This was book one, it was pretty good. Im looking forward to the next one. If you like Kim Harrison, and Anita Blakes (first five) you will like this one.
I'm downloading this book to my Nook as I just can not get through all this mans "HMMMs" and "AAAAHHHHs" and breathy sounds and swallows. I can truly say he is one of the WORST narrators I have ever come accross and that's saying alot, as I listen to audio books daily! Please don't bother wasting your money on this hoping the reviews are just super picky....this really, really sucks!
I have read a lot of fantasy novels and these books are an easy read that you can not help but get swept up with the characters. James Masters does a great job narrating and as a huge fan i can say he is Harry Dresden the main Character. I live in Australia and the Audio books after book 4 are unavailable to Australian customers but i check almost daily for them that is how good they are. I hope to own the rest on Audio as i have all the books. These books may just change your life.
Many people complained about the narrator's breathing in the audio, but for me it gives more character to Harry since this book is told in first person. It feel's like you can hear Harry's thought, his worries, his anger etc.
I love the Dresden Files but this audiobook was edited horribly. You hear every single lip smack and inhalation. It is very distracting from what would be a fantastic story.
This is a good story that has the depth of a 90 minute movie. It's the kind of a book you could easily polish off in a weekend.
James Marsters does a terrific job of narrating this book. The story itself is an interesting and original take on wizardry. I like the way the author has obviously done his research about magic.
When I first listened to James Marsters read this book....I didn't think I would like his interpolation, but as he read on....I found it funny and really enjoyed his style....so, give yourself a chance with this book!
Can't wait to read the next one......!
James Marsters does an excellent job of reading this first book in the Harry Dresden series. His infections, sighs and pauses bring Harry to life. He reads so well that he disappears and I was listening to Harry. I came to this book via the television series and as usual, the book is better than the series. Butcher has created a believable underdog of a hero.
The book was quite interesting. Fast paced and fun to listen to. Like many others, I have some complaints about the narration. Unlike many of those posting comments, I think that the style and caliber of narration fit the book quite well. What I found extremely distracting was the narrator's constant swallowing. It was like nails on a chalkboard every time he would swallow.
I put this more on the audio editor as most of it could easily have been edited out of the production.
I am typically quite patient with bad production, but found the swallowing so distracting that I almost stopped listening to the book. My solution was to finally turn the volume down. I normally listen to my books fairly loud, but when I turned it down to the bare minimum required to hear it, I barely heard the distracting swallowing. I was annoyed at having to do this, but was able to finish the book and actually enjoy it.