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
Jim Butcher, yes. James Marsters, never.
Did he have a cold at the time? or what? The constant heavy breathing and lip smacking.. I swear I heard him try to ease his dry mouth by drinking.. then the swallowing and the lip smacking. Come on, James, you're a professional. What, did someone force you into doing this? Were you not aware that you were being recorded?
I have an hour commute (each way), so I listen to at least 4-6 per month. A bad narrator will kill a book for me faster than anything
Honestly...I am barely listening to the story because I am SO distracted by the narrator/production. It really detracts from following plot.
I am not turned off by the book..just the performance. I have heard very good things about this series. I guess I will have to read the actual book and forego the audio version.
BREATHING. OMG...I actually got out of breath just listening to this. He takes a deep inhalation at the start of almost every sentence...between that and loud exhalations that are not for story emphasis, it is as if he is holding his breath as he reads and then has to catch up. Fingernails on chalkboard annoying. It seems like part of this might be the production..could they not minimize all of Marster's heavy breathing sounds somehow? Had he done the recording after a long hard run? Who knows.
I bought this on sale for under $5 which is the ONLY reason I am not returning it. I had looked forward to starting and discovering a new series and I heard fantastic things about the narrator too. So I came into it with an open, positive mindset. But all of the sighs and breath sounds just ruin it. I want to be involved in the story...not hearing someone breathe.
Be happy...no one can do it for you.
It's funny because at first the way James Marster was reading the story was killing me. Then I realized he wasn't James Marster he was in fact Harry Dresden. After this thought crossed my mind I love the book and have bought more and enjoyed them.
I was looking for more books by Jim Butcher after completing "The Codex of Alera" and saw the 15th book in this series posted in my suggestions box. I was a fan of the television series and gave this book a try. It did not disappoint.
The part about the amulet that connects him to his mother and kept him focusing on what was good and right.
Great voice, very well acted.
A good man always chooses the right path.
I can't wait to get into more of this series.