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Storm Front Audiobook

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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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. McDermott 12-09-14
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    "Issues."
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It was a master-stroke of genius to grab James Marsters to narrate the Dresden novels.

    It was a work of utter carelessness not to get a better pop filter or editor - there are so many "mouth noises" and other small sounds that don't belong in a professional recording.

    I've tried three times to listen to this, and each time, I give up a few chapters in.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-01-13
    Scott Enterprise, OR, United States 03-01-13 Member Since 2010

    I am a registered nurse and a father of four great kids. I live in a rural part of Oregon and love it. I enjoy books, but Sci-Fi Fantasy has allows been the ones I reach for more than others.

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    "Dresden Rocks but made me spend too much money"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes, not only did I enjoy this book but so did my wife and sons who were on the long trip with me. Listening to this book has caused me to spend too much money on books-I have since bought the whole Dresden series and continue to do so.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Mr Marsters made each character easy to follow even when their name may not have been introduced every time they would talk. I would listen to more books narrated by James Marsters.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Urban fantasy, you will enjoy this book

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 10-12-12
    Tina NEWBURGH, NY, United States 10-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Gotta Love the Wizard"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    It was entertaining. the story pulled you in slowly.


    What did you like best about this story?

    That even though Harry was a wizard, he acted more like a detective. He seems to stumple his way into situtations than he takes control through magic. He scares you and also makes you laugh.


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

    no


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Don't know


    Any additional comments?

    Wow! What a surprise. I watched the Dresden Files on SYFY, and wish they continues the series.But since I started the books, I’m really a fan the TV series did not come close. Big thumps up & five stars.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Devin 05-19-12
    Devin 05-19-12

    Avid listener of Scifi and Fantasy. I've found so many great books with the help of member reviews. Hopefully I can return the favor.

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    "Interesting Modern Fantasy/Mythology Book"

    I've listed to the first two books of the Dresden Files. I like the magical detective aspect in a modern world. Jim Butcher pulls this story off without the cheezyness factor that a lot of modern fantasy hybrids have.

    That being said, the two books I read aren't my favorite. Harry Dresden the main character gets himself into a lot of easily avoidable trouble that makes me very frustrated with the books. It seems like the author has trouble generating conflict and excitement without Harry making predictable bone headed moves.

    Butcher has created an engaging and fun world that blends mythology magic and modern day Chicago. Harry acts a lot like a crotchety old man, although I don't think he's supposed to be that old. The grumpy old man act is a mix of annoying old school ideas and endearing genuine kind hearted eccentricity. In the end you can't help but like Harry Dresden even if he's a pain sometimes.

    I like magical world and characters much more than the predicable plots in the two books I read. That being said, plenty of people seem to love these books.

    Worth a credit, but not one of my favorites. I haven't decided if I'll buy more books from the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ben 05-13-12
    Ben 05-13-12 Member Since 2012

    En Dieu Ma Foy

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    "Engrossing Gross!"

    I usually don't mix my genres well. I go so far as to keep my modern murder mysteries and my fantasy novels in differant rooms. Maybe it's because murder and mystery are a part of my daily life and I don't really look at it as fiction any longer; 20 years in law enforcement can do that to you. Or maybe it's because when I read fantasy it's to get away from my work-a-day world so I don't want any reminders hanging around. The Dresden Files on the other hand gives me the feel of escapism and realism without dragging my real world along with it. Living as close to Chicago as I do I thought I would be disappointed with the descriptions of the city. Jim Butcher however does a good job of not getting to specific and thus keeps even the locals from getting distracted with any possible errors he could have made. The only complaint I have is that Butcher has small sections where the story seems to get bogged down just a little. Almost as if he, himself is trying to figure out how to continue. I realize this is supposed to read like a narrative from the main character so this was probably done intentionally, however it's just a little too well done. It makes you feel as if the writer, not just the character, is reaching for answers they should already know. That being said Butcher quickly works his way out of the literary morass to get back to the story. Overall it is a very good read.

    James Marsters performance is fantastic. He doesn't seem to have the character voice depth of some of the other readers of series on Audible, but he does a fantastic job with what he does have. It made the reading enjoyable and noteworthy enough to say, I eagerly look forward to the other books in this series he reads.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    V. Zander Tucson 04-24-12
    V. Zander Tucson 04-24-12 Member Since 2009

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    "Not bad... but also not amazing."
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    I liked the story line a lot, but I dislike the way women are depicted in the book. Yeah, yeah, I hear it has a great following and that many critics have mentioned the women thing, however, it gets to a point where it is annoying.


    Would you recommend Storm Front to your friends? Why or why not?

    sure, why not. It is an entertaining read.


    What three words best describe James Marsters’s voice?

    He sounded at times tired, at times annoyed. It almost sounded like he didn't want to read the book- or maybe it was just his interpretation of the main character.


    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    I finished it, so that would be a yes.


    3 of 4 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

    listening to books is the way to go.

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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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 03-06-12
    Kathryn Baxter, MN, United States 03-06-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Ugh."

    I wrote a review for the second Dresden Files book. Everything I said holds true for this one. Lifeless, incredibly annoying narration. I made the mistake of purchasing both of them on the same day so I could continue from one to the other. Unfortunately, the sample clip doesn't give you the full experience of having this guys voice coming thru your ear buds for 8 hours. Dull, colorless annoying ( did I mention you can hear him swallow continuously for those hours?) I just cannot get past him. I would hope this book would be a better read. Actually I'm sure it would BECAUSE you wouldn't have to listen to him drink his water and swallow after every phrase. Better to listen to your own little voice in your head. Don't do it. Don't push the add to cart button.. go buy the actual book instead...

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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.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    BOW, United Kingdom
    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!

    9 of 9 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!

    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.

    6 of 6 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    4 of 4 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.

    2 of 2 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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