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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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    Cheimon New York, NY USA 10-15-13
    Cheimon New York, NY USA 10-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "Down and dirty wizardry, human and witty"

    A great start to the series, very entertaining and suspenseful. It's definitely more detective novel than other-worldly tale, though the two are very well entwined, very believably - our world doesn't have to change much to allow for the wizards and vampires of Dresden's world. For me, who would be more likely to pick up a crime thriller than a fantasy novel, this made the book so enjoyable.

    Harry Dresden is the ideal modern protagonist - reluctant, cynical and a bit awkward, accepting what life deals him, but also a fundamentally good man who stands by his commitments and will not watch idly as injustice is done to the defenseless. There is still a lot of room for character development that I hope will be further explored in the next books.

    The story does not use magic gratuitously, which is crucial. Our hero is fundamentally human, magic is just a tool at his disposal, strictly regulated by the terrifying White Council. Harry is by no means all-powerful, he can't even pay his rent. He is as vulnerable, as emotional and as likely to be wrong as you and I, and he is fully comfortable with his humanity. This is what makes him so charming. Marsters' almost casual first-person narration captures him perfectly.

    What keeps the book from five stars are a few insular disappointing twists, where something fortuitous happens that the hero had nothing to do with. The author has access to magic, he shouldn't need that much luck to write his hero out of trouble. He does this excellently other junctures.

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    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-11-13
    Becke GILBERT, AZ, United States 10-11-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a language arts coach, studying to be a high school English teacher. Reading is what I do and audible makes it easier!

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    "Need a New Harry? Dresden's Your Man!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would and I have! Any friend who enjoys a good supernatural mystery would love Harry Dresden! Storm Front has everything you want in a good murder mystery, gruesome murder, passionate sex, hot cop, curvy reporters and multiple suspects! That isn't even including what Harry brings to the party: magic, curses, giant cats, a spirit living in a skull who answers questions and evil sorcerers! It's every fantasy lover, and mystery reader's dream combined!


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

    Storm Front is very similar to most modern mysteries I've read. It has a substantially mysterious plot, damsels in distress, a chivalrous idiot stupid enough to help them, and an added element of evil and the fantastical!


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters is an excellent narrator. He brings life and flavor to Harry's character! He is fantastic and I have loved every book he's narrated thus far!


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

    I think my first introduction to Bob was probably one of the best moments in the book!


    Any additional comments?

    Read it now, and thank me later!

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    aaa 10-10-13
    aaa 10-10-13
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    "Narration is perfect!"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the list!


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

    I really enjoyed the book, I had read it first before listening to the audio book. James Marsters voice matches perfectly in expression and tone of what I imagined Harry Dresden sounding like, complete with audible exasperation and nervous swallowing.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book, not the usual fantasy novel, made even better in audiobook format.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Luke 10-09-13
    Luke 10-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "One of the best."
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the rich characters that are created in this book and the way the framework/conceptual design of the magic.


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    Heidi Schlegel 10-04-13
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    "Great story and outstanding Narrator"

    James Marsters IS the voice of the hardboiled detective. He is greatly entertaining and turns this story from good to great.

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    heidisaas United States 10-03-13
    heidisaas United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Dresden Files, read by Spike from Buffy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. This is an entertaining book. It isn't awesome, but it isn't bad either. Just enough intrigue and mystery to make you want to keep on reading/listening.


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

    Harrys inner dialogue is amusing. Not to mention his wiseassry. The things that comes out of his mouth make you look like a crazy person cackling in public laughing about nothing. Or a crazy person trying to hold on to their sanity by repressing laughter.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    His voice is pleasing. Even though he does pronounce Marcones name wrong for the first few books, he does fix it later on. His performance is great.


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

    “Paranoid? Probably. But just because you're paranoid doesn't mean there isn't an invisible demon about to eat your face.”
    ― Jim Butcher, Storm Front


    Any additional comments?

    I read this book and thought it was ok. Since then I have read the series several times. Standing alone, this is probably the weakest book in the series. They continue to get better and better. If you dont like this long series by the third book. If you haven't laughed out loud once, then you can stop, your not going to like it.

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    GinaBina 09-29-13
    GinaBina 09-29-13
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    "Annoying reader"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Not for listening


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    He mumbled the text, though he was trying to be in character it was annoying to listen to and I had to quit after awhile. He couldn't do other characters voices and he was very monotonous.


    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    Read it in print instead


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 09-25-13
    Amy 09-25-13 Member Since 2011

    Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.

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    "3 stars - maybe it is just me"
    Any additional comments?

    This book got such good reviews and high stars that maybe it is just me. I listened to it, but would I ever listen to it again - no. Was I entertained and pulled in enough to want to listen to the next book - no. It was something to listen to and it wasn't bad at all, but for me it wasn't worthy of 4 or 5 stars. It was just an average read and not worth any more credits for such short books. There is absolutely nothing wrong with average reads, but for me to give 4 stars I have to be sad when the book ends or completely enthralled and for 5 it has to be stellar! I preferred the Iron Druid series over this.

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    TheGreyKlerik Lincoln, NE, United States 09-23-13
    TheGreyKlerik Lincoln, NE, United States 09-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "a great time"

    the dresden files book 1, a fun listen, James Marsters vocal ability adds a nice flair to the story and really hits the mark

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    Brandy D CAMINO, CA, US 09-23-13
    Brandy D CAMINO, CA, US 09-23-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A Glorious Beginning to an Impressive Series"

    This book represents my first exposure to both Jim Butcher and James Marsters and I found myself thoroughly enriched by the experience.
    Mr. Butchers’ writing is intelligent, complex, irreverent, entertaining, challenging and inspiring – an incredible and refreshing mixture for such an humble genre as who-dunit noir mystery. Butcher utilizes some classic literary devices to great effect; for example he quite obviously opens the book with foreshadowing setting the tone for the whole book, I enjoyed this immensely. I found the characters to be nicely complex and either truly likeable as if they might be my own friends or absolutely disagreeable reminding me of schoolyard bullies. The plot was wonderful: driven by Harry’s formidable powers of investigation it was very rich and convoluted; I just barely kept up with each twist and turn – in fact I am not too proud to admit that I missed one or two.
    Mr. Marsters does a marvelous job of narration – this is truly a performance, not simply a reading. He does well with female voices by not trying too hard to force them. He is very good at establishing a unique voice for each character in the book allowing the listener to give all of their attention to content and not to juggling who’s who. His performance is award worthy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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