A pretty fun story, even if there were way too many convenient plot elements. The narrative voice is absolutely pitch-perfect—a smoky, world-weary Sam Spade sound—but mispronunciation ended up becoming a bit of an issue for me.
This was a fun experience. There was enough dramatic tension, plot twists, and interesting magic to make the story come together in an exciting and entertaining way. Narration was good and fit the tone of the book well, though Marsters style may not be for everyone.
A better story! Everything was cliche: tired, bored private investigator with interesting ability; tough, beautiful cop; big, bad evil man; even that talking skull was cliche. I couldn't listen to more than a couple of hours of it.
I would be willing to see if he could do better with another book. Maybe this was his first try...
He kept smacking his lips or something...it really bothered me, but maybe it won't bother everybody.
I didn't get far enough into it to find any redeeming qualities.
This book was tons of fun. The writing was quick and evocative in an old style detective noir way, but with a down on his luck, broke ass, wise cracking wizard who in spite of having magic powers still seems like a normal (sort of) guy. I liked the narration. And, at only around 8 hours, it had a snappy pace and didn't drag on at all. It also made me laugh, which is always good when you're driving to work at 5:30 in the morning.
The narrator is fantastic, really captures the witty, one-liner-slinging, Sam Spade-esque nature of the protagonist, and I found his performance completely believable, easy to lose myself in.
The concept of wizards and magic never really appealed to me all that much, but its melded with the guts of a hard-boiled detective novel and the two work marvelously and surprisingly well together. I will definitely be listening to more in this series.
Former Games Journalist, and avid Fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Storm Front is a book that excels at nothing, The story is mediocre, the narrator hasnt gotten his grove down, and the character is rough around the edges for all the wrong reasons.
But, it's just a beginning. Literally Jim Butcher's first published book it shows, both in lack of polish and in potential because it's a bedrock that the much larger Dresden series is built on.
StormFront is a necessary listen that isn't fantastic but gives you a starting point to measure the obvious growth that Butcher, Marsters, and even Dresden go through as the series progresses.
Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things
The voice of Harry Dresden and all of the expressions added in the performance
Of course. But then my eyes have to work too hard now to read books, so audio books are my only choice. But although I no longer have a choice, if I did, audio books would be my choice. I am not an actor/voiceover artist. I have "re-read" books by listening to them and find that I get so much more out of them with the audio book. Much easier to understand plots, motivations, etc. When I read, I am "monochromatic" and the only character. With an audio book, the world opens up with every color and all different characters. I've found that with books I read earlier and did not enjoy reading, my opinion has changed after listening to it. I now enjoy the book and it's wonderful!
The books by Orson Scott Card.
He has Harry Dresden down pat: down and out sometimes, loser sometimes, a guy just trying to do right. Although I know him from TV, I haven't heard any of his other book performances. I would definitely listen to him again.
Although it didn't make me cry, it did make me laugh. The book refused to be put down. Good thing I'm retired, otherwise I would have had to call in sick to finish it.
I had watched the TV series on The Dresden Files, but the books are so much better.
I'll be getting the rest of the series. Can't get enough of Wizard Harry Dresden!
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Yes if you like these kind of book a must!
Dresden he is a great main character
It made me laugh at times, but I found this whole series to be engaging lots to characters that come into play so it stays interesting through out, and its a long series.
Storm Front by Jim Butcher is, in my opinion, the best urban fantasy currently on the market. While the early books in the series are a bit deliberately cliche this only works to make the work more enjoyable for the jaded reader. Storm Front grabs you from the very beginning and won't let go. James Marsters' narration is great and his voice perfectly captures Harry's Snarky yet endearing tone. All in all: Why are you reading this review and not reading Storm Front!