"Awesome Intro to Harry Dresden!"
Storm Front is a great first book in the Harry Dresden series. James Marsters gives a masterful performance, bringing the story, and Harry, to life. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Now onto the 2nd book...
"Excellent book - narration is a bit odd"
Excellent plot but the narration is a little odd. You can hear the narrator rustling at points and he makes a few odd noises where I think he's clearing saliva from his mouth. It put me off at first but I learned to tune it out as the story was so amazing!
Really wanted to like this, but Harry as a character left me a little cold. I think the problem with first time out novels is a balance between the characterisation and the unfolding plot, and i would have preferred more of the former and less of the latter. The narration was good, it had the right pace and emphasis, but ultimately I came across this off the back of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, and it couldn't compete.
The noir-esque style of writing.
Magic and supernatural stuff
I love the Dresden Universe. It and the rest of the series are perfect for people who like magical stuff in a real world present day context.
"brilliant story read really well. Would recommend"
brilliant story. really well read. brilliant pace. I looked forward to listening to this one.
"Heavy breathing spoils this"
Although I really enjoyed this book, and even Marsters delivery of it, the sound of him breathing irritated me immensely. I know he has to breathe, and I obviously don't begrudge him it...but the deep, noisy breaths he takes are off-putting. And not only that but near to the end there was some background noise that sounded like a cat washing itself?! I thought it was one of my cats until I realised none of them were in the room! Other than these minor annoyances, the book was brilliant and Marster's excellent as Harry. I will definitely listen to more in the series (but hope for less extraneous noise)
"Storm Front - Jim Butcher"
First switch to a new genre for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I'm downloading no. 2 in the series.
What can I say. I'm not a fantasy fan usually, but this is a more gentle switch from a strictly crime/thriller genre to a lighter more humorous read. If you like Ben Aaronovitch this would probably suit you.
I loved this Novel James Marsters is Harry Dresden. 10/10 can't wait to start book 2
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.