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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For supernatural fiction, this story feels more real. No character is the one dimensional invincible hero that we find in other series. Butchers characters are complex and gritty.
While I like the dry style that the Marsters uses to narrate. The repeated heavy sighs were distracting for me and almost caused me to put down what was a really good story.
I may try another Jim Butcher novel as he seems to have real writing chops, but I will NEVER try another book narrated by James Marsters.
The narrator making deep signs, swallowing sounds, and overall sounding bored. LOL. It was so funny, my son and I made a drinking game out of it. Each deep sigh, take a drink. You can't get through a chapter! lol.
Absolutely not! One of the most horrible parts about this book and the reason it didn't get much better marks was the performance of Mr. Masters, whom I've always liked from Buffy and is a very good actor. But he just seemed BORED. I thought maybe he was taking on the character in his signing and low tones but by the middle of the book, it was clearly boredom and annoyance to me. Never again.
This is one of those books where it may be great or not depending what you focus on. I had a hard time not notices the gaping deep breathes, the swallowing and bored, awkward voice of the narrator. I blame the production team also. I should not hear such a pronounced swallowing sound. I loved this actor in other things but books is simply not his thing. It was so distracting at one point, I made a joke of it. As for the story itself. It is overall entertaining but the main character can be a bit off putting. First, he's a ragging misogynist, to the point where it's actually annoying. His actions and ways toward women is not cute or funny, it's just sexist. The women in this book, each character, including the MAIN female character, is constantly described in terms of their looks. I know this is how straight men think, I suppose?, but jesus, does every single thing a woman does need a sexual recounting? Also, the man was the most arrogant character. Butcher over and over again reminded the readers of how amazingly powerful he was blah blah blah blah. What I don't need is to be told how GREAT the character is, SHOW me don't tell me. This is a Harry Stu perfect character when it comes to that and it was put on way too thick. Some of the actions Harry did seemed forced and unnatural to the situation at hand. these odd actions kept the story going but they made no sense. The plot was a bit hamstrung by its lack of logic. The overall writing I thought was well done but there were glaring issues here. If you are looking for a light, enjoyable book, this is not bad but don't expect anything hard hitting or thought provoking.
I liked that I was introduced to the series, but honestly whats with all the orgy's.
Love it so much I own all the e-book and still love listening to James read them to me. Thoroughly enjoy them all. The characters are great and the urban setting for magic is wonderful. Harry is my hero.
Probably not because the other books are so much fun
It kinda sets the stage for Harry Dresden and why he is.
He is so fantastic...you are there in the story. Each character is so believable and he just brings it all to life! I wish there was a series and James WAS Harry!
I am looking for another series he would read!
Just love his voice, inflections and personality he puts into every object he describes.
I alway laugh and smile while listening to Harry! I had actually started with book 3 and was on book 7 before I went back for 1 and 2.
They are all so entertaining and addictive.
Great, enjoyable, well written series of books.
IT RATES EVEN WITH LAUREL K HAMILTON'S VAMPIRE SERIES FOR SURPRISES AN "CAN'T WAIT FOR THE NEXT CHAPTER" ESSENCE
THE FANTASY ANGLE AND THE "TRYING TO DO THE RIGHT THING IN THE FACE OF ALL BAD CHOICES" OPTIONS OPEN THE THE MAIN CHARACTER
BRINGING THE GHOST DINO TO THE FIGHT
IT MAKES U DO BOTH HARRY IS A VERY PERSONABLE CHARACTER PUT IN WILD AND DANGEROUS PREDICAMENTS
I WILL BE BUYING ALL BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Very enjoyable read...something different for me. It was not at all gratuitous, but very well written; good character development and descriptions.
I found this book entertaining, but it didn't completely fulfill my expectations. The characters aren't as fleshed out as I'd like, and the story is basically a standard "private detective" story like the Spenser, Stephanie Plum, or numerous other novel series. The difference is that Harry Dresden is a wizard. Of course, the problem is that it's not completely clear what he can and can't achieve with magic, so it makes some of his narrow escapes seem a bit artificial.
Some of the problems he faces seem overwrought as well, as though Butcher is throwing complications at him because the protagonist needs complications, and not because they rise naturally from the plot.
Masters does a great job narrating, my only complaint being that he pronounced a couple of words oddly; for example, "spellslinger" was "spells linger", when I would have pronounced it "spell slinger". Overall, though, he expresses the characters well.
This book was merely okay, but entertaining enough that I was willing to give the second book a try. I'm finding the sequel to be much more engaging, and much better written, to the point that I might recommend it as someone's first Dresden Files novel.
Larry & Cheryl. Truck Driver/retired military and Dental Hygenist, respectively. Interests: action, sci-fi, urban fantasy, & historical fict
This is book 1 of the Dresden Files. The author does an outstanding job of introducing Harry's Chicago and mythos to new listeners: setting the scene and parameters of the fictional without getting mired in too much basic detail but not going too fast that the reader is left with questions.
The narrator's performance of Toot Toot is superb and a perfect example of how a narration can change a reader/listener's perception of a character from the mental picture one develops if he/she has read the book previously.
The audiobook would have benefited immensely from some sound editing prior to release. The narration is my only knock on the book. There are ALOT of moments that should have been edited out; Mr Marsters does everything but hack up a loogie during the narration: heavy breathing, a sigh every now and then, moments it seems the narrator needed a break to relax his vocal cords... There is hope, though. The later books in the series are polished affairs and Mr Marsters embodies the voice of Harry in the way Al Pacino IS the Godfather. But the first 3 books of the series skimps on the quality assurance in the Voice Performance department.
The thing stood out the most to me was the world Butcher creates. I felt as if he put together the world then created a character to fit into it. It was so well fleshed out, all bassis were covered. I've meant to get around to this series for years, now I'm not sure how I could have waited so long. The great thing is I get months worth of fun catching up.
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