The story is told in first person, and he really brings life to Harry's inner monologue. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy (I picked this up on prodding from a friend, AND it was on sale) but I was totally drawn in by Marsters.
The story is sort of a typical mystery, with some magic thrown in. However, I think that the narrator really made it come alive, and brought Harry to life in a way I didn't expect.
Can't say if I will continue with this series, but it does have potential. Kinda like those TV shows whose pilot episode always have too many characters and information, their was a lot of stuff happening that seemed extraneous but could be useful in later stories. Maybe I will give the next few books a chance. Always up for a decent wizard detective. Also it takes place in Chicago which is where I was born, so that's a plus.
The is story was fast moving, and interesting.
I found his cohort Detective a little annoying, and a little too much like a TV production character. I understand it is part of the plot and stage setting for the story, but nevertheless, annoying. I have read one of Jim Butchers stories in the past and found him to be a very good writer, that's why I bought this audible book. I believe I will purchase another in this series to get a better feel for his characters, as some of them are compelling enough to read on.
I really like this reader, James Masters, as he pronounces words properly, unlike some of the other readers I've listened to. He is really great and keeps your attention, even during the descriptions which is a plus. I like Him.
His skull friend is a real hoot, and I really laugh out loud when he is present, just waiting to see what he will try or negotiate next. I was laughing so loud that my husband came to the doorway, watching me sew, and when I looked up, asked "what's all the merriment going on here? I think that says it all, as he is a book reader... I often think I have the best of both worlds: the written word read by a great reader who makes the book perhaps more delightful.
Just because I was not quite into the drift of the book at first, and had to work on pulling the characters together is the only reason I did not give it full marks. My husband is an outright fan of Jim Butcher has told me that I will be totally in the groove in the next book. I think he is right, as I did like this one very much.
Once again, an author proves that you can have an awesome paranormal story without all the fluff and nonsense. This story had a great plot line and wonderful characters. I will be getting the rest of the books in this series.
Butcher brings a refreshing change by combining two familiar genres in an imaginative way. Storm Front is classic detective novel meets fantasy as the main character is also a practicing wizard. As someone who enjoys magic/fantasy but loves a great mystery Storm Front and the rest of the Harry Dresden books have definitely hit the mark.
I can't think of anything to compare Storm Front to because it really is a perfectly unique blend of two distinct types of novels.
James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden - one of the best narrated books I have listened to.
Perfectly written story that is perfectly narrated. If you are looking for something that breaks the mold, Storm Front hits the mark.
I wouldn't listen to it again until I listened to the rest of the series.
This is my first book it's incomparable at the moment.
When I saw that he would be the one reading it I knew I had to buy the audio books. James Marsters brings nostalgia to the table. He was a great actor in both the Buffy and Angel series. I almost wish he'd use his British accent. It's also nice to see he's getting work. He deserves it.
The part in the elevator wasn't in the television show. It was pretty exciting. They should have worked it in there somehow.
I came to the audio books from the Dresden Files television show. This book is episode eight in the show. There are a few liberties that the show took that I prefer. Harry Dresden uses a hockey stick instead of a traditional wizard staff. Lt. Murphy is taller and I like her as a brunette. Bob the skull was an older man whose spirit was bound to the skull. He was kind of like a ghost. He would walk through walls and appear before Harry to give him some advice or an over due scolding.
Jim Butcher is a great story teller and James Marsters is Dresden.
Storm Front introduces you to a man you know nothing about until the end then you realize you know so much you cant wait to learn more about him.
Dresden was James Marstens but he also made the other characters real in emotion, the way they spoke and how they interacted with Dresden. Marstens made descriptions into actual characters, never mixing them up or forgetting who they were.
Actually several, they were all Dresden, Hinting at Dresden's past, the mistakes he had made and why. Remorse was real, deeply touching something in the listener, something that was rounding out Dresden.
This was the first in the series, each chapter let you in a little more to the make-up of characters that you just knew would affect the following books. Never telling everything, just enough to make you want to learn more about Chicago's only advertising wizard, or any other city. Consulting with the police but never really being trusted by them except Murphy, a very strong, female detective that may not know what has happened but can tell it wasnt normal and knew Dresden could assist in finding out. This is a must read and when you finish? You will be grabbing for the next book because you just have to know what is happening next. And the cat is true to his species..... independent...... just like Dresden.
While I got this book to listen to during my daily commute, I found myself wanting to listen to it after I got home.
I found that from time to time the excitement and tone of the reader didn't match the context of the story, which threw me out of the story.
I have been looking into some of these kind of books and finally found a series I enjoy. I listened to the whole book in one day. The main character is flawed but likeable and his private practice combines many of the things I like in books, suspense, mystery, and sex. After the first book I find I am just getting to know the characters and am looking forward to the rest of the series.
On the narrator.. I found his voice to be decent enough, but there were many times around the middle of the book that he was making the weird mouthy noises that I assume come from having a dry mouth? He also started trying to fit way to many words in between breaths leaving you having to listen to him gasp for air and make the little mouthy sounds. I started to find myself distracted from the story when that happened, which is a shame because the story is great!
Overall, can't wait for the next one!
The reader's confidential, murmuring narration raises the story to an adult level. The notion of a wizard-detective working in brutal Chicago (my home town) has lots of potential.