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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I liked James Marsters' voice, but I hated the fact that the recording registered every sigh and exhalation he uttered over the course of the 2 hours I listened to. At first, I thought that he was providing a carefully planned nuance of the protagonist by delivering the performance in a way to enhance our perception of the character as a slightly depressed, careworn wizard. Unfortunately, I will never know how the story ends, because it was too distracting listening to Marsters breathing. In the world of sports, they cover the microphones to eliminate the distraction of wind blowing over the mike... something similar should have been used here. This is the only book that I have ever wanted to return. Guess I'll have to pick up a hard copy at the library if I want to give this series a try.
I like scifi and urban fantasy. I don't like romance novels. If you are the same my reviews should help.
First, let me say this is a great series. If you haven't been keeping up with this one you've been missing out. The author notes that this is the first book he wrote. it shows in that while it is a great world with interesting charcters but you can tell this is an early work of the author as it is rough in a few points. Part of what I love about the series is that each book continuously gets better in the series (up till changes). It is cool to see Buitcher evolve as an author in front of your eyes as you go through the series.
The 3 stars is to be able to show the improvement in the author writing throughout the series. Those are 3 Butcher stars which is equal to 4-5 stars for most other authors. The narrarator is awsome. He has a wide range and is harry Dresden as far as I am concerned. You need to get this one for certain.
Don't give up on this series because of the poor start by reader James Marsters. He improves rapidly and by the fourth book is an excellent reader. In this first book, pronunciation errors and pacing problems will be irritating, but the series is worth toughing it out.
The book itself is the beginning of a great series, which has justly earned it's popularity. In this book the characters are just beginning to display their depth and definition. The story is funny and exciting, with a pleasantly complex urban magic setting.
As usual Jim Butcher has done it again. This book was full of excitement mystery gore and intrigue. I stayed up all night unable to put my iPad down and get some sleep before church, which means I'll be snoozing during service. If you've never read or listened to a Jim Butcher book, I have one question. What the hell are you waiting for? He is a brilliant writer who has the presents of mind to know that James Marsters is exactly who should narrate his books. Unlike some books h knows that once you have the right narrator keep them. If it ain't broke don't try and fix it. I love it.
Narration was excellent. Story line was good. I enjoyed the main character, the situations and the plot through out. I however HATED the counterpart Murphy. Hated her. enough that I had to fight myself not to turn off or skip the parts that she was in. I found her that annoying. I am hoping she improves as the series goes on or I will have to ditch it which is a shame and the main story line, Dresden's story is just awesome.
So how do you rate a book that has great narration, and good story but part of it annoyed the heck out of you? Middle of the road unfortunately with higher marks for the performance and main story because I can't fault those.
I will never listen to another book narrated by this reader! He sounds like he has a mouth full of saliva, constant swallowing, & heavy breathing. His physical noises were very distracting from the story.
It was a great story just needs a different narrater
Love listening to audio books at work or on the road.
Dresden files are my favorite and James Marsters is amazing.
He is Dresden.
Laugh, gasp, think, it really was a great tale
Warlocks, frog demons, love potions, wardens, lots of magic and Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. What more could you ask for?
What will Harry Potter do once he graduates from Hogwarts and moves to the states? Well, this novel could be the answer!
I wasn't sure what to expect when I bought this book. Solid reviews made my choice a bit easier, but I was still cautious. The start of the novel seemed to confirm this, but I was soon drawn in.
While most books dealing with magic tend to be aimed squarely at the teen crowd, this one should find acceptance with an adult audience. I certainly enjoyed it, and the characters were well developed and likable. The story line was well crafted and it didn't go "over the top" with magic and the like.
Couple the story with an appropriately selected narrator, and you have a work that is a pleasure to listen to. I will definitely be listening to the follow on book to see if the story continues to grow.
I've read the books and thought I would go back and listen to James Marsters. He does a an awesome performance. The Dresden stories are great. The narration is exceptional. I feel James is Harry's voice now. Thank you Jim and James.
"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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