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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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.
I am a language arts coach, studying to be a high school English teacher. Reading is what I do and audible makes it easier!
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!
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!
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!
I think my first introduction to Bob was probably one of the best moments in the book!
Read it now, and thank me later!
Top of the list!
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.
A great book, not the usual fantasy novel, made even better in audiobook format.
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.
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.
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.
“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
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.
Not for listening
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.
Read it in print instead
Listen to all kinds, but mostly enjoy witty light-hearted entertaining reads. Stay away from romance novels & books with heavy violence.
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.
the dresden files book 1, a fun listen, James Marsters vocal ability adds a nice flair to the story and really hits the mark
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.
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