The first entry in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files is an excellent piece of Urban Fantasy Noir. Harry Dresden is a Wizard P.I. complete with arcane soaked brooding, deadly dames, and grisly death.
It is am excellent short read, and the series takes off in subsequent books. I listen to the entire available series sat least once or twice a year.
avid researcher and avid listener!
Very well done. I enjoyed it. Quick listen but absolutely worth a credit. I enjoyed it very much. There ya go
The person that read the book (The Narrator) is not very talented by any means. The story was ok. I won't be listening to anything else by this author or narrator.
Quite a bit of mumbo jumbo without much explanation. I prefer more solid explanations than, "circles trap things, and that's the way it is." I did enjoy the characters, though. The plot is rather simplistic which makes for easy listening, but not much thought. The reader was quite good throughout.
I never listened to an audio book before this, so it came as a pleasant surprise. The story was awesome, James was pretty perfect as the voice, and it was a good experience in general. I'll be trying more audio books just because I had such a good experience with this one.
So even after watching the show back in the day and being disappointed that it was cancelled. I somehow missed the part that it was a book – a whole series of books. Otherwise, I would have started the series back then. And even though it’s been a while since I’ve seen the show, I still have those images in my head when I listen to Storm Front. (It’s hard to reconcile a blonde Murphy with Valerie Cruz. But hey, they’re my head pictures.)
Wanna know how I stumbled upon these books? Nope, I missed them at the local comic book store, focused too intently on the Doctor Who displays at the front. Nope, they were not recommended on Goodreads or Audible.
I was searching for the voice. The one that would help sooth my insomnia. And I am so picky, a random male reader doesn’t always work for me. I started browsing Audible by narrators. Just popping in the names of actors I liked. I mean, if Lou Diamond Phillips performed installments of The Twilight Zone, surely someone else I knew would be in there, right? Right. Stumble upon James Marsters and, guess what. He has a huge body of work on Audible.
So, now I have Mr. Marsters reading fluff to me at bedtime. This is probably why I liked Storm Front so much, and why I will slowly go through the series like letting chocolate melt on the tongue followed by a swallow of a nice Riesling.
Mr. Butcher has not written the great American novel. Please do not go into this thinking he has. It’s a fun read. And I like it.
Not everyone is going to like Harry. I, personally, do. I find it disgusting that we women have made the guys so afraid of being who they are. (By that, I mean, those who open doors for us, take our hands to steady us when our stilettos wobble, you know, old fashioned things that are out of date now. I would rather take that hand gracefully than fall on my ass screaming, “Don’t touch me! I can take care of myself!”) No matter how tempting it is to get into a sexist debate, in response to other reviews, my baser instinct comes out. I like this book. I like this series. I will not hesitate to recommend it to people who like magic and mystery. But I am not going to be offended if they come back and say, “What were you thinking? This is only a mediocre story of some basement-living loner.”
I haven’t read the entire series. I cannot with authority say it gets better later. In my experience, no matter how great the author is, there is a point in the series where the writing tends to become a pacifier to a public who doesn’t know when to let things go and enjoy the good stuff already there.
But you know what? I am going to let Mr. Marsters take my hand and guide me through the world Mr. Butcher has created.