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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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    Canadian eReader Montreal 12-23-12
    Canadian eReader Montreal 12-23-12 Member Since 2012

    When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.

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    "Excellent book and narration"

    I don't often write reviews for my Audible content, but I just loved Marsters' reading of this book. He captured perfectly the Sam Spade jaded private eye feeling of the novel.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    sharriene United States 12-21-12
    sharriene United States 12-21-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book, and series,"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Great story line, this book has brought back some of memories of the tv show series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?


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    Breanna 12-16-12
    Breanna 12-16-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Great series."
    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Narrator James Marsters does a wonderful job bringing the only "Wizard" in the yellow pages to life.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is a good staging ground for the rest of the series. Each book is able to be read on it's own but you get more out of it when you listen to them in order. I think the story builds from this, a good book, into a great series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 12-15-12
    Jake 12-15-12 Member Since 2011

    I am a trucker, and I keep myself occupied behind the wheel by consuming audiobooks. I lean towards series and sci-fi and fantasy, with an occasional dip into thrillers.

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    "A good introduction"

    I discovered the Dresden Files by first reading Codex Alera, and not the other way around like most people seem to. I am a few books into the Files, and looking back Storm Front is a great introduction to the setting, and Dresden and Co.
    Reading some of the other reviews I have seen some negativity towards James Marsters' narration, I found it to be great. Marsters' voice and style fits Dresden's personality very well in my opinion.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    plknj 12-13-12
    plknj 12-13-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Great series!"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    I started with book 6 and have gone back to the beginning. Butcher keeps you involved from the beginning to the end. There isn't a dull moment. One of Butcher's great qualities is that he always gives you background on the characters so if you forget or start reading one of his other novels you are not left behind.


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

    The performance is excellent... no complaints.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Crowe LaGrange, Georgia 12-13-12
    Susan Crowe LaGrange, Georgia 12-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I have always loved to read and just discovered Aubible which I am also loving.

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    "New Harry Dresden lover"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    I wouldn't know. I haven't read the print version.


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

    Probably the battle scenes. The way Harry always seemed to have control of the situation.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He brought the character to life. He wasn't just "reading" the book. He was "acting" the book out.


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

    The end. When he thought he was going to die.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Harry Dresden book. I enjoyed the tv series so I thought I would try the books. Not like the tv show I must say. I remember a few details from the show. Bob for instance is a person who is in the skull. It seems Harry never actually sees Bob in the book. The TV Harry doesn't seem so be quite so "renegade-ish"
    I will probably "listen" to all of these books over reading them.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    April Tos Culpeper, VA USA 12-11-12
    April Tos Culpeper, VA USA 12-11-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Fabulous First Book in the Series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would absolutely recommend this book! It is an entertaining read full of action, romance, humor, and spectacular magic.


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

    There are so many, it's difficult to choose.


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

    He brings a world weary quality to the voice of Harry Dresden that brings the character to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K Australia 12-10-12
    K Australia 12-10-12 Member Since 2009

    Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.

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    "Magic, Murder and Mayhem"

    I bought this book as a special as a first book from a series. It took a while to get to it but it was worth the wait. James Marsters, the Narrator is brilliant. His punctuated deliver with sighs and contextual pauses added to the book by really highlighting the emotions of the characters.

    The story was a bit predictable, but enjoyable all the same. The structure of the plot was sound and simple, and it was this simplicity that made it all too obvious that was happening in the book. However, the tempo of the book and the depth of the main character redeemed the book making it a brilliant read.

    I strongly recommend the read.

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    KEN London, KY, United States 12-05-12
    KEN London, KY, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Good interesting seires"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    First one in the series... liking what I hear so far story wise.


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

    I like his "computer" in the basement..lol ...don't wanna give anything away.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by James Marsters?

    its really hard to listen to this guy... is he chewing on candy or does he swallow spit allot?
    That needs to be edited out... it is very distracting in the series...


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

    id go see it.


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    Anthony Cantonment, FL, United States 12-05-12
    Anthony Cantonment, FL, United States 12-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "OK story, didn't like the narrator"
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    Overall the story was good. I didn't like the idea that this wizard, who has contact with the supernatural, who is being watched by the wizard police, seemed so pathetic at his job. I would think a guy of his age and insinuated experience would be super-paranoid and highly motivated but Dresden just seemed... whatever. It seemed like he kept trying to figure out what to do half the time and seriously, a magic user who doesn't use magic is just... blah.

    I do understand that Harry is suppose to be this normal guy, with normal problems, that has this supernatural skill but sheesh, the guys like, 30, couldn't he have his life a little more together... even just from a business standpoint, even its just his mastery of his magical talents?!


    What didn’t you like about James Marsters’s performance?

    I didn't, in fact it was the part I liked least. Though I think it was an attempt to translate the character's apothetic/pathetic life, just seemed like he was a couple smokes away from drinking his last bottle of scotch then pulling the trigger.


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

    Maybe. 'Course it was a series that I thought was fine. It would need a guy like Paul Blackthorn (TV Dresden) who is not a Chipendale, but neither is he too average. Like awesome leaning towards average, and with a little attitude.... snarkiness. Hey, just ask Paul Blackthorn.


    Any additional comments?

    I was/am looking for a many volumned series to latch onto, and while I might give another Dresden book a try I do not look forward to the narration and am dubious of listening to a third book if the second is like the first.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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