The story, the characters and the humor are pretty good. The writing is a bit rough, but that's to be expected as this is Butcher's first published work. He does get better with practice. The narrator suuuuuuucks. He sighs between every other sentence, shifts around noisily often, mispronounces words frequently, and you can hear spittle crackling in his mouth ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Honestly, I was so annoyed by it that I almost didn't finish the book.
If you can get past the narrator, Storm Front is really fun, not too long, and very entertaining. It has a great sense of humor and the author obviously realizes how silly his premise is and has a lot of fun with it.
I finally buckeled down and started this series. I really enjoyed it. However - the narrator "whispered" his narration. It was very irritating. I may not continue the series via Audible. I may just read it on my Kindle.
Um. Hello. Spike is *reading to me.* Need I say more???
Wizard detective in Chicago. What's not to like?
Great accent, great delivery. I didn't even mind when he mispronounced a few words.
Good simple story. Twisting plot - although if you think while listening you will see it.
The idea of a wizard selling his services to ordinary people, who have no clue whether or not he is a wizard (well one does). At the same time the story keeps evolving, and I liked all the characters in the story. He even makes the supernatural creatures funny, and not just stereotypes and clichés.
I liked all the characters. It is hard not to find a pizza loving faery, a lustful air spirit, and all the other persons and beings Harry encounters enjoyable.
I like James Masters performance. Have read some reviews that does not like you can hear him breathing etc. But that is just part of the act imo. He portrays Dresden perfectly.
Have not heard anything else by James Masters, but I look forward to book 2 with him.
Not really - I like listening to the story while driving and I liked getting back to it over a longer period of time.
Really enjoyable. Look forward to book two which I will download tomorrow :-)
A few years ago I asked some science fiction authors at DragonCon what book they had read recently that they really enjoyed. I was surprised when more than one of them said “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher. I am sorry it has taken me so long to begin reading the Dresden Files series; I should have taken their advice and read Storm Front much sooner.
The audio books are read by James Marsters who also played Spike on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James is such a great actor that I could not picture him being the reader even though I have met him at DragonCon a couple of times. He creates voices for the characters that really bring them to life for me.
Getting to know everyone, the Writer, the characters, and the Narrator. I always either love or hate that about a new series, and this one i loved.
Learning Butcher's way of interpreting the way magic works and effects it's surroudings.
This was my first, but i must say he does a great job of keeping you believing, and wanting more.
It will open your SIGHT.
At the time of this post, there are 13 more in this series and they just keep getting better.
I was disappointed in his skills as a narrator at first, but as I've listened to more of the series I see great improvement in each book. By Summer Knight he's among my favorite narrators. If he stops improving at this point I'd highly recommend him, and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets even better.
Butcher merges two well worn themes in magic and old-school down-and-out private eye in crafting this world, which on the surface appears basically the same as our own. One of the difficulties in establishing magic in a world is how many rules to lay out in defining the bounds of magic -- too many and the magic becomes restricted and predictable, but too few and it can become a bit silly and far too easy of a fall-back. In this first book of the series, the only one I have listened to thus far, Butcher seems to hang onto the middle ground reasonably well, allowing some interesting unexpectedness while not quite falling into the trap of "anything goes, it's magic after all.." -- he offers the idea that there are bounds and explains a little, but doesn't give up all the mysteries. The style is not as gritty and mature as some, but not pre-teen either given some of the content; it might have been better served taking a slightly bigger step in one of those directions or the other. In all, an enjoyable, action packed book which both stands on its own and establishes substantial character background for the series, while introducing other things which are not completely explained.
The performance by Marsters took a little getting used to. Think of an old-school black and white detective show with quiet conversational narration, where the main character sounds perpetually weary or hung over, disinterested but obligated to keep going, at times even almost whispering. At times breathing and lip smacking can faintly be heard. While in a way overall it kinda mimicks that old detective style, it wasn't what I anticipated and didn't quite fit all the other characters. But by the end, for better or worse, I couldn't think of it being done any other way, and I still look forward to the next book in the series.
Enjoyed it as a stand alone story and left me wanting more
Harry. Great combo of young Dumbledor crossed with Humphrey Bogart.
Ideally I'd give this 3.5 stars if Audible allowed. It is a decent listen and I was engaged in the story but I'm not sure I'll come back for more. The story is interesting for its newness and the combined magic-real world is intriguing, but it is probably too short to get depth and I didn't fully connect with the characters.