This is a phenomenal multi-genre series! An entertaining read/listen, encompassing all the best elements of fantasy, action, humor, and suspense! While the Dresden Files series is classified as SF/Fantasy, it should be recommended for readers from all genres, including Mystery, Fiction, and even Romance! Part Harry Potter and part Hard-boiled detective story, this series will get you hooked and keep you wanting more!
James Marsters is an extraordinary reader, a master of his art, and a GREAT voice for this character.
I liked it. I had seen the Dresden Files on SciFi a few years back, and so I picked up the book hoping it would be better and it is really good. I enjoyed it very much. I'm about to listen to it again.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, including the narrator. It was the improbable made probable in a very engaging way. I thought the narrator struck the perfect tone of a slightly-on-the-skids wizard. I'm going to read more from this author.
I read the book several years ago and enjoyed it a great deal. The noir feel with a magic twist was wonderfully fun. Though I enjoyed the book the first time the narrator in the audio version actually heighened the "read" the second time. His characterizations in this and the next four books (haven't listened to the others YET) really bring the books to life.
Well done to both author and narrator!
Audible needs to get books 5-8, yesterday.
Contrary to other reviews which say the narration isn't that good and/or that his breathing interferes with the story, I think that is what MAKES this story.
The main character, Harry, is far from perfect. He's a licensed wizard/gumshoe, down on his luck, trying to hold on to his good intentions. He's unfailingly flawed and human...and the narration fits that perfectly.
James Marsters voice is perfect. He doesn't miss a quiver, a sniffle or an inflection. He comes across with such believability, you can't help but be drawn in.
I saw Butcher's latest book on display at B&N today and a caption on the front stated "Think Buffy the Vampire Slayer starring Phillip Marlowe." That sums it up pretty well.
A wise choice to keep this narrator for the entire series. Can't wait to begin #2.
This book was a lot of fun! I thought the narrator did an excellent job, he really personified the characher. I will certainly listen to more books in this series.
James Marsters is a perfect choice to read these books. His voice is perfect for Harry Dresden. I will definitely be watching for the three middle books in this set.
Writing this in hopes you will not make the same mistake I did by ignoring the other reviewers comments about the narrator, whom I am sure is a very lovely man. However, his breathing and mouth noises ruined the book for me. I could not finish it because of his personal "sounds" which really ramp up after the Audible clip. And it is too bad because the story was good enough to make me try a couple more times to listen to it. Just could not do it. If the book was re-recorded, I'll bet it would be 4-plus stars.