I had resisted reading these books because I had seen the TV series (and despite Paul Blackthorne's obvious charms, the series was a huge disappointment). Initially, I thought that the books wouldn't do much for me. I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, normally, and I also don't normally go in for serialized fiction. A friend insisted that I'd like them so -- I dove into book one.
It helped that I'm a big James Marsters' fan. You'll see this noted in a lot of other reviews, and we're all correct: Marsters gets Harry Dresden exactly right. His reading is engaging and the performance is nicely modulated. I also appreciate his talent for voices and accents (which is sometimes cringeworthy in other readers). Granted, I think that Marsters may have rushed through the reading, as there are frequent, weird mispronunciations -- but I'm able to let these go and just enjoy the story.
The first book was really quite a fun lark for me, and I thought the story and the characters were both interesting and compelling. I'm now on the 6th book in the series, so I think you can safely say I'm hooked.
I first discovered Harry Dresden on TV - now that I've heard the book, I must say they did a decent job, but the TV show can't compare to James Marsters' narration of Harry Dresden nail-biters. I love the thought of "things" living right along side us, that we can't see, (It would also explain a LOT of unsolved mysteries) and that there is a special department of law enforcement which deals with these "things" when they break the rules. Butcher's characters, even the nasty ones, are nicely drawn, right down to Harry's sometimes stupid ways of thinking. If you like dark urban fantasy, you'll love Harry Dresden.
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great narration, and the plot has unexpected twists that keep you riveted. The characters are full of personality. Give it a read.
Would not listen to it again just because I rarely listen books a 2nd time.
I liked the combination of wizardry and police investigation. I also liked the narration - sounded like real talking, instead of just reading.
I enjoyed the wizard in real life storyline.
I love how Butcher tells a story and conveys the characters emotions through his wisecracks and smart ass comments
the way the legends of the Old World have been merged with the modern era.
the scene in which Harry visits Bianca the vampire to discuss any reason why someone would one of her escorts, which leads to Bianca nearly killing Harry
A Storm Front is on the Horizon, prepare your Wards
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Storm Front was a great read, and I'd recommend it to fans of modern fantasy. The thing that I do need to say is that the plot is fairly easy to predict, the characters are not real deep, and the story is not real thought provoking. Saying that, I enjoyed it.
When I first read this book it was something completely new. I also loved the noir type feel to the story.
If you are sitting on the fence about starting up the dresden files books don't. It's as simple as that. James Marsters may seem like he is not into the reading at first, but it fits the Harry Dresden character perfectly, and just kind of imagine this whole series in black and white with some dramatic brass music playing in the background, Maltese Falcon style. And the books only get better. My personal favorite is a tie between
Haven't read the print version, but the audio edition was very enjoyable.
The main character, Harry Dresden, is a vivid and memorable creation, a mix of powerful wizard, wise-cracking detective, and something of a social misfit.
He's one of the best narrators of audio books I've ever had the pleasure of listening to-- and I listen to a LOT of books. His reading is subtle, never forced or over the top, yet he also
No, it's just highly entertaining and inventive pulp fiction, not deeply serious or highly witty Literature. The author puts Harry in one dangerous situation after another and then dreams up ingenious ways to get him out of them. (Think
I can easily see why the series is so popular and Marsters's reading so well regarded.
Ok, yes, I confess. I'm another paranormal geek.
I admit, I am a review reader when it comes to deciding which book to download next. This series was one I've heard many good things about, but I was hesitant because I heard many not-so-great things about the narrator, especially in the earlier books. I decided to give it a try. I am having slight remorse over that decision. While the storyline kept me intrigued enough with it's humor and dry wit, the narrator made me pause the story more than once (actually, more like a dozen times!) just to take a break from HIM (not the story). He is absolutely DREADFUL in this book. You can hear his breathing and gulping, and a lot of the time it sounds like his mouth is just bone dry because you can hear his tongue smacking the roof of his mouth, trying to moisten it... Then, other times, he continues to talk until he's absolutely out of breath,in the middle of a sentence, takes a HUGE gulp of air and continues where he was. It's horrible. Aside from that, I continuously forgot some of the main characters were female because he can't make a distinguished female voice. It made it difficult for me to follow the storyline because I kept jumping back and forth trying to figure out just WHOSE voice that is.
Overall, I enjoyed the storyline and creative writing style of the author. I'm undecided yet if i will continue with the series in audio format, though.
All of it. I loved him in Buffy, and was so happy to hear him again. The different voices he uses make the book so awesome.
Yes. The Syfy channel made a one hour show based on the Dresden Files. I loved it but it was cancelled after one season, so when I found these books I was so happy.
All of the stories are wonderful and James Marsters made you feel like you were there.