Quite a bit of mumbo jumbo without much explanation. I prefer more solid explanations than, "circles trap things, and that's the way it is." I did enjoy the characters, though. The plot is rather simplistic which makes for easy listening, but not much thought. The reader was quite good throughout.
I never listened to an audio book before this, so it came as a pleasant surprise. The story was awesome, James was pretty perfect as the voice, and it was a good experience in general. I'll be trying more audio books just because I had such a good experience with this one.
So even after watching the show back in the day and being disappointed that it was cancelled. I somehow missed the part that it was a book – a whole series of books. Otherwise, I would have started the series back then. And even though it’s been a while since I’ve seen the show, I still have those images in my head when I listen to Storm Front. (It’s hard to reconcile a blonde Murphy with Valerie Cruz. But hey, they’re my head pictures.)
Wanna know how I stumbled upon these books? Nope, I missed them at the local comic book store, focused too intently on the Doctor Who displays at the front. Nope, they were not recommended on Goodreads or Audible.
I was searching for the voice. The one that would help sooth my insomnia. And I am so picky, a random male reader doesn’t always work for me. I started browsing Audible by narrators. Just popping in the names of actors I liked. I mean, if Lou Diamond Phillips performed installments of The Twilight Zone, surely someone else I knew would be in there, right? Right. Stumble upon James Marsters and, guess what. He has a huge body of work on Audible.
So, now I have Mr. Marsters reading fluff to me at bedtime. This is probably why I liked Storm Front so much, and why I will slowly go through the series like letting chocolate melt on the tongue followed by a swallow of a nice Riesling.
Mr. Butcher has not written the great American novel. Please do not go into this thinking he has. It’s a fun read. And I like it.
Not everyone is going to like Harry. I, personally, do. I find it disgusting that we women have made the guys so afraid of being who they are. (By that, I mean, those who open doors for us, take our hands to steady us when our stilettos wobble, you know, old fashioned things that are out of date now. I would rather take that hand gracefully than fall on my ass screaming, “Don’t touch me! I can take care of myself!”) No matter how tempting it is to get into a sexist debate, in response to other reviews, my baser instinct comes out. I like this book. I like this series. I will not hesitate to recommend it to people who like magic and mystery. But I am not going to be offended if they come back and say, “What were you thinking? This is only a mediocre story of some basement-living loner.”
I haven’t read the entire series. I cannot with authority say it gets better later. In my experience, no matter how great the author is, there is a point in the series where the writing tends to become a pacifier to a public who doesn’t know when to let things go and enjoy the good stuff already there.
But you know what? I am going to let Mr. Marsters take my hand and guide me through the world Mr. Butcher has created.
I've been a bibliophile since I was a kid, whether reading or listening, I can't get enough of a well crafted 'verse, series books are best!
This isn't the first ( or 2nd or 3rd...) time I have begun the journey of Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Jim Butcher's Dresden is a hero in the minds of those he saves and yet considers himself flawed more than the average Joe. With a struggle against darkness, most especially within himself he is the most self-examining and self-doubting antagonist that mimics in a more fantastic way the turmoil of anyone struggling with self-doubt, addiction to darkness or a dearth of choices, none of them good. Dresden has given hope to the hopeless, light to the darkness & faith to the faithless both in and out of fiction. I began reading this aloud to my son when he was going through a dark time & I will be forever grateful to Jim Butcher for creating a character that has not only given us hours of enjoyment, but also quite possibly saved both mine & my son's life or at least our souls.
Story was good but the narrator was fantastic. I would definitely listen to any book he narrates. I would get another book by Butcher.
A great introduction to a series that never disappoints. The overall scope of this book is a little narrow, but it does a lot to set up elements for later stories.
This story held me the entire time. The recording isn't fantastic but to be honest I didn't care. The performance was good and so was the story. The recording although not spectacular oddly lent itself to realism at times. I'll definitely get the next book
Enjoying life, taking time to be myself, trust me it's a hoot!
i read Storm Front 6 or 7 years ago then bing read all th Dresden files. The more i learn about the American novel the more mystified by Butchers ability to tell a good tale. I enjoyed the book twice as much as i did the first time.
This is an excellent tale, however, the narration is regrettable. His voice is deep, toneless, and rarely is there the slightest bit of inflection. You will likely enjoy it in spite of the narration, but one should be aware.