"A good short read!"
I am afraid that I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this audio book as the other reviewers seem to be. I am a great reader of fantasy novels and so this one was pushing at an open door. Despite the interesting concept of a wizard detective there seemed to be something missing. It is a pretty short read at eight hours, and it bowls along at a good pace, but I felt that the characterisation of the villain, was sketchy to say the least. The best thing about this book is the narration, with its film noir style, it was wholly appropriate.
I know that this is the first of a series of books and it may be that the author will improve on the plots. I will probably give his next book a listen, just to see how he progresses.
"A Wizard Detective? Great fun!"
Read this book after reading an audible review of someone who had read and enjoyed lots of similar books to me. Like them, I greatly enjoyed this different and interesting book. The protagonist is like a slightly cynical, hard-nosed Harry Potter whose life didn't quite work out the way he wanted it to and is now a P.I. The story is a good one, and the usual mobster, his pea-brained henchmen and gansta-moll avoid any cliche by the unusual wizard element to the story.
Recommended as an unusual read that is well-narrated, passing the time atmospherically and at times humourously.
I bought this book out of complete curiosity - a private detective who happens to be a wizard? I was hooked within the first 30 minutes - BRILLIANT narrator (one of the best I've heard) - excellent storyline - the magic side of the story grows as it progresses - fun and creepy, fantastic and mystical all at the same time. Harry Dresden is a great wizard - the magic weaves through the story ending in a brilliant action blasting conclusion. I found it a really good read and hope to be reading more of this series in the future.
I'd recommend this book as its one I've listened to on cd several times and have just got it on here to listen to on the go good from late teens onward if your in to the myth and magic type books also if your in to some crime novels too but with a magic twist
"Unlooked for Hit!!"
Have not read the paperback.
I like that it has taken the classic 1920's private eye genre and mixed it up with what feels like well researched folk lore and a little magic. It has good if reconcilable characters and a story that develops nicely to a climactic conclusion. It is not a pastiche, it take itself seriously even if it does not ask you to do the same. There are moments of drama, comedy, suspense and horror. What's not to like!
The opening chapter introducing us to the world weary wizard P.I. complete with the mysterious beautiful woman! All the set pieces are really good, it's hard to pick one.
It's quite a short book, i think i listened to it in 3 or 4 sittings whist working or walking. I would happily have sat all day and listened from beginning to end.
The narrator has made it to one of my all time favorite narrators. He has made what is a very good book into an excellent one!
To anyone happy to accept the existence of the supernatural in the books they read i cannot recommend this enough.
I could listen to james marsters read Harry Dresden for hours he captures the humour and indecision and sarcasm completely. Five stars all round
couldn't write a review that would do justice too how great this is, you'll have too enjoy it yourself too understand
It is a beautifully read book - with an enthralling and captivating storyline, hard to not devour in one sitting!
James marsters is brilliant
Well worth a listen
Can't wait to get next book
"Top modern fantasy."
Great performance, very solid voice.
Enjoyed the story immensely. Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden will be a regular feature in my Audible library.