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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Alright, just so you know where I'm coming from, wizards and such are not my usual thing. They are mildly interesting, but not my first choice for a read. However, this book has been in my wish list for a while and I figured I'd give it a try.
Good story and the wizard\magic angle keeps it fresh. It has a nice old fashion detective story appeal, but with talking skulls and demons. I really liked the main character and thought the first person POV and excellent narration really brought this character to life. The humor was mild, but it did make me chuckle outloud a few times.
All in all, not a bad book.
I'm open to any book as long as it is true to itself.
A fun book to listen to. The author had a great style and told the story in a clear, exciting manner. At times, the plot was overly complicated. The premise wasn't that original, but Butcher handled it well. I would read another one of these novels.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I liked the story and I liked the characters. I am excited to listen to more from this series.
This series seems similar to the Nightside series in that it is about a supernatural detective. Mystery and magic. I love it.
I liked the main character.
A friend recommended this series and I had been putting off listening to it but I am really glad I have started it.
This world the story is set in has a great, fun premise: a wizard in the modern technology-obsessed world. The story itself felt like it left something lacking; it didn't draw me in as much as I was expecting it to. This may partly be to my innate dislike of foul language (which is present in this book, but not to a great extent), and may be partly due to this being the first book in a series, so requires more introduction and lead in that later books may require.
This world is very grimy, and certainly isn't the Harry Potter world of wizards, where wizardry can fix any of those mundane problems that most of us have to deal with (like rent), and adds in a bunch of dirty problems that most of us don't have to consider (like blood-thirsty demons). So if you're wanting a nice, clean magical world, this isn't the book for you. But if you're wanting a modern, but magical, criminal underworld, this book is likely worth a try.
Good pace,story, and Magic.
I identified with Harry.
Adroit handling of the dialogue nuances that I might miss.
Bogart as Harry Potter.
First in a series.
I love the style of the story it had the flavor of a gumshoe mystery with the twist of supernatural.
The story is not given away in the first chapter.
Though I had not ever listened to James Marsters before I cannot wait to listen to more.
Jim Butcher's sardonic style is a joy to listen to as read by James Marster's. At times there are great laugh out loud moments.
If you are thinking about sampling the supernatural and have not tried The Dresden Files, I recommend this audio book.
I like most books I hear via audible. The story was interesting and overall was probably 3.5 stars. For fantasy genre, I have liked other series much more. I highly recommend Kingkiller Chronicles series and Song of Fire and Ice series. Narrators delivery was deliberately quiet and non-energetic probably reflecting the partial personality of the lead character in the story. I found it annoying many times during the course of the story.
I have progressed to book #2 in the series yet as I am exploring other series that I hope to enjoy a little more. I may go back but it is doubtful.
This book was mildly entertaining. It dragged in parts but over all it was worth the time spent.
James Marsters does a good job of making the characters interesting. He is easy to listen to.
FORTY SOMETHING THUG FOR HIRE WHO ENJOYS A GOOD BOOK.
HERE IT IS THE PERFECT MASH UP OF HARD BOILED DETECTIVE FICTION AND URBAN FANTASY. THE CHARACTER OF HARRY DRESDEN SEEMS TO BE THE AMALGAMATION OF THE WIZARD GANDALF AND PRIVATE DETECTIVE PHILIP MARLOWE. DRESDEN'S A WIZARD FOR HIRE IN A CHICAGO RIFE WITH MAGIC KILLINGS AND HORRIBLE BEASTIES CONJURED UP LIKE TWO BIT GUN HANDS. ONLY THIS DETECTIVE DOESN'T CARRY A GUN, INSTEAD HE HAS THE ABILITY TO CONJURE HIS OWN SPELLS AND POTIONS, HE IS A WIZARD, AFTER ALL. THE MAGIC SYSTEM HERE IS PRETTY INTERESTING TOO. THERE'S A CERTAIN PHYSICAL SCIENCE TO IT THAT MADE IT SEEM CREDIBLE, RATHER THAT JUST SOME HOCUS POCUS CONJURED FROM THIN AIR; AND DRESDEN'S A FAMILIAR ENOUGH CHARACTER, ICONIC IN AN EVERYMAN SORT OF WAY, AND IMBUED WITH ALL THOSE TRADEMARKS THAT MADE HARDBOILED DETECTIVES THE KNIGHTS IN SHINING ARMOR OF THE 20th CENTURY. NOW ITS THE 21st CENTURY, AND OUR KNIGHTS ARE STILL DOING DETCTIVE WORK, AND FIGHTING THE GOOD FIGHT, ONLY IN AUTHOR JIM BUTCHER'S WORLD THIS FIGHT IS DONE WITH A SPELL AND A POTION RATHER THAN A BULLET OR A BLACKJACK. MY ONLY COMPLAINT WAS THAT SOMETIMES NARRATOR JAMES MARSTERS PERFORMANCE FELT A LITTLE LACKLUSTER. MAYBE HE WAS GOING FOR THAT DEAD PAN SOUND OF HARDBOILED FICTION; BUT - FOR ME AT LEAST - THAT APPROACH CAME ACROSS AS LACKING. IF YOUR LOOKING FOR A NEW APPROACH ON AN OLD GENRE, THAN THIS JUST MAY BE THE KIND OF WITCH'S BREW TO PUT A SPELL ON YOU.
Live on edge of National Forest with lake, birds & wild animals. No more perfect place to indulge life-long love of reading.
This is a rip roaring fun book with a dark side. The plot line is enjoyable and just adult enough to not be camp. The characters and scenes are all described excellently, such that they come to life in real color and verisimilitude , both fun and semi-real--it is a book about a wizard after all.
The narrator was excellent most of the time. My only criticism comes in his dramatic use of breathy intakes. He uses nasal breathiness to underscore dramatic occurrences in a way that I found rather annoying ... it might be fine for others.
Fun book, most definitely worth listening to.
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