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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An Urban Fantasy that follows the adventures of a private detective living in Chicago. He has average looks, bad luck and is generally broke. His best friends are women. One is Chicago Police Detective who generally yells at him and the other is a beautiful reporter who will do anything for a story. Parts of the book are laugh out loud funny and others are intense.
This is the 1st book in a series which listeners either love or hate and has been rated by thousands on Audible.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought it might be a novel that I would like. He was right. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jim Butcher. It is a fantasy story centered around magic and magical beings, with a few vampires and demons thrown in for good measure. Butcher does a very good job of creating an engaging connection between the reader and the main characters of the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment of the series.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
i bought like 9 of the books in the dresden files last year when they were on sale. why? b/c i was starting to branch out into the fantasy genre, and a lot of my friends who've read and listened to the dresden files highly recommended them. plus, all of the reviews on audible portray the series as spectacular. so being relatively new to the fantasy genre, i decided to start with some of the most loved series.
after listening to stormfront, i can honestly say i would've gladly paid the regular price for it! it was a very entertaining story, and james marsters is an excellent narrator. his pacing, tone, and inflection draw you deeper into the world of harry dresden so that you are totally engrossed by the story. marsters may now be my favorite narrator. he's just that good!
as for the story, it is quick moving w/o a dull moment. harry dresden is introduced as chicago's only wizard in the yellow pages, and as such is often mistaken by most people as just another birthday party magician. as the story begins, harry is down on his luck- he hasn't had any clients in a while, and he's behind on his bills. he gets a call from a woman who says her name is monica and wants to hire him for his services.
after he sets up a meeting for later in the afternoon, harry gets a call from karin murphy, who is the director of the special investigation unit for the chicago police department. murphy hires dresden at times for his insight when the regular cops hit a dead end investigating weird or strange cases, and this is one of those times. all of the other cops think dresden is a crackpot and often mock him and his findings.
dresden is led into a hotel room where the bodies of 2 people have had their hearts ripped out while they were having sex. dresden tells murphy that this was done by some powerful black magic. the man is one of johnny marcone's henchmen, and the woman is one of bianca's call girls. this leads dresden into both the criminal world and the world of the vampires.
i haven't read/listened to many stories about vampires, but the vampires in this story are grotesque and fearsome. on the surface, they wear human skin, but underneath, they are disgusting looking creatures. johnny marcone is a creepy character in his own right. he's not your stereotypical mob boss. he's cool, calm, and collected, which makes him even more fearsome.
after dresden leaves the crime scene, he has his 1st intense meeting with marcone. after they take each other's measure, marcone drops harry off at his office, where he's late for his meeting with monica. harry's ad in the yellow pages says he's a finder of lost things, and monica wants harry to find her husband.
so starts the story. jim butcher does a good job weaving all of these plot lines together to create an engrossing, action-packed, paranormal detective story.
throughout the story, there is a lot of humor. it's authentic not artificial. a couple of times, i found myself laughing at dresden's predicament. i won't spoil it for you, but dresden finds himself in a pickle of a situation with his pickle out. LOL ok...i've said enough, maybe too much.
overall, stormfront is an excellent story to listen to! very fun and enjoyable! i'm glad i took a chance and lept into this genre.
A pretty fun story, even if there were way too many convenient plot elements. The narrative voice is absolutely pitch-perfect—a smoky, world-weary Sam Spade sound—but mispronunciation ended up becoming a bit of an issue for me.
This was a fun experience. There was enough dramatic tension, plot twists, and interesting magic to make the story come together in an exciting and entertaining way. Narration was good and fit the tone of the book well, though Marsters style may not be for everyone.
A better story! Everything was cliche: tired, bored private investigator with interesting ability; tough, beautiful cop; big, bad evil man; even that talking skull was cliche. I couldn't listen to more than a couple of hours of it.
I would be willing to see if he could do better with another book. Maybe this was his first try...
He kept smacking his lips or something...it really bothered me, but maybe it won't bother everybody.
I didn't get far enough into it to find any redeeming qualities.
This book was tons of fun. The writing was quick and evocative in an old style detective noir way, but with a down on his luck, broke ass, wise cracking wizard who in spite of having magic powers still seems like a normal (sort of) guy. I liked the narration. And, at only around 8 hours, it had a snappy pace and didn't drag on at all. It also made me laugh, which is always good when you're driving to work at 5:30 in the morning.
The narrator is fantastic, really captures the witty, one-liner-slinging, Sam Spade-esque nature of the protagonist, and I found his performance completely believable, easy to lose myself in.
The concept of wizards and magic never really appealed to me all that much, but its melded with the guts of a hard-boiled detective novel and the two work marvelously and surprisingly well together. I will definitely be listening to more in this series.
Former Games Journalist, and avid Fan of Science Fiction and Fantasy.
Storm Front is a book that excels at nothing, The story is mediocre, the narrator hasnt gotten his grove down, and the character is rough around the edges for all the wrong reasons.
But, it's just a beginning. Literally Jim Butcher's first published book it shows, both in lack of polish and in potential because it's a bedrock that the much larger Dresden series is built on.
StormFront is a necessary listen that isn't fantastic but gives you a starting point to measure the obvious growth that Butcher, Marsters, and even Dresden go through as the series progresses.
Avid reader and writer I've gotten into audiobooks because I can "read" while I craft or do other things
The voice of Harry Dresden and all of the expressions added in the performance
"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.
"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!
"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!
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"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.
"dresden files book 1."
james marsters amazing narration skills.
jim butchers whit filled writings.
i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.
not in this one no but in later books yes
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.
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