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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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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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    Sharon 04-02-12
    Sharon 04-02-12

    Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.

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    "Good but not great"

    I found James Masters pacing of his naration was odd, which made this book a little difficult for me to listen to. The story itself is a pleasant twist on standard detective fiction. I'm not sure if I'll keep listening to these as it was okay but not compelling.

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    Michelle A. Lemire San Francisco, CA 03-30-12
    Michelle A. Lemire San Francisco, CA 03-30-12 Listener Since 2001
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    "Wonderful story. Performance improves over time."

    As the first in the series, I don't feel like James Marsters had the chance to warm up to the characters yet. In later books he's simply superb. That said, it is still a wonderful fantasy/mystery book. I love Dresden, his humor, his chivalry, his reluctant heroism--and Marsters is a perfect fit to play him.

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    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 03-28-12
    George Harlingen Tx., TX, United States 03-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great serial fantasy story"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Magical detective story


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

    It was like The Maltese Falcon with magic.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Marsters?

    yes He did good voices and showed feeling.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    no


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    Patrick 03-26-12
    Patrick 03-26-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story, wonderful read"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes! It was very entertaining, well written, and has a five star reader acting out the story!!!


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

    There was this time when this guy did a thing and the other guy did some neat magic. That was totally cool!!! ... Seriously, it's a great book, but I'm not going to give any spoilers away! Get it, you will not be disappointed.


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    Scott Spencer, MA, United States 03-15-12
    Scott Spencer, MA, United States 03-15-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story, bad narration and recording."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The book is great, nice premise and plot.


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

    The details of the murder scenes, although I found the relationship with the wizard and the cop, to be silly and unrealistic. It's like asking an expert to review a criminal case, and then making him a suspect because he knew too much. If life was really like this, no criminal cases would ever have expert witnesses appearing in court.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I found the narrator to be monotone, and lacking emotion. The recording picks up his lips smacking, sighing, taking in breaths and you can hear him moving saliva around in his mouth. At one point you can actually hear his chair squeak. It sounds like someone just simply reading a book.


    Could you see Storm Front being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    I could see this being a tv series, but definetly not a movie. I picture the wizard being played by someone like Gary Senis.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Melissa Wilmington, DE, United States 03-14-12
    Melissa Wilmington, DE, United States 03-14-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A Little Clunky But Enjoyable Read"

    My understanding is that this was the author's first book, and it shows. The writing is a little clunky and over-descriptive at times. (For example, the author seems to have an obsession with how much makeup women wear; every female character is described by the amount of makeup she does or doesn't have on.) This book had a distinctively macho tone that I wasn't sure I enjoyed. The author also seemed to have a penchant for over-use of similes that almost sound like cliches (e.g., the head of the local mob has "eyes the color of money.")

    However, the world the main character, Harry Dresden, Wizard, inhabits is interesting and creatively thought through. Some supernatural murders that have occurred and Harry Dresden is the one to help the police investigate. The solution is summed up at the end of the book though I'm still not sure I understand the motives behind the murders.

    At the end of the day, I enjoyed this book, but probably would not have read another in the series had it not been for other reviewers telling me to stick with it. This is true - the author finds his stride in the third book of this series in such a way that it makes the first two books worth it all. Definitely recommended -- stick with it until you make it to Book 3 and you won't be sorry!

    As for the narrator - he does a lot of sighing and huffing and puffing that I found irritating after awhile, but, as before, he also seems to hit his stride in the third book. Worth it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Claus Miramar, Florida, United States 03-13-12
    Claus Miramar, Florida, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "probably one of those hit and miss things"

    I read Stormfront after having finished the Iron Druid Chronicles about the 2000 year old druid.
    And I liked that book better I must admit.

    The thing with Storm Front is that it's not bad as such, it's actually quite a good premise and has interesting characters. It's just that it doesn't follow through on the "wizard sleuth" idea. There's mention in passing of all things magical and strange, but things never get truly strange or truly magical. At least it didn't feel that way to me.

    While I'm not reviewing the Iron Druid Chronicles, I would invite potential readers to try both the first volume of the Dresden Files as well as the first volume of the Iron Druid Chronicles and see which strikes their fancy.

    For me, Storm Front tried too hard to fit magic into normalcy, making it (and the story and characters) less interesting.

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    Jason North Hollywood, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Jason North Hollywood, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good...not great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd recommend it but the quality of the production was a bit disappointing. I think the story and series has promise but I'm hoping the next book has a bit of a better level of production value included.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    I like the characters that he's building and can absolutely see where this would be a good mix of supernatural and detective works but so far it feels a little forced. I'm hoping that it improves and will give it another try.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really like Marsters as an actor so I was hoping that would translate here. I think he was directed to really sound bored and down trodden given the character so I can't fault him there. The real issue is that with all the movement and breathing and page turning it became super distracting.


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

    It has one. We shall see.


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    kevin DALLAS, TX, United States 03-12-12
    kevin DALLAS, TX, United States 03-12-12
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    "Quirky, Enthralling, Magical Detective Tale"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes, I like the characters and the other-worldliness of the story. The magical universe that is hidden from most humans is a fascinating place of itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden, conflicted lead character, wizard and detective.


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

    His reading is quirky and first person, like a story being told to you one-to-one.


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    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-12-12
    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Narrator James Marsters makes a good book great."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fast moving paranormal story with riveting action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thanks to narrator Marsters, all of the characters came to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry describes his magic and how he makes it work, it's a fascinating description. And of course, the final battle.


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

    I didn't want to leave my car! I wanted to continue to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to anything James Marsters' reads. Phone book, cookbook, textbook. Whatever--I'm there. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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