I would give my friends a word of warning that the story is excellent, but the production is a bit sloppy. It's worth it if you can focus on the narrative, though. James Marsters does a lovely reading.
The use of fantasy and magic in a modern day setting makes the story much more identifiable to a reader in today's world. It was a charming experience.
I took the book in chunks mostly, but it would be fine for a long drive or one sitting.
James Marsters is a lovely performer and his voice really works with the narrative. However, the production on the audiobook was sloppy. The occasional breath and natural mouth sounds worked alright with the dramatic narrative, but I could pick up background sounds like a body shift from time to time, as if he were moving in his chair. I think at one point I also heard a voice, and there's at least one occasion when a word is mispronounced and it was left in the final cut. The story is wonderful, the performer is good, but the production flaws were distracting and frustrating to sit through. I will keep listening to the series but I sincerely hope the producer gets his act together!
This was the first novel that I listened to rather then read in a long time. James Marsters, the reader of this particular audio book, did a very good job in capturing the personality of the main character and putting it on display. There were some moments that I felt that Dresden was in the room with me, sitting where my computer sat, his demeanor at times showing his depression, frustration, worries, his hopes and his general assessment in regards to what went down. Allowing my imagination to run wild, there were some moments when I allowed that illusion to take effect, pretending that he really was in the room with me, wearing that crazy outfit. I think Dresden would make for a very interesting conversation partner. In this regard, I think that a first person narrative is what audio books are best suited for, especially for readers as good as James Marsters. With that said, I can truthfully say, that it was James Marsteres portrayal of the main character that I enjoyed the most. Though I didn’t read the book before hand, I believe that this book was made better through the audio experience. I’m not entirely sure I would have enjoyed the story as much without having Dresden’s personality being so expertly crafted.
Reinforcing what I said above, Dresden was by far my favorite character. For this particular novel, I don’t see how any other character could come close. For the first book, Jim Butcher focused his character development on Dresden. Though a considerable amount of attention was also placed on Murphy, I don’t feel I know her quite well enough yet.
Refer to my first review.
There are two approaches.
A man hunted by the forces of darkness and light must confront the storm of his fate.
Financial problems, no love life, death threats from gangsters, attacks from demons…..but whatever, life’s just dandy.
Improve the editing
No, story did not draw me in.
Too much of his own noise.
No, the "wizard" is not exciting or appealing
I will not read the rest of the series.
The story, the characters and the humor are pretty good. The writing is a bit rough, but that's to be expected as this is Butcher's first published work. He does get better with practice. The narrator suuuuuuucks. He sighs between every other sentence, shifts around noisily often, mispronounces words frequently, and you can hear spittle crackling in his mouth ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Honestly, I was so annoyed by it that I almost didn't finish the book.
If you can get past the narrator, Storm Front is really fun, not too long, and very entertaining. It has a great sense of humor and the author obviously realizes how silly his premise is and has a lot of fun with it.
I finally buckeled down and started this series. I really enjoyed it. However - the narrator "whispered" his narration. It was very irritating. I may not continue the series via Audible. I may just read it on my Kindle.
Um. Hello. Spike is *reading to me.* Need I say more???
Wizard detective in Chicago. What's not to like?
Great accent, great delivery. I didn't even mind when he mispronounced a few words.
Good simple story. Twisting plot - although if you think while listening you will see it.
The idea of a wizard selling his services to ordinary people, who have no clue whether or not he is a wizard (well one does). At the same time the story keeps evolving, and I liked all the characters in the story. He even makes the supernatural creatures funny, and not just stereotypes and clichés.
I liked all the characters. It is hard not to find a pizza loving faery, a lustful air spirit, and all the other persons and beings Harry encounters enjoyable.
I like James Masters performance. Have read some reviews that does not like you can hear him breathing etc. But that is just part of the act imo. He portrays Dresden perfectly.
Have not heard anything else by James Masters, but I look forward to book 2 with him.
Not really - I like listening to the story while driving and I liked getting back to it over a longer period of time.
Really enjoyable. Look forward to book two which I will download tomorrow :-)
A few years ago I asked some science fiction authors at DragonCon what book they had read recently that they really enjoyed. I was surprised when more than one of them said “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher. I am sorry it has taken me so long to begin reading the Dresden Files series; I should have taken their advice and read Storm Front much sooner.
The audio books are read by James Marsters who also played Spike on the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer. James is such a great actor that I could not picture him being the reader even though I have met him at DragonCon a couple of times. He creates voices for the characters that really bring them to life for me.
Getting to know everyone, the Writer, the characters, and the Narrator. I always either love or hate that about a new series, and this one i loved.
Learning Butcher's way of interpreting the way magic works and effects it's surroudings.
This was my first, but i must say he does a great job of keeping you believing, and wanting more.
It will open your SIGHT.
At the time of this post, there are 13 more in this series and they just keep getting better.
I was disappointed in his skills as a narrator at first, but as I've listened to more of the series I see great improvement in each book. By Summer Knight he's among my favorite narrators. If he stops improving at this point I'd highly recommend him, and I wouldn't be surprised if he gets even better.