Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.
Sherlock Holmes. With magic.
I understand that he was famous before, but honestly, James Marsters simply *is* Harry Dresden.
Listen to these novels. Every one of them. Not a one is a waste of your credit. They are wonderful.
As far sci-fi series go, this ranks among my favorites. Each book is short, simple, and incredibly entertaining. There's a little magic, mystery, sex, and violence-- all in the right measure.
I wouldn't call the book masterful, but I can say that I tore through the series at speed, and that I don't regret a minute of it.
I can't say I'm a fan of the gumshoe detective genre but this story and character started to win me over. By the end of the book I was glad I made the investment and found the book entertaining.
On the downside, I found the narrators wet mouth noises (sort of lip smacking) and deep breathy pauses a little annoying at times but eventually got used to sounds.
All in all I was pleased but and still uncertain if I want to continue on with the series. Most likely I'll give the next book a listen.
As with all of Jim Butcher's books, This book has a great story line. Talking with Mr. Butcher at a convention, he said that if you want good character development find out what is the most precious thing to that character and take it away then create road block to set in their way during their recovery of that item. (paraphrased) In this the first of the Dresden books you can see this brilliantly executed.
The performance did not have a lot of inflection, but it almos seemed like it was being done by the actor who played Harry Dresden in the TV series " The Dresden Files ".
The listen is better than the read. Each book just gets better. If a sci fi and mystery fan you will not be disappointed.
James Marsters did an excellent job evoking Harry, Bob and the other characters. I've read the early Dresden's several times, and he did as good a job as my imagination at pulling me into Harry's world.
Harry, because of his white knight tendencies, and Tink, because he's just the coolest fae ever.
As I said earlier, Mr. Marsters evocation of Harry is one of the best I've heard of any character, and was as real to me as the voices I hear in my head when I read Harry Dresden.
I downloaded 1 or 2 books in this series because a friend of mine told me it was good. I could not make it through the first one. The Narration was so horrible. Between the smacking and breathing heavy and sighing in my ear I was disgusted!!! I have downloaded many books and i love this service but this was by far the worst narration I have ever heard. I wished I could remove all books with this narration from my search list. It was awful.
Narration was so horrible
Narration was so horrible
I love paranormal books, urban fantasy or paranormal romance, sci fi as well. A good mystery will make me happy as well.
The narration was so perfectly matched to this character that you feel like you are watching a TV show. I listened to this a long time after reading the book and it was as great as I remembered it. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration for this series of books.
Harry Dresden of course. He tries to be good and stay out of trouble but he cares too much about people to do this.
It just seems like he is Harry Dresden. It was a perfect match.
I wanted to but my time constraints would not let me.
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
I found James Masters pacing of his naration was odd, which made this book a little difficult for me to listen to. The story itself is a pleasant twist on standard detective fiction. I'm not sure if I'll keep listening to these as it was okay but not compelling.
As the first in the series, I don't feel like James Marsters had the chance to warm up to the characters yet. In later books he's simply superb. That said, it is still a wonderful fantasy/mystery book. I love Dresden, his humor, his chivalry, his reluctant heroism--and Marsters is a perfect fit to play him.