James Marsters brings the Characters to life! Harry and the other characters are just as you imagine them when reading. And he gets even BETTER as you progress through the series!
Harry Dresden is a Private Investigator, predominately of the supernatural in modern day Chicago. Imagine Phillip Marlowe crossed with Gandalf the Wizard. Phillip's dry sense of humor and Gandalf's ability to magically kick butts, all rolled into one. Jim Butcher has managed to mix old school magic and mythology in ways that Harry Potter could only imagine. Anyone who enjoys SciFi and Cop stories will enjoy this series, even if you don't, you will enjoy Jim Butcher's writing style and the amazing characters he brings to life in this series. The books are fun and entertaining, HIGHLY recommend!
Harry Dresden of course! James is spot-on Harry. Can't imagine anyone else reading him.
Just thinking this is WAY COOL! Marsters nailed it!
You HAVE to get the whole series, the books get better and better and so does James Marsters.
I was wanting to listen to a good audiobook series, and after hearing one of my favorite authors (Orson Scott Card) mention the Dresden Files, I decided to give it a shot...
I was a little worried listening to the first few chapters.... but once I hit the half way point, there was no turning back! I've now listened to and/or read every book in this series within the past 60 days, and I've pre-ordered the next installment due on 11-27-2012! Each book you listen to or read in The Dresden File series just makes you want more!
I enjoyed listening to this book because its more of a realistic Harry Potter.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
The way he performs the book its great for this type of book.
Harry Dresden. He's a character that I really identify with and enjoy.
The end of it, where Harry reviews what has happened and where things stand.
James Marsters was really great. His pronunciation of the some of the psuedo-latin didn't always come out as well as expected. Sometimes it felt a bit rushed. That was the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 on the performance. Great job!
Yes, I would listen to this again and I have saved this for future listening. I look forward to the rest of the Dresden Files audio books. James Marsters brings the dry wit that seems to be the character's trademark.
Loved the way it was read!!! you knew that there where different characters speaking by the way the reader changed his voice just a little bit. The emotions and the excitment was all in the voice,, nicely done.
The voice of the reader. So malleable, and able to present each character of the story as a different entity. Appeared to sound so very much like the Harry Dresden I remembered from the most enjoyable SI-FI TV Series. It was easy to get right into the feel of story.
Harry Dresden. The reluctant hero, attempting to do the right thing but being seen as being in the wrong. Followed by Karen Murphy, his police contact, due to their characters interactions.
James Marsters brings the book to life. The highs and lows of suspense are clear in his voice. From the coy females to angry large males, the voice adapts to assist you gain perception of the characters in their situations.
Already done, as STORM FRONT, the pilot for the TV series THE DRESDEN FILES.
Reading was a bit fast toward the end. Had to go back over a couple of times to listen again to be able to comprehend. This was made rather awkward as the reading program only allows for a 5 second or one chapter backing, and that only while playing, which means a lot of clicks to get back just a little to be able to re-hear any segments.
I loved this book! It's original, fast paced, chock full of action and insane situations. It is pure escapism.
True it may seem silly to give five stars to a book who is about a present day wizard. But the writing is witty and intelligent. The book gripped me at the beginning and I enjoyed every minute of listening time.
James Marsters is excellent as a narrator. He pulled me into Harry's character. By his voice Harry and I were connected. I understood Harry and I liked Harry. Some books should be read but others listened to. This one should definitely be listened to.
The ups and downs, to and fro of the plot involving humans and the gods only knows what.. was that something under my bed???
I like the characterization of Harry as just within the law both human and wizardkind. Jail or death are both potential options and Harry himself is never quite sure of how things will proceed due to his actions.
I have never heard James Masters before but his performance underscored the casual yet taut evolution of the plot.
Absolutely. The main plot, subplots, sexual tension and supernatural grab you and you just want to keep on going.
I have bought the set of Dresden Files and know that I can grab some Harry when I wish an absorbing, entertaining few hours!
Don't know - I've only listened.
Why, Harry, of course! Dresden is full of dry wit, but as his character develops, we see a man of deep conviction and committment to higher ideals. His guiding priciple is that with great power comes great responsibility - an outlook we might wish to see in our leaders in business and government, by the way.
Others have complained that Harry takes on too much blame and self loathing, but it is his committment to his friends and to others that he feels responsible for - even to the extent of honoring an unwished for agreement with a Chicago crime boss - that makes us respect him, not so much as a powerful Wizard, but as a true hearted Human Being.
Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...
Spike goes to Hollywood...?
Don't Give Up!: If you feel that James Marsters' delivery was a little flat in this first book, hold on and give him a chance. I inadvertently started with Book 13 "Changes" (the only CD version my library had) and there was a world of difference!
In Book 1, when Harry casts and evocation (eg: "vento ventorium") Marsters barely raises his voice from the low-key monotone that he uses through much of the book. HOWEVER: In the later installments Harry's evocations are shouted with a ferocious energy (FUEGO !!!) that makes the book come alive!