Everything! This series of books are second to none in this genre. I just finished listening to this the second time. Harry Dresden is one of my favorite characters of all in literature. Jim Butcher is great with characterization. His books move at a great pace. Everything happens within like 2 or 3 days. You will have 3 different things or angles that start off that seem separate but they always fall in to place at the end. Perfect touch of humor.
**SPOILER*** I really enjoyed all of it but if I had to pick one moment.. I would have to say the scene that starts off with Harry in the shower and the demon shows up at his door. All the way through to where he dispatches the demon.
There couldn't be a better narrator for this series than James Marsters. He absolutely brings Harry to life. He only gets better with each book. Definitely one of my favorite authors!!!
This book touches you and you can relate to Harry. The guy is isn't perfect but tries to always do the right thing. He makes mistakes, reflects on them. He is just like a normal person and you can relate to him. That's what makes these books so good.
You can't go wrong with this series!!!
This was the third or fourth time I have listened to this audiobook. Even though it is easily the weakest novel of the entire series, (in my opinion) it sets the stage for some absolutely fantastic Urban Fantasy.
I am a true Dresden fan. Plain and simple. In future novels they introduce other characters I like equally or better, but this novel really sets out to make Dresden a fantastic character.
Marsters brings a fantastic sarcastic tone to the character Harry Dresden much akin to his character Spike from Buffy and Angel, sans English accent.
Not necessarily. It was a little difficult to follow the first time I read it, but once I go back and already know all the characters it is much more enjoyable to just sit and listen.
Butcher's writing is such that I do have a hard time setting his novels down.
Decent beginning to a fantastic urban fantasy series. Can't wait for more Dresden.
Most certainly. it has the ingredients to become a block buster movie.
IT was able to somehow create a visual experience in your mind.
Cover to cover
No just the whole book
It is a long series but every volume kept me wanting more.
Funny, dangerous, suspenseful,and above all a bloody good read.
Love the series and this audio version does justice to the novel. If you have only seen the TV series then you are in for a treat. The characters are stronger, action more frequent, blood is gorier, and bad guys are badder .... you get the picture.
At first the narration seemed a little odd, it was almost depressing actually. The storyline was also hard, at first, to really get into. I like to feel "part" of the book, get to know the character(s) and in the beginning I really felt that Harry might not be someone I want to get to know.
However, as the storyline evolved so did Dresden. Within the first couple hours I started to find myself wanting to listen more than just during my 30 minute commute to work. As the story reached near end, I found myself getting "excited" (as much as I get excited anyway) when I knew I would have an opportunity to listen to more of the book.
No, but at the end I listened for a couple hours at one sitting.
Just bought book 2 and looking forward to it.
28 years old Ghil is a marvel in procrastination that likes to get away in fantastical escapades in his mind.
With a flawless and energetic narration by James Marsters, Dresden's beginnings are a joy to go through. The series gets better as the books go by, but the first was intriguing and interesting enough to get me hooked and get me to read the others...which is where the true gems lies. All narrated by mr. Marsters, I highly recommend the series.
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.
Fun magical mystery
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.
book lover, audiobook listener, gamer & collector.
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.
Lip gloss wearing, coffee and tea drinking, book lover and blogger with a love for alpha males and feisty heroines!
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!