Story line is silly.
Narrator was extremely depressing to listen to! The only reason I finished it is because I didn't have another book downloaded at the time.
I haven't read the book. However, I HAVE to point out that this is more than 10 times better than the TV serie. The TV serie I saw one, maybe two episodes of, thinking "This could be interesting. I should watch it sometime." And that was years ago. The book kept my interest from the start, and had me going back for the second book the day after. It is that good!
I'm not one for telling spoilers. Sorry.
I'm not sure I have listened to his work before. I might have, but then again, I might just have heard someone sound like him.
James's voice is perfect for the role. He sounds just like how you imagine your sterotypical Private Investigator, with a bit of a darker calm voice. Like the movies of oldentime.
I really can't stress enough how perfect James really is for this character.
I'm not really creative enough to come up with something short to encompass the story and excitement in one phrase :)
This is great work right through. If you like mystery, the occult, ghosts and goblins and the likes. This is for you.
Without awkward pauses and mispronunciation--which could partially be the writing. He has a nice voice, but all the breathing, sighing, swallowing, phlegm and saliva sounds drove me absolutely batty, jarred me out of the story repeatedly until I'm not sure I got the whole story.
The scenes were fine, but I'd have suggested he tame the body parts acting independently of their owners, describe things instead of telling Dresden sees or hears them, and a lot less description and introspection in the action scenes. Unbelievable that he can stop to explain things while getting the hell beat out of him and everyone around him. I've rarely encountered action that crawled so slowly. I fell asleep in the middle of fight scenes several times. Not riveting.
I absolutely hate that Dresden treats 3 strong, capable, smart women like incompetent fools and keeps nearly getting himself and them killed because he's "old fashioned". Call it what it is: ego-maniacal misogynistic chauvinism. If he actually were so much smarter and abler than them, it might fly, but he's a bumbling idiot who gets a lot of folks killed because he's so sure he's all that and nobody else can be.
Definitely, read oops listen to this book. Great start of a off beat series.
The whole series is great.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
Would I? Well, I have. Twice.
This is a great book to swallow in a few gulps. Maybe over a really long drive or two. The chapters move along quickly and never grow dull.
It's not a perfect book. There's a lot going on ... maybe too much. But it establishes a bunch of great characters and staple ingredients of the Dresden Files that will pay off again and again over the next dozen+ novels. This is where it all begins and it is undeniably charming.
Love reading and listening to books. It's something I'm trying to pass down to my children like my mother did for me.
Yes, given that I've read it multiply times! This is one of my favorite book series.
My favorite part is actually the opening. I love when you get introduced to Harry for the first time and he describes himself and what he does. When he recites his first name and dares you to conjure by it. It really makes you feel like this is a true story and the events can actually happen.
He really gives a great performance as Harry and I could picture that as Harry's true voice. He has a few things that I don't like, but they are few and far between.
The sniffing, sighing and heavy breathing of the presenter was, well just plain creepy. It became impossible to loose yourself in the story and became more of an endurance effort. I spent a lot of time wondering if another presenter might have made this a good listen but sadly I was unable to reach any sort of conclusion. Sniff.
Once you start this series you do not have to continue, you will want to continue. Each book in the series just gets better and better. I compare all other books in this genre to this series.
James Marsters is the only narrator for this series. When you hear his interpretation of the characters you believe he is the characters.
What is most interesting is that even arriving late to this series this book pulls you in and indoctrinates the reader to the world you know a score more books are set in. The fallibility of the main character makes him very believable even in the incredible world around him.
I think the moment that Harry walks into the Bar owned by the Mafia boss and is truly a force to be reckoned with you really feel the power Harry wields and understand that his ability to keep his power in check is in fact the real battle of the story.
I think James performs the female characters the best. I am not certain why I say that but they are all believable and the tone he uses to frame their voices is well done. It may be helped hugely by the fact that these stories are all written from the point of view of Harry Dresden but no matter the reason I didn't feel any hesitation performing the female characters.
The moment that Harry has to save Murphy after she is wounded pretty badly by a magical creature. The whole scene between that point and when the EMTs arrive on the scene had be on the edge of my seat so to speak.
The character flaws in Harry are so incredibly important to the story. However the main character is wonderfully tempered by the Mafia boss and Murphy the police detective that is often at odds with Harry in one way or the other.
I enjoyed this story. Lots of magic and action. Harry has too many guilt trips for me, though, and I could choke Murphy for always wanting to arrest everyone and drag them downtown behind bars for questioning. James Marsters does a good job of narration, but his quick inhalations hurt my ears sometimes. Still, I now own the next three audiobooks in this series, and I am looking forward to listening to them.