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.
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...
I wasn't sure about these books. Many of my friends recommended them but I stalled till I saw James at #WorldCom and decided to give them a try since he's narrating the books. I'm a fan of his work so I bought the first book and gave it a listen. I'm happy to say I loved the book and plan to get the rest asap. So thanks to Jim and James for bringing Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden to life.
Todd W. Brown
Semi-gritty, this is a Supernatural tale that kicks off a series. It has some good action and builds a mythology around the main character, Harry Dresden. He is a wizard of sorts and is brought in to help the police solve crimes that may not be "normal". He also has a past that apparently puts him at odds with some sort of wizard council. Overall, the story is okay...good, not great. I will venture forward with at least the next couple as this series was recommended to me by a friend whose judgement I trust.
The narration was hard to get used to with all the gasps and breaths and mouth noises, but after a while, it actually sort of added to the mood. But in the beginning, it was a bit distracting.
Forgive me for any typos, I am writing this out on my phone while the story is still fresh.
First off, the narration. The editing was a bit annoying at first, because you can hear every breath and background nose. However, James Marster's performance was phenomenal and I soon found I wasn't noticing this as much. I felt like I was sitting in Harrys two floor basement apartment, with Mister the cat rubbing my legs and the fireplace going, listening to Harry tell the story himself. The storytelling captures you in a way I have seldom experienced, and Marster becomes Harry.
That said, I enjoyed the story itself. It was a fun, quick read with decent (though not terrific) worrying that shows a lot of promise. The biggest reason it gets docked a star is because Harry's "old fashioned" tendencies annoyed me at times. Based on the other characters' reactions, though, I have a feeling this is going to change over time.
Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this audio book and will definitely be continuing the series.
I likely won't listen to it again, but mostly because there are so many other books in the series!
The story is rich with both plot and interesting characters.
The performance was done well - emotive without being overwrought, and Marsters never tries too hard to use different voices. Instead, he relies on tones and pacing, making it easy to differentiate between characters, without being distracting.