First of all, I don't write reviews, but I'm 10 books into this series and it is freaking amazing! The characters and narration is out of this world.I will agree with a lot of folks that the first 2-3 books are just good. Even the premise isn't all that exciting in Book 1 but they are all entertaining. After that, I am fighting to get in my car and listen! I'm sitting in parking lots and outside of restaurants just so I can finish a chapter. IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!
A wizard for a detective? Great idea.
Sarcastic, a loner, yet with a heart of gold, the wizard is interesting with his foibles but unshakeable morality.
At first he seems very monotone. For the first 2 seconds, I thought,
While the story and plotline were somewhat good, the narrator was breathing into the mike too much. It made me think that he wanted to be done with the book, that he was getting bored. The use of breathing can be used to punctuate the narration, but his was at times when the breathing did not fit the story line. The use of his magik was good and some was even original. All in all, the plot was descent. I might even listen to a second book, especially if someone different is narrating.
Yes. I'm sure the print version is fine, the writing seems very fluid and modern without
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Because he's the only one given true depth--which is okay, because he's a well developed and pretty good guy. This is a very unique novel, with lots to appreciate, but under it's very rich world, it's also pulp. Very, very enjoyable pulp, but still pulp. As the series goes on, it gets much more rich in depth and design however.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first published novel of Jim Butcher and (according to Wikipedia) he had a heck of a time getting it published. Not clear why because the book is well-written and kept me engaged.Often in this type of urban noir fantasy mysteries the characterization is superficial. Here there was depth and interesting twists.Neither the author nor the protagonist seems to take themselves overly seriously and that is all to the good. Is it a perfect book or a classic -- no. But it's fun and engaging. I plan to read the rest of the series.My one complaint is the heavy breathing that James Marsters indulges in. Not sure if this was deliberate or poor audio editing but I found it distracting and annoying. Too bad because his reading is otherwise fine.
First book in a great series. Dresden is one of my favorite fictional characters. This is one of the weaker books in the series...but you have to start somewhere.
the setting and the story line, i liked the magic angle
Dresden, he cool in geeky kind of way but totally comfortable with it and himself, even if he got no game, not many of us do.
If Dresden were real and I were to meet him, he would have Marster's voice
They did make a tv series of the books. Thats what made me want to listen to the books. Tag line who knows
I was right, the books give Dresden a soul
Exasperated sighs, pensive sighs, sighs of fatigue, fatalistic sighs, pauses filled with sighs, sighs of martyrdom, sighs before starting a sentence, sighs after a sentence, inhalation sighs.....this narrator SIGHS constantly and makes the character and story difficult to enjoy.
I read this book a few years back and thought it was awesome, I have been meaning to go back and read the whole series. Now I finally have a chance to and a friend of mine suggested the audiobooks because he listened to them all and loved them. I must admit though that the reader seemed blah. He was reading like he was tired or something. Complete with sighs and everything, like it was Eeyore reading the book. I was unimpressed, but at the same time I have heard soooo much WORSE. He wasn't a terrible reader, but not a very enthusiastic reader. He gave very little life to the character of Harry Dresden. I will give the second one a shot, and if I still feel the same way I will just stick to the printed version.
I watched the first season on TV before I read the books and worried I'd be bored. I wasn't. The books are what they should be; much better than the show, and there's no comparison. The world building is believable, including the context in which 'normal' people interact with Harry while he's immersed in other-world business. The main character has depth and considering he's a wizard, doesn't come off as contrived. He's the boy next door who happens to know real magic in a world that mostly thinks he's nuts.
Harry Dresden consults with the police department on 'irregular' cases via a detective Murphy. While Murph won't say she believes in all this, she keeps asking for his help, demanding information in a format she can put in a report, which would not include 'the perp stood in a circle across town chanting'. Harry can't always explain what he sees due to restrictions imposed by the Witches Council concerning interactions with humans. Harry is already on the outs with the Council due to a dark event in his past and he can't afford to push things any further that direction while he's trying to make the rent.
If you like the genre, you'll love this.