Don't know - I've only listened.
Why, Harry, of course! Dresden is full of dry wit, but as his character develops, we see a man of deep conviction and committment to higher ideals. His guiding priciple is that with great power comes great responsibility - an outlook we might wish to see in our leaders in business and government, by the way.
Others have complained that Harry takes on too much blame and self loathing, but it is his committment to his friends and to others that he feels responsible for - even to the extent of honoring an unwished for agreement with a Chicago crime boss - that makes us respect him, not so much as a powerful Wizard, but as a true hearted Human Being.
Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...
Spike goes to Hollywood...?
Don't Give Up!: If you feel that James Marsters' delivery was a little flat in this first book, hold on and give him a chance. I inadvertently started with Book 13 "Changes" (the only CD version my library had) and there was a world of difference!
In Book 1, when Harry casts and evocation (eg: "vento ventorium") Marsters barely raises his voice from the low-key monotone that he uses through much of the book. HOWEVER: In the later installments Harry's evocations are shouted with a ferocious energy (FUEGO !!!) that makes the book come alive!
The narrator is skilled and his narration was fit for the character, but I felt there were too many sighs.
The story was interesting and I enjoyed the book.
This is a great "read". I've read the book and just finished listening to the audio edition. They're both great - just different. I didn't picture Dresden's voice as I hear it on the audio, but once I got used to it, I loved it! The reader is fantastic.
One of the moments I liked best was when Dresden stormed into Gentleman Johnny Marcone's bar, blasted the door, melted the juke box and stopped bullets firing at him. Epic!
I didn't want to stop listening to the book until it was done. I had such a hard time stopping once I got started.
I would definitely recommend this audio book.
If you enjoy a good urban fantasy this book will whet your appetite for more. Jim Butcher introduces to us a wizard named Harry Dresden who is a hard boiled detective of the magical sort. The neo-noir style writing combined with a fascinating world and mystery screams for you to read more. Luck for you the Dresden Files is one of the most popular series of its kind, so sit back and enjoy book one knowing there are many more to fill you days.
I've already re-listened to it. Told in the first person, and read by a professional actor, it's an easy favorite. James Marsters makes a fantastic Harry Dresden. He has the perfect blend of sincere and sardonic.
I listened on my commute, and often waited in my car for the scene/chapter to end.
If you're a fan of The Dresden Files, this audio version will not disappoint. I'm not always a huge fan of audio books (I know, I know...) but this series in particular is well suited.
I've listened to Storm Front over a dozen times now. Just love the way all of the (now very familiar characters, including the Blue Beetle) are introduced, and Marsters' portrayal of them.
Great kick-off to an excellent series!
I've only heard Marsters' reading for Butcher, but am looking forward to his other works.
"Much better than the television series!"
Can't wait for the next installment!
In the middle (I have listened to a lot of audio books).
A fluid, consistent performance with a good feel for the characters.
Private detective--have staff, will travel.
I found the combination of magic and detective work hard to resist. At the very beginning of the story, Jim Butcher sets a tone that is laced with humor. The main character, Harry Dresden, has kind of a tongue in cheek acceptance of how the non wizarding world views him. The rules of magic are explained as necessary and do not slow down the story. At the same time, I felt the world Butcher created was consistent and suspending disbelief was natural and easy.
Harry Dresden's back story becomes more interesting throughout the story, until you realize he is a force to be reckoned with. This was important to me because Dresden is faced with murderous crime lords, a demon summoning sorcerer, and the White Council, which has him on probation for murdering his instructor. His problems escalate because in order to exonerate himself, he must venture down a dark path that does not exactly make him appear innocent. His finances and love life are five star disasters, though he is always so close to making a breakthrough.
I listened to Storm Front as an audible book, narrated by James Masters, who did an excellent job.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
I really enjoyed the premise of this book and although Dresden got on my nerves sometimes (he seems to think he's responsible for everything and doesn't give himself enough credit), I liked him well enough that I'm giving him a second chance.
I don't think I'm continuing this series in audio though. Maybe James Marsters has gotten better as the books move along but for this first book, he was average at best. His voices are not distinctive enough (sometimes I can't tell if it's Dresden or somebody else speaking), he had problems pacing his breathing, sometimes he portrayed the wrong emotion and he fibbed some lines (I read along with the ebook for parts of the book when I wasn't sure I was going to stick with the audio.)
So although I can't say this one was great, it was good enough that I'm definitely continuing the series.
Once you get hooked on this series you want to read them all. Harry is a guy who has to do the right thing. Others see him as hapless, but he is the underdog hero!
Harry Dresden and Lt Murphy...both complex characters you want to know more about.
Jim Butchers style of writing,James Marsters narration!,wonder why it never stayed on the air!(only 1 season??). Remembering this was the book that started my "addiction" to the Dresden Files,(Harry) in the first place.
Harry,& "Murphy",( & too many well written therein).
Didn't have a Favorite!,( all give character to the others!)
"Too Good to Leave out of Life's Experiences!" ( as a series!). Like 3 hours a night for two weeks on TV kinda thing. Then go to DVD.
Don't deprive yourself of the series & Experience of the team of Characters!.