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
Easy first person narrative listening. Following a wizard for hire, where the world touches on the super natural, make for a book.
In my top 10
Dare I say the whole thing?
This is my first Marsters's performance and I do think I will have trouble thinking of him as anything other than the voice of Harry Dresden.
BOTH and with nearly every time I turned on my audio. Butcher is a great author weaving the most unusual items from that bottomless brain of his.
I can't wait for hear the next book.
Give me a spy novel, mystery, history, and a little science and I'm totally happy
Fun story and humor, great narration. I would have given it a full 5* if it hadn't gotten so verbose. At times it was hard to listen to the details of the present situation when it was obvious that changes were soon to come. From others' reviews it sounds like things improve as you get into the series, so I will listen to the next in line.
First of all, I don't write reviews, but I'm 10 books into this series and it is freaking amazing! The characters and narration is out of this world.I will agree with a lot of folks that the first 2-3 books are just good. Even the premise isn't all that exciting in Book 1 but they are all entertaining. After that, I am fighting to get in my car and listen! I'm sitting in parking lots and outside of restaurants just so I can finish a chapter. IT IS WORTH THE WAIT!
A wizard for a detective? Great idea.
Sarcastic, a loner, yet with a heart of gold, the wizard is interesting with his foibles but unshakeable morality.
At first he seems very monotone. For the first 2 seconds, I thought,
While the story and plotline were somewhat good, the narrator was breathing into the mike too much. It made me think that he wanted to be done with the book, that he was getting bored. The use of breathing can be used to punctuate the narration, but his was at times when the breathing did not fit the story line. The use of his magik was good and some was even original. All in all, the plot was descent. I might even listen to a second book, especially if someone different is narrating.
Yes. I'm sure the print version is fine, the writing seems very fluid and modern without
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Because he's the only one given true depth--which is okay, because he's a well developed and pretty good guy. This is a very unique novel, with lots to appreciate, but under it's very rich world, it's also pulp. Very, very enjoyable pulp, but still pulp. As the series goes on, it gets much more rich in depth and design however.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first published novel of Jim Butcher and (according to Wikipedia) he had a heck of a time getting it published. Not clear why because the book is well-written and kept me engaged.Often in this type of urban noir fantasy mysteries the characterization is superficial. Here there was depth and interesting twists.Neither the author nor the protagonist seems to take themselves overly seriously and that is all to the good. Is it a perfect book or a classic -- no. But it's fun and engaging. I plan to read the rest of the series.My one complaint is the heavy breathing that James Marsters indulges in. Not sure if this was deliberate or poor audio editing but I found it distracting and annoying. Too bad because his reading is otherwise fine.
First book in a great series. Dresden is one of my favorite fictional characters. This is one of the weaker books in the series...but you have to start somewhere.
the setting and the story line, i liked the magic angle
Dresden, he cool in geeky kind of way but totally comfortable with it and himself, even if he got no game, not many of us do.
If Dresden were real and I were to meet him, he would have Marster's voice
They did make a tv series of the books. Thats what made me want to listen to the books. Tag line who knows
I was right, the books give Dresden a soul
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