Wizards are awesome.
The books of The Dresden Files (I have listened to the first three at the time of this review) tend to follow the constant ramp-up model of writing, where you follow a very short period of time in Dresden's life where every possible thing goes wrong, gets worse, then gets worse again. It's not until the very end of the book that he manages to resolve EVERYTHING, and the book is incredibly tense until that point. Normally, I HATE that kind of ramp-up, since I am a big supporter of allowing more ebb and flow to avoid overloading the reader. With The Dresden Files, however, it WORKS. You are invested, you are excited, and you are eager to find out how Dresden manages to save the day and resolve all of the crises.
When I started this audiobook, I thought that James Marsters' delivery was a little fast. Once I got used to it, however, it was incredibly engaging. He really knows how to vary his delivery emotionally to reflect what is happening in the story. Most people can't do that while narrating. He IS the voice of Harry Dresden to me.
One of my recurring problems with The Dresden Files is the fact that people who SHOULD know better doubt Dresden on a regular basis, even though he has proven to them that he's the only guy that really knows what's going on. So far (I've only listened to the first three books at this time), this has been the worst example, as even his friends refuse to give him the benefit of the doubt. I rated the story lower than I might have because of this.
Also, Bob is awesome.
I will have to say yes, because I did. The story itself was not as interesting as I thought it would be. Guess this one was just not for me.
Great book. Fantastic narrator. The books only get better! Start here and keep going!
I love James Marsters. Him reading this title was 90% of what convinced me to buy it. There have been a lot of complaints about his narration, but for me I feel that the deep breaths, and yes even the occasional lip smack, adds to the character and does not detract from the listening experience. Perhaps it is because I know what his normal speech pattern is, so I can tell that he is doing a character. When he talks in interviews, or acts on television or in movies, these 'foibles' do not exist. I think that they are on purpose and they really give the character depth.
I enjoyed the scene when Murphy takes Dresden home after his concussion makes it impossible for him to drive. This softer side of the hard assed cop makes her more relatable and real somehow. Their exchanges are always my favorite parts of the book, but this scene was especially good.
If you enjoy paranormal or mysteries sprinkled with wit, give this book a try. Please don't be distracted or put off by the complaints about narration. If you go into it believing the speech is that of the character, and not of the narrator, you will really enjoy this book.
I really enjoyed this audiobook the narrator James Marsters, sounded just like I imagined Harry to be a really grumpy laid back wizard. The story was gripping especially as Harry is not able to use his magic powers because of something in his past. Harry does really well with what he has on hand to deal with the demons and is handed back his powers under watchful eyes. I am looking forward to Harry’s other adventures and the great narration.
Note on the narration: James' recording was a little rough in the first 1/2 of the book or so. I think the equipment he was using was not up to the task, so there were a lot of pops and lip smacks, etc. HOWEVER, it sounded like he got better recording equipment and the second half of the book was excellent. His PERFORMANCE was very good and was excellent by the end of the book. I also listened to the 2nd book (Fool Moon) and his performance was wonderful. He does an EXCELLENT job of bringing the characters to life and painting the noir mood.
How the reader literally became the character as he read. Very well done.
The gripping twists and turns to the plot.
The worst date ever... No spoilers!
Sometimes you just need a wizard.
I like realistic books that stretch the truth and the laws of physics...and also emotionally resonant narration that doesn't suck.
First, I really, really didn't need to hear the saliva swimming around in the narrator's mouth between every single word. Really.
Second, the narrator wasn't a totally confident reader. He was a little stiff.
Third, the plot was put together well and integrated into the prose pretty well. The paranormal subject matter was used in a calculated and slightly original way.
Still. It was so pulpy that my mind kept wandering from the story. It didn't grab me that much. The author wasn't half bad when he wrote this, but he wasn't that great either. I mean, it's not nearly as poorly written as, say, 50 shades or a Charlaine Harris; just not totally compelling.
And the male chauvinism of the young Butcher is quite evident. Here's a note: if you're looking for some reason to have pride in yourself, don't use your gender. You had nothing to do with which gender you ended up being born with, and what you see in it as superiority boils down to a mere lack of understanding and maturity.
The Story was so rich and full. It was a wonderful read!
The Main Character
I have not only his TV stuff but he was awesome
Yes but sadly life gets in the way.
The depth of character development and the complexity of the plot
yes - there is potential and promise. The premise of the book is excellent but I would have liked to see more in terms of depth for both the characters and the plots in the book.
Narration was very good - the characters created through accent and inflection were just right.
in terms of listenability - in the same time I might have listened to something more engaging and intriguing
My sense at the end of it was that this would do well as a YA genre book rather than adult fiction. If you were to take out the references to sex and nudity and blood spewing around I would definitely tag this for my kids to read / listen