I've listened to Storm Front over a dozen times now. Just love the way all of the (now very familiar characters, including the Blue Beetle) are introduced, and Marsters' portrayal of them.
Great kick-off to an excellent series!
I've only heard Marsters' reading for Butcher, but am looking forward to his other works.
"Much better than the television series!"
Can't wait for the next installment!
In the middle (I have listened to a lot of audio books).
A fluid, consistent performance with a good feel for the characters.
Private detective--have staff, will travel.
I found the combination of magic and detective work hard to resist. At the very beginning of the story, Jim Butcher sets a tone that is laced with humor. The main character, Harry Dresden, has kind of a tongue in cheek acceptance of how the non wizarding world views him. The rules of magic are explained as necessary and do not slow down the story. At the same time, I felt the world Butcher created was consistent and suspending disbelief was natural and easy.
Harry Dresden's back story becomes more interesting throughout the story, until you realize he is a force to be reckoned with. This was important to me because Dresden is faced with murderous crime lords, a demon summoning sorcerer, and the White Council, which has him on probation for murdering his instructor. His problems escalate because in order to exonerate himself, he must venture down a dark path that does not exactly make him appear innocent. His finances and love life are five star disasters, though he is always so close to making a breakthrough.
I listened to Storm Front as an audible book, narrated by James Masters, who did an excellent job.
Voracious reader/listener: I usually have one ebook and one audiobook going at a the same time. I'm a very eclectic reader so I tend to switch genres after every book. I'm open to most genres but my favorites in audio are mystery and fantasy (epic and urban both).
I really enjoyed the premise of this book and although Dresden got on my nerves sometimes (he seems to think he's responsible for everything and doesn't give himself enough credit), I liked him well enough that I'm giving him a second chance.
I don't think I'm continuing this series in audio though. Maybe James Marsters has gotten better as the books move along but for this first book, he was average at best. His voices are not distinctive enough (sometimes I can't tell if it's Dresden or somebody else speaking), he had problems pacing his breathing, sometimes he portrayed the wrong emotion and he fibbed some lines (I read along with the ebook for parts of the book when I wasn't sure I was going to stick with the audio.)
So although I can't say this one was great, it was good enough that I'm definitely continuing the series.
Once you get hooked on this series you want to read them all. Harry is a guy who has to do the right thing. Others see him as hapless, but he is the underdog hero!
Harry Dresden and Lt Murphy...both complex characters you want to know more about.
Jim Butchers style of writing,James Marsters narration!,wonder why it never stayed on the air!(only 1 season??). Remembering this was the book that started my "addiction" to the Dresden Files,(Harry) in the first place.
Harry,& "Murphy",( & too many well written therein).
Didn't have a Favorite!,( all give character to the others!)
"Too Good to Leave out of Life's Experiences!" ( as a series!). Like 3 hours a night for two weeks on TV kinda thing. Then go to DVD.
Don't deprive yourself of the series & Experience of the team of Characters!.
I have several friends that have either read or are currently reading this series. I had a few extra audible points to use, so I thought I'd try it out. I really enjoyed this book from start to finish and sometimes continued driving for awhile so I could continue to listen. The narrator was wonderful and it felt like I was right there with him through every situation in the book. Fun story and quite a few laughs. I'm ready for the next one!
Jim Butcher's sense of humor and gift for throwing monkey wrenches into Dresden's life was great.
The character's personalities and Butcher's sense of humor.
His acting made the character's really come alive. I felt like a fly on the wall.
I really didn't get into the tv version of this, but I am hooked on the novel series.
Cuz I love this kind of stories, they never get boring.
The whole story was good. I listen to go to sleep.
Nope. Mesmerized is what I was.
Would like more in the series.
I like mysteries, suspense and thrillers. Occasionally I will listen to some scifi or fantasy.
Right in the middle.
Hounded, the type of story is the same...magic, witches, wizards, druids, some excitement.
A little choppy.
I did not enjoy Marsters's narration much, but it wasn't horrible. His voice quality and inflection fit how I imagined Dresden very well, somewhat jaded and tired. However, his inflection did not change with the changing emotional charge of the story. This was somewhat disappointing. Not great, but good.
I have been told by a friend that I need to read the Dresden series. This book was a good introduction to the general universe in which the series takes place. It was not particularly gripping for me, yI'm not sure I could articulate why this is so. I guess I don't have a lot of investment in the characters just yet and this short introduction to the universe did not develop a strong connection to the characters for me.