The cynical wit of the protagonist makes this a must- read. And James Marsters pulls off the performance perfectly. For the first time in my life, I have honestly shied away from picking up a paperback version of the book (I often go back and forth; reading at home and listening in the car or out and about). But Marsters' performance is TOO good. I can't think Dreseden without him.
The new characters
I liked the werewolves
Love the way he does the character voices.
A good read.
I have loved the Dresden Files books for a decade. Listening to James Marsters sounds much like I always imagined Harry Dresden sounding like, and his performance makes a book I love even more enjoyable.
No, I have tried books 1 and 2.
Way to much time and effort by the author in creating the image. Every or almost every minute detail about the scene is spelled out in painfully long passages.
The performance was great.
Tighten up the descriptions. Let my imagination come to play in how the scenes might appear. I used fast forward pretty frequently to get through the rubbish and into the action.
Harry is one of my favorite fictional characters. The only negative is using up all my credits once I became addicted to the series.
A long commute audio listener
James Marsters is a great narrator. He does all the voices in the stories so well. I enjoyed this story.
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.