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 love listening to audio books because then I can do something else while getting in a good story. This book is one that I can follow along with. Jim Butcher's style is clear enough that I know what is going on and who is speaking/acting in a scene.
I love Dresden. He's snarky, dark, and awesome.
Dresden. Still Dresden. I did like that he varied the voices enough that you knew who was speaking, even in multi-character scenes.
While I enjoyed the book immensely, I didn't like that James Marsters mispronounced words. Who doesn't know that the "s" on "debris" is silent? And other inconsistencies like the Marcone (to pronounce the "e" or not to pronounce the "e", that is the question). There is also a time when he says the wrong character's name which was confusing and should have been caught in during the recording session. There are also times when you can hear him shifting on his seat or moving around in the studio which is annoying to me.
Some people claim his narration isn't engaging, but I don't agree. He makes it seem like a snarky hard boiled detective story to me. I loved it. Apart from the above mentioned issues, I would have given it five stars for the performance.
I read an eclectic mix of classic SF/F, animal stories, witty humor, and heist novels.
I have listened to this book twice already. Marsters does a great job with Harry's wry wit and never-say-die attitude. As with most of the early Dresden Files books, there's a lot going on in this one. Maybe a bit too much, but it doesn't mar the enjoyment any. Highly entertaining.
I mentioned some fictional characters in a similar vein - Kolchak the Night Stalker (as the bumbler who good-naturedly dives into trouble), Jim Rockford (as the dogged investigator who gets beat up a lot), and Dr. Strange (as the accomplished practitioner of the magical arts fighting all comers). The closest influence, however, might be The Chronicles of Amber - not in subject as much as in tone and flair.
Yeah. He's great. The later ones are more highly polished/produced, but he never disappoints.
Yes. This would be a great book for a long drive. It never bores you.
That's right. Blood spurting and sex at the same time. This has to be a new low. The main character also gets beaten to a bloody pulp so many times, he should be in a coma! But nooo, he's running around! I was angry and disgusted when this one ended. Yuck.
Picks up a few months or a year after the previous book. References are mention and previous characters are shown but this is a stand alone Harry Dresden story. Modern and interesting take on the werewolf mythos but this is NOT a book for children. People will die and other dark things will happen.
Everything that could go wrong does, there is no Deus Ex here. and Harry Dresden is put through The writing style is so detailed and descriptive it felt like I was feeling the pain along with him.
Characters feel very real and in depth. Like the previous book it continues to hint at the bigger world while taking it's time not revealing too much. I expect some of these threads will take a few books to resolve. Harry has to make some tough choices and there are consequences.
The main complaint I would have is that I can't tell how much of the references were from the first book or just used to make the world seem bigger. Maybe that is a good thing.
If you like Noir, modern Urban fantasy and not scared of a long series I'd recommend this book. Also if you like to see someone describe their experience with pain.
Actually, I just listened to it for the 2nd time. So, yes I would.
Harry is by far my favorite character. Actually, he may be my favorite character in all of literature.
Everything! The first two books he is good but he only gets better with each book. I couldn't imagine any other reader being Harry. Actually, due to a scheduling conflict he couldn't do the book Ghost Story and I couldn't even get through the first hour. I had to read the book. No one does Harry Dresden like James Marsters.
I don't know if I had any extreme reactions but Harry always does make me laugh. I like the character. A normal guy with flaws who tries to do the right thing.
I am listening to this series again in anticipation of Skin Game coming out in May. Just want to refresh my memory. I didn't notice it the first time I listened to it but in this book he starts to lay the foundation of his series. A lot of foreshadowing is done. He starts to spin his intricate web. Excellent series, you can't go wrong listening to it.
I am a nerd that love weird scifi fantasy detective novels.
I enjoyed the voices the Narrator did as well the development of the story
I enjoyed the descriptions of how the potions worked
If you took out a lot of his self-pity, thinking he's responsible for most of the deaths and everything that's happened, even though there were other adults who made their own decisions that he had no control over, plus his constant introspection.
This book would have gotten a higher rating if there wasn't so much of my above comments. There was a lot of action, a lot of fighting and a lot of blood and gore, which I wouldn't have minded if there had been a little less. You did learn about different types of werewolves. Good guys turned out to be bad guys. Unfortunately my mind did keep wandering because between each bought of something happening we'd have to hear Harry's every thought and they weren't always that interesting.
The narrator was okay, except he is pretty noisy. Maybe overacting the part.
I enjoyed the first book enough to try this one, hoping to get hooked on the series but, while the premise is intriguing and I like that Harry is a wizard who only uses magic sparingly, there were far too many character-based irritants in this book for me to carry on.
The plot of the book is good enough. The narration is horrid as there is practically no differentiation between character voices whatsoever to the point that I can't keep track of who's speaking until the words and context give me a clue. It is literally Mr. Buffy speaking in his own monotone through the whole book.
I can get past poor narration and frequently do but what really drove me off was Harry and Murphy's relationship dynamic. Basically it's this. Harry learns about vital information to their investigations, decides he doesn't want to endanger Murphy and, thus, withholds it from her even though it just as often ends up putting her in further danger. For her part, Murphy overreacts severely to being left in the dark, even when it's just that Harry hasn't had time to tell her something, such as in this book when Harry shows up at the murder scene of someone he knew and Murphy proceeds to beat him senseless without giving him a chance to speak. Thus, Murphy is angry that he does not tell her things and yet she does not allow him tell her anything either because she's so mad... Furthermore, Murphy blames EVERYTHING on Harry regardless of circumstance, evidence, past experience, willingness to cooperate, etc. She doesn't even flinch in her malice on the occasions that he risks his own life to save hers.
At this point I could maybe due with just hating Murphy's idiotic nature but what seals the deal is that Harry takes all the punishment and AGREES with her. He takes all the blame on himself when she acts like a petulant child and begs her for forgiveness while he's still bleeding from her unwarranted beatings. For all intents and purposes, Harry suffers from battered wife syndrome and I can't stand to listen to it any longer. It's simply infuriating.
I could have continued this rant but it's been a few months since I listened to it and I really don't want to waste any more time on this than I already have, besides. I just hope this saves someone else the time and money I spent on the author's sick idea of friendship.
I think that I will give the thirde Dresden book a try, because I have read in reviews that it starts getting better by the third book.
I have listened to the first Dresden book, and that one had a better story.
He brings Harry Dresden to life and acts him out very well, better than I would have done in my head.
These books are NY Times best sellers but I guess they aren't for me. I love the genre just not the writing style.
"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.
"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 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.
"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!
Fantastic book and James Masters IS the voice of Harry Dresden... Can I have some more please?
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!
"Superb book. Marsterfully read (puns ;-))"
brilliantly read. great story this was my first audio book and I am already starting my second.
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