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Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2 | [Jim Butcher]

Fool Moon: The Dresden Files, Book 2

Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.
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Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden is Chicago's only openly practicing wizard. He is also dead broke. His vast knowledge and magical skills are unfortunately matched by his talent for making powerful enemies and alienating friends. With little more than his integrity left, he accepts an offer of work from Lt. Karin Murphy of Chicago's Special Investigations Unit. He wants to redeem himself in Murphy's eyes and make enough money to quiet his rumbling stomach.

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

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    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-16-12
    beatrice Houston, TX, United States 02-16-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as magical as it could have been"

    The story was pretty good. Jim Butcher did a good job of introducing the characters, but I found him to wordy. I skipped forward a few times and did not miss a beat. The selling point is Harry. I have passed over this series too many times to count. It's not bad. I would have enjoyed it more if I didn't have to listen to the narrator breath and swallow. It's worth the money or credit. I already bought the next book and plan to start on it tonight. I only hope I don't have to listen to breathing and swallowing.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    BoB U.S. of A. 08-15-11
    BoB U.S. of A. 08-15-11 Member Since 2007

    justBoB

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    "Good Story... but Impotent Characters..."

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Steinbeckfan Atlanta, GA 05-07-12
    Steinbeckfan Atlanta, GA 05-07-12

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    "Pretty good story line but poor reader"
    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    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!


    How could the performance have been better?

    new reader please


    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Acacia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-11-14
    Acacia SAN FRANCISCO, CA, United States 04-11-14 Member Since 2005

    Favorite books are Elizabeth Peter's Amelia Peabody series. I also like supernatural novels such as Laurel K. Hamilton, Patricia Briggs and Charlaine Harris. I love mysteries as well as mysteries/romance for example J.D Robb's In Death series. I will read a good contemporary or historical romance novel as well. I guess what I'm saying is I love anybook that is good enough to provide me with a well-deserved escape and entertainment.

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    "Has Some Entertainment Value"

    This series is rated so high that I thought I'd give it a chance. The storyline is interesting enough that you want to find out what happens, but the main character does go on and on. It's all about what he did and what he shouldn't have done and everything is his fault. He's kind of this pitiful guy that cries a lot and has no confidence in his abilities but always skates by. The narrator has a nice speaking voice, but he does every character in the same tone be it male or female. The book is readable but I wasn't as impressed as most of the other readers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    William Suwanee, GA, United States 03-06-14
    William Suwanee, GA, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Reasonably good book, poor performance"
    What did you like best about Fool Moon? What did you like least?

    After enjoying the Codex Alera series, I hoped that I was going to enjoy the Dresden Files. Unfortunately, I can't say that I have, and I'm not going to buy any more of the books in this series. In fairness to the author, my primary issue with the books is the reader. Maybe I have been spoiled by George Guidall, Kate Reading, and others, but Marsters' narration is so distracting that it keeps me from appreciating the author's work. That having been said, I can only rate the book itself as good, as opposed to very good or excellent. Some of the things that the characters do are simply implausible. Granted this is a book series about a wizard, but still, the actions of the people in the book need to be consistent with human nature. For example, an FBI agent would not draw her gun and try to kill a police lieutenant simply because they had gotten into a tussle. So, net-net, the first two books were disappointing.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 01-15-14
    Kenton Highland Park, IL, United States 01-15-14 Member Since 2007

    Middle-aged, married dad of two, living in Northern Burbs of Chicago. Hard Sci Fi addict, and lover of great storytelling. Almost all of my reading is now in audio format.

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    "This narrator kills the series for me."

    I actually really like the stories, but the narrator reminds me of a fat, tired, late-thirties, self-loathing, dungeon master fanboy from back in the DAY.

    I get it. Dresden comes from that ilk... kinda. But he's also a freekin bad ass, and this guy just can't pull it off for me. It just seems so forced.

    I'm bummed to see the whole friggin series is narrated by him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-30-13
    David Colorado Springs, CO, United States 07-30-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disgusting narrator saliva sounds - gross!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Heed what others wrote about disgusting a saliva, swallowing, and - in chapter 12 - sucking on a lozenge. Story might have been good, but I couldn't get past the poor production. Seriously, it was if they recorded from inside the narrator's mouth. Last Jim Marsters reading I purchase. Yuck!


    What could Jim Butcher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Use different narrator and production.


    What didn’t you like about James Marsters’s performance?

    Disgusting sounds of his salivating, swallowing, and - in chapter 12 (where I stopped listening) - the sound of him swirling a lozenge around his mouth while reading!


    What character would you cut from Fool Moon?

    The narrator Jim Marsters


    Any additional comments?

    I won't purchase another book read by Jim Marsters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 06-07-13
    Sandrine Differdange, Luxembourg 06-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Nicely tall and intelligently open-minded

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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I was upset that the main story line was not so nicely spun as the first in the series. I do believe the writer wanted to invite us to share Harry dipping into his most primal fears or desires. I was happy when it was over but that was my perception, other listeners might have liked it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    I might give Book 3 a try nonetheless.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The loup garou becomes a "loop garou", for a French speaker this becomes annoying after a while. The "p" in the French word loup is silent, it sounds more like "loo" than "loop" ...


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 05-15-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Loogarooooooo!"

    Dresden books are so great!  He's such a fantastic, master-mess, kind of sexy, (In a weird way), wizard. 

    Returning superb cast members make this another outstanding read.  I was looking forward to seeing all the regular suspects that make up Harry's motley crew of friends, enemies and co-workers; it was like seeing old friends.  

    According to my favorite, "flippant-English, talking skull, ancient-spirit guy," "Bob".  There are three different types of werewolves and they get pretty ruthless in this second installment of Dresden's adventures.  A great detective story that can carry a serious side while throwing in just enough humor to keep the story entertaining without becoming silly.  

    Butcher keeps the suspense flowing throughout his writing without forcing the storyline and Harry would not be Harry without being narrated by  Marsters.  I'm hooked on Harry and this series. 

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Breanna SPANAWAY, WA, United States 02-24-13
    Breanna SPANAWAY, WA, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Ever wonder how to become a Werewolf?"

    Werewolves can be bastards and Werehumans can be noble, but Lycenthropes all have a screw loose. Find out more about them all in this second in the series all about the only "Wizard" in the yellow pages, Harry Dresden.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Tracy
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    "The only thing my 15 year old son and I agree on!"
    Would you listen to Fool Moon again? Why?

    Already have.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Fool Moon?

    Too many great moments to choose.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Perfect comic timing.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    “I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.” - Harry


    Any additional comments?

    “Black wizards don't just grow up like toadstools, you know. Someone has to teach them complicated things like summoning demons, ritual magic, and clichéd villain dialogue.” - Harry

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • markcow
    Yorkshire
    12/2/13
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    "A great supernatural detective tale!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Fool Moon to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The delivery by the narrator really brings dresdens world to live.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be harry of course.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    James masters as well as being an accomplished actor on screen really does deliver as a voice actor too.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Why have a wand when you have a hockey stick!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • legeon
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    8/21/13
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    "hungry like the wolf"

    fool moon is Butchers second novel and again like storm front quite a slow mover yet full of twists and turns to make one feel enthrualled by the plot. harry dresden is slowly growing into a character for all readers to love, in this story he is put against the forces of the FBI, a very very angry loupe-garoux, a pack of shifter wear wolves, the death of an up to now key character in the SCPd, and the loss of a good friend to him. throw into this mix gentleman johny marcone and you have a rip roaring story to thrill those fans of gum shoe novels and paranormal alike. after this book so from "grave peril" onwards the dresden files will be leading into a much darker territory. but you'll have to read the series to find out why.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • EC
    Hove, United Kingdom
    7/16/13
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    "Gripping but bloody"

    OK OK So maybe I was a bit naïve, but I really didn't expect the level of gore in this book after the first one. The first Dresden Book goes bonkers at the end (very exciting, do read) but this one has necks snapping, blood gushing and serious injury throughout.

    Being a bit of a woos and new to this kind of genre, I've found myself listening to it in chunks. Normally I'd have the audio track playing whilst doing my housework but with this one ... hmmm ... I've switched to listening to it via my iphone so I can do the audio equivalent of hiding behind a cushion and turn it off when it all gets a bit ... ARGH!! NOOOO!!

    Mind you, I'm still listening AND enjoying it AND I'm going to buy another one. The characters are developing nicely and the plot is actually truly a mystery. This is unlike most other detective fiction which I can now generally read (ahem) like a book as I've got through so much of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    Beckenham, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "A great listen"

    The Dresden Files is a great series and James Marsters brings all of the characters to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stinne
    Nykoebing F, Denmark
    12/23/12
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    "2nd book in the Dresden Files"

    The second book continues in the same vein as the first and does just as well. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • chris
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom
    9/4/12
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    "Not Great"

    I enjoyed the first book in this series and I finished this one.

    I found the constant background noises of the narrator annoying, the constant noises such as him breathing loudly and opening and closing his mouth are inexcusable.

    The plot wasn't overly gripping and I had very little emotions towards the characters. I felt that the author had changed the rules for the main characters magic use substantially from the first book and continued to add sub-clauses in though-out this one.

    However I finished it, so there must have been something keeping me there, however I will not be listening to any subsequent books.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blackpool
    9/2/11
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    "not so good"

    this is the second Dresden Files I have bought and I wish I hadn't. They always seem to have great reviews and I know friends really like them but I find the stories very boring. Just as something is about to happen it all goes off at a tangent giving long explanations or talking about something else. They remind me of the old style Amercian Private Detective stories for B movies, very bored and jaded.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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