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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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    Connor 03-19-15
    Connor 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I liked it"

    Good story, great narration, though it could stand to have a little more audio editing.

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    Anthony Michael 03-15-15 Member Since 2017

    Just a guy trying to fill a small void in my life by reading some great literature.

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    "Pretty good"

    The story line wasn't to bad. At lot of canned phrases through out the book. Magic and creature scenes drew and keep my attention. Will read the next book to see the improvement every one keeps talking about. Also, the book was a quick listen and finished in a week (listened to while driving to/from work).

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    Gma 03-12-15
    Gma 03-12-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great listen!"

    This was an excellent story, and the narrator made the story more real. The action combined with fantasy gives this book five stars all around!

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    Sean VALENCIA, CA, United States 03-09-15
    Sean VALENCIA, CA, United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Very original story - excellent read"

    I got this book on a recommendation from a friend and had moderate expectations going into it. I listened to the entire book in the span of one weekend. The author is able to catch a very humanistic portrayal of what Life as an every day blue-collar wizard would be like.

    In so many books we get a fantastical interpretation of the stereo typical wizard such as Gandolf, prof. Dumbledore, etc. The settings are always in some mythical world where the wizards part is very fitting.

    In this story, we see what life as a "practicing wizard" in modern day society as just any other job would be. It gives off suspense and Mistry that you would get out of a standard Detective novel but substituting all the car chasing, gunfighting, crime scene analytics for a fitting skill set associated with that of a wizard.

    The outcome is something refreshingly unique. It's a 16 book series and I couldn't be happier because now I have 15 more books on my list. Great read, give it a shot you won't be sorry.

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    Jason Santos Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil 03-02-15
    Jason Santos Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil 03-02-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Great story and universe"

    I was hoping it would be a fun book, but it turned out to be a great read. Loved the intimate style and the personality the narration imprinted on the main character.

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    Kat 03-01-15
    Kat 03-01-15
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    "An oldie but a goodie"

    Storm Front is the first book in The Dresden Files series. It took me a long time to finish she as I had to relisten to parts to understand the world building. Once I got my head around that I quite enjoyed it and have continued with there series. It combines two of my favourite genres crime/detective and paranormal.
    Give it a listen!

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    MAG 02-28-15
    MAG 02-28-15

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    "Awesome Start, to an incredible series of books"

    Awesome Start, to an incredible series of books from Jim Butcher. Can't go wrong if you enjoy well written books in genres such as, Mystery, science fiction, fantasy, magic, action, crime, etc.

    There are 15+ books, so far; start from this one, if at all possible.

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    Benjamin F. Jacobson 02-27-15 Member Since 2013

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    "Love Dresden Files, Mediocre Performance"

    The Dresden Files is one of my favorite series: smart, funny, and engaging, with sometimes predictable plots but evolving characters and an incredibly complex and well-built world. Storm Front is clearly Butcher's first novel. His writing isn't as polished and the characters aren't as fleshed out. But the world is already so beautifully realized that you can't help but get drawn in and captivated. If you're a fan of Buffy, detective novels, or modern urban fantasy (think Gaiman, just not with such beautiful prose), then this is a series for you.

    However, I was a little disappointed with Marsters' narration. His pace is a little slow, and often inconsistent. He does decent voices for all the characters, and they're generally distinguishable. But, and this is a pet peeve of mine, you can often hear him breathing or swallowing. While I recognize we are listening to someone reading a book, it is possible to speak into a microphone and avoid having those noises pulled into the audio. I just find them distracting and annoying.

    Personally, if you aren't already a fan of the Dresden Files, I'd recommend going and reading the book. These recordings are adequate (not bad, but not great), and I'm not sure they'd be as enjoyable for someone who isn't already hooked on the stories and "re-reading."

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    Gabriel J. Garcia 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "excellent story can't wait for the sequel"

    Dresden the wizard was a great protagonist, I felt it was difficult to relate to a modern day wizard but the author has a method for magnifying the few qualities individuals listening/reading will enjoy

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    Graham 02-26-15
    Graham 02-26-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great, noir feel!"

    The narrator's performance has the perfect noir feel to it. You can almost picture him smoking a cigarette in his 1950's office while he tells you the story. A great listen!

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