It's hard to be original, but Harry Dresden, Wizard, sets up a fantastic new universe. You start to wonder, how much supernatural is just behind the next corner waiting for you. Not all is new, but it is mixed into a fresh view of vampires, werewolves, wizards and fey.
Being written in the 1th person, the permormance depends highly on the narrator transferring emotions to the listener. James Marsters does that perfectly. He brings all the characters to live and keeps them true throughout the whole series, even the smallest. Believe it or not, even Toot Toot is his voice without any technical gimmick.
There are complaints about hearing him sigh and breathe, but if you give it some chapters, it really enhances the story most of the time. (Well, sometimes the recording could've been cleaner of course). I've now listened to the whole series up to book 12 and often I miss it on the newer, cleaner produced audiobooks.
This first story sets up the surroundings and the characters. It is more a straight forward 'monster-of-the-day' story and still lacks the complexity of the following books. But watch out for the finale and you'll know what you'll get if you listen on.
I gave it only four stars because - the story is getting better with each book!
This is the first Dresden File I have read and I am now hooked. I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. The narrator, James Marsters, is GREAT! He brings Harry Dresden to life!
I tried to get into this book. I enjoyed the story line, but I could not get over the bad quality of the person reading the book. He was constantly sighing and breathing heavily. I got about 1/3 through the book and had to stop listening. I found myself clinching my fists at the horrible delivery and was so focused on that, that I couldn't enjoy the book.
They picked the best story teller he has a way with words.
I have not read a book like this before.
Yes because its more then a cliff hanger.
A must read.
I'm an eclectic reader. I'm 5 foot 3 in, brown eyes and silver hair. The rest is subject to change.
I love the books, I loved the short lived TV series (damn writer's strike) and now I love the audio books. James Marsters gives a terrific performance. I love that they left the sighs swallows and snorts in. Makes it very believable and you feel like you're there. Great start to a good series.
Easy first person narrative listening. Following a wizard for hire, where the world touches on the super natural, make for a book.
In my top 10
Dare I say the whole thing?
This is my first Marsters's performance and I do think I will have trouble thinking of him as anything other than the voice of Harry Dresden.
BOTH and with nearly every time I turned on my audio. Butcher is a great author weaving the most unusual items from that bottomless brain of his.
I can't wait for hear the next book.
Give me a spy novel, mystery, history, and a little science and I'm totally happy
Fun story and humor, great narration. I would have given it a full 5* if it hadn't gotten so verbose. At times it was hard to listen to the details of the present situation when it was obvious that changes were soon to come. From others' reviews it sounds like things improve as you get into the series, so I will listen to the next in line.
First of all, I don't write reviews, but I'm 10 books into this series and it is freaking amazing! The characters and narration is out of this world.I will agree with a lot of folks that the first 2-3 books are just good. Even the premise isn't all that exciting in Book 1 but they are all entertaining. After that, I am fighting to get in my car and listen! I'm sitting in parking lots and outside of restaurants just so I can finish a chapter. IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!
A wizard for a detective? Great idea.
Sarcastic, a loner, yet with a heart of gold, the wizard is interesting with his foibles but unshakeable morality.
At first he seems very monotone. For the first 2 seconds, I thought,