I've never met anyone who raved about the Dresden Files, but I'd been hearing about them more and more lately, so I thought I'd give them a try. The idea of a fantasy/detective novel was appealing to me. But it was surprisingly bad.
And so, I will not try another book by Jim Butcher, but I'd consider another read by James Marsters.
No. His characters are flat and the writing is bland, but the thing that really got in my craw was his treatment of women. The women in the story participate in the story exclusively as sexy damsels in distress. The main character is sooooo chivalrous, don't you just admire his old fashioned ideals? No. No, I don't. It reads like nerdy, white, male, hetero, wish fulfillment: "Wouldn't it be great if I were a badass wizard and all the women around me were hot objects of my desire that liked my black trenchcoat?" I see that it is a kind of reference to old pulp novels, but it carried so much of the bad along with the good. I'm frankly a little surprised there are so many of these books.
I love his vocal quality. He laughably mispronounced "spellslinger", but other than that he did a pretty good job. I'd totally listen to another book that he read.
It inspired me to write this review in the hopes that the average rating will go down and other people will be warned not to spend their money and time on this book.
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The first person narrative sounded like you were sitting in a room with the protagonist, as they were telling you about their experience, and what they were thinking each step of the way. There was a lot of fleshing out of the premise of the magical world within the book.
The scene in the forest where he summoned the fairy and then had a confrontation with Morgan.
When Harry was talking with Monica Sells and narrates about how he felt about her circumstances.
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I'm not really sure what I was expected. I think I was looking forward to a sort of male version of Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan. The main character tries far too hard to convince the reader that he is a gentleman without actually being a gentleman. Between James Marsters' flat narrating style and the subpar writing, it was really hard to get into this book. Once I got past Marsters' narration, I found that there were a few characters who really saved the book from being worthy of a one star rating.
No, definitely not. I will still seek out urban fantasy novels with a male perspective, as there are some books that have done a really good job with it. I've even gotten used to James Marsters - enough to give the second book a chance.
Marsters needed more fluctuation. Changing his tone or pitch would have made it easier to tell who was who.
As a friend recommended, I'm giving the second book a chance but I would definitely not waste a credit or money on this unless there is a sale or something of that nature. I'm hoping the second book gets better, but as it is THIS book just reads like a pilot episode that DIDN'T make the cut.
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James Marsters really brings Harry Dresden’s character to life with his calm and collected narration. He has a smooth voice and makes flawless distinctions with each character in the story. James’ narration can sometimes get a little breathy, but I find that it fits the mood of the scene and wasn’t turned off about it enough to stop reading. James really does a marvelous job of making you think you’re sitting in a room with Harry while he’s telling you an exciting story!
The magical world Jim Butcher has created is both dark and fascinating. The rules and politics in the “wizarding” world, known as the White Council, are a bit complex and I look forward to learning more about them as the series progresses. Jim Butcher’s a fantastic storyteller who keeps you on the edge of your seat with multi-faceted characters, an engaging supernatural world and some humor.
Harry is an intriguing character, he always has the best intentions but is pretty moody and brooding wizard. Would I consider him an alpha? probably not my kind of alpha, but he definitely is a strong character. Harry’s a bit nerdy, has almost no lucky with women, isn’t rich but still has plenty of charm and a great sense of humor. He believes in doing the right thing at any cost, which usually lands him in the middle of some dangerous situation…I would say he’s pretty close to being the male version of Rachel Morgan from the Hollows series. I really appreciate his vulnerability, although he is a wizard he’s not immortal, making him a more relatable hero in my eyes. He hasn’t won me over completely just yet, but it’s still early!
Storm Front is a solid character driven story with a noir feel that instantly grabs your attention. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden (how cool is that name?) has captured my attention with his snark, angst and big heart. Jim Butcher has created a supernatural world with wizards, vampires, fairies and some unique villains that I can’t wait to revisit!
wizard detective Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden
if Merlin and Hans Solo and hagrid had a kid with Charlie's Angels
Then you would have Harry Dresden I will admit the first book took me a while to get into but if you're looking for a series of books for their entertainment value they have suspense and they have their humor some parts will just catch you offguard The Star Wars and Star Trek references and comic book references I mean Dresden steals from everybody but with style
you cannot beat the Dresden files it was like a snowball going down the hill for me The more I listened the more I loved. anybody that like magic and mystery books cannot go wrong with these books very seldom Will I write a review but these books are worth it
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I enjoyed this first book, though it was closer to 4 stars than 5. Good enough to give the next book a try. I like the series more and more the more books I read. Butcher somehow makes each book feel resolved well enough to be satisfying while maintaining the larger plot arch. (There are a lot of books, so I find I occasionally want to take breaks from the series.)
After reading the first book, if you really want to get into this series, find a chronology online so your able to read the shorter stories when they happen chronologically. This will include buying the 12.5th book in the series, Side Jobs, and reading the various chapters as they fit in the timeline.
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This review is partly for Storm Front as a stand alone work, bit it is also a teaser for subsequent books in the series. I've listened to all 14 titles available as of this writing, so obviously I enjoy the series.
In creating Harry Dresden, Jim Butcher has created a character every bit as gruff and chronically misguided as Carl Kolchak, the Chicago reporter featured in TV movies and a series which aired in the 1970s. If you enjoyed Kolchak, I expect you'll enjoy Dresden as well.
Harry Dresden is a typical reluctant hero, doing what he thinks is best, partly because no one else sees the problems at hand, partly because no one else can tackle the bad guys causing the problems, and partly because he's a sucker with a heart of gold who doesn't know how to quit, especially if he's outnumbered, outclassed, and in a fight WAAAY out of his weight class.
The stories read like old fashioned whodunnits, told in an easy narrative by Harry himself, almost as if he was sitting with you over a couple of beers, telling you his story, his insights, his motivations, his screw-ups... all of it. The style is very much like Kolchak's narration, but this time we're dealing with someone who knows more about the supernatural going in. Dresden knows when he's up against mega-nasties, knows when his chances of survival are practically nonexistent, and true to the reluctant-hero standard, he goes flying in where any sane person would collapse into a gibbering mass.
And he survives (usually - but that's for the spoilers), learns, grows in power and responsibility. It takes a while, but over the course of the series Dresden goes from being a convicted murderer a hair's breadth away from execution to becoming a recognized defender of humanity in general and Chicago in particular. Supposedly, Butcher has mapped out a full-story arc for Dresden and hinted that it will take another 10-12 books to complete that arc. If that is true, I'm betting that Harry is in for a helluva ride!
In reading the Dresden Files, James Marsters has also progressed, gaining skill as an audible book performer with each new volume. This first volume is the most rough, the least polished of the series. (It may have been his first audio book reading ever, but I can't confirm that.) There are several places where he mispronounces a word or two. There is background noise, the turning of pages... not a lot of it, but enough to be a distraction, especially if you are accustomed to listening to audio books.
But fear not! By the very next book in the series, Marsters improves tremendously, both in terms of his performance and in the technical aspects of delivering that performance using his voice alone. Before the end of the second book it is impossible to imagine anyone else bringing Harry Dresden to life. Indeed, in the one book where another performer did the narration (Ghost Story: The Dresden Files, Book 13, Narrated By John Glover) it took a while to adjust to the difference in cadence and delivery. Don't mistake me, Glover did a fine job of narration, but after hearing Marsters as Dresden's voice for so many, many hours, it was a lot like having a familiar stranger in your home. Familiar, but not quite the same.
Fair warning: If you are impressionable and have issues with horror stories, stay away from this series. If, on the other hand, you enjoy murder mysteries, film noir, cagey gents and sultry sirens, Harry Dresden will keep you entertained for a great many hours!
What a fantastic series to have stumbled upon! Love this book, and the narration by Marsters is masterful. Perfect pitch - thank you, have downloaded the next...
Finally finding time to enjoy my first love... "reading" ... in a whole new way that fits into my busy schedule.
I read the reviews...the good, the bad...and decided to give Storm Front a chance. As have many others, I too have seen the TV series and was interested to see how it translated into book form. I was very pleased with this book. The plot was a little predicable, this is true... but for me, it did not detract from the enjoyability of the book. I am the type of Audible listener who rather enjoys the narrator who does "all the voices"... James Marsters (at least in this book) is not one of those. I was admittedly disappointed as the "pages turned" to reveal this, but I must say, he won me over. Some of the reviews stated the reader's breathy voice was annoying...I simply envisioned Dresden sitting right there in front of me weaving his witty tale and counted it in as part of the ambiance. I highly recommend Storm Front and I honestly can't wait to read the next book.
i will start off by saying "The Dresden Files" is one of my all time favorite series. having said that, I almost never gave the series a real chance because of this book. this is by far the weakest book in the series, can definitely tell this is the writer's first book.
years ago i was looking for a new audio book series to get into and i found this series, i remembered seeing the commercials for the tv series on scfy, and thought it looked interesting (but never watched it). so i pirated a torrent of the first 11 books, i now own the entire series by buying them off of audible, including the ones i had pirated.x
but this book, it took me 3 tries to get through it, it was just a bit too corny in places for me. it almost read more like some sort of cheesy sitcom in places, kept expecting to hear canned laughter. and the reader, you could hear him breathing into the mic, moving his spit around in his mouth, swallowing etc. having said that, the reader is now one of my favorites, i have bought books just because he read them. this was his first book reading and it shows is all.
Then one day i needed a book to listen too, had no other options, so i broke down and listened to the second book (Fool Moon) and thoroughly enjoyed it. the difference between this book and the second one was night and day,fool moon is a great book. and fell in love with the series after reading the 3rd book. i would ALMOST suggest skipping this book and would if not for it being referenced and some of the story/characters coming into play in later books, so you'd be lost if you didn't read this one.
after having said all that, i still recommend buying this book and just powering through it to get to where the series starts to shine in Fool Moon. and gets even better in Grave Peril where it introduces a lot of the main characters you'll see through out the series like Michael, a knight of the cross, he has a sword with a nail from THE crucifixion worked into the hilt to fight the forces of evil and one of Harry's best friends.
the series is great, has a little bit of everything in it angels, demons, trolls, ogres, fairies, old gods, etc. the series is very clean sex content wise, there is one sex scene out of 15 books. now i'm no prude, but i don't enjoy some dude whispering in my ear describing 2 characters sex acts on each other...