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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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.
I likely won't listen to it again, but mostly because there are so many other books in the series!
The story is rich with both plot and interesting characters.
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.
The reader's tone, the disclosure of magic and past without divulging everything in one book was great. Makes me interested to hear more.
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.
His dialog is funny and creative. While telling a good story. So nice to find a mind giving food for thought and fun too.
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.
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.
yes, and that's an understatement
The world is just an illusion
Story is really good. I used to watch the tv show before it was cancelled. This was a storyline they covered in the Pilot but it's different enough that it felt fresh to me.
The narrator sounds really like a hard boiled detective. Whether or not intentional he sometimes moves which gives the sense of a detective sitting back in his chair and trying to puzzle everything out. Doesn't break the flow at all.
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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.
"Gonna read me some more."
I understand this is the start in a successful series by Jim Butcher and I am hooked already. James Marsters performance was just so good. Between the storyline and Marsters' nuances and intonation which are just so compelling, I listened to the whole book in one night.
I like me a good detective story and this combined with magic and mystery means that I shall be following up on the remainder in the series very soon.
"Excellent story - masterful narration!"
The story is excellent and captured me right at the start. I will definitely be listening to the sequels.
The best part of this experience was James Marsters. hus voice is perfect for the story, for Dresden - simply perfect!
"Absolutely worth it."
Long time fan of Dresden files. I love Butcher's work to death and James Marsters is just the perfect person to take the role of Dresden.
"Amusing - enjoyable"
Excellent entertainment. Raymond Chandler nicely balanced with the supernatural in Chicago. Very plausible in terms of its assumptions. The narration works very well. I have bought the next one of these and think I will enjoy another one, though more than that might be too much, we will see.
"Great start to a series! 4.5 stars!"
Harry Dresden! I thought his character was absolutely fantastic and James Marsters portrayed him excellently. All of his funny little quirks and phrases made me laugh at loud (and look completely weird to people on the bus.. but who cares!).
Again, I'm going to have to say Harry Dresden. James Marsters was made for the role!
I strongly urge you to listen to this audiobook if you even have the smallest inclination to do so. The narration is superb - James Marsters definitely brings the characters to life. Most importantly, the story is absolutely fantastic and Storm Front is a really strong start to the series - I cannot wait to pick up the next one.
I just stumbled across this book and quite honestly, being a Buffy fan of old, purchased it because James Marsters was reading it!!
I wasn't disappointed. It gripped me from the word go and I listened to it practically non stop. The story was gripping, the narrating excellent and I am now on book 5!!
I urge anyone who likes a bit of fantasy fiction to listen to this series, they are well worth it.
Magical, gripping, exciting
The emotion he uses as he reads the story in the first person. It's like he is telling his story directly to the listener.
"Awesome Intro to Harry Dresden!"
Storm Front is a great first book in the Harry Dresden series. James Marsters gives a masterful performance, bringing the story, and Harry, to life. Enjoyable from beginning to end. Now onto the 2nd book...
"Excellent book - narration is a bit odd"
Excellent plot but the narration is a little odd. You can hear the narrator rustling at points and he makes a few odd noises where I think he's clearing saliva from his mouth. It put me off at first but I learned to tune it out as the story was so amazing!
Really wanted to like this, but Harry as a character left me a little cold. I think the problem with first time out novels is a balance between the characterisation and the unfolding plot, and i would have preferred more of the former and less of the latter. The narration was good, it had the right pace and emphasis, but ultimately I came across this off the back of Ben Aaronovitch's Rivers of London series, and it couldn't compete.
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