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 don't often write reviews for my Audible content, but I just loved Marsters' reading of this book. He captured perfectly the Sam Spade jaded private eye feeling of the novel.
Great story line, this book has brought back some of memories of the tv show series.
Narrator James Marsters does a wonderful job bringing the only "Wizard" in the yellow pages to life.
This book is a good staging ground for the rest of the series. Each book is able to be read on it's own but you get more out of it when you listen to them in order. I think the story builds from this, a good book, into a great series.
I am a trucker, and I keep myself occupied behind the wheel by consuming audiobooks. I lean towards series and sci-fi and fantasy, with an occasional dip into thrillers.
I discovered the Dresden Files by first reading Codex Alera, and not the other way around like most people seem to. I am a few books into the Files, and looking back Storm Front is a great introduction to the setting, and Dresden and Co.
Reading some of the other reviews I have seen some negativity towards James Marsters' narration, I found it to be great. Marsters' voice and style fits Dresden's personality very well in my opinion.
I started with book 6 and have gone back to the beginning. Butcher keeps you involved from the beginning to the end. There isn't a dull moment. One of Butcher's great qualities is that he always gives you background on the characters so if you forget or start reading one of his other novels you are not left behind.
The performance is excellent... no complaints.
I have always loved to read and just discovered Aubible which I am also loving.
I wouldn't know. I haven't read the print version.
Probably the battle scenes. The way Harry always seemed to have control of the situation.
He brought the character to life. He wasn't just "reading" the book. He was "acting" the book out.
The end. When he thought he was going to die.
This was my first Harry Dresden book. I enjoyed the tv series so I thought I would try the books. Not like the tv show I must say. I remember a few details from the show. Bob for instance is a person who is in the skull. It seems Harry never actually sees Bob in the book. The TV Harry doesn't seem so be quite so "renegade-ish"
I will probably "listen" to all of these books over reading them.
I would absolutely recommend this book! It is an entertaining read full of action, romance, humor, and spectacular magic.
There are so many, it's difficult to choose.
He brings a world weary quality to the voice of Harry Dresden that brings the character to life.
Fanatical Endurance Athlete, who listens to a lot of books while training.
I bought this book as a special as a first book from a series. It took a while to get to it but it was worth the wait. James Marsters, the Narrator is brilliant. His punctuated deliver with sighs and contextual pauses added to the book by really highlighting the emotions of the characters.
The story was a bit predictable, but enjoyable all the same. The structure of the plot was sound and simple, and it was this simplicity that made it all too obvious that was happening in the book. However, the tempo of the book and the depth of the main character redeemed the book making it a brilliant read.
I strongly recommend the read.
First one in the series... liking what I hear so far story wise.
I like his "computer" in the basement..lol ...don't wanna give anything away.
its really hard to listen to this guy... is he chewing on candy or does he swallow spit allot?
That needs to be edited out... it is very distracting in the series...
id go see it.
Overall the story was good. I didn't like the idea that this wizard, who has contact with the supernatural, who is being watched by the wizard police, seemed so pathetic at his job. I would think a guy of his age and insinuated experience would be super-paranoid and highly motivated but Dresden just seemed... whatever. It seemed like he kept trying to figure out what to do half the time and seriously, a magic user who doesn't use magic is just... blah.
I do understand that Harry is suppose to be this normal guy, with normal problems, that has this supernatural skill but sheesh, the guys like, 30, couldn't he have his life a little more together... even just from a business standpoint, even its just his mastery of his magical talents?!
I didn't, in fact it was the part I liked least. Though I think it was an attempt to translate the character's apothetic/pathetic life, just seemed like he was a couple smokes away from drinking his last bottle of scotch then pulling the trigger.
Maybe. 'Course it was a series that I thought was fine. It would need a guy like Paul Blackthorn (TV Dresden) who is not a Chipendale, but neither is he too average. Like awesome leaning towards average, and with a little attitude.... snarkiness. Hey, just ask Paul Blackthorn.
I was/am looking for a many volumned series to latch onto, and while I might give another Dresden book a try I do not look forward to the narration and am dubious of listening to a third book if the second is like the first.
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