I started the Dresden Files series some what optimistic. I have to say I am totally hooked! I listen while I work and am taken away to the trials and tribulations Harry has and don't want it to end. These are so well written that I laugh and cry and get angry and feel elation throughout the story!
I first heard of the Dresden Files when it was a series on Scifi. I loved the series so I figured why not check out the books. Boy was I glad! As usual TV does not have the ability to do the books justice. You get the normal character introductions and butcher lays the ground work for more.
As this was the first audio book in the series the direction was a little sketchy. Marsters doesn't really let you know when a new chapter is starting other than by a long pause. He does do some heavy breathing which is a little distracting but I got used to it and it did not distract from listening.
Butcher yes - Marsters no.
Someone more professional - he's got a good voice but he's CONSTANTLY swallowing right into the mic and/or smacking his tongue against the roof of his mouth - it has the effect of someone chewing gum in your ear.
yes - the character is perfect for a longer series.
The idea of a wizard in modern times. The story wasn't very interesting.
The book was kind of boring. Especially with the way the narrator read it it just didn't hold my interest for very long.
I wish there had been a different narrator. He sighed a lot and gave the character a really bored persona that I didn't like.
This review is on the series rather than on this particular book. I just finished Skin Game. I love this series! Jim Butcher has done a wonderful job of combining all kinds of fantasy creatures in these books. As a result I never could quite see what was coming next. Everything fits fairly neatly together and the human world gets an invitation to the party as well.
The characters are delightful. There is quite a bit of banter throughout the book and the main characters generally don't take themselves too seriously. Jim Butcher manages to make the main characters and some of the not so main characters fun, vulnerable, strong, brave, silly, and so caring and dedicated over the course of the series. He made me feel committed to seeing what happens with the main characters and to hope that they get happy outcomes when the series ends (which will hopefully not be right away).
James Marsters does a brilliant job narrating this series (with the exception of Ghost Story which is read by John Glover who did a pretty good job). Marsters is able to put so much fun and attitude into his reading of the series. He has a great voice, really nice to listen to. When he does character voices it is really easy to tell who is speaking and he does well with both men's and women's voices. Also his voices for the little folk are great! It takes him a little while to really get into the characters and voices. His least excellent performance is in this first book but it is still a much better performance than many of the other audio books that I have listened to.
This series is probably not a good series for you if you are very sensitive to violence, if you don't do well with fantasy books, if you want the main female characters to be damsels in distress, if you like the series you read to be short series, if banter annoys you, or if you want something serious.
The story about the wizard in a contemporary human world mixed with a magic world is quite engaging and has some original elements. The narator unfortunately took away from it, he was quite annoying, you can hear him breath, sigh...
The story reminded me of an old detective story, but with magic, vampires and other creatures. It moved along nicely, held my interest and when I put it down I wanted to go back to listening.
Good, overall. James' voice was a good match for the main character. In the beginning his breathing was distracting; some heavy breaths I wasn't sure if they were for dramatic effect or not. But deeper into the book either this got better or I no longer noticed it.
Noir detective story...with magic!
Maybe, but would finish the series first most likely.
The narrator did a great job of the reading, but the recording contains a lot of lip smacking and distracting noises.
The pacing of the book, especially at the beginning seems slow, especially the way James Marsters reads it. He sounds a bit bored reading it.
Most interesting was the world Jim Butcher created, mixing a lot of what the reader knows and twisting it about to make it new and interesting. Least interesting aspect was the way Marsters read this first one.
Put a bit more life into the story and characters. It all seemed like he was just reading the words off the page without much interest in the material.