Don't give up on this series because of the poor start by reader James Marsters. He improves rapidly and by the fourth book is an excellent reader. In this first book, pronunciation errors and pacing problems will be irritating, but the series is worth toughing it out.
The book itself is the beginning of a great series, which has justly earned it's popularity. In this book the characters are just beginning to display their depth and definition. The story is funny and exciting, with a pleasantly complex urban magic setting.
As usual Jim Butcher has done it again. This book was full of excitement mystery gore and intrigue. I stayed up all night unable to put my iPad down and get some sleep before church, which means I'll be snoozing during service. If you've never read or listened to a Jim Butcher book, I have one question. What the hell are you waiting for? He is a brilliant writer who has the presents of mind to know that James Marsters is exactly who should narrate his books. Unlike some books h knows that once you have the right narrator keep them. If it ain't broke don't try and fix it. I love it.
Narration was excellent. Story line was good. I enjoyed the main character, the situations and the plot through out. I however HATED the counterpart Murphy. Hated her. enough that I had to fight myself not to turn off or skip the parts that she was in. I found her that annoying. I am hoping she improves as the series goes on or I will have to ditch it which is a shame and the main story line, Dresden's story is just awesome.
So how do you rate a book that has great narration, and good story but part of it annoyed the heck out of you? Middle of the road unfortunately with higher marks for the performance and main story because I can't fault those.
I will never listen to another book narrated by this reader! He sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva, constant swallowing, & heavy breathing. His physical noises were very distracting from the story.
It was a great story just needs a different narrater
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Dresden files are my favorite and James Marsters is amazing.
He is Dresden.
Laugh, gasp, think, it really was a great tale
Warlocks, frog demons, love potions, wardens, lots of magic and Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. What more could you ask for?
What will Harry Potter do once he graduates from Hogwarts and moves to the states? Well, this novel could be the answer!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. Solid reviews made my choice a bit easier, but I was still cautious. The start of the novel seemed to confirm this, but I was soon drawn in.
While most books dealing with magic tend to be aimed squarely at the teen crowd, this one should find acceptance with an adult audience. I certainly enjoyed it, and the characters were well developed and likable. The story line was well crafted and it didn't go "over the top" with magic and the like.
Couple the story with an appropriately selected narrator, and you have a work that is a pleasure to listen to. I will definitely be listening to the follow on book to see if the story continues to grow.
I've read the books and thought I would go back and listen to James Marsters. He does a an awesome performance. The Dresden stories are great. The narration is exceptional. I feel James is Harry's voice now. Thank you Jim and James.
Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!
I liked this book. I actually picked it up because, of all things, I was photographing a wedding for a client that was themed after this series. I'd seen it before on Audible and had it in my wish list but bumped it up for research reasons.
While I generally am not a "monster of the week" reader, preferring long, arching plot lines to one-off books, Harry is such a good character that I liked this. It's funny and pretty light reading. Overall an enjoyable read.
I'm very undecided on if I am willing to listen to another of this series or not. The concept that Jim Butcher presented and the world he devised is very interesting however the performance by James Marsters didn't live up my expectations (granted I was hoping to hear Spike from the Buffy/Angel TV series but I realize that that character voice is not his natural voice and might have been an unfair expectation). The biggest flaw I found with Mr. Marsters performance might not have been his fault but that of the sound directory, the problem was that I could hear Mr. Marsters breathing and for me that is not a sound I'm interested in hearing (like the sound of someone eating/chewing on a telephone, just plane offensive).
I would recommend Storm Front to friends as a read, but not as a listen.
I feel that if there had been less breath sounds in the performance it would have been exponentially better and more enjoyable to listen to.
I very much enjoyed the TV series so I believe that I would enjoy a movie as well.