The constantly moving story, the characters, and Dresden's wonderfully witty narration.
Some years ago I picked up the Anita Blake Vampire novels and fell in love with the witty supernatural person reluctantly working with the cops to deal with the wrongdoers in the world. This book had the same basic theme, though it far surpassed the Anita Blake series in everything from characterization to plot. Also it didn't rapidly descend into porn, which I appreciate.
Dresden with his skull and Mr. Mann? The giddiness after he defeated the spider? Visiting Mac at the pub? All of them?
The book as a whole was good enough for me to finish in less than two days. I haven't had that kind of addiction to a book in YEARS.
Me? ....... Capable of many moods, and enjoying a vast range of literature. Incapable of uploading a picture and realized none of the Avatars are ......appropriate. That pretty much "tells" it all.
Too slow for me. Didn't care for the reading by James Masters. It is the start of a series, will check out the next book at Goodwill.
History student with VERY eclectic tastes. Too busy to actually sit down and read most of the time so audiobooks have saved my sanity.
I had been told by friends that the Dresden series didn't get good until the third or fourth book, but I have to say that I absolutely loved the first book. Maybe having it read to me by James Marsters (who does a great job!) made the difference.
I'm definitely going to continue with the series.
James Marsters brings the Characters to life! Harry and the other characters are just as you imagine them when reading. And he gets even BETTER as you progress through the series!
Harry Dresden is a Private Investigator, predominately of the supernatural in modern day Chicago. Imagine Phillip Marlowe crossed with Gandalf the Wizard. Phillip's dry sense of humor and Gandalf's ability to magically kick butts, all rolled into one. Jim Butcher has managed to mix old school magic and mythology in ways that Harry Potter could only imagine. Anyone who enjoys SciFi and Cop stories will enjoy this series, even if you don't, you will enjoy Jim Butcher's writing style and the amazing characters he brings to life in this series. The books are fun and entertaining, HIGHLY recommend!
Harry Dresden of course! James is spot-on Harry. Can't imagine anyone else reading him.
Just thinking this is WAY COOL! Marsters nailed it!
You HAVE to get the whole series, the books get better and better and so does James Marsters.
I was wanting to listen to a good audiobook series, and after hearing one of my favorite authors (Orson Scott Card) mention the Dresden Files, I decided to give it a shot...
I was a little worried listening to the first few chapters.... but once I hit the half way point, there was no turning back! I've now listened to and/or read every book in this series within the past 60 days, and I've pre-ordered the next installment due on 11-27-2012! Each book you listen to or read in The Dresden File series just makes you want more!
I enjoyed listening to this book because its more of a realistic Harry Potter.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
The way he performs the book its great for this type of book.
Harry Dresden. He's a character that I really identify with and enjoy.
The end of it, where Harry reviews what has happened and where things stand.
James Marsters was really great. His pronunciation of the some of the psuedo-latin didn't always come out as well as expected. Sometimes it felt a bit rushed. That was the only reason for the 4 stars instead of 5 on the performance. Great job!
Mainly a sci-fi, and fantasy junkie who also enjoys horror, whodunnits, and books about animals and sports. I'm also an amateur filmmaker.
This is my first book from Jim Butcher, but I liked it really well. It is a really nice mix of gritty realism, magic and fantasy, and interesting characters. I guess my main criticism of the story is that it kind of lacked an interesting villain, as we weren't introduced to the villain until the very end (when it was pretty much over).
Now the reading. Argh. I guess it's not so much the reader but the editing that is so lacking. You are constantly listening to the reader take breaths, gulps, smack his lips, etc. After listening to a lot of books, that just comes off as real unprofessional and distracting. Guess I'm spoiled. Otherwise the reader gave good voices to the characters etc.
Yes, I would listen to this again and I have saved this for future listening. I look forward to the rest of the Dresden Files audio books. James Marsters brings the dry wit that seems to be the character's trademark.
Loved the way it was read!!! you knew that there where different characters speaking by the way the reader changed his voice just a little bit. The emotions and the excitment was all in the voice,, nicely done.