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.
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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.
This book was great! Excellent pacing, likable characters. I'm hoping that James puts in a little more preparation for his next reading. There were quite a few instances when he should have re-read a section to get the sentence flow correct. Don't get me wrong, I'm definitely getting the next book, just wanted to share.
I a relatively new to Fantasy genre and in the midst of other heavy Epic Fantasy series reading. This book was a simple, well written and read delight. I liked the small cast of characters and straight ahead storytelling. I'm looking forward to sprinkling this series in between Malazan and Stormlight books.
Either they fixed it by the time I got to it or it's just negative nellies, I didn't notice the production value being too bad. Yes, they could have used a thicker sock on the mic but there was not an over abundance of background noise noted in other reviews.