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 have to admit I came into The Dresden Files expecting something really great but in the end it really just isn't for me. Dresden is a bit of an ass and spends most of the book in an emo mess of self loathing about how everything wouldn't be so screwed up if he was just able to figure out the convoluted mystery sooner.
Then there is Karrin Murphy. Ms. Murphy is far to quick to just assume Dresden is an evil, murdering, bastard when in truth he is just a crappy friend who can't just tell her what is actually going on which is what she is paying him to do.
Oh and lets not forget Mr. Masters. The breathing, oh the breathing. Why in the world did the editor allow all of the damn breathing and swallowing to stay in the book? Don't get me wrong, it isn't half as bad as the first book but it really pulled me out of the story. At least the production value for this book was a bit better than the first because it didn't sound like a bootleg of a 1950s radio program.
Alas, I have to say that I really don't think I am going to continue the Dresden Files. I had high hopes but it really just seems like a chore to continue with the series. It isn't the worst thing in the world and I fully understand that a lot of people really love the series but it's just not for me.
I am hooked on the Dresden story and will read this series all the way through. I say "read" because about half way through this audio I couldn't take the narrator anymore and decided to buy the book instead. I loved the first story so much that I dealt with the narrator but this time it proved to be to much for me.
Where to start.. First off I understand that Dresden has a bit of a dark outlook on life and maybe the narrator was trying to get Dresden's bad attitude across with by sounding completely put out by having to even tell this story, but in trying to sound down he ends up making these crazy loud exasperated sighs after almost every sentence. Half the time it sounds like he is coming up for air after almost drowning. Second.. At first I thought his weird gulping and spit noises right into the mic were just a mistake, but after a while I realized he was doing that on purpose to further portray the "I don't give a damn" attitude of Dresden. The result is hearing close up the disgusting spit noises that eventually make you cringe if you are listening on headphones.
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.
I Loved it! Jim Butcher tells quite a story. Harry Dresden is a wonderful hero, though i wish he'd give himself a break once in a while. he's constantly blaming himself for everyones woes.
the series is excellent; just light & witty enough but the action & creatures are scary enough to keep your heart thumping! i will surely listen to the whole series.
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.
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.
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.
The second of the series, builds from the first with the characters becoming your friends, and we learn a little more from Harry's past. As with the first, this is a narrative told by Harry, mainly about the everyday life of the wizard. So happens, he has a very unusual life that lands him in trouble from day to day, and wizardry doesn't do much to pay the bills. This episode has him hunting for a werewolf murderer that has gone on a rampage the last couple of full moons.
It's a good story, with a few laughs here and there, along with all the crime solving. The narrator is superb, who scares me away from reading one of these books. He knows exactly how to deliver Harry, and all the characters with perfection.
I like this series of fantasy novels, the hero is likable, the scenarios dangerous, exciting. Sometimes the "just in time" and "everything that happens is about me" plot lines gets to be too much though.
The reading is fantastic. Marsters really gets you into the characters perfectly.
I do wish the women in the story could remain clothed more often. For some reason they are always taking off their tops, which I understand can be appealing if you are an adolescent boy.
I've finished Jim Butcher's first 2 Dresden Files books--this title being the second--and even though I've moved on and I'm now reading other novels, I find myself thinking of The Dresden Files in the middle of the night or at random times. If I feel like reading, my mind automatically assumes (with pleasure) that I'll be reading about Harry Dresden. That's a very high recommendation for any novel.
Fool Moon continues the story of Harry Dresden (who was first seen in Storm Front). Harry's a practicing wizard living in Chicago. That set up and the resulting complications are what make The Dresden Files fun to read. Harry's an interesting character, with a colorful past involving a mother who was a witch, a father who was a stage magician, and an uncle who taught Harry how to be an evil wizard.
In Fool Moon, people are being murdered during the full moon. No surprise then that werewolves are involved. Harry discovers that there are four distinct types of werewolves, and the background for this mythology was the best part of this novel for me. The other aspects of the magical world created were deeper and more fascinating than the first novel. The least believable part was that Harry ended up encountering all 4 types in only one novel.
I have two major disappointments with these first 2 novels: Harry Dresden and Lt. Murphy have a working relationship; yet neither trusts the other. Lt. Murphy especially distrusts Harry Dresden, and the explanation for that distrust seems extremely weak, at best. The false obstacles she places in Harry's path caused by this distrust hurt my enjoyment of the story. At the same time, Harry Dresden has a self-blame complex. Everything is his fault and his responsibility. I found his constant need to blame himself just plain irritating, especially when there was nothing he could have done differently.
Overall, I highly recommend this novel. The good definitely outweighs the somewhat minor irritations.
Loving theses books, Can't seem to stop wanting to listen to more...... Narration is good and the characters lead you into a magical world.
I have listened to a number of the Dresden files, Jim Butcher does not do things by halves, his stories are just full from beginning to end, they keep you absorbed and entertained. Harry is an interesting and very human protagonist and brilliantly protrayed by James Marsters. This story centres on the world of werewolves and the many different incarnations of them.
"James Marsters is Harry"
I've read all the Dresden files before and listened to the last one as audible (wothout reading it first).
To be honest, going back to the start I thought it would be riddled with inconsistencies (X-men and Wolverine origins, anyone?!) but two books in, it's not.
James sounds less gritty, less angry than he does in the latest offering- but that makes it even better.
In audio form, there's a new dimension added. For anyone who prefers dramas over narratives, give these a go. The only dissappointment will be realising you'll be spending the next year buying them!
The story is great, the characters realised brilliantly- I have a better view of Karen and Harry that even the Tv show didn't give me. Love it!
"Odd, but addictive!"
To being with, there's something odd about the style of narration - all breathy and sighing and in the first person, which isn't very common, but as odd as it seems to begin with, it really gets you INTO the character and not just listening as an objective outsider.
I really enjoyed the stories and like the fact that Dresden isn't completely infallible and perfect - he's "human" in a wizardy way!! I also like the fact that the stories aren't SO supernatural that you're having to come to grips with a whole new world, but there's enough "real world" to keep it familiar, but enough magic to keep it entertaining.
Overall, I only recently downloaded Fool Moon and I have just today downloaded Book 3 and have the remaining books in the series in my wishlist!
I would definitely recommend this series, but with the caveat that you need to give it some time to get used to the style, it's worth it!
"A wonderful second novel to the series."
Harry is back and his life is as complicated and as difficult as ever maybe even more so. The story moves along at a very past pace and is well narrated and the time just flies as you listen to the story.
The magical world that Harry lives in is developed a bit more with there being a virtual infestation of were-wolves all of the place with chaos and mayhem following.
Harry's view of the world, the people around him and life in general tends to make things harder for him but is an endearing trait for the rumpled wiztective. He treads a fine line between all the factions around him and frequently discovers that it is impossible to achieve this.
This novel is highly recommended and I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Only one small issue. At time especially in between chapters the sound goes completely dead resulting in a small loss of continuity.
"Enjoyed it as much as the first"
Story – 4/5
I enjoyed it quite a lot, much like I did the first novel. There is still nothing groundbreaking here, but I am still holding out for books 3/4 for when it does apparently become so. Each of the existing characters are developed further very nicely, with some interesting new additions to add to the fray. I especially enjoyed seeing another side of Dresden; showing a more emotional/sensitive side at times alongside his usual witty sayings and anecdotes.
There is plenty of action in this one, more so than the first, and as the title suggests, involves a lot of werewolves and their variations. This is not your cliché vampire/werewolf story though; there are a lot of ideas and fantasy additions here so Jim Butcher has made it his own.
Jim Butcher has managed to remove the trivialisation barrier of danger and peril in first person stories, by making the fear about other characters’ safety. This, in my opinion, added more depth to the story than the first.
Performance – 5/5
James Marsters is an absolute star, his addition to the Dresden audio-books is perfection, as he reflects the character superbly, and enhances the film noire feel to the stories. A lot of other reviews say “James Marsters IS Dresden”, and after 2 audio-books, I have to agree. His voice acting is distinctive and he portrays Dresden’s mood and the pace of the story extremely well.
No production issues in this story like at the beginning of the first book, so a well deserved 5/5 for performance. It doesn’t get much better than this.
On a side note, to those who aren’t aware, James Marsters is the guy that played Spike in Buffy the Vampire slayer according to a colleague of mine. Just in case you are a particular fan of his…
"The story continues ..."
This is a slightly different story to the first in the series in that it introduces were creatures. There are still deaths, I'm guessing that lots of 'people' die around Harry! However it was excellently narrated by James Marsters again and he has the right edge of sarcasm in his voice to come across as how I would expect Harry to sound. Worth listening to in order to build background for the rest of the series, and to enjoy! Also, who knew that supernatural creatures could be bribed with delivered pizza!
"The only thing my 15 year old son and I agree on!"
Too many great moments to choose.
Perfect comic timing.
“I can't be under arrest now... I don't have time.” - Harry
“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
"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.
"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.
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