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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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    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 2015

    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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    Think about this 12-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Can't go wrong with this series"

    This is the second Harry Dresden book I've listened to, and must say I'll probably just keep going from there. Can't believe it took me so long to give this series a try.
    The narration is excellent, he picks up all the characters excellently, with all their little mannerisms. You feel scared at times, and laugh out loud at times.
    The book is non stop mystery, action, suspense, with a touch of sexual tension.
    Love the characters that are being built, and looking forward to more of this series.

    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 2015

    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 2014
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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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    Jeannette Covington, LA, USA 08-30-09
    Jeannette Covington, LA, USA 08-30-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Storm Front"

    Well developed personalities, plausible plot (even for a mystical premise ) and character motivations.

    Very entertaining private eye genre with a "cliff hanger" in nearly every chapter making it difficult to put down.

    The series isn't so much about magic as it is about a tough and determined guy who gets a difficult or impossible job done with some magic involved.

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    Christopher M Sumner 04-08-10 Member Since 2011

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "A very good listen"

    I normally listen to the big books (20+ hrs) So I was worried about getting involved with these short stories. I thought they may lack the detail I love. No worry here!! This book was great and the narrator really sets the mind picture of the main character perfectly. Some complained about how he kept sighing during the read... but I felt they totally fit and helped to define Harry (the main character). So after hearing the second book.... I am hooked, and happy about it.

    I recommend this Book!

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    Amy clinton, NY, United States 08-01-09
    Amy clinton, NY, United States 08-01-09
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    "great story, great narrator"

    I had watched every episode from season 1 of the Dresden Files on DVD and was left craving more, only to find out it would be the ONLY season. Listening to the audio books was the next best thing to more episodes. I recognized elements of Book 1 from one of the episodes, but the book had so much more detail that it was still new and exciting.

    I absolutely love James Marsters doing the narration. I am a huge fan of his from "Buffy" and "Angel" fame (he played Spike the vampire), and was delighted to find him in his new role as narrator for such a great series. His delivery as Harry Dresden (as well as all the other characters since he doesn't change his inflection much for any of them, my only complaint) is so similar to the actor who played him in the tv series, which I like since that's my frame of reference.

    Jim Butcher makes it so easy to root for Harry. He's likable in a sad-sack kind of way. Between Harry's dry sense of humor and Bob the ghost's lascivious longings, there's definate comic relief throughout the book to balance out the dark side of Harry's investigative work.

    To sum up, I am definately looking forward to listening to Book 2 in the series.

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    Bill Maurer Minnesota United States 04-09-15
    Bill Maurer Minnesota United States 04-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story! Annoying narrator"

    It was a good book, but the narrators heavy breathing got really old really fast. Listen if you can manage.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Alexis
    CANTERBURY, United Kingdom
    10/2/14
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    "Not the best in the series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Okay I have all in the series (with the exception of Ghost Story but i have that one my kindle) and am a great fan of the Dresden files. Have gone back to the beginning after listening to Skin Game and waiting for no 16 but I am struck by the boredom in James Marsters voice! He really does get better but I am not sure I will continue to listen again to the early books. His take on Toot Toot is rubbish compared to the later books when he really gets interested in the voice changes and 'special effects' .Jim Butchers writing also gets better and tighter. So keep with it - its is worth it when you get past book 3


    What did you like best about this story?

    Knowing that it gets better in the future books!


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  • Eir Mariann Hvidsten
    9/20/14
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    "Librarian says Fantastic! Addictive!"

    The Harry Dresden Series is addictive - to such a degree that I purchased and listened through all 15 books in only 3 months. It is very action-filled, and the author is sure to not conform to ones expectations of what is going to happen next.
    In one way, it is an easy listen - the author repeats in each book the introduction of characters, what has happened to them so far, and central principles of the Harry Dresden Universe. This allows a reader to get into the series should they get their hands on any part of the series, or to easily "get back on the wagon" when a new book comes out if there's been a long hiatus. Because it is done with variation and takes into account the perspective of a changing and maturing character, it does not become tedious.

    However, it can not be considered a simple listen. The vocabulary is not repetetive (a part from any handling of the wizard staff or the description of female bodies..!), he is detailed in his descriptions of characters and their surroundings, and very observant of the difference between the world seen from one characters eyes to the next. The Harry Dresden Universe is neither flat nor linear.

    James Marsters should narrate more audio books! Full disclosure; I loved the Buffy Series as a teenager, and of course the character Spike. I chose Storm Front because I wanted to hear what James Marsters could do as a narrator. However, I soon forgot what James Marsters looked like, what he sounded like with a british accent, or (in the case of female characters) that he was male! He is great at mastering the many personalities of the series - no two characters sound alike, and he's even skilfull at handling the situations where many of the characters are parttaking in a discussion at the same time. He is also very good at narrating long "non-verbal" passages without droning.

    After listening through the Harry Dresden Series I tried to find new audiobooks to listen to, but had to return a great many of my purchases because the narrators were simply not as good as James Marsters at differentiating between characters, and often did a poor job putting personality into voices, inflections and accents. So far, only Jonathan Keeble has been equally satisfying as a narrator - considering Jonathan Keebles professional background, that says a lot!

    All in all - this is a very satisfying listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • river Angel
    8/26/14
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    "Awesome"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Was a great surprise to find James Marsters reading this book. the book its self was enjoyable to listen to.


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

    Them All


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laughed at a few comments about vampires. Felt totally for the Bad guys wife and kids


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Robert
    Lower Earley, United Kingdom
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    "Enjoyable"

    This was a very enjoyable listen as the main character is well thought out with a bit of a past and placed into an interesting situation of private detective / wizard. The mix of magic and sleuthing works well and magic is not used as a crutch to get out of tough situations.

    The story line itself is well paced with a decent amount of action and investigation involved. While there are no real surprises or major plot twists neither is the story predictable or boring.

    There are some interesting aspects to the magic world that I look forward to learning more about in future novels and this novel is very much recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom
    7/27/14
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    "'Breathy' read"
    What did you like most about Storm Front?

    Fun idea for the main character, also like Murphy who is a good foil to him


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    My first


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

    Enjoyed James Master's reading but he is really closely miked and there are lots of audible deep breaths & sighs. I'm quite prepared to accept this was a conscious, technical, decision but, if that was the case, sometimes it's more intrusive than effective!


    Any additional comments?

    Will definitely try more Harry Dresden stories

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Navinder Singh Vilkhou
    7/5/14
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    "Absolutely fantastic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great story by Jim Butcher. Storm Front is the first in the Dresden files and Harry Dresden jumps in feet first. Wonderfully funny, brilliantly read by James Marsters


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

    The ending.. but I won't spoil it. very funny.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The lift scene.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book would have had be on the edge of my seat if I wasn't driving my car. It was a pure pleasure hearing Harry come alive through James Marsters.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to audiobooks on the way to work. I have an hour's drive and the drive just flies by. All too soon I arrive at work and have to stop listening :-(.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Angela
    London, UK
    6/6/14
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    "I'm hooked"

    Wizards, (good and bad) magic, fairies and mystery all in the modern setting of Chicago with police, mobsters and reporters - its got to be good. And it was. The reading is brilliant and the rhythm of the story combined to make this book shoot to the top of my listening list.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    6/6/14
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    "Highly Entertaining for a Light Read"


    A good bit of fun and a great start into a new lighter series

    Story – 4/5

    Sometimes it is nice to break up the 30hr+ epic fantasy stories with a shorter, lighter novel that is a bit different. Dresden and Storm Front suited this perfectly. At only 8hrs long, it is very fast paced and extremely easy to follow. It is not a masterpiece, but very entertaining. I have heard from friends who are Dresden fans though that it gets a whole lot better after book 3, and blows most people away, so I will certainly be continuing with the series

    It has quite a film noir feel to it, being a privately hired detective story, where the police and organised gangsters (the mob) are also involved. The murder plot being investigated is quite a simple one, as Butcher seems to concentrate a good amount of time building the fantasy elements of the story (but he doesn’t ram it down our throats like some urban fantasy novels). I preferred it told this way, but others may want more of a crime thriller.

    The only drawback I found, and this is quite common with first person narrated novels, is that all of the danger elements are trivialised. Not just by the fact that we know the narrator will survive until the end of the book, but also by Dresden being fairly brave, and not actually fearing the enemy.

    Performance – 4.5/5

    James Marsters was an excellent choice as narrator – he portrayed Harry Dresden’s character very well, and added to the film noir atmosphere of the story. It’s the little things like talking while taking a deep breath, and sounding scruffy in nature to match Dresden’s description.

    In there first ¼ of the novel though, there was a slight production issue, where the start of a few sentences started too soon after the end of the previous ones. It almost felt like it had skipped a chunk and made me go back 30 seconds to check. This didn’t seem to be an issue at all in the latter ¾’s though.

    Overall – 4/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Barton Upon Humber, UK
    6/5/14
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    "A great start to a series"
    What did you like most about Storm Front?

    The way that it wasn't preditable - yes, there was a wizard, but it didn't play out quite as I expected and the ending was a good ending to this part of the story. It could also be enjoyed as a stand alone book as well.


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

    I've haven't listened to James previously, but I would again. His pronounciation was clear and I could tell the difference between the characters. The best bit was the way he spoke Harry's thoughts - the peed off wizard came across loud and clear.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I'm not a 'laugh out loud' kinda person but the book did make me smile a few times!


    Any additional comments?

    A good murder mystery type story with a bit of magic thrown in but it was mostly driven by the murder plot and not the magic. I'm hoping the magic will develop a bit more in the second book but I really enjoyed this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Thomas
    5/19/14
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    "Inviting story and engaging narration!"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    The narration was superbly done; for me, it made the book better than if I had been reading it myself. The narrator really brought the character of Harry Dresden come alive in a way that I thought convincing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was not a static story at all. Each chapter flowed seamlessly into the next.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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