What a great team is The Dresden Files plus James Masters. He reads it perfectly; you see Dresden and feels like living his histories with him. I totally recommended!
I purchased this book during one of the Audible sales - I think it was the one for series opening books. It stayed in my iPod, bypassed by other more sensational sounding books for nearly 8 months. On a trip from Minneapolis to Houston, realizing I had forgotten to download anything new, I started Storm Front. Holy cripes. I can't believe I missed out on this for so long! But I'm actually kinda glad, cause if I'd read it earlier, I would be done with the entire series by now (I think there's at least 13 books - I'm currently on number 6.)
Harry Dresden is an Indiana-Jones-Everyman and his escapades as the only practicing Wizard in Chicago are completely engaging. That doesn't even begin to describe the other main characters nor the environment itself - suffice to say that the story, particularly the humor of the situations and dialogue, is completely enjoyable. I have been listening to this series exclusively for the past couple of months (I only listen to audio books while driving so it takes a bit longer.)
I will LISTEN to this entire series and I choose to listen rather than read because James Marsters' interpretation is exquisite. Yes, his reading gets better with each novel but even this first is awesome! You can tell that James is a skilled actor and he literally breathes life into the characters - whatever their sex, age or accent.
I am a voracious reader - Audible allows me to "read" even when I'm doing other things - and I could easily get these books downloaded to my Kindle and read the entire series in a week or so. But I won't do that - the experience of listening to Harry through James' voice is too delicious to bypass in the name of immediate gratification!
Although I LOVE James Marsters in the rest of the Dresden Files books, this recording was terrible! I don't like to hear the narrator swallowing and breathing. I could tell that he was trying to make it quiet and un-noticable, but really stood out. I blame this on the recording equipment since the following books do not seem to have the same problem.
Other than that, I thought the story was a solid 4 stars. I really didn't start getting into the Dresden Files until the second half of book 3. I was hooked after that and all remaining books have a solid 5 stars for the story.
The story was ok. After several years of hearing about the Dresden Files series i finally decided to check them out. However im certain the narrator of the first book has put me off of them permanently. I cant tell if the narrator is suffering from chronic asthma or not but his breathy performance and constant monotone voice (even when the characters in the books are supposed to be emoting) is just dreadful. Thanks but no Thanks.
While I found Jim Butcher's tale to be fun and entertaining, I have to admit I really didn't need to listen to the reader swallow. At times the narrator's breathing works well with the Dresden character, however at other times it's just plain bad editing (you can even hear the narrator adjusting in his chair!). I enjoy the narrators voice and he does bring Dresden to life... I have downloaded the next two books, I hope the editing gets better.
I love all the Harry Dresden books, with their wry humor and perpetually poor, beaten-up, but chivalrous hero. The narration by Marsters gives Harry Dresden life, to the point where I will not purchase the latest Dresden novel because Marsters was not available to do e reading. (For those unfamiliar with Marsters, he played Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series, & his British accent was so good even many of the crew didn't know he was from California!)
This was my first Jim Butcher book and I can't wait to read the next one. I love the imperfections in Harry Dresden and that he runs a struggling wizarding business. What a great idea. The character is unlucky in business, unlucky in love and has a fantastically dry sense of humor. The narrator was perfect. Do yourself a favor and read this book.
You can hear the narrator breathing quite frequently. Keep in mind, however ... 1) The book is told in first person. The narrator becomes Harry Dresdren. When you hear breathing and sighing you have the sense it is Harry doing it not the narrator. 2) This is the first book of a great series. There are 14 all together. The narrator gets better and better. 3) Pretty much everyone who doesn't have a problem with the narrator loves these books. They are great fun! Don't miss out.
The narrator breathed so deeply through his nose throughout the story you can practically picture his cavernous nostrils. Sometimes you could hear the spit churn in his mouth. It was distracting at times. I would've liked the story better with a different person reading it. That aside, it was a good story.
I own the paperback. Jim Butcher writes in my favorite style. First person! And he writes in a very sarcastic tone.
The narrator, who also played the main character on the short tv series, but in this audiobook he SUCKS! Maybe he gets better in the next audiobooks, but he does many annoying traits. He swallows VERY loudly, he wheezes, and talks too low for an overly dramatic effect.