining the world without over doing it.
He is Dresden I can see no other doing the job.
Not only is Jim Butcher's Dresden series awesome, but it's narrated by James Marsters. And HE IS AMAZING!!!!!!
I loved Dresden's dry humor. He's so witty, it's really great to hear.
I was shocked when I heard his voice on the first book, and found it a little weird without his british accent at first, but I love James Marsters, he's an amazing narrator for this series. Very pleasant to listen to!
Great listen. Highly recommend this series on audible.
Books have always been a passion of mine, now that I'm older I find myself with less time but still my love for great stories has only grown
Let me get this out there first, I am a big Dresden Fan and am currently going through the series for maybe the 6th time as I write these reviews for the series. "Fool Moon" is the second book in the Dresden Files series, I highly encourage you to read "Storm Front" before reading this book, not because you absolutely must to get any enjoyment from this book, but because if you do then you will enjoy it that much more. To get an idea of what's come before check out my review of "Storm Front."
Ok, with that out of the way, let's move forward.
"Fool Moon" takes place about 6 months after the events of "Storm Front." The city has gotten colder, the nights longer, and the streets a little more dangerous. With a smattering of bloody murders a month before and now what appears to be the same type of gristly murders starting up again Detective Murphy has decided she is in need of Chicago's only publicly practicing wizard, Harry Dresden. Oh, and wouldn't ya know, The FBI are involved in the case, Murphy is under investigation from internal affairs because of the events from "Storm Front" and subsequently Harry Dresden himself has been cast into suspicion as well, the latest murder victim was a body guard and right hand man of the most powerful crime boss in Chicago, Gentleman Johnny Marcone, and oh yea these murders have all occurred around the time of the full moon and present with the same traits of a large animal attack, possibly a wolf... but don't ya know, they don't quite match up with a wolf, there is something very "wrong" about the crime scenes. Yes ladies and gentlemen, we have our werewolf story!
Harry is pulled from one frying pan into another fire as he tries to get to the bottom of this dark tableau of a lupine massacre. As Harry digs deeper he finds himself being nearly swallowed up by this beast of a case as groups begin to crop up and influence themselves into the path that this case takes. From a group of college kids who seem like their bark is worse than their bite, but are oddly being led by a woman that Dresden knows was at at least one murder scene. Another group of lycanthropes who seem to be connected to this mess, but how and why Dresden does not know, but they know him, and wouldn't ya know, they want to kill him... some folks just have that effect on people. John Marcone makes his presence known and the FBI are actively getting in the way of both Murphy and Dresden, and doing so with perhaps a little too much interest. Add to that Murphy is going through some major trust issues with Dresden after the events of last Spring and as such things are a little dicey there as well. But worst of all is the fact that out in the darkness is something large, furry, and with the strength and power to rip folks into people confetti. This is not your mommy and daddies Werewolf, this is a monster that has been unleashed on the city and no one is quite sure how to stop it,
With all this going on our haggard under dog is doing his best to track down the murderer before more people get hurt. But with the investigation going the wrong way and suddenly Dresden being implicated as being involved everything goes to hell and Harry is on the run Can Harry find out who the killer is and protect the people he cares about, and will he clear his name? Or will the darkness stalk him and put an end to our favorite wise cracking hero?
"Fool Moon" takes the fire that "Storm Front" ignited and starts to pick up more steam as we begin to move this tale of Harry Dresden forward. The scope is a bit broader and the stakes now seem a bit higher as Dresden interacts with more parties in Chicago. Jim Butcher is slowly bringing us into a bigger world of influence as far as the supernatural goes. This book also begins the trend of Harry getting the hell beat out of him. I think Jim Butcher secretly like beating up poor Harry, but it does add to his under dog image to always come back for more after the world tries its best to smash him down.
Butcher gives us more and more as he brings us along in this book, the characters we knew from the previous book are being polished and given more of a realistic feel. I recall the first time I read this book that I wanted to strangle Murphy for not having Harry's back in this, but..after a few times I finally realized what Butcher did there, he gave Murphy a realistic mind set of someone who sort of believes in this whole supernatural thing, but has no where near the amount of knowledge to make the leaps of faith required to just go along with this mad man Harry Dresden. It's this kind of thought out character development that makes Jim's characters so relatable and after some time,loved. This book is Murphy's first real baptism into the world of the weird. Sure she had seen things, sort of kind of believed Harry, but over all... she just did not really grasp what the other world was. In "Fool Moon" Murphy gets a bloody, and horrible slap in the face of this particular version of reality.
Jim Butcher also gives we the reader more of a grounding in the world in which he is leading us by beginning to break down some rules of magic, describing some supernatural factions, and over all adding to the lexicon of Dresden knowledge that will become useful as he dives us deeper into this amazing world he is creating for us.
Also, as I described in the previous review, Butcher loves to place little tid bits of info in his stories that don't pay off till a couple of books or more down the line. Well get ready for a few of those as questions about his mother, his father;s death, and a possible tie between the events of the last book and this one are all scattered like little addictive yet infuriating bread crumbs for us to find along the trail. He really is a jerk.. but a lovable jerk, for doing this.
"Fool Moon" is an excellent book that brings us new characters to enjoy, More wonderful one liners, and gears us up for the fit to really hit the shan in book 3.
As for the narration, in my previous review I also gave Marsters a 4 out of 5 star review, not because he does a bad job exactly, but because its a rough job, especially considering how amazing I know he is going to be at the later books. In the first book he was not very good about distinguishing other people (outside of Harry and Bob) with very different voices or tones. He corrected that a bit in this book, most characters have a feel of their own now, and it really helps to draw you into the story more. Marsters is obviously getting more comfortable in this role and it shows. But, with that being said, it is still not where it will be. I admit my score is reflective of latter knowledge, but really, once you get to book 3 you will understand, because book 3 is kind of where Marsters really snaps into place with how to narrate this series and from then on it's pretty freaking awesome how he narrates. Now, do not in anyway take this to me what he gives now is dross, Marsters gives a wonderful performance and it really is an improvement over the last book. Anyone would be well pleased to listen to him narrate in this book.
Oh, and also, for those who criticize the performance because of the mic picking up the sounds of him swallowing or sometimes taking in a short breath.... get over it, you are being read a story by a person. These things do not take away from the story or the performance. In reality I kind of feel like it adds to it. This story is told from Harry Dresden's perspective, as if Harry were telling us his tale. The little sounds that some folks complain about just bring me into that feel even more. So give the folks a break and just enjoy the show.
I hope you enjoy "Fool Moon" as much as I do, It's a wonderful book with a great story that both draws you in and preps you for more Dresden craziness to come. James Marsters gives a wonderful performance that is only going to get better. Be prepared tho, because "Grave Peril" is next.... get ready for things to really pick up.
This is my second book of the series and it just keeps getting better. I really like it! Looking forward to reading the next one :-)