I got this book on a recommendation from a friend and had moderate expectations going into it. I listened to the entire book in the span of one weekend. The author is able to catch a very humanistic portrayal of what Life as an every day blue-collar wizard would be like.
In so many books we get a fantastical interpretation of the stereo typical wizard such as Gandolf, prof. Dumbledore, etc. The settings are always in some mythical world where the wizards part is very fitting.
In this story, we see what life as a "practicing wizard" in modern day society as just any other job would be. It gives off suspense and Mistry that you would get out of a standard Detective novel but substituting all the car chasing, gunfighting, crime scene analytics for a fitting skill set associated with that of a wizard.
The outcome is something refreshingly unique. It's a 16 book series and I couldn't be happier because now I have 15 more books on my list. Great read, give it a shot you won't be sorry.
I was hoping it would be a fun book, but it turned out to be a great read. Loved the intimate style and the personality the narration imprinted on the main character.
Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files series. It took me a long time to finish she as I had to relisten to parts to understand the world building. Once I got my head around that I quite enjoyed it and have continued with there series. It combines two of my favourite genres crime/detective and paranormal.
Give it a listen!
Awesome Start, to an incredible series of books from Jim Butcher. Can't go wrong if you enjoy well written books in genres such as, Mystery, science fiction, fantasy, magic, action, crime, etc.
There are 15+ books, so far; start from this one, if at all possible.
The Dresden Files is one of my favorite series: smart, funny, and engaging, with sometimes predictable plots but evolving characters and an incredibly complex and well-built world. Storm Front is clearly Butcher's first novel. His writing isn't as polished and the characters aren't as fleshed out. But the world is already so beautifully realized that you can't help but get drawn in and captivated. If you're a fan of Buffy, detective novels, or modern urban fantasy (think Gaiman, just not with such beautiful prose), then this is a series for you.
However, I was a little disappointed with Marsters' narration. His pace is a little slow, and often inconsistent. He does decent voices for all the characters, and they're generally distinguishable. But, and this is a pet peeve of mine, you can often hear him breathing or swallowing. While I recognize we are listening to someone reading a book, it is possible to speak into a microphone and avoid having those noises pulled into the audio. I just find them distracting and annoying.
Personally, if you aren't already a fan of the Dresden Files, I'd recommend going and reading the book. These recordings are adequate (not bad, but not great), and I'm not sure they'd be as enjoyable for someone who isn't already hooked on the stories and "re-reading."
Dresden the wizard was a great protagonist, I felt it was difficult to relate to a modern day wizard but the author has a method for magnifying the few qualities individuals listening/reading will enjoy
The narrator's performance has the perfect noir feel to it. You can almost picture him smoking a cigarette in his 1950's office while he tells you the story. A great listen!
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Not a bad beginning to a popular series. I didn't love quite as much as most listeners, but I wouldn't hesitate purchasing book two.
The story was shallow and childish, the reader... Meh. I was determined to finish and feel my time would have been better spent doing just about anything else.