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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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    Desmond Singapore, Singapore 10-21-11
    Desmond Singapore, Singapore 10-21-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Good but..."

    Butcher is a good story teller but I do think that he made Dresden to be a bit too useless and too full of baggage. My friend said that Dresden gets better in the later books

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    sinnerarity Smithville, TX, United States 10-08-11
    sinnerarity Smithville, TX, United States 10-08-11 Member Since 2010

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    "Harry Dresden--Never a peaceful moment"

    If you are worrried about falling asleep while driving, this is the book series for you. Filled with vivid tense scary events, it keeps me on the edge of my carseat!! James Marsden is an awesome reader. I'm going purchase every one of these books!

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    Lori A. Travis 10-08-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Narrator needs to clear his mouth"

    I could not listen to the book - the narrator's 'wet' sounding mouth and 'acting' distracted me too much.

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    Betania Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-07-11
    Betania Carlsbad, CA, United States 10-07-11
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    "kind of fun, good narrator, but not that great"
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    The narrator is great (hearing him swallow is a bit irritating but no big thing) and I did like the main character; but I didn't find the plot that interesting and I wasn't really very intrigued by the story (stopped listening a couple times, and then began again just to get the book finished). Also, none of the other characters seemed very well fleshed-out and the part about magic didn't seem that creative to me.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    Unfortunately, I got two of the Dresden files books at once so I may listen to the next one but won't buy another; not sure what everyone is raving about. If I want a paranormal I would use my credits on another


    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    I didn't find this book very worth listening too; it was alright if I was in traffic but that's about it.


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    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 10-05-11
    Andy North Shore City, New Zealand 10-05-11 Member Since 2014
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    "FANTASTIC SERIES!!!!"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened too as it got me started on the Harry Dresden series which is just amazing!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry by far, because he witty in the face of crap :)


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

    Brilliant, James is Harry Dresden!


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

    Loved it, laugh, cringe, jump, everything!


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    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 09-15-11
    Richard Palo Alto, CA, United States 09-15-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Very entertaining"

    I was captivated by the story early on - a good mix of detective noir and magic fantasy. The reader was very good and acted out the various characters well. It is true that the reader does breath and swallow quite a bit in the first half of the book. But, I feel that he was trying to add additional character to the wizard detective. This does not happen in the second half.
    I am also very happy to see that there are many books in the series. Highly recommended.

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    Amazon Customer Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil 09-14-11
    Amazon Customer Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil 09-14-11
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    "A great team..."

    What a great team is The Dresden Files plus James Masters. He reads it perfectly; you see Dresden and feels like living his histories with him. I totally recommended!

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    Taunter Waite Park, MN 09-13-11
    Taunter Waite Park, MN 09-13-11 Member Since 2007

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    "So thrilled!"

    I purchased this book during one of the Audible sales - I think it was the one for series opening books. It stayed in my iPod, bypassed by other more sensational sounding books for nearly 8 months. On a trip from Minneapolis to Houston, realizing I had forgotten to download anything new, I started Storm Front. Holy cripes. I can't believe I missed out on this for so long! But I'm actually kinda glad, cause if I'd read it earlier, I would be done with the entire series by now (I think there's at least 13 books - I'm currently on number 6.)

    Harry Dresden is an Indiana-Jones-Everyman and his escapades as the only practicing Wizard in Chicago are completely engaging. That doesn't even begin to describe the other main characters nor the environment itself - suffice to say that the story, particularly the humor of the situations and dialogue, is completely enjoyable. I have been listening to this series exclusively for the past couple of months (I only listen to audio books while driving so it takes a bit longer.)

    I will LISTEN to this entire series and I choose to listen rather than read because James Marsters' interpretation is exquisite. Yes, his reading gets better with each novel but even this first is awesome! You can tell that James is a skilled actor and he literally breathes life into the characters - whatever their sex, age or accent.

    I am a voracious reader - Audible allows me to "read" even when I'm doing other things - and I could easily get these books downloaded to my Kindle and read the entire series in a week or so. But I won't do that - the experience of listening to Harry through James' voice is too delicious to bypass in the name of immediate gratification!

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    Lorri A Karn 09-04-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Blame the Recording Equipment for Performance"

    Although I LOVE James Marsters in the rest of the Dresden Files books, this recording was terrible! I don't like to hear the narrator swallowing and breathing. I could tell that he was trying to make it quiet and un-noticable, but really stood out. I blame this on the recording equipment since the following books do not seem to have the same problem.

    Other than that, I thought the story was a solid 4 stars. I really didn't start getting into the Dresden Files until the second half of book 3. I was hooked after that and all remaining books have a solid 5 stars for the story.

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    eclipsedbyme 09-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Really?"

    The story was ok. After several years of hearing about the Dresden Files series i finally decided to check them out. However im certain the narrator of the first book has put me off of them permanently. I cant tell if the narrator is suffering from chronic asthma or not but his breathy performance and constant monotone voice (even when the characters in the books are supposed to be emoting) is just dreadful. Thanks but no Thanks.

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