It was a master-stroke of genius to grab James Marsters to narrate the Dresden novels.
It was a work of utter carelessness not to get a better pop filter or editor - there are so many "mouth noises" and other small sounds that don't belong in a professional recording.
I've tried three times to listen to this, and each time, I give up a few chapters in.
This was an outstanding read/listen.
Magic, crime, love, suspense were all reagents in this story. The blended well to form an addictive read.
It read quick and did not bore - ever.
All characters were very interesting, and the author used the right amount of text to describe them. Written in a first-person perspective kept the character development well paced.
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This series has been on my to-read shelf forever, so when the first two installments in audio went on sale I just couldn't resist. I'm really glad that I finally gave Harry a chance because I loved his POV, and the fact that his story is told by James Marsters certainly doesn't hurt either. Wizards and male protagonists are uncommon in Urban Fantasy, two definite pluses. The plot was entertaining, I enjoyed Butcher's humour, and the magic system showed promise, although STORM FRONT would have benefited from more development where the latter was concerned, thus my 3 star rating. I look forward to listening to more of THE DRESDEN FILES.
This is a really great series, and I would highly recommend this book. The only thing that bothered me was the narration. The reader sounds like he was sucking on a lozenge while narrating this book because he often makes mouth noises, lip smacking sounds, and sighs a lot. This was really annoying and distracting, and I had a hard time paying attention to the story. If you can get past that though, this is a really fun audiobook.
I read a lot of Urban Fantasy and had read some of Jim Butcher's short stories published in anthologies. A co-worker recommended Storm Front and the rest of the series and I thought it would be time to take the plunge into a new series.It was okay; not great in my opinion. I think part of it was the narration. I've listened to several other audiobooks and have bought series based primarily on the speaker's voice. In this one I was distracted by background sounds, breathing, swallowing, editing stop/starts. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough and fit the character but didn't do much for the times when the main character wasn't speaking.
Murphy the cop. A woman in a man's world she holds her own.
I did buy and am listening to the second book in the series but it doesn't seem much better.
I had seen THE DRESDEN FILES on the SciFi channel wnich made me curious to read Butcher's book. When I saw that the narrator was James Marsden (Spike of Buffy fame), I d/l the book immediately.
It's wonderful. Marsden's voice and Butcher's words combine magically to make the experience feel like it's being told to you by a friend. This one is more than worth a credit -- and the sound of the voice stays with you for a long time.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I know it was fairly popular and even had a TV show made after it, but I had never heard of it. Well, I'm glad I did. I now know what to add to my line up when I'm looking for a good sci-fi book.
Ears picking up the slack so my eyes can work.
This is a good to middling book, depending how familiar you are with this type of fantasy. I’m actually fairly new to it. I read a couple of novels by RS Belcher, Nightwise and Brotherhood of the Wheel, which I absolutely LOVED. And I kept seeing Dresden mentioned by reviewers to those novels. So that’s why I tried this bad boy. Also I vaguely remember there being that TV show, and I suppose there was a seed of curiosity there anyway.
While Dresden came along first, I gotta admit I liked RS Belcher’s work better. However Dresden’s first romp was good enough to get me to drop another credit on book 3 (I hear that’s where the series picks up). We’ll see.
The author admits in interviews that this book is purposely formulaic, so it seems redundant to criticize it for being so. But it really is. And that’s fine. (That’s why I’m reading on -- to see if Butcher takes it further.) The only two complaints I really have are two I’ve already seen other reviewers bring up. 1. As GOOD a job as Spike does on the narration, and he is REALLY good, I could swear he has chewing gum in his back teeth as he speaks. haha. It was distraction, but whatever. Not a huge deal, I guess. 2. Dresden’s pervasive, nearly chauvinistic guilt. One lady sets him up to be killed and he reprimands himself for getting cross with her??? haha. The book frankly lost me there for a bit. I HATE that kind of stuff. The woman could have had a conversation with Dresden and saved him and a BUNCH of other people of either nearly dying or in fact dying horribly. If that doesn’t warrant a raised tone of voice, I don’t know what does. Sheesh. Maybe I’m an unreasonable person, but that isn’t being a gentleman, that’s being a sucker. I’m a ways into Book 3 now, and Dresden is pretty much doing the same thing, except there it’s a lady friend who wants to needlessly and selfishly put Dresden in danger with vampires. And after a bit of righteous outrage, you got it, “Well maybe she has a point, she has saved my butt before.” (Not an exact quote.) That just seems like chauvinism of low expectations. As if those characters don’t have sense other than beyond their own selfish interests, so getting mad at them is like getting mad at a child. Weird.
I only bring that up not because it’s ruining the books for me. I can get passed it. But it’s like nails on a chalkboard, especially in the guise of it somehow being gentlemanly.
haha.....I’m sure I’ll get a lot of “unhelpful” votes for this. Bring’em on!
Fell in love with the story and the storytelling from the start! Listened to the whole book in less than 24 hours. Addicted and need more, so I'll have to pick up the next book and keep going!
The combination of Jim Butcher & James Marsters is stunning! it's as if Jim's "Harry" was written for James...