I would listen to other books by this author. It is kind of a mindless listen. You can figure out who done in the first chapter. But his books are like potato chips you just can't read one.
I have actually recommend this series to a friend. Its a simple read and doesn't require the listener to work out puzzles as to who done it. Its pretty much a given.
Not really. His voice is to monotone and his female characters sound more like aging drag queens who smoke to much.
No I can not see this book being made into a move. The plot is too rudimentary. I don't think you could get 90 minutes out of it.
I find the main character to be simpering and whiney. He is always woe is me. He is suppose to be this guy with great power and the ability to wield it but......he whines instead. Will I listen to all his books, "yes". Why? Its filler until the next great thriller.
I got the on the recommendation of a friend and found it incredibly boring. It might be OK for a teenager but just didn't get or hold my interest which is a bit odd since I love supernatural themes.
Older teenagers (16+) who grew up on Harry Potter and Law and Order reruns may enjoy this combination of magic and crime drama. For me, it was an awful experience. Just not into this "combined-genre". I would not recommend this book to young people under the age of 16 due to adult content.
Wizardry attracts trouble
Giant acid spitting frog demons and love potions are bad
A quirky kind of dry humor that comes through
The following books of the series get better exponentially
Brought this book on a whim. Didn't listen to it for months and on one rainy afternoon Qd it up. I'm not use to listening to first person but Marsters is surperb and I loved the storyline! I definitely will continue with this series.
So this book was very different from my usual fantasy listens, but it was cheap and I needed something for my commute until I get another credit. This book has me hooked to the series now.
Give the narrator a chance, at first, it sounds like he may be trying to eat the microphone. om nom nom, right? But give him time and he will hook you, and I now enjoy the recording style, he put emotion into his voice and does voices rather well.
I am not on book 2 and soon to be 3, this series is fantastic.
"Storm Front" by Jim Butcher is the first book in the Dresden Files series. I have now listened to all 13 books in the series, plus Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files. I just can't get enough!
Of all the books in the series, "Storm Front" was the weakest. After finishing it, I wasn't sure I wanted to use another credit to listen to the next book. Am I glad that I decided there wasn't anything else compelling! The books build upon themselves and get better and better as they go. Butcher has come up with a fun and entertaining idea of a wizard, and has crafted likable characters that readers can root for. Harry Dresden is a wonderful hero and I look forward to many more adventures with him.
"Storm Front" introduces us to Harry Dresden, the only wizard who advertises in the Chicago yellow pages. He is a wizard who is having trouble making ends meet. You'd think that being a wizard would keep Harry in high demand, but unfortunately people in the 21st century don't believe things like magic exist.
Butcher crafts an original and compelling mystery, and readers will become utterly wrapped up in Harry's dilemma. In the course of his investigation, Harry runs into all kinds of supernatural beasties, including fairies, demons, vampires, and giant scorpions! Add to it Harry's hilarious assistant, Bob an air spirit with an overactive libido who lives in a human skull, and you have the recipe for a wonderful and exciting read.
"Storm Front" is a suspenseful and well-written mystery, and Harry Dresden has a wonderful self-depreciating sense of humor that really endears him.
If you enjoy mysteries or fantasy writing of any kind, give "The Dresden Files" a try, you'll like it a lot!
I had a lot of fun listening to this one. I was extremely impressed with the narrator. The story was definitely good, albeit a little formulaic. I did some research and it turns out that the author was purposefully following a formula so I can't be too critical of that. It did bother me that every single woman in the story was beautiful/sexy. It was just so unrealistic that it took me out of the story. I plan on reading the rest of the series though, as this was overall pretty good.
Yes, It was a great listen, even with James Marsters having a bit of trouble with swallowing and wetting his lips as he speaks. Not sure why it was not edited better. I have listened through book 5 now and he gets much, much better, so it would not stop me from listening to book 1 again. Fantastic series!
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harris. Same badass feel to the main character, Chicago setting, same overall feel and tone, which means the characters have a sense of humor and feel real.
I am not sure if I should blame James or the editors for the wet mouth sounds we get in this reading, and it can be a little disconcerting. It seems like it should have been edited better. However, I love the dry, ironic performance by James. The author picked him to read it, so I am confident that the dryness is exactly what the author wanted, and I think it works beautifully. He does a good job, and he gets better with each subsequent book. By book 4 he is one of the best readers I have heard yet and listen to a LOT of books!
harry was form the start and as he goes thour the story he has to balance his world with Murphy paper work