Soon he finds himself pinned between trigger-happy FBI agents, shape-shifiting motorcycle gang members, a threatened mobster boss, and an heir to an ancient curse along with his primal fiance. Throw in environmental activists and a pair of young werewolves in love and you have something of Fool Moon.
©2002 Jim Butcher; (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia
I was looking for another engaging series to try after reading all of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books and found Jim Butcher's books.
Harry Dresden, a wizard/detective in Chicago, is a very quirky, compelling main character who gets himself in one unbelievable predicament after another. I found the writing style of this second Dresden book to be decidedly improved from the first (Storm Front). Although there is still some hackneyed detective-genre prose to make me cringe at times, I am won over by Jim Butcher's talent for painting these characters, creating an intriguing paranormal universe, and some twisty-turny storylines that keep you guessing.
Fool Moon (nice pun, BTW) is about Harry's search to discover the source of a recent spate of killings, presumably by a werewolf. You will learn more about the different flavors of werewolf than you ever thought you wanted to know, and how they kill their prey (warning: not for the squeamish!)
I'm going to download the rest of the Dresden series because I just have to know what happens next to Harry and how he'll get out of it!
I first discovered The Dresden Files series on NetFlix and was instantly hooked. I was nervous about reading Jim Butcher's books after seeing the series, worrying that my preconceptions and possible knowledge of plotlines might take away from the experience, but there's so much more to the characters and stories that I didn't even think of the TV series as I listened. Wonderful characters, wonderful stories, wonderful prose. I liked Marster's narration better in the second book. In fact, as much as I loved the first book, I found the second far more enjoyable, suspenseful, and thought provoking.
This novel is a turning point in the series. It is the second book in the Dresden Files and paves a strong foundation for turning a fairly light fantasy series into a substantial series with characters that live and breath. Murphy and Dresden begin to define the kind of friendship that will blossom into something very special.
Harry becomes something a bit more than just a brooding wizard as he begins to realize his responsibilities not just to trying to make a living but to his friends and his community of wizards.
James Marsten continues his excellent talent of reading these books and I disagree with a previous review that his delivery was shaky. His performance was stronger than the first book, Storm Front, and it continues to get better through the rest of the series.
I hope Audible gets all of the series. You should, too!
I found Harry Dresden always feeling responsible for all of the other free-willed adults in the book, really really annoying. Couldn't stop myself from yelling at him whenever he started ruminating on his predicaments and how everyone else was in the position they were because of him. How self-centered. I rather like the character of Karen Murphy and was hoping she'd kick his butt, and if she did I'd continue the series. But my annoyance level is so high, I don't see myself enjoying any more of the series if the main character continues this way. I like the narrator, except for all the close up breathing and swallowing noises. Bummed I didn't like this more. Was looking forward to enjoying the series.
With all the undead books out there it was surprising to find a werewolf story that is actually original. Lots of suspense and lots of laughs mixed together - very enjoyable detective story fun. Some adult content, tastefully written, but not for pre-teens.
Ok, the making of a great audiobook needs great narration, and believe me when I tell you..this is not it. I don't know who thought taking James Marsters into the roll of Harry Dresden would be a good idea? He is so incredibly lifeless I shut this off more than once. ALSO, he sounds like he has his head in some sort of insulated fish bowl because you can hear every swallow, every flick of his tongue and I swear to God at one point, you could hear him move some throat lozenge around, hitting his teeth, sucking some extra spit. Highly annoying, hard to get past ( which I didn't, mind you. Had to shut it off and suck up the loss of credit.) and wish I never have purchased it. Wish audible had some sort of exchange program.
Having downloaded both the first and now this the second Dresden Files book I think that will be it. Really interesting concept about a crime fighter engaged in crime in this world and from a world of magic. Some really good characters and an excellent narrator. But please no more introspection on behalf of Harry Dresden, endless voiced examples of his self doubt and inadequacies. When you listen to this work you feel he should either find a good psychotherapist or give up magic and serve coffee! Best description I can come up with is bumbling, self absorbed and self pitying. The book ends up being as interesting as a self help manual for the inadequate wizard. No more please.
Well I liked the story enough to put up with the reader's constant deep breaths and swallowing sounds..As soon as I would get engaged in the story, he would do something to remind me yet again that he was the reader and not the character...you can even hear him swallow every few minutes!
new reader please
Simply put, the story was good and could have been a four-to-five star rating...
But Butcher's insistence to continually have his so-called "wizard", Dresden, unable to muster nothing more than that on par with a "first-year" from Hogwarts... it simply turned a good story into a tedious and impotent endeavor.
And as the reader struggles to overlook that display of futility... you are given Lt. Murphy investigating wolf-like killings and where in that process she is witness to actual werewolves... upon which Mr. Butcher's "great detective" and friend to the paranormal is STILL found attempting to arrest Dresden, the NON-WEREWOLF wizard?!?!. And she decides to do this while there is a confirmed CRAZED werewolf in the neighborhood still unaccounted for?!?! So there's a full-moon werewolf on the prowl, and Dresden is the person Murphy feels most compelled to point her gun at... Really?!?!?
Fool Moon, indeed.
This audiobook was a major surprise: not only I discovered Jim Butcher and his wonderful creation the Dresden Files but also the narrator is none other than James Marsters- Spike from Buffy the vampire slayer. It really couldn't get any better than that. two thumbs up!!
"great story, great narration"
Tremendous stuff - though if you are contemplating buying this as your first "Harry Dresden" book, it is important to read the series in order - get "Storm Front" first!
So what's the series about? Science Fantasy meets detective noir, with lots of action, terrific narrative drive, great characters, quirky dialogue, humour - what more can I say?
Perfectly suited for an audiobook as the story is told by the main character, and James Marsters (Spike in TV's Buffy the Vampire Slayer)brings Harry Dresden splendidly to life and captures Jim Butcher'style to perfection.
"A great purchase"
Excellent reading as always - I could listen to this reader read the phone book out, as he has a lovely voice. He makes an average set of books well worth listening to, and I stick entirely to audio nowadays for this series. Definitely among my favourite purchases.
Fantastic book and James Masters IS the voice of Harry Dresden... Can I have some more please?
"Something went wrong here."
I've listened to several of Jim Butcher's audio books and really love this series but if I'm being totally honest, you could probably skip this one if you wanted. There is no character progression here, only an idiot claiming to be a detective would miss really important clues or walk into dangerous situations completely unprepared, the way Dresden does in this one. After how well the first story was written, I was left really disappointed.
There are three reasons why you may want to stick with it. While Harry doesn't exactly experience much in the way of personal growth in this story, there are several important developments with his relationships. James Masters is brilliant as always, drawing you in without you even realizing it. His acting ability really brings the characters to life and gives a performance where many narrators provide only a recital. Lastly, the first novel is a really enjoyable listen, I would rate the next novel as five star, so if your expectations aren't too high, you should still enjoy this book as part of the series.
"A great listen"
A very hard thing to do... Werewolves, Wizards and Mystery.
Obviously, It's Harry... but then it's all about Harry :) But my favourite character is Karrin Murphy, but that's based on the story arc [I'm up to Book 14 Cold Days]. In this she still doesn't 'get' Harry entirely and she's learning about what really lurks in the shadows and how to be taken seriously.
I am biased and I have listened to all 12 of the Harry Dresden audiobooks available on audible and so think James Marsters reading is pretty darn good. I watched him on Buffy, Superman and a few other places he has appeared over the years as well. He gets the tone of the book right, Film Noir twisted with Urban Fantasy. He also makes a good attempt at voicing the characters well, Bob and Harry being particular high notes.
I did laugh quite a bit at Harry, he has a way of getting into scrapes and trying to be the hero and chivalrous all in one.
I have read all of the Harry Dresden books and love having them in audio, being able to listen when it suits me is brilliant. I'm on my third round of listening to these books and it's amazing the things I just didn't pick up on before, paths that Harry will be led down in the distant future. Jim does an excellent job writing these books with such detail and care. I just can't wait now for audible to get Ghost Story and Cold Days in audio format now.
"Excellent series of books"
How to explain? Imagine private eye Philip Marlowe in the Big Sleep and then substitute wizard Harry Dreseden, For the bad guys you have supernatural beasts like Werewolves and Daemons. The narrative of James Masters brings the rough around the edges character of Dresden to life. and the fast paced writing of Jim Butcher keeps your interest in the story. Excellent books, difficult to stop listening - trouble is they're using up all my Audible credits!
The reading mp by Marsters is good n this book, noticed a few quirks in the book that I didn't when I read it a few years back, albeit I've read the complete series & maybe look at it slightly differently now. If you like science fiction or fantasy books this is a must read...after Storm Front of course. It's a good book & a great series
"An Excellent Urban Fantasy Book"
The second book in the Dresden Files. It's still not quite perfect but the series really starts to find it's feet here and as I've said before James Marsters is perfect as Harry.
This book introduces a few new characters who become very important throughout the series and it's spin offs (one of them is the author of the roleplaying game) and helps to strengthen relationships between characters we already know.
Although not one of my favourite in the series there are a few particular scenes that really define the series and certain characters for the future - the police station scene for one as well as the scene in the pit with Marcone both spring to mind.
"An interesting look at werewolves..."
While I really like the Dresden books, and am working my way through the entire series, this one is definitely a stand-out for the sheer amount of research that Jim Butcher must have done on the various legends of werewolves
Not only does he mention the various types of were-creations, but he lists the differences, how they could get their power, and their advantages and dis-advantages - for a listener who knows something about were-wolves, this was a REALLY interesting read, although it does get very complicated at times
I'm a fan of Butcher's writing, and this is definitely a stand-out for anyone who loves the magic back-drop and the fantasy parts with the were-creatures - it's a pity that he doesn't include other weres in the detail of the story, as that would leave doors open to later were-related side-stories later on
A great listen for Dresden fans, and a good bit of information thrown in to make you think!
"A great supernatural detective tale!"
Yes. The delivery by the narrator really brings dresdens world to live.
It has to be harry of course.
James masters as well as being an accomplished actor on screen really does deliver as a voice actor too.
Why have a wand when you have a hockey stick!
If you enjoyed the all too short lived Dresden files series a few years back you really do need to listen to these books. Many of which had episodes based on them but are expanded greatly on for the audiobooks.
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