I am a over the road truck driver for the past several years. Which gives me a lot of time to listen to audio books.
If you like magic and action you found it here. Nice long story too. The hero is well developed and only pulls you in farther as the series progresses. James Marsters reads it well and adds life to the words. Iv heard the first few so far and cant wait to listen to the rest of the series.
yes, it is very entertaining.
The fight between Harry and the bad wizard. Harry was hanging from the balony and could not figure out which way he wanted to died; then, he had an idea. He is always having ideas to save himself.
To laugh... yes.... there were several.
James Marsters gives Harry Dresden a very unique voice. He brings Harry to life as Jim Butcher has created the character to be. Mr. Marsters is Harry Dresden. Of course, Mr. Marsters has very good material to work with. Jim Butcher is an excellent writer that creates characters of many dimensions. Harry Dresden has many problems. Some are so ongoing that you can’t wait for the next book to find out if he repaired any of the relationships he missed up along with what else is he going to get into. The book is funny as well as entertaining. Oh, yes, it has it’s serious moments. A very good book and excellent reader! Thank you!
Yes. The series itself is incredibly well written, and Marsters does an amazing job of bringing Dresden to life.
He really gets the 'hard boiled' aspect of the story telling. Through his performance, he really convinces you that you are listening to a detective recounting his life.
The team up of Butcher and Marsters is not to be missed.
I was not sure I would enjoy a wizard tale however Butcher is engaging. I was expecting fairies, demons and such to be waking among the normal folk but Butcher keeps the two worlds intertwinedically separate. The book is fun and entertaining. I will be downloading Book 2.
When Harry says something to the effect of "What the *&^% lady - I just want to talk". In the context of the event and the way James Marsters reads Harry it is priceless.
Harry is done brilliantly by James Marsters.The way James Marsters reads Harry is perfect. I have a vivid picture of Harry and his personality.
Holy cow...the reading was just terrible. I expect a few errors here and there, but these mistakes were too many, and of too many varieties to excuse. Words were mispronounced, punctuation was ignored, inflections were inappropriate, characters' lines were read in the voice of others, verb tense were changed, and words were omitted or inserted, changing the entire meaning of some lines. "Not" is a very important word!'
I was able to understand what was intended, but this was NOT the performance of a talented reader. His error "coverups" were ineffective and his reading was a distraction from the story itself.
This was a total waste of my money. I listened to the end only because I felt obligated, having paid for it. Blech.
No. The author was trying too hard. I'll not be reading any of the rest of the series.
I want my money back. :)
I just started the series this week really like Jim Butchers writing and James Marsters reading of this book. Listened to the whole book in one day.
Good introduction to the series lets you get to know the characters.
For supernatural fiction, this story feels more real. No character is the one dimensional invincible hero that we find in other series. Butchers characters are complex and gritty.
While I like the dry style that the Marsters uses to narrate. The repeated heavy sighs were distracting for me and almost caused me to put down what was a really good story.
I may try another Jim Butcher novel as he seems to have real writing chops, but I will NEVER try another book narrated by James Marsters.
The narrator making deep signs, swallowing sounds, and overall sounding bored. LOL. It was so funny, my son and I made a drinking game out of it. Each deep sigh, take a drink. You can't get through a chapter! lol.
Absolutely not! One of the most horrible parts about this book and the reason it didn't get much better marks was the performance of Mr. Masters, whom I've always liked from Buffy and is a very good actor. But he just seemed BORED. I thought maybe he was taking on the character in his signing and low tones but by the middle of the book, it was clearly boredom and annoyance to me. Never again.
This is one of those books where it may be great or not depending what you focus on. I had a hard time not notices the gaping deep breathes, the swallowing and bored, awkward voice of the narrator. I blame the production team also. I should not hear such a pronounced swallowing sound. I loved this actor in other things but books is simply not his thing. It was so distracting at one point, I made a joke of it. As for the story itself. It is overall entertaining but the main character can be a bit off putting. First, he's a ragging misogynist, to the point where it's actually annoying. His actions and ways toward women is not cute or funny, it's just sexist. The women in this book, each character, including the MAIN female character, is constantly described in terms of their looks. I know this is how straight men think, I suppose?, but jesus, does every single thing a woman does need a sexual recounting? Also, the man was the most arrogant character. Butcher over and over again reminded the readers of how amazingly powerful he was blah blah blah blah. What I don't need is to be told how GREAT the character is, SHOW me don't tell me. This is a Harry Stu perfect character when it comes to that and it was put on way too thick. Some of the actions Harry did seemed forced and unnatural to the situation at hand. these odd actions kept the story going but they made no sense. The plot was a bit hamstrung by its lack of logic. The overall writing I thought was well done but there were glaring issues here. If you are looking for a light, enjoyable book, this is not bad but don't expect anything hard hitting or thought provoking.
I liked that I was introduced to the series, but honestly whats with all the orgy's.
Love it so much I own all the e-book and still love listening to James read them to me. Thoroughly enjoy them all. The characters are great and the urban setting for magic is wonderful. Harry is my hero.