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
Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.
I tried to like this series, but I just couldn't it was only a mediocre story. I just don't understand how this series gets so many 5 star reviews. I am not a fan of Harry Dresden he is such a whining bore and always saying one thing and doing something different, usually something dumb. I'm sick of his complaining that he has no money, most people get another job that pays if they are going hungry. I'm also not a fan of Murphy she is over the top supposed bad ass, but instead it seems like she is throwing a tantrum instead. What this book does have going for it is that there is lots of supernatural lore that has an interesting take on it. There is lots of action and mayhem that also improve the book some. Unfortunately the narrator is sleep inducing with a touch of a saliva swallowing problem. I solved that problem by putting on the fast speed for listening. I gave Storm Front the first book a better review thinking I would like this book better, but this book just make me like the first book less but admittedly it wasn't terrible. Although I think I will skip the rest of this series.
I've listened to, and will continue to listen to this entire series.
I love the whole Dresden world, I like how Butcher can write great action scenes, can always use a touch of comedy (usually in the right places), and while not afraid of using profanity; doesn't use it to cover up a lack of writing chops.
James Marsters IS Harry Dresden if you ask me.
That being said... I don't know if it was a problem with editing, too sensitive of a microphone, or just lack of delivery on Marsters part... But listening to the narrator throat swallow and smack his lips drives me fucking crazy...
BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY IT DOES NOT REFLECT HOW GOOD MARSTERS, AND THE REST OF THE AUDIO, IS FOR THE REMAINDER OF THE SERIES
Marsters is awesome, the story line and world building of Butcher is fantastic... Just that one thing is really killing it for me but it doesn't tarnish the story or the series, just a knit pick maybe.
I suggest this book and the rest of Jim Butcher's Dresden series to anyone from the ages of 12-102... It's fun yet meaningful and well worth the time
After reading the first book in the series based on several friends recommendations and really enjoying it, which was a surprise to me, I picked up the audio book of the second book in the series - Fool Moon. Since I have recently started listening to audio books and find myself having more time to commit to listening to a book than to actually sitting down and reading that this is the perfect avenue to continue enjoying the books, or at least, I hope.
When I read the synopsis of this book and was promised werewolves, magic and generally a fun time, I couldn’t help but smile to myself, it definitely sounded like my kind of book. It did not disappoint. Harry Dresden is a really fun and interesting character, I couldn’t help but get wrapped up in the story, how he gets himself into these situations is beyond me, but deep down, wizard or not, he has a heart of gold. I like that in a character, that makes me care about what happens and allows me to become invested in the story. Jim Butcher really know to write a good story and he does it so well. Jim does a fabulous job of keeping characters grounded even with all the magical aspects of the story, really it’s a book about people and what makes them tick and how far they are willing to go for the people they care about…or maybe I’m reading too much into it, either way, it was a fun book.
I had heard from a friend that James Marsters was the narrator and did an incredible job, I have enjoyed every audio book this friend has recommended to date, so when he told me I should check this out, I had faith that he wouldn’t steer me wrong, and he didn’t. James does a wonderful job setting the scene, giving each character a unique sound and feel to them. I never once wondered which character was which or what was going on, it made it extremely easy to follow.
Overall I would highly recommend this book to others that enjoy a well written, fun story.
If you can get by the constant lip-smacking of the narrator, I would recommend this book; in fact, better to read the book than listen to the audiobook.
I've never come across a narrator as annoying as James Marsters. As an actor, I enjoyed him a lot in the Buffy, the Vampire Hunter series, but his narration was so boring that I will probably switch to just reading the books from now on.
Where Wolf? THERE Wolf. EVERYWHERE Wolf.
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.
Listening is an absolutely critical life skill. Hearing the stories of others is one of its many rewards.
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
"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?
I think I preferred this to book one in the series. Harry's character is definitely gaining some depth, and the story seemed to just gel better than in book one. I understand from other reviewers that the series improves as it goes on.
James Marsters' narration is excellent. Although he doesn't really do different voices for different characters, his presentation is such that you have no doubt as to who is speaking. His voice is very easy to listen to, and his tone, emphasis and ability to impart the character's state of being really adds to the overall enjoyment of this book.
Enjoyed it enough to give the next book in the series a chance....off to download that one now.
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!
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