Exasperated sighs, pensive sighs, sighs of fatigue, fatalistic sighs, pauses filled with sighs, sighs of martyrdom, sighs before starting a sentence, sighs after a sentence, inhalation sighs.....this narrator SIGHS constantly and makes the character and story difficult to enjoy.
I read this book a few years back and thought it was awesome, I have been meaning to go back and read the whole series. Now I finally have a chance to and a friend of mine suggested the audiobooks because he listened to them all and loved them. I must admit though that the reader seemed blah. He was reading like he was tired or something. Complete with sighs and everything, like it was Eeyore reading the book. I was unimpressed, but at the same time I have heard soooo much WORSE. He wasn't a terrible reader, but not a very enthusiastic reader. He gave very little life to the character of Harry Dresden. I will give the second one a shot, and if I still feel the same way I will just stick to the printed version.
I watched the first season on TV before I read the books and worried I'd be bored. I wasn't. The books are what they should be; much better than the show, and there's no comparison. The world building is believable, including the context in which 'normal' people interact with Harry while he's immersed in other-world business. The main character has depth and considering he's a wizard, doesn't come off as contrived. He's the boy next door who happens to know real magic in a world that mostly thinks he's nuts.
Harry Dresden consults with the police department on 'irregular' cases via a detective Murphy. While Murph won't say she believes in all this, she keeps asking for his help, demanding information in a format she can put in a report, which would not include 'the perp stood in a circle across town chanting'. Harry can't always explain what he sees due to restrictions imposed by the Witches Council concerning interactions with humans. Harry is already on the outs with the Council due to a dark event in his past and he can't afford to push things any further that direction while he's trying to make the rent.
If you like the genre, you'll love this.
I bought this audio book as part of the $4.95 sale of 1st books in a series. For 5 bux, I didn't expect much, actually. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The story itself is very different, but entertaining. Supernatural goings-on in modern day life is interesting. I thought the writing was very good, and kept me appropriately engaged. Did this book change my life? Not really, but it was a fun ride none-the-less.
As far as the performance by James Marsters...I think this is a case of you either LOVE his style or completely HATE it. I started out being annoyed by all the heavy breathing, sighing, and dragging of words. It's definitely a particular "style". But here's the thing - it dawned on my about half way through this audio book that I had converted from listening to someone read a story, to listening to Harry Dresden himself relating his experience. There is a profound difference, and it's never happened to me on audio before. Instead of picturing some guy in a studio reading from a script, I actually felt like I was sitting in a bar, or beside a fireplace listening to Harry tell a very good story. For that reason alone, I gave 5 stars for performance.
I will likely pursue this series, and already look forward to the next one.
This book was a joy to listen to. I assumed, my mistake, that this was a "bookization" of the TV show. I don't know which came first, but I am hooked already. I've been trying new series and finding a lot of novels that don't interest me. This has everything I want, a good story, a consistent and talented narrator, and there are a lot of them. Well worth the time and a credit or two.
Old as dirt and a picky reader
I've read and re-read Storm Front and all the Dresden books. I'm delighted to find the book complete in audio form. The narration fits Desden's personality and the story well.
I like the blending of my regular PI stories with fantasy without being 'cute' as many of the story tends to do. Just the right of each without over-dramatization makes the story flow.
Marster's does a good job of being Dresden and the PI atmosphere.
Usually I get tired and need to stop with audio unlike written but this one is one of the few that keep me interested.
If you like PI [not the cosy genre], if you like Fantasy, give it a try.
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Yes, but I love James Marsters. The man could read numbers and I'd love it.
How about the scene in his basement stair well for starters? The opening with the mail carrier delivering his mail to his 'Wizard Detective Agency'--which is classic Jim Butcher humor.The rain of toads. :-)Jim Butcher's creative alternative to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes urchins of the street to obain information.The nod to film noir in the beginning.
Yes, I loved it. I was hooked and ten books later, I'm still hooked.
If you haven't read Jim Butcher or listened to these, then you've never tried the hottest thing in paranormal urban fantasy. The majority of other offerings, simply don't add up to the master. His snarky humor, his fresh take on life, his sheer excitement for his characters is outstanding.
The story line got a 4 stars only because I know how great the following stories are. His skill as a writer increase through Book IV - Summer Knight and then keeps going non-stop. I envy anyone just starting them, because you won't have to wait for the sequels to churn out.
They aren't going to change your life, but the Dresden Files are entertaining books that certainly make long car trips, working out, cleaning, etc, a lot more enjoyable. James Marsters does a very good job bringing the characters to life, and overall I really enjoyed his narration. It's not quite as flawless as other narrators, but his voice has a very melodic quality that makes it easy to listen to for extended periods.
Its is a one time maybe 2 time listen. I also retain a huge amount of information. so it would take 2-3 years before i was excited to re-listen. its a crime drama series, so knowing who killed who and that harry is going to survive kind of kills the re-listening experience
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I laughed out loud, a couple of times. which is not a normal occurrence when reading and especially when listening to a book.