Maybe, but would finish the series first most likely.
The narrator did a great job of the reading, but the recording contains a lot of lip smacking and distracting noises.
The pacing of the book, especially at the beginning seems slow, especially the way James Marsters reads it. He sounds a bit bored reading it.
Most interesting was the world Jim Butcher created, mixing a lot of what the reader knows and twisting it about to make it new and interesting. Least interesting aspect was the way Marsters read this first one.
Put a bit more life into the story and characters. It all seemed like he was just reading the words off the page without much interest in the material.
The character of Harry Dresden is a great one. He's a jerk, but with manners!
Needs breathing lessons
I pretty much did. I listen to audiobooks while I'm working and nearly finished this one in one day.
James Marsters does a great job but I got really tired of hearing him sniffing into the mic to inhale air.
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is a detective, smartass and Chicago’s only listed professional Wizard. When two lovers are found dead in a hotel room, killed in a manner bizarre even by supernatural standards, Harry Dresden is called in by Chicago’s Special Investigation Unit to give his paranormal insight. Meanwhile an estranged wife asks Harry to find her missing husband who has taken up a new hobby: magic. Harry learns that Monica Sells’s husband has bigger aspirations than simply making coins disappear; like using the raw power of Mother Nature to strike down his foes. While trying to find the link between the chain of gruesome murders and the missing Mr. Sells, Harry faces off with Gentleman Johnny Marcone, Chicago’s Godfather of crime, who turns out has personal stakes in the police investigation. Harry also has to stave off Morgan, a wizard of the White Council who suspects him to be behind the string of supernatural homicides he’s investigating. Morgan is only looking for half a reason to convict and lop Harry’s head off. . . on the spot.
It’s dark skies over noir Chicago and Harry Dresden has to find the maniacal murderer before the next storm hits, because the next time lightning strikes, it might just strike him dead.
Jim Butcher does a great job of creating a contemporary Detective Noir feel to the world of Dresden. You have your cast of well-known archetypes: the hard boiled cop in the form of Special Investigation’s Karrin Murphy, the untouchable mob boss you’d love to hate in the suit of Gentleman Johnny Marcone, and of course, the detective, Harry Dresden. Dresden’s dry wit, lone wolf persona and old school chivalry makes him the perfect character to follow in this magical whodunit world. The pacing and plot hit you fast and hard and sometimes you feel there is no time to breathe. If this is the type of story you’re looking for, you won’t be disappointed. Jim Butcher does give room for deeper moments, like character development and introspective moral quandaries, and though he handles it well, their fleeting nature fails to leave an imprint on the reader’s mind after the moment has passed.
Storm Front also promises for there to be more to The Dresden Files (currently a cabinet of 12) as Jim Butcher expands the series with more eccentric personalities and magical melodrama.
Special note: I heard the audiobook version of Storm Front narrated by James Marsters. There could not have been a better match between voice and personality. As the reviews say on Audible: Marsters IS Harry Dresden. Give it a listen.
I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy, mystery or great humor.
I loved that he captured that film noir feel that I get from the books
Saddly it was not if only because I had a distinct voice for some of the characters that I couldn't let go of. It had nothing to do with the performace or the writing. I feel that if I had not already read the first ten books in the series that I might have enjoyed it more.
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.