"James Marsters & Jim Butcher a winning combination"
James narrates the book with deft ease and brings to life the world of Jim Butcher and his protagonist Harry Dresden. Butcher's world is full of fairies, vampires and demons as well as gangsters, cops and unfortunate victims. Though the ending seems a tad rushed compared to the slow burn of the earlier chapters but this is forgiven because there is a definite sense of satisfaction after finishing the book. James Marsters does a marvelous job and it's hard to think of anyone else who would do better. Some of the themes are a tad dated now, especially the image of the swooning woman who falls for Harry (but for plot reasons). Still I would recommend this to anyone looking for a magic / murder themed book
"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.
Narrated in a gruff, world-weary voice that captures the emotion and attitude of Jim Butcher's celebrated Harry Dresden, this first installment of the series offers much to enjoy. (Listen, for instance, to how the narrator knows exactly when to make Harry sigh.) Sure, you won't come away from this experience thinking about life in profound new ways, but you will certainly have laughed outloud a few times, never once gotten bored, and you'll perhaps never view scorpions or toads the same way again.
This is a fast-paced fusion of noir detective novel and grown-up wizard story. It's at once dark, creepy, funny and frolicking. One scene in particular, involving a magic circle, a toad demon, a love-potion and a spirit trapped in a talking skull (narrated with a slight and amusing British accent), stands as one of comic fantasy's funniest, and rivals anything Terry Pratchett wrote. Highly recommended, if a little short at only around eight-hours listening time. I look forward to listening to, or reading, the whole series.
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.
Loved this book, it's great start to one of my favorite series of books and the reading portrayed the characters very well.
Would have enjoyed the book more with a narrator who wasn't always swallowing puffing and huffing and making horrible noises. I like a clean listen and this wasn't it
"Great core concept. Story OK"
I liked the core concept very much and am keen to try another book written around the same one. I hope the characters are better developed and act more believably.
The consequences of the wrong potion being taken though I think more humor could have been extracted from the conflicting pressures in the following scenes.
Given more life to the other characters.
I would go to see this as a film if only to see how they do it.
"Lots of noise"
Yes. Great story but the narrator seem to be digesting food a lot.
He was good at showing the differences.
"Definitely reading the next one"
Very enjoyable to listen to - nothing great but will definitely pick up the 2nd book in the series as I am reliably informed they get better. Much better - and I can see why.
The storyline doesn't quite have the time to knit together the melding of the world as we know it and Dresden's world. This will come with time and I definitely want to hear more and where it takes Dresden.