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Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 | [Jim Butcher]

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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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    James United States 08-20-12
    James United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny and Entertaining"
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    This was an enjoyable and entertaining read. There were multiple times when I was actually laughing out loud. The writing is clever, though not that deep. Overall, a light and fun read.
    The only negative I have for this was the narrator. He did a great job with the voices and cadence of the read, but had a very annoying habit that I won't go into detail about so that hopefully others may be able to overlook it. But be warned once your mind catches him doing it, its like nails on a chalk board every time and you can't go back to ignoring it.

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    Louis Carlsbad, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-18-12
    Louis Carlsbad, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A fantastic series of books"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Having listened to all 12 books of this series, I am amazed at how good it is. I have never read a series that didn't fizzle out after a max of 3 books. No exceptions, until The Dresden Files. At first it was the humor that held me, along with the uniqueness of the characters and the plots. I must also mention that James Marsters narration is top notch. Each book would leave me wanting to get to the next one. After several books, I pondered what it was about them that kept me interested. It finally dawned on me that while the books are fantasies, the characters and situations are all metaphors for what all of us go through in real life. It is this that leads me to say that while the books are extremely entertaining, they are also good literature. Jim Butcher is an excellent author. Don't start this series unless you are ready to follow it to the end. And what a wonderful ride it will be for you.


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    Amazon Customer 08-17-12

    Been, read, left better for it. I love reading!

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    "Love at first Read"

    My friend told me that I should look up The Dresden Files. "You might enjoy it" - he said. I got “Storm Front” and from the very first chapter I fell in love with Harry. He is funny, sarcastic, honorable, and yet very much an imperfect human being struggling with his own demons.
    He is a man with simple needs but with a very complex character/mind/soul. If you’ve ever seen the made for TV Dresden Files, I would say if you’ve never had the pleasure of reading the books, you might have liked the show, if you are a fan of the books as I am, you probably did not enjoy the show at all. So please don’t base your judgment of the books based on the TV show.
    The character of Harry is constantly changing, improving, adapting to different emotional situations. “Storm Front”, is a wonderful introduction to him, and the very few people he trusts as well as his world where many impossible things are possible. It’s a fun read and you become attached to the characters especially Harry, Bob, and Karen.
    I’ve read a couple of reviews where they called the Dresden Files an “urban fantasy”. It’s a “today” fantasy, yes it happens in Chicago but that’s only because it happens in the present, not the past, not the future. I think it would be difficult to be in the middle of things if he were stuck in the middle of nowhere, so a city setting “urban” setting makes sense. It is an action packed story as told by Harry who lives it every day and struggles to keep “mortals” ignorant to the things that go boom in the night.
    Listen to it! There is only so much you can read from reviews. The best way to know if you’re going to love a book is by taking a chance and listening to it. You won’t lose much. You might gain much more, like an amazing series that you will enjoy listening, and will continue to do it over and over. Give Harry and chance and you will not be disappointed.
    James Marsters is the voice of Harry and does a wonderful job with it. He gives Harry life! I really can’t wait for the 14th book which is scheduled to come out in paperback on November 27th. Audible/editors/producers of the Dresden Files: PLEASE make sure that James Marsters is brought back for “Cold Days” PLEASE!!!!! No more playing around with different narrators, I want my Harry back.

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    JJ Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-12
    JJ Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring Cliche meets creepy narration"

    This was a hard one to finish. I suspect the plot was derived from a list of top 20 fantasy cliches and a 20 sided dice...

    Dresden is an annoying, boring, and completely unsympathetic character. The narration is uncomfortably breathy. The narrator's tone made Dresden sound like a creepy pervert one step from misconduct.

    It will probably be a Hollywood blockbuster in the near future. None the less, don't waste your time listening to it.

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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-14-12
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-14-12 Member Since 2013

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "It Was Over Too Soon"
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    After reading numerous positive reviews and on-live raves for this series, particularly the audiobook series, I decided to see for myself if all the buzz is deserved. With moderately high expectations I was at the least, not disappointed. The story is intriguing and the author certainly does a good job of drawing you into the dark, sometimes seedy world that Dresden inhabits. Although the book didn’t strike me as deep, meaningful fantasy (yes, there is a such a thing), I thought it was great fun and wrapped up too quickly. The narration was adequate though at times I felt like Marsters didn’t relay the specific situation through his character voicing, choosing to read their reactions flat, without urgency or any kind of inflection, which I found quite distracting. All in all, a lot of fun and well worth it. I will definitely be working my way thought this series.

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    Marty AUGUSTA, MI, United States 08-14-12
    Marty AUGUSTA, MI, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I don't have a long history with reading books but most of what i find is enjoyable. My favorite series i have ever come across is Dresden Files.

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    "#1 Favorite Series of all time"

    This book is a great introduction to an amazing series. The series overall is my #1 favorite, beating lord of the rings, game of thrones, star wars etc. It all just fits together into such a fun and amazing series with all the humor, lore, magic, characters, and mystery.

    Harry Dresden is a smart-ass wizard that never knows when to stop or shut up. He steps in the face of deadly monsters making the cheesiest remarks. He is a man in turmoil he fights the good and evil inside himself to try and get the job done. Hes a character that i have come to love and i hope you will too.

    This book isn't the best in the series but is a great introduction into the world of Dresden Files. The only problem is if you like this book the series only gets better, and you'll waist all your credits on the rest of the books!

    The narrator does a great job and holds the feel of each character through the entire series i didn't purchase the 12th book due to Marsters not being able to narrate it. I decided to read it instead. Marsters does a great job and just becomes what you expect as you read the series!

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    Amazon Customer CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-13-12
    Amazon Customer CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012

    I am a over the road truck driver for the past several years. Which gives me a lot of time to listen to audio books.

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    "Great series"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like magic and action you found it here. Nice long story too. The hero is well developed and only pulls you in farther as the series progresses. James Marsters reads it well and adds life to the words. Iv heard the first few so far and cant wait to listen to the rest of the series.


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    Donna 08-10-12
    Donna 08-10-12
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    "Love the reader; Love the main character"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    yes, it is very entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight between Harry and the bad wizard. Harry was hanging from the balony and could not figure out which way he wanted to died; then, he had an idea. He is always having ideas to save himself.


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

    To laugh... yes.... there were several.


    Any additional comments?

    James Marsters gives Harry Dresden a very unique voice. He brings Harry to life as Jim Butcher has created the character to be. Mr. Marsters is Harry Dresden. Of course, Mr. Marsters has very good material to work with. Jim Butcher is an excellent writer that creates characters of many dimensions. Harry Dresden has many problems. Some are so ongoing that you can’t wait for the next book to find out if he repaired any of the relationships he missed up along with what else is he going to get into. The book is funny as well as entertaining. Oh, yes, it has it’s serious moments. A very good book and excellent reader! Thank you!

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    Cloned3 RVA USA 08-09-12
    Cloned3 RVA USA 08-09-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Gotta like Harry"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    I was not sure I would enjoy a wizard tale however Butcher is engaging. I was expecting fairies, demons and such to be waking among the normal folk but Butcher keeps the two worlds intertwinedically separate. The book is fun and entertaining. I will be downloading Book 2.


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

    When Harry says something to the effect of "What the *&^% lady - I just want to talk". In the context of the event and the way James Marsters reads Harry it is priceless.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry is done brilliantly by James Marsters.The way James Marsters reads Harry is perfect. I have a vivid picture of Harry and his personality.


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    Lisa 08-05-12
    Lisa 08-05-12
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    "Terrible Narration!"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Holy cow...the reading was just terrible. I expect a few errors here and there, but these mistakes were too many, and of too many varieties to excuse. Words were mispronounced, punctuation was ignored, inflections were inappropriate, characters' lines were read in the voice of others, verb tense were changed, and words were omitted or inserted, changing the entire meaning of some lines. "Not" is a very important word!'

    I was able to understand what was intended, but this was NOT the performance of a talented reader. His error "coverups" were ineffective and his reading was a distraction from the story itself.

    This was a total waste of my money. I listened to the end only because I felt obligated, having paid for it. Blech.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No. The author was trying too hard. I'll not be reading any of the rest of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    I want my money back. :)

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