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 read the story several months ago, but after hearing James Marsters read Skin Game, I decided that I should hear how Marsters read more of it as his dramatic reading with voices, diction and accents distinct to each character. Storm Front sounded very rough, but by the end, I could tell that Marsters was quickly understanding how to read aloud effectively. Fool Moon continues that. The changes to tone to signify inner thoughts vs spoken word are well done. It isn't as good as his Skin Game read, but it is night and day different from Storm Front. I didn't rate Storm Front, but I'd only give it a 2 or a 3. This is a strong 4, but that is only because I know how well he did with Skin Game.
The story itself is enjoyable and less obvious than Storm Front. The characters themselves are more rounded than in Storm Front and while there are inconsistencies, they would only be blatantly obvious if you've read and/or listened to all of the books multiple times. The world is vivid, and while you may grow angry at some characters in the book, as someone reminded me, this is in Dresden's point of view.
It's a great series that goes a long way to make the supernatural... Seem supernatural! Always on the edge of your seat and keeping you guessing another amazing book by Jim Butcher.
My only qualms was with the voice actor, he did a great job but it's hard to not nitpick at whenever he smacks his lips; it's a moist, and mildly annoying gesture that you weirdly get used to. Besides that, he's amazing! On to the next book!
Dear Mr. Butcher, I'm enjoying your story, until Murphy shows up. She's not a great detective - she continually has over emotional and knee jerk reactions and Harry then acts like a wuss. I hate having women portrayed so typically. We are capable of sound and logical reasoning. Hopefully she either grows into a believable character or is killed off and Harry grows a pair. I'll give your series two more books and if Murphy remains as is, then I'll move on.
This may just be me. This is not my favorite genre but the first book was good enough that I bought book 2. I like the writing style, I like the personalities, I like the narration...it is just that werewolves and wizardry is not my favorite story. So it is a testimonial to the quality of writing and story telling that I've read two of this series.
I normally do not like horror books. This one has so much hummer and good sense it was a pleaser to listen to.
I enjoyed stories 1 and 2 very much, at the recommendation of a friend. I only wish I couldn't hear the saliva in the readers mouth/lips. I guess that's what you get, for listening to high def recordings, but I found it distracting.
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