Of course. But then my eyes have to work too hard now to read books, so audio books are my only choice. But although I no longer have a choice, if I did, audio books would be my choice. I am not an actor/voiceover artist. I have "re-read" books by listening to them and find that I get so much more out of them with the audio book. Much easier to understand plots, motivations, etc. When I read, I am "monochromatic" and the only character. With an audio book, the world opens up with every color and all different characters. I've found that with books I read earlier and did not enjoy reading, my opinion has changed after listening to it. I now enjoy the book and it's wonderful!
The books by Orson Scott Card.
He has Harry Dresden down pat: down and out sometimes, loser sometimes, a guy just trying to do right. Although I know him from TV, I haven't heard any of his other book performances. I would definitely listen to him again.
Although it didn't make me cry, it did make me laugh. The book refused to be put down. Good thing I'm retired, otherwise I would have had to call in sick to finish it.
I had watched the TV series on The Dresden Files, but the books are so much better.
I'll be getting the rest of the series. Can't get enough of Wizard Harry Dresden!
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Yes if you like these kind of book a must!
Dresden he is a great main character
It made me laugh at times, but I found this whole series to be engaging lots to characters that come into play so it stays interesting through out, and its a long series.
no, because it was so good I want to read all the other books in the series
Besides Harry, I like Bob who is the spirit who is bound to the human skull on a shelf in the lab and helps Harry with his potions. The quirky wicked sense of humour and the fact he likes reading spicy romance novels is just hilarious, this spirit just has no morals!
I liked the actions scenes, they were intense. But I also liked the scenes involving the little fairy Toot-Toot (who liked to eat pizza!?!)
yes, I so badly wanted to listen to it all at once!!!
Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded
Can't wait for the next potion mixing with Bob.
I liked the fact that the audio was not so clean. It gave me the impression Harry was sitting next to me and telling me his story one on one.
Yes! I put the whole serie in my wishlist!
Yes,if they are fans of the Dresden Files
Butcher is not similar to any other major writer I read.
I liked the concept and story but did not like Mr. Marsters' narration because of his pauses and audible swallowing that were not for effect. At times it was hard to stay focused on the story.
Been a while and couldn't really remember much of, I enjoyed it the second time at least as much as the first!
I would give my friends a word of warning that the story is excellent, but the production is a bit sloppy. It's worth it if you can focus on the narrative, though. James Marsters does a lovely reading.
The use of fantasy and magic in a modern day setting makes the story much more identifiable to a reader in today's world. It was a charming experience.
I took the book in chunks mostly, but it would be fine for a long drive or one sitting.
James Marsters is a lovely performer and his voice really works with the narrative. However, the production on the audiobook was sloppy. The occasional breath and natural mouth sounds worked alright with the dramatic narrative, but I could pick up background sounds like a body shift from time to time, as if he were moving in his chair. I think at one point I also heard a voice, and there's at least one occasion when a word is mispronounced and it was left in the final cut. The story is wonderful, the performer is good, but the production flaws were distracting and frustrating to sit through. I will keep listening to the series but I sincerely hope the producer gets his act together!
This was the first novel that I listened to rather then read in a long time. James Marsters, the reader of this particular audio book, did a very good job in capturing the personality of the main character and putting it on display. There were some moments that I felt that Dresden was in the room with me, sitting where my computer sat, his demeanor at times showing his depression, frustration, worries, his hopes and his general assessment in regards to what went down. Allowing my imagination to run wild, there were some moments when I allowed that illusion to take effect, pretending that he really was in the room with me, wearing that crazy outfit. I think Dresden would make for a very interesting conversation partner. In this regard, I think that a first person narrative is what audio books are best suited for, especially for readers as good as James Marsters. With that said, I can truthfully say, that it was James Marsteres portrayal of the main character that I enjoyed the most. Though I didn’t read the book before hand, I believe that this book was made better through the audio experience. I’m not entirely sure I would have enjoyed the story as much without having Dresden’s personality being so expertly crafted.
Reinforcing what I said above, Dresden was by far my favorite character. For this particular novel, I don’t see how any other character could come close. For the first book, Jim Butcher focused his character development on Dresden. Though a considerable amount of attention was also placed on Murphy, I don’t feel I know her quite well enough yet.
Refer to my first review.
There are two approaches.
A man hunted by the forces of darkness and light must confront the storm of his fate.
Financial problems, no love life, death threats from gangsters, attacks from demons…..but whatever, life’s just dandy.