The story line was pretty good...I think. It was hard to tell because the narrator was completely droll, slow, and monotone. This may be a good book but it's not a very good audiobook.
Nothing I can find in it.
I must have ordered it by mistake.
Anyone who can speak clearly and not like a machine gun.
Definitely disappointment! I do wish this type of story and narration could carry some kind of labeling, such as "Very young adult"
If you have ever watched a romantic comedy or sit-com in which the characters consistently make bad decisions with predictable, plot carrying outcomes with an ending you can foresee as soon as you recognize the formula, then you know how it will feel reading Storm Front.
The idea of the book is good. The main character with the semi-secret unfortunate occurrence in his past that might come back to haunt him is well-worn but comfortable terrain. The idea of a modern crime noir story with the magic twist is what drew me to the book in the first place. However, despite the fact that noir stories tend to be somewhat formulaic with stereotypical characters, you still want characters' reactions to make sense. The interaction between the two main characters were completely unbelievable. Dresden would avoid explaining something to Murphy for no apparent reason - in his mind there seemed to be nothing between telling her nothing and revealing all the secrets of wizardry. Then Murphy would completely over-react causing an end to their friendship. The formula was drawn up before the book was written - have the protagonists have a love-hate relationship, always antagonizing while secretly liking each other. Then the plot was manufactured to fit the outcomes, only not very realistically. And the ending was so incredibly predictable that it would have made using deus ex machina more entertaining...at least it would have been a surprise.
As for the performance, the narrator goes for a world-weary, noir character type of performance. However, he just succeeds in coming across as weary. There is no inflection between characters, all are narrated the same with a minor attempt at an accent for Bob, and therefore he does not add anything to the book.
So, returning to those sit-coms and romantic comedies. If you enjoy those stories as a relief from a hectic day or if you can live with a few "What the...!?" moments, then this might be a good beach read. Other than that, I would pass.
I love james Marsters as an actor and artist. any book he narrates and gives his voice to will be in my list.
Beginning: Carpenter Middle: Marine then Firefighter Latter part: IT Admin; Books have always provided fuel for my imagination to feed on.
Great story. To bad they killed the tv series.
I like the background story and the use of magic. Well done.
Has slow moments, but sets the characters up for a promising future. Not the voice I imagined for Harry, and he sounds a little odd when speaking as a sultry female but overall good narration.
I had heard about the Dresden files for years, but just got around to reading the first one. My expectations were surpassed. The background is derivative (far, standard supernatural creatures, Lovecraftian horrors, secret wizard societies); but that accusation can be leveled at other, popular series (looking at you, Larry Correia and Charlie Stross). That's not a knock- I enjoy all of those. Jim Butcher does a nice job of integrating the hard-boiled detective story with the magical background. All the characters were written well, save Morgan, who came out pretty one-dimensional. The plotting is quick and tight, as befits a detective story,
James Marsters did a good job of narration. He is a little too quiet for me, but my main beef is that he plays Harry too dryly. I know it's appropriate for the character, but even when giving an inner monologue about how much he detests the things the villain is doing, the narrator's tone sounds like he couldn't care less.
Still, that's a niggling point that doesn't really detract from the audiobook. I enjoyed this first book and look forward to more of the series.