Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.
I read the reviews...the good, the bad...and decided to give Storm Front a chance. As have many others, I too have seen the TV series and was interested to see how it translated into book form. I was very pleased with this book. The plot was a little predicable, this is true... but for me, it did not detract from the enjoyability of the book. I am the type of Audible listener who rather enjoys the narrator who does "all the voices"... James Marsters (at least in this book) is not one of those. I was admittedly disappointed as the "pages turned" to reveal this, but I must say, he won me over. Some of the reviews stated the reader's breathy voice was annoying...I simply envisioned Dresden sitting right there in front of me weaving his witty tale and counted it in as part of the ambiance. I highly recommend Storm Front and I honestly can't wait to read the next book.
i will start off by saying "The Dresden Files" is one of my all time favorite series. having said that, I almost never gave the series a real chance because of this book. this is by far the weakest book in the series, can definitely tell this is the writer's first book.
years ago i was looking for a new audio book series to get into and i found this series, i remembered seeing the commercials for the tv series on scfy, and thought it looked interesting (but never watched it). so i pirated a torrent of the first 11 books, i now own the entire series by buying them off of audible, including the ones i had pirated.x
but this book, it took me 3 tries to get through it, it was just a bit too corny in places for me. it almost read more like some sort of cheesy sitcom in places, kept expecting to hear canned laughter. and the reader, you could hear him breathing into the mic, moving his spit around in his mouth, swallowing etc. having said that, the reader is now one of my favorites, i have bought books just because he read them. this was his first book reading and it shows is all.
Then one day i needed a book to listen too, had no other options, so i broke down and listened to the second book (Fool Moon) and thoroughly enjoyed it. the difference between this book and the second one was night and day,fool moon is a great book. and fell in love with the series after reading the 3rd book. i would ALMOST suggest skipping this book and would if not for it being referenced and some of the story/characters coming into play in later books, so you'd be lost if you didn't read this one.
after having said all that, i still recommend buying this book and just powering through it to get to where the series starts to shine in Fool Moon. and gets even better in Grave Peril where it introduces a lot of the main characters you'll see through out the series like Michael, a knight of the cross, he has a sword with a nail from THE crucifixion worked into the hilt to fight the forces of evil and one of Harry's best friends.
the series is great, has a little bit of everything in it angels, demons, trolls, ogres, fairies, old gods, etc. the series is very clean sex content wise, there is one sex scene out of 15 books. now i'm no prude, but i don't enjoy some dude whispering in my ear describing 2 characters sex acts on each other...
I liked James Marsters' voice, but I hated the fact that the recording registered every sigh and exhalation he uttered over the course of the 2 hours I listened to. At first, I thought that he was providing a carefully planned nuance of the protagonist by delivering the performance in a way to enhance our perception of the character as a slightly depressed, careworn wizard. Unfortunately, I will never know how the story ends, because it was too distracting listening to Marsters breathing. In the world of sports, they cover the microphones to eliminate the distraction of wind blowing over the mike... something similar should have been used here. This is the only book that I have ever wanted to return. Guess I'll have to pick up a hard copy at the library if I want to give this series a try.
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.
Jim Butcher created this Wizard named Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Now like the mailman at the beginning of the book I'm thinking a wizard would preform a magic act at a child's party. But Jim Butcher brings the character to life as a real person preforming a real service of the super natural kind to the Lieutenant Karen Murphy of the Chicago police department.Things start out pretty normal, or as normal as any super natural murder can be, then Dresden's world pulls you into a topsy turvy demon filled adventure. By the time the movie ends you are imaginatively drained, that is until you move on to the next book.
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.