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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential - What makes Harry Dresden so essential in the world of urban fantasy is his incapability to ignore those in need, or skip a single glitch in the appearance of a case - it makes him a good detective, and it keeps his character steady. Jim Butcher has created a wizard who exudes the callous confidence a private detective needs to survive and placed him in our world - a world where you cast a spell or become a thrall, trade or be traded, investigate or die. Narrator James Marsters embodies Dresden at his core, smooth and solid, with an unmistakable outside edge of gruffness that leaves listeners with a hardboiled swing in their step. —Erin

Publisher's Summary

My name is Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Conjure by it at your own risk. I'm a wizard. I work out of an office in midtown Chicago. As far as I know, I'm the only openly practicing professional wizard in the country. You can find me in the yellow pages, under Wizards. Believe it or not, I'm the only one there.

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.

©2000 Jim Butcher; (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

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    Elizabeth N. 12-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Got to a point and couldn't stop listening..."

    Forgive me for any typos, I am writing this out on my phone while the story is still fresh.

    First off, the narration. The editing was a bit annoying at first, because you can hear every breath and background nose. However, James Marster's performance was phenomenal and I soon found I wasn't noticing this as much. I felt like I was sitting in Harrys two floor basement apartment, with Mister the cat rubbing my legs and the fireplace going, listening to Harry tell the story himself. The storytelling captures you in a way I have seldom experienced, and Marster becomes Harry.

    That said, I enjoyed the story itself. It was a fun, quick read with decent (though not terrific) worrying that shows a lot of promise. The biggest reason it gets docked a star is because Harry's "old fashioned" tendencies annoyed me at times. Based on the other characters' reactions, though, I have a feeling this is going to change over time.

    Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this audio book and will definitely be continuing the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    James Berg 11-30-15
    James Berg 11-30-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely fantastic"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I likely won't listen to it again, but mostly because there are so many other books in the series!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is rich with both plot and interesting characters.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    The performance was done well - emotive without being overwrought, and Marsters never tries too hard to use different voices. Instead, he relies on tones and pacing, making it easy to differentiate between characters, without being distracting.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ALL MI 11-29-15
    ALL MI 11-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Fun Modern Magic"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    The reader's tone, the disclosure of magic and past without divulging everything in one book was great. Makes me interested to hear more.


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

    No, this was my first. Great voice, but he really should've spit the gum out before reading. I would love to hear more of his stuff. He was Dresden's voice to perfection. Just please, lose the gum.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    Good story however narrator sighed his way through the story. Made it hard to listen

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 11-23-15
    Mary WESTERLO, NY, United States 11-23-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Refreshing no profanity ,jest creative thought"

    His dialog is funny and creative. While telling a good story. So nice to find a mind giving food for thought and fun too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 11-19-15
    David 11-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Entertaining"

    it was entertaining, not great but entertaining. I will try the next book in the series too see if it improves. The narrator was a bit flay.

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    G. Parish 03-26-15
    G. Parish 03-26-15 Member Since 2013

    Blind Bard

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    "Bad Narrator"

    This is an excellent tale, however, the narration is regrettable. His voice is deep, toneless, and rarely is there the slightest bit of inflection. You will likely enjoy it in spite of the narration, but one should be aware.

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    Irena D. 03-20-15
    Irena D. 03-20-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent story, AWFUL narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    It was so hard to get passed all of the sighs and bored voice of the narrator. It would be so much better if the narration was different.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    yes, and that's an understatement


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    RabidReads 12-27-14
    RabidReads 12-27-14

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    "Adding a new male protagonist to my audio rotation"

    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.

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    Diana 09-07-14
    Diana 09-07-14 Member Since 2013

    Practicing Idealist, Dabbling Realist ;)

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    "Looking forward to this series - great story"

    Well, I clicked the "Series" word under the author's name and checked out the list of the books to come, and skipped to the last book listed, Book 15, and read a review there that makes me feel that this is a series that will be fun to listen to and shows promise with a good evolution of character.

    The first book in a series is not always the best, but this book shows me that this is going to be enjoyable. The ratings average of over 4.5 usually means I'm not going to be wasting my time either.

    Off to Book 2 . . .


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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    8/14/09
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    "A great story & brilliantly narrated"

    I confess that I am a great fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series and was very much looking forward to hearing the audio version. Well, I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed - quite the reverse.

    James Marsters (who played Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a superb narrator. He perfectly captures Jim Butcher's quirky, almost conversational style; he brings Harry Dresden himself brilliantly to life, as well as drawing the other characters with great aplomb; and he keeps the momentum rolling along without let-up. Great stuff.

    As for the book itself, I think it is a model on how to write the first of a sci-fantasy series: it perfectly balances the need for thrills and spills, humour, human interest, goodies and baddies with developing the magical background and back-plot. The series improves with every book so I very much hope that Audible get the rest of the series after the first four, all of which are available on the US audible website.

    Strongly recommended.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Iain McCorkindale
    Mid-Devon, UK
    5/20/11
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    "Gripping and atmospheric"

    Stylish supernatural rollercoaster of a novel, Butcher captures the Film Noir genre perfectly and adds an arcane twist. Harry Dresden, the only person advertising services under "Wizards" in the yellow pages, has a knack for finding trouble. In Storm Front, Dresden becomes the target of a brutal killer who has crossed the forbidden line to kill using black magic, and has learned how to harness enormous energies to kill his victims at a distance. Treated as a suspect himself, by the police and the white council of magic, Dresden faces seemingly impossible odds - he must stop the mysterious sorcerer before it's too late.

    James Marsters delivers the narrative with Phillip Marlowe perfection. I can't recommend this book enough - I can't wait to download the next in the series!

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa
    Beaconsfield, BUCKS, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "Great fun and beautifully read."

    I tried this book on a whim and i'm so pleased i did. I think i had presumed that after reading so many paranormal books written from a female's point of view that one from a mans' might be a little gung ho and hard to relate to but i was so pleasantly surprised. The protagonist has a brilliantly dry sense of humour that had me giggling out loud every now and again. It was also so refreshing to read a paranormal book that was well thought out and consistent from start to finish, not getting muddled halfway through or getting a little silly by the end. Harry's back story is explained just enough without getting bogged down in the nitty gritty and it was amazing how quickly one was able to understand and relate to the character. In addition i loved the fact that even though the male lead was strong the female roles all had a character of their own. Usually strong or atleast independant, not just simpering excuses for gratuitous sex.
    This was all supported by fabulous narration by James Marsters. Such a fantastic voice for this character, he manages to capture the wry sense of humour just perfectly.
    So overall i think you can see that i loved it, now on to the next one!

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl M-M
    United Kingdom
    10/6/11
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    "Superbly read by Marsters"

    First of all I cannot recommend the narrator James Marsters highly enough. He has the character of Dresden down to a fine art. The combination of story and Marsters reading was exceptional, so much so that I often laughed out loud at some of the snarky comments. As for the book, well Jim Butcher has found a loophole in the Supernatural book market and created a wizard, who is funny, interesting and captivating. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    8/12/09
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    "Magic meets PI"

    First time I have read a Harry Dresden book and looking forward to reading the rest. A good mix of PI investigations, conflict, magic and action kept the plot going until the end. The characters were well drawn and easy to emphathise with. The plot draws you into the authors world of magic, fairies, demons and humans. I was slightly put off at the start by the world weary narration, although this suits the character it seemed slightly over the top but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • EC W
    Hove, United Kingdom
    5/15/13
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    "Dashiell Hammett with Magic bits"

    This is a great romp of a story. A grumpy wizard / detective, in the style of Sam Spade, with lots of fallen women, sex, power, a mob ring and a ticking timebomb of a deadline thrown in for good measure. Even though I had the plot twist figured out half way through (I've done a LOT of detective novels) the magic angle made everything fresh and new. I will definitely be getting the next book.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Amusing and gripping"

    I missed the TV series but I had the impression it was the sort of story I'd like and I was right.

    The story has kept me hooked and I've looked forward to my bus journey to and from work but I've even found myself listening while doing the housework - it's the equivalent of the 'unput-downable' book.

    James Marsters is pleasant to listen to and although there's quite a lot of irony, which we're often told Americans 'don't get', I found the delivery spot on.

    I'm definitely going to get the next one in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Pringle9984
    Cardiff, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Good Book, Excellent Series"

    My first experience of the Dresden Files was the TV series some years ago; it was okay, but didn't particularly thrill me. I only started reading the Dresden Files because I got the first few books cheaply but they have very quickly grown to become my favourite series of novels and something of an obsession (there's a roleplaying game and there have been related kickstarter projects).



    Storm Front is the start of the series and it does start a little weakly, it's a solid book and I enjoyed it - but having read/listened to every book in the series multiple times now it's certainly not one of the best. It's required reading for the ongoing series though, it introduces you to a number of characters, the vast majority of whom crop up again and again throughout the other books and the events of Storm Front still come up in much later books.



    Jim Butcher has written these books as though they're Harry's journal or internal monologue, including his off hand thoughts and sarcastic comments. James Marsters captures the character amazingly, and really *is* Harry Dresden. The books have become my favourite series and the audio books (collectively) have become the standard by which I judge all audio books.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    9/9/13
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    "A brilliant first novel."

    There's very little to fault in this story if you like the genre. It has a great atmosphere and imagination to it. The hero is flawed but likable. There is a good supporting cast of characters. The plot is interesting. James Masters, the narrator, was just as good as I hoped he would be, acting out the story in a way that really draws you in. The main question, given how popular this series is, is why haven't you listened to it yet?

    So why haven't I given it a five? The story does lack the depth of novels written by my favorite authors, it is a little too predictable and plot devices heavy handed at times. However, this novel was enjoyable and easy to listen too. I don't give out four stars easily so Storm Front has a lot going for it and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • legeon
    United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "dresden files book 1."
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    james marsters amazing narration skills.


    What did you like best about this story?

    jim butchers whit filled writings.


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

    i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not in this one no but in later books yes


    Any additional comments?

    if only the uk store could get all the dresden files including the latest one and side jobs i'd be very happy. well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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