Yes. This is an entertaining book. It isn't awesome, but it isn't bad either. Just enough intrigue and mystery to make you want to keep on reading/listening.
Harrys inner dialogue is amusing. Not to mention his wiseassry. The things that comes out of his mouth make you look like a crazy person cackling in public laughing about nothing. Or a crazy person trying to hold on to their sanity by repressing laughter.
His voice is pleasing. Even though he does pronounce Marcones name wrong for the first few books, he does fix it later on. His performance is great.
“Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
― Jim Butcher, Storm Front
I read this book and thought it was ok. Since then I have read the series several times. Standing alone, this is probably the weakest book in the series. They continue to get better and better. If you dont like this long series by the third book. If you haven't laughed out loud once, then you can stop, your not going to like it.
Not for listening
He mumbled the text, though he was trying to be in character it was annoying to listen to and I had to quit after awhile. He couldn't do other characters voices and he was very monotonous.
Read it in print instead
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
This book got such good reviews and high stars that maybe it is just me. I listened to it, but would I ever listen to it again - no. Was I entertained and pulled in enough to want to listen to the next book - no. It was something to listen to and it wasn't bad at all, but for me it wasn't worthy of 4 or 5 stars. It was just an average read and not worth any more credits for such short books. There is absolutely nothing wrong with average reads, but for me to give 4 stars I have to be sad when the book ends or completely enthralled and for 5 it has to be stellar! I preferred the Iron Druid series over this.
the dresden files book 1, a fun listen, James Marsters vocal ability adds a nice flair to the story and really hits the mark
This book represents my first exposure to both Jim Butcher and James Marsters and I found myself thoroughly enriched by the experience.
Mr. Butchers’ writing is intelligent, complex, irreverent, entertaining, challenging and inspiring – an incredible and refreshing mixture for such an humble genre as who-dunit noir mystery. Butcher utilizes some classic literary devices to great effect; for example he quite obviously opens the book with foreshadowing setting the tone for the whole book, I enjoyed this immensely. I found the characters to be nicely complex and either truly likeable as if they might be my own friends or absolutely disagreeable reminding me of schoolyard bullies. The plot was wonderful: driven by Harry’s formidable powers of investigation it was very rich and convoluted; I just barely kept up with each twist and turn – in fact I am not too proud to admit that I missed one or two.
Mr. Marsters does a marvelous job of narration – this is truly a performance, not simply a reading. He does well with female voices by not trying too hard to force them. He is very good at establishing a unique voice for each character in the book allowing the listener to give all of their attention to content and not to juggling who’s who. His performance is award worthy.
This is a better than average audiobook; a solid 3.5 stars. The story is entertaining, but the narration is more along the lines of a reading than a performance. James Marsters has evolved into one of my favorite audiobook readers. His performance in later books in the series are brilliant, but this reading is somewhat flat. This one feels like a first effort, and while very good, it is not great. Still is well worth the credit and was a huge bargain as I picked this up as a $4.95 sale. This is a must listen for me as I highly recommend The Dresden Files series as a whole.
author, reader, lover of the art of writing. Audible enables me to listen to some of the more fun and lighter books while doing other stuff around the house and to look up new stuff to go get from the library to read.
Listen to and read the whole series, loved it! James Marsters voice helps me "see" the quirky but lovable wizard. Dresden is a hustling wizard who always winds up trying to help folks i need and save the city of Chicago. ( Thanks Dresden!) He made a few mistakes when he was a teen but put magic in the hands of a teen and ish happens! He is constantly trying to prove himself, get out of nasty situations, and end up on his feet.
I like this series because it combines supernatural fun with a kind of detective novel and the last three made me giggle with delight but you may not read them out of order! This one got a 3 from me, don't badger me! Read it anyway when I read it, it was the 3rd read and I was like huh? Then I listened to them all in order and the lights came on.
How do you know a series is good? When you get a funky attitude that the book is over and you have to wait for that trifling author to write and publish the next one. As an author who has yet to publish, I bow down to the series creator. It is hard to write even when it is all in your head. I have been a ghost writer for others and I do not have the chops for this level yet... but I am working on it!
5 for the series, maybe a 3.43 for this one, I know you say a 3 bonk that! on to the next one, but no, listen, then to the next one and next one... You will be coming home and sticking in your stereo to listen to while cooking supper, telling folks to shut up or get out your story is on...
James Marsters does a wonderful job narrating this book. I had gotten this to read long and far away and kept getting distracted away from it. James Marsters interpretation kept me interested and got me hooked. Harry Dresden, our PI wizard is a lovely curmudgeon on nobodys good list. He's being hunted by an evil wizard, burning bridges with the police he consults with, offending potential love interests and journalists, interfering with mob bosses, and being suspected of being a dark wizard by the White counsel. You can't help but wish this poor bastard could catch a break. Enjoy this, its fun, but don't look for some great world building or magic system. It is a bit like candy - enjoyable but not terrible filling. That being said, who doesn't like candy?