With rent past due and a decent meal becoming an issue of some importance, Harry needs work, and soon. A call from a distraught wife, and another from Lt Murphy of the Chicago PD Special Investigation Unit makes Harry believe things are looking up, but they are about to get worse, much worse. Someone is harnessing immense supernatural forces to commit a series of grisly murders. Someone has violated the first law of magic: Thou Shalt Not Kill. Tracking that someone takes Harry into the dangerous underbelly of Chicago, from mobsters.
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I accidentally listened to book 10 first, before I realized it was part of a set. I was a little lost, but realized that I really liked the writing and audio acting. I then searched out and found this book. After listening to it I can tell that it was an earlier effort. Not quite as good with story or acting, but still quite a good book and worth listening to if you like things like magic, demons, and dry wit.
Story isn't bad. Mainly well written and generally enjoyable, although the seemingly pointless antagonism between Dresden and pretty much everybody comes across as forced.
There is however a glaring issue... constantly having to listen to the narrator sucking and swallowing. Ask a 5 year old a question during dinner and you'll get a similar sort of sound. And then there's the regular inappropriately timed sighing. If it's that hard a job being a narrator for audible I would suggest he find another line of work.
Second thoughts... he should probably find another line of work regardless.
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This series has been on my to-read shelf forever, so when the first two installments in audio went on sale I just couldn't resist. I'm really glad that I finally gave Harry a chance because I loved his POV, and the fact that his story is told by James Marsters certainly doesn't hurt either. Wizards and male protagonists are uncommon in Urban Fantasy, two definite pluses. The plot was entertaining, I enjoyed Butcher's humour, and the magic system showed promise, although STORM FRONT would have benefited from more development where the latter was concerned, thus my 3 star rating. I look forward to listening to more of THE DRESDEN FILES.
Audible brings the entire world to me
My first Dresden book, I almost thoroughly enjoyed it.
Hard to get past the various mouth noises by the narrator, which my have been by design--I'm not sure. After I heard that first "smacking" noise I couldn't NOT hear them.
However, I really liked the overall story. Harry, the good Wizard who likes to read and has a fabulous sense of humor, and fights crime! I can see why these stories have such a large following.
If you enjoy off-beat crime/fiction with some fantasy thrown in, I recommend it.
This was an outstanding read/listen.
Magic, crime, love, suspense were all reagents in this story. The blended well to form an addictive read.
It read quick and did not bore - ever.
All characters were very interesting, and the author used the right amount of text to describe them. Written in a first-person perspective kept the character development well paced.
There are a lot of problems with this book, many of which are in the production of the audiobook (the editing is crap - you have to listen to the reader breath constantly and it really interferes with the flow of the story, though on rare occasion it fits whats going on). The story itself is a very light read and not very immersive. The concepts are interesting but the story is lacking.
However, that said, the second book is great. This book really only serves as a necessary stepping stone to set the stage of the series and introduce you to its characters. The second book will knock your socks off. My only complaint is that the reader/editing doesnt get a whole lot better (the reader is actually quite good, and fits the part, but man the editing is bad and it makes him sound bad).
I only progressed past this first book because Butcher's Calderon series is so good I couldn't believe this series didn't get better - my faith was entirely justified and I intend to purchase the rest of the series.
I swear that this reader has a chicken bone in his mouth through the entire book. And if he's not eating something, he is thinking about it. And now that I've said something, that is all you will be able to hear too. You're welcome! Does he slurp? SNIFF? Salivate, and then eventually swallow it all? You betcha!! But, the story is so cool that I'll have to listen to it all again. Sick!
Love epic sci fi and fantasy, but hate looking of really good books. So many duds out there. I am gamer too.
Marsters is more than any narrator, he is a voice actor. Most narrators just read and do change up in voices. For example a character will same something, then the author will write something like and he laughed, and the narrator just reads the line straight. James will add that laugh when he is speaking. He also does the breaths, sighs, adds tension, etc. He brings real emotion and life to the characters. Butcher does a great job of doing this book in 1st person, not many writers can pull it off. Patrick Rothfuss is a good example of poor 1st person writing for comparison. What I like about Butcher is his owns the vamps, zombies, werewolves, fairies, etc, and breaths news live into them. I so loathe vampires any more, but he makes them refreshingly interesting. If you ever watched the TV show it is nothing in comparison to the books. There are somethings that do bother me though, like wizards foul up technology, wish is cool. But revolvers that do work and semi auto pistols don't does not really add up, since revolvers can have more parts than an auto does and semi autos are not that much older than modern cartridge revolvers. Also he can drive a car but can't own a frig? All a frig is a motor, pump and temperature switch. A car has more moving parts than that. Those are small things but easily forgiven since it does not effect the story that much and probably something only a person like me would notice. Highly recommend that you read the books in order as they will make more sense that way, but each book can stand alone. Also read, Side Jobs after you read book 12 or it will spoil the plot of the other books. Ghost Stories book 13 is due out in July 26, 2011.
I am new to audiobooks...I've never been much for the idea of them before. So, I figured I'd begin with a book series that I love. I was so pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed listening to Storm Front. James Marsters (whom I thought was fantastic on Buffy/Angel) captured Harry Dresden perfectly. I could not have hoped for a better narrator. I highly recommend this one to all!
We have the print versions and took them to jamaica with us, they go very easy with rum. We have bought the audible books available but really want Books 5, 6 & 7! It leaves a big gap in the story line.
James Marsters is a very good narrator, he handles the characters very well. Jim Butcher has done a very good job with The Dresden Books! I am very cheap, so I really have to love a book to buy it in print and Audible!
"A good short read!"
I am afraid that I'm not quite as enthusiastic about this audio book as the other reviewers seem to be. I am a great reader of fantasy novels and so this one was pushing at an open door. Despite the interesting concept of a wizard detective there seemed to be something missing. It is a pretty short read at eight hours, and it bowls along at a good pace, but I felt that the characterisation of the villain, was sketchy to say the least. The best thing about this book is the narration, with its film noir style, it was wholly appropriate.
I know that this is the first of a series of books and it may be that the author will improve on the plots. I will probably give his next book a listen, just to see how he progresses.
"A Wizard Detective? Great fun!"
Read this book after reading an audible review of someone who had read and enjoyed lots of similar books to me. Like them, I greatly enjoyed this different and interesting book. The protagonist is like a slightly cynical, hard-nosed Harry Potter whose life didn't quite work out the way he wanted it to and is now a P.I. The story is a good one, and the usual mobster, his pea-brained henchmen and gansta-moll avoid any cliche by the unusual wizard element to the story.
Recommended as an unusual read that is well-narrated, passing the time atmospherically and at times humourously.
I bought this book out of complete curiosity - a private detective who happens to be a wizard? I was hooked within the first 30 minutes - BRILLIANT narrator (one of the best I've heard) - excellent storyline - the magic side of the story grows as it progresses - fun and creepy, fantastic and mystical all at the same time. Harry Dresden is a great wizard - the magic weaves through the story ending in a brilliant action blasting conclusion. I found it a really good read and hope to be reading more of this series in the future.
"brilliant story read really well. Would recommend"
brilliant story. really well read. brilliant pace. I looked forward to listening to this one.
"Heavy breathing spoils this"
Although I really enjoyed this book, and even Marsters delivery of it, the sound of him breathing irritated me immensely. I know he has to breathe, and I obviously don't begrudge him it...but the deep, noisy breaths he takes are off-putting. And not only that but near to the end there was some background noise that sounded like a cat washing itself?! I thought it was one of my cats until I realised none of them were in the room! Other than these minor annoyances, the book was brilliant and Marster's excellent as Harry. I will definitely listen to more in the series (but hope for less extraneous noise)
"Storm Front - Jim Butcher"
First switch to a new genre for me but I thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I'm downloading no. 2 in the series.
What can I say. I'm not a fantasy fan usually, but this is a more gentle switch from a strictly crime/thriller genre to a lighter more humorous read. If you like Ben Aaronovitch this would probably suit you.
I loved this Novel James Marsters is Harry Dresden. 10/10 can't wait to start book 2
I'd recommend this book as its one I've listened to on cd several times and have just got it on here to listen to on the go good from late teens onward if your in to the myth and magic type books also if your in to some crime novels too but with a magic twist
"Unlooked for Hit!!"
Have not read the paperback.
I like that it has taken the classic 1920's private eye genre and mixed it up with what feels like well researched folk lore and a little magic. It has good if reconcilable characters and a story that develops nicely to a climactic conclusion. It is not a pastiche, it take itself seriously even if it does not ask you to do the same. There are moments of drama, comedy, suspense and horror. What's not to like!
The opening chapter introducing us to the world weary wizard P.I. complete with the mysterious beautiful woman! All the set pieces are really good, it's hard to pick one.
It's quite a short book, i think i listened to it in 3 or 4 sittings whist working or walking. I would happily have sat all day and listened from beginning to end.
The narrator has made it to one of my all time favorite narrators. He has made what is a very good book into an excellent one!
To anyone happy to accept the existence of the supernatural in the books they read i cannot recommend this enough.
I could listen to james marsters read Harry Dresden for hours he captures the humour and indecision and sarcasm completely. Five stars all round
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