I'd heard many favorable things about the Dresden Files, so I decided to plunge in and meet Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. I was very pleasantly surprised to find him a thoroughly likeable character! I'm not a fan of horror fiction, but find the various vampire and demon characters Butcher includes in Harry's adventures not so frightening.
James Marsters seems to be the absolute perfect talent to bring Harry to life. Marsters doesn't attempt much variation in giving voice to the different characters, but because the story is told in first person it really doesn't matter.
It looks like I'll be on now to consume the rest of the Dresden series!
It's definitely on par with the rest of the series. If you liked the series to this point, your not going to be disappointed.
I've listened to Marsters in this series, and he does an excellent job. He definitely captures the characters and action
Overall, excellent to listen to. The book itself is fast paced, so it never really stalls. Besides, Marsters is an excellent actor and perfect for Dresden!
Sure I'd try another book from these two. It's entertaining.
It's dramatic, it's funny, it's tense. It has an entertaining storyline.
I like how he portrays Dresden as a kinda droll, depressed character. Perpetually glum and waiting for the other shoe to drop.
Storm Front has lots of books to follow.
Dresden books are not literary masterpieces or complex literature. These are a light read (or listen), no deep underlying meanings.........just fun.
Storm Front is the first in a series of now 14 books (planned to be 20) of New York Times Best Selling Author Jim Butcher. I have withheld any reviews except for Book 13: Ghost Story because of the single instance of a change in narrator. However, I have just finished Book 14: Cold Days, and I must put in my two cents, starting at the beginning.
To start, Books 1 and 2 are not that great. Book 3 feels like family, is much better, and is an enjoyable read. Book 4 throws the gates wide open and one can take pure delight in the world that author Jim Butcher has created.
The main character, Harry, is the Primary Draw to these stories, although almost all of the other characters absolutely cannot be missed (Bob especially, really). Harry is a guy with a life of his own (and a history to be waited for, and if I have said that, a future to relish in), and has hassles, like all of us. He's trying to make a living as a private investigator, but he has unique talents, of the wizard-ing kind, that meet situations that don't always go over well with the general public.
These provide him with Life Experiences (and the books are written in the first person) that (A) entertain you through great wit, often with well-placed sarcasm, in their, best put perhaps (others could do better), incredulity in really compelling life events and adventures (and you thought it was unbelievable what that guy in your line at the bank had going on last week), (B) make you thankful in their resolution of well-imagined supernatural-worldly risks, threats, and pleasures (oddly put, but correct given one's company, desired or not), (C) provide humor that will gain your appreciation and that you will find yourself contentedly thinking of at your desk at work after you have smiled, laughed, or snorted out loud at home, and (D) most of all, teach you some of the oldest but forgotten lessons that can get you through your days.
The Relationships between the characters in the book are solid, meaningful, fun, intriguing, and also edgy, depending on just who or what stands to cause harm or fight...or negotiate, matters can be completely civil, yet extremely, but needfully careful in what is said. Harry's gang, the family a great many of us have come to love, are individually compelling and together they make for a great drink around a worn table in front of a warm open fireplace.
HOWEVER, what brings these books to their most magnificent peak is James Marsters, the Narrator. I have listened to many a book, and there is no better performer than this narrator. Very few narrators are even performers in fact. He brings Harry to life in a way you will ache for at the end of a book.
He repeatedly and consistently demonstrates the ability to create unique and interesting voices for all of the characters that are familiar from book to book. And he gives them all life. He is not reading a book. He is telling a story, his story, Harry's story (remember, written in first person). His intonations, his pauses, his pace, and his pure talent make him the best narrator I have ever heard. (See reviews for Book 13 and take up listening to audiobooks).
Buy this book. Know it's not the best. But get started on a series that you will come to love and desperately wait for the next release - just check around the internet for "books like Dresden files" and "hear" all the voices that have been drawn to this series year after year and are looking to each other for unmatched substitutes to read in the meantime. (But you can get the next book immediately here on Audible). Enjoy!
Marsters is perfect as the narrator. After listening to this one, I started immediately on the next installment (Fool Moon).
I downloaded this because I saw that someone who read the Iron Druid thought that it was a lot like this series, so as much as I like the Iron Druid I decided to try this. Well, I have to say that it was a good story but to me the Iron Druid is much more entertaining and has better narration. I will try a few more of these to see if they get better as the series moves forward.
I can see this will be an excellent series to keep me entertained while I commute. I don't need deep literature, just a good wild story with fun characters and this delivers. From what I hear this series gets better as it goes so I have 13 more highly entertaining installments to look forward to.
I'm a little puzzled by some of the negative reviews of the narrator, James Marsters. I thought he was superb and captured the essence of Harry perfectly.
Great story line, this book has brought back some of memories of the tv show series.
I would absolutely recommend this book! It is an entertaining read full of action, romance, humor, and spectacular magic.
There are so many, it's difficult to choose.
He brings a world weary quality to the voice of Harry Dresden that brings the character to life.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
I bought this book as a special as a first book from a series. It took a while to get to it but it was worth the wait. James Marsters, the Narrator is brilliant. His punctuated deliver with sighs and contextual pauses added to the book by really highlighting the emotions of the characters.
The story was a bit predictable, but enjoyable all the same. The structure of the plot was sound and simple, and it was this simplicity that made it all too obvious that was happening in the book. However, the tempo of the book and the depth of the main character redeemed the book making it a brilliant read.
I strongly recommend the read.