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Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 | [Jim Butcher]

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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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    Aaron Siverling 05-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Good! Series gets better with every new book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book! Very entertaining and unique read! However, if you have listened to latter books of this series you'll notice James Marsters dosen't hit his stride untill about book three of four. He's a little listless in this one but dose get better!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 12-27-11
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Just didn't work for me"

    I think the key with this series is to remember the Falcon. IF you dug that hard boiled, no non-sense, sarcastic detective story, then you'll probably like this. It's that and magic.
    If you're not into the 1940's stereotype private dick, then you, like me, will probably have a hard time keeping a straight face. I just kept expecting him to tell me that the neighborhood was tough as a $3 steak or about the knock-out's killer gams.
    The narration was perfect for the story. There are some imperfections in it- you can hear him turning pages and the breaks between places are too obvious- and he is something of a loud sigher, but it suits the character. If I were casting the role of gritty wizard detective, constantly wrongly accused and perpetually on the edge of bankrupcy, I'd have picked this guy.
    The story is good too, for the style. Yes, it was somewhat obvious, and you might feel the need to grab Harry by the lapels of his stupid duster and shout whodunnit, but that may just be me. It may not actually be that obvious for everybody, but the clues are there if you're looking. I'm willing to blame the character's sleep deprivation in this one.
    So, the writing was fine, the story was good, the narration was fine. It just isn't what I was looking for. If you like this sort of 40's era detective novel, you'll love these. If not, don't waste your time.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Linn Scottsville, VA, United States 03-10-11
    Linn Scottsville, VA, United States 03-10-11
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    "Favorite story, mediocre reader"

    I am a big fan of the Jim Butcher Dresden series, so I was excited to see them on Audible and by an actor with whom I'm familiar. Unfortunately, the production values on this reading really put me off. There was a very casual, over-the-phone sense to the reading and the breath-sounds were entirely too noticeable. It felt like he was recording in his closet with a cheap microphone. I listened to the end and did my best to tune that out, since I love Dresden, but I was really disappointed with the quality of the recording.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 12-21-09
    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 12-21-09 Member Since 2009
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    "At last a Harry Potter for adults"

    I really enjoyed this audio book, from the great humor to the great delivery by the reader. Magic does not have to be about a child growing into power, indeed it does not have to be in Hogwarts, this is set in Chicago and all the better and more enthralling for it. I will be getting the rest of the series, well now! I will also look out for the narrator who was one of the best I have listened to [and I have listened to a few now].

    Well done...now where is the next book..

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    B. Reynolds 08-11-09
    B. Reynolds 08-11-09
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    "Good fun - adventure book for geeks"

    This is like a Nancy Drew book for adult geeks, I'm a 33 year old male, fairly geeky but not overly so and I enjoyed it quite a bit. Yes there is lots of sexual innuendo, perhaps too much. But it's all in good fun and I'm sure the geeky guys will enjoy it alot. The hero of the book is basically a grown up nerd (wizard), running around blasting demons, being a tough guy, saving women and generally kicking ass. A fun listen. The only annoying part about the audio is that the narrator swallows audibly and frequently.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-01-13
    Lore SAN JOSE, CA, United States 06-01-13 Member Since 2008

    Fantasy/Sci-Fi Fan

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    "Decent starting point that should get better"

    I picked up the Dresden Files TV series on DVD after a friend recommended it to me. I remember that the show started slow for me and initially seemed to be the standard fare of low budget TV offered by SyFy. As I consumed more of the TV series I began to enjoy it more, and when it was over, I found myself disappointed that there was only a single season.

    Being a fan of Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera series, and finding myself wanting more Harry Dresden, this book seemed like a safe bet for me. Of course I went into this book with an existing impression of who Harry Dresden is, and how he sounds, and found James Marsters to be an excellent choice as the voice of Harry Dresden. Marsters doesn’t exactly excel at some of the other voices in this reading, especially the female characters, but he is an excellent Dresden.

    This book introduces the reader to the Butcher’s version of an urban fantasy world that includes wizards, demons, fairies, the White Council, and various disciplines of Magic. It also sets the tone for Harry’s place in the world, which isn’t exactly on the top rung of the supernatural ladder, and starts to detail his relationship with Murphy at the Chicago Police Department. So it is strictly the basics and it actually feels like an episode of a TV series. The bigger story arc is there but you don’t get a lot of details about it in Storm Front. The story for this one episode is wrapped up nicely and you will need to tune in next week to find out more.

    After listening to this book I feel like I did after watching the first episode of the TV series – it’s a slow start. As a stand-alone work I could recommend a lot of better ways to spend your credit, but as a starting off point for a longer term relationship with Harry Dresden, I feel that it was a good investment.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan 04-22-14
    Hassan 04-22-14 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "I Found Another Great Series!!!!"

    I just started listening to the Dresden Files series, and i am enjoying it so much. I loved the fact that Dresden is wizard already, not someone who doesn't know about his abilities like a lot of other books do.

    Too many interesting characters in this series, and too many different ways it could lead too.. I know that my review is pretty late one, but don't blame me, I didn't get to know this series until i had a listen to the collection of short stories called "Dangerous Women". And am thankful for that.

    Poor Dresden getting into a lot f trouble and has to get out of them by himself.. . One of my favourite characters in this book and am assuming he'll be there in the rest of the series is Bob.. you'll get to know Bob, and you will like him.

    Already done with the 2nd book "Fool Moon", which was really good and satisfying, and now reading the 3rd book.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-01-14
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 02-01-14 Member Since 2010
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    "2 ½ stars. It kept my interest, but I was annoyed"

    The guy was complaining and whining all the way through the book.

    This had potential. I liked the world set up. There are wizards, vampires, demons, ghosts, and fairies. They live among humans. Humans know about them. The White Council sets rules to govern magic creatures (MCs). One rule is that MCs are not allowed to kill humans using magic, even if a human is trying to kill the MC.

    Harry is a wizard. He works as a PI (private investigator). He advertises in the yellow pages. Instead of a magic wand, he has a magic staff. He also uses a blasting rod, bracelets, potions, and mental powers.

    My problem was the entire book felt like Harry was “making excuses.” In every interaction with bad guys Harry complains that he doesn’t have the magic thing he needs to get out of it. So he’s in danger. He was whining. I was sooo tired of it. I would have preferred Harry go in, take his magic, do some damage, and win the thing - at least some of the time. But instead he has to make do with spur of the moment thinking, dodging, running, and barely escaping with his life. Examples follow.

    EXAMPLES:
    Harry visits a vampire. The guards take away his staff and rod at the door. The vampire attacks Harry. He has no way to defend himself because the guards took his stuff.

    Harry left his staff and rod in his office, and now he is driving to another town to stop a bad guy. But he complains that he doesn’t have his staff and rod. Well, why didn’t he go get them before he started driving?

    A bad guy is going to commit a murder and Harry is the only one who can stop him. A cop puts Harry in handcuffs, and he doesn’t have a magic thing with him to unlock the cuffs.

    Harry needs to create a spell. He can’t because the ghost that helps him is on vacation.

    A creature is trying to kill Harry. There is “no time” to use a deadly evocation in close quarters.

    Harry can’t run because his leg is injured and painful.

    STUPID:
    Harry did stupid things with money. Apparently he is always low on money. He was behind on rent but just got paid by a client so he paid his rent. He’s got a $50 bill left. The ghost wants Harry to make a potion with a dollar bill. Instead of getting change for his $50. He puts the whole $50 in. Later he is in a taxi. Harry throws all his remaining money at the driver so the driver will hurry. Where did that money come from? If he had a $1 or a $5 bill he could have used that in the prior potion. And it sounded stupid to give “all the money he had” to the driver.

    THE SERIES:
    This is the first book in The Dresden Files series. There are at least fourteen books. A couple reviewers said his later books are better than this one.

    AUDIOBOOK NARRATOR:
    Is it an audio equipment problem? Or holding the mic too close to the mouth? Or just a loud breather? The narrator had too many LOUD BREATHS which annoyed me. He also did too many SNIFFS which really annoyed me. I’m sure those sniffs were not written in the book. If he could solve those problems, then this narrator James Marsters would be very good. He has a pleasant, soothing, calm voice. And he reads with good emotional interpretation and interest. But I was too annoyed with the breathing and sniffs.

    Genre: paranormal mystery suspense

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 04-01-12
    Nicholas Oak Grove, KY, United States 04-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Travel a lot for work and spend a good deal of time in the car.

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    "New to Urban fantasy"

    Im new to Urban Fantasy but am really really enjoying this. Between Harry and Atticus from Iron Druid Chronicals i have a new favorite type of books

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Marc Blooomington, IN, United States 03-14-12
    Marc Blooomington, IN, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Story petty good. Need a better narrator."
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    Story is a twist from old detective books. The same with a dash of magic. I wish they found a different narrator. He almost seems bored.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    Again, old detective books with magic.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Need to find a narrator that can make the book come alive. He sounds like he is serving community service.


    Do you think Storm Front needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I don't know if I will listen to the other books because of the narrator.


    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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  • Amy Matthews
    Watford, United Kingdom
    12/4/13
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    "Brilliantly Narrated"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I have listened to this twice already and would listen to this again as James Marsters does a brilliant job of bringing Dresden to life.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden is a great character.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favourite?

    James is just brilliant with all the characters and is very versitile


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

    Sorcerer for Hire


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "Enjoyable"

    A fun book that is entertaining. If you can accept the premise that magic exists, but is kept hidden from the general populace and enjoy the private detective pulp fiction genre then this is a book (and series of books) for you. This book is well written and well read and if you accept the PI genre with a hefty splash of magic then this is a personally recommended listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • BP1
    Leicestershire, UK
    10/18/13
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. I loved it, I love detectives and I enjoy magic so a wizard detective, it's a no-brainer. Add to that he's got morals, has great support characters and a story that breezes along, never getting stuck in the horror of some of the situations Harry finds himself in whilst giving enough sense of threat and you're onto a winner. I also like its set in the modern age.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to, and why?

    I'm not sure, I keep thinking of that show Moonlighting with Bruce Willis but I saw it a long time ago because as, I recall it was a semi-hardboiled detective based in the, then, modern age. Its also like Buffy to the extent that its set in the modern-age and that magic or mythical beings are around us but beyond the noticing of the majority.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He was great, gave superb emotion to each scene, He was clear, and I felt he was always adding to my experience.


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

    Dresden: One detective, one wand, 2 cases, 1 week, or death.


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to it in less than 24hrs and haven't enjoyed a book so much in a very long time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Tyn Y Gongle, United Kingdom
    10/15/13
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    "Unexpectedly superb"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, and have done so. This book for me came after the tv series and I'm always wary of reading after watching something. I ordered it on a whim and was really glad I did. The story builds slowly and of course the content of the books is so much richer than on screen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    The interview and date that turns into a catastrophe


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I like to drive to work to a good book so I actually want them to last as I enjoy my journey that way.


    Any additional comments?

    I was wary of James Marsters voice before I listened to the story, but actually after just one chapter you will find he really "gets" Harry's demeanor perfectly. He's definitely the right choice for these stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • caladohel
    Portugal
    10/14/13
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    "Great Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definitely recommend this audiobook. I consider it to be a great, fun story that is very well told by James Masters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry and Bob, I really love how they interact and Bob British accent.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favourite?

    Harry Dresdon of course.
    James makes a great performance in interpreting Harry Dresden. He gives the character all Harry feelings and just gets better and better through the books.
    I really can imagine Harry talking like that.


    Any additional comments?

    I have particularly problems in loving AudioBooks. The first ones I listen was Harry Potter and it is difficult to find any narrator even close to Jim Dale.

    So, every audiobook after that, is difficult for me to love it.

    James Master makes a great job with the Harry Dresden books. Of course the author is one of my favorites; I just loved the Codex Alera.

    So, since I started the series I just keep listening in every possible moment and that says a lot about this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mitra
    BATHGATE, United Kingdom
    9/30/13
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    "Fun Famtasy Set In a Modern City"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    As a book yes, very enjoyable and well written fantasy book


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of James Marsters?

    No idea, I do like James Masters in most thing he does but I didn't enjoy his reading if this book. There was too much 'gulping' and 'swallowing' noises at the end if sentences.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    TOTNES, United Kingdom
    9/26/13
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    "Good start to a series that promises much."

    Good story that promises a good series. My only problem with the narrator is he's a bit too breathy

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nancy
    worcester, United Kingdom
    8/23/13
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    "jury still out"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    new author for me, so after an uncertain start i stayed to the finish, this book was very well read which helped, but the jury's still out on the story .still i am hooked enough to be purchasing the second book in the series, so watch this spaced.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    very good .


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    no


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Leanne
    wolverhampton, United Kingdom
    7/31/13
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    "Narration is brill."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    If you like the supernatural in a modern setting then these are the books for you. The character can be infuriatingly dim and seems to walk from one problem into the next but with a little luck and not a little desire to survive Harry Dresden makes it through to another day.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    It may sound strange but the narrator bought tiredness and weariness to the character where you would expect it in life but not always in imagination.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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