WHAT A GREAT CONCEPT. A MODERN DAY WIZARD FOR HIRE, WITH MAGIC AND ALL THE GOOD STUFF THAT COMES WITH IT. THE STORY IS FUN AND ALMOST BELIEVABLE ESPECIALLY WITH THE TERRIFIC NARRATOR. A LOT OF ACTION, SOME SUSPENSE AND A LITTLE ROMANCE TO BOOT. DEFINITELY NOT YOUR USUAL RUN OF THE MILL DETECTIVE NOVEL, DEFINITELY RECOMMEND FOR A GREAT READ.
This was quite an entertaining story. Harry Dresden is a real wizard, and you can even find him in the Chicago yellow pages. When Dresden is called by the Chicago P.D. to help in a crime that can only be magical in nature, a rough few days ensue for the wizard. He's threatened by the mob, targeted by a dark wizard, and even has a warrant issued for his arrest by the Chicago P.D., even though he's been helping them solve the case. This is quite an interesting world, filled with magic, demons, and even Bob, Harry's helper spirit (sort of) that lives in a polished human skull. In addition to magical problems, Harry has plenty of real world ones, as well. All of it adds up to an excellent story. James Marsters does a great job with the narration.
Story was average, and the book should of been edited better. The reader's heavy breathing was very distracting.
I listen to a lot of audiobooks.
This book follows the mystery crime fiction template rather closely, however the twists in the story telling are unexpected and interesting given that Dresden is a wizard. The author weaves the rules of the magical world in a clever way throughout the book that does not come off as heavy handed. Some twists of character are slightly predictable, but I didn't mind so much because I enjoyed discovering where the story was going along with occasional bits of poetic prose. I enjoyed James Marsters reading of the novel; he was PERFECT.
I first downloaded this audiobook two years and has been the audiobook I have gone back to the most to listen to again and again.
Due to living in South Africa, I can't get any of the Dresden novels after Summer Knight, but when I read the hardcopy novels (all the way to Changes, I haven't read Ghost Story yet) I hear James Marsters reading the novel to me. I know that sounds pyschotic but it's true. I think maybe the fact that these novels are written in the first person and that James Marsters absolutely nails the character helped.
I can't help but wonder what would have happened to the TV series if Marsters had been cast as Dresden and they'd been a little more faithful to the source material.
Butcher also keeps the tension tight in the novel all the way through and I just wanted to find out what was going to happen next.
Storm Front: The Dresden Files by Jim Butcher – WORSE WIZARD EVER! Ok, that may be a bit harsh, but Harry Dresden is rarely prepared, hardly powerful (unless the script calls for it), and kinda dim. That being said, I enjoyed the book regardless. It’s set up like an old P.I. murder mystery with some magic thrown in. The main character kinda reminds me of Capt Picard playing out the the adventures of the two-fisted gumshoe Dixon Hill in ST:TNG.
Butcher is a good story teller but I do think that he made Dresden to be a bit too useless and too full of baggage. My friend said that Dresden gets better in the later books
If you are worrried about falling asleep while driving, this is the book series for you. Filled with vivid tense scary events, it keeps me on the edge of my carseat!! James Marsden is an awesome reader. I'm going purchase every one of these books!