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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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    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-04-14
    Andrew Wesport, CT, United States 12-04-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Ok Fun book"

    This was entertaining, kind of silly, not a waste of credit but I will not be reading the other books in the series.

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    Steven Brent Newcomb CORINTH, MS, United States 12-03-14
    Steven Brent Newcomb CORINTH, MS, United States 12-03-14
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    "Fairly engaging, good humored banter"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Good pacing. The plot progression kept moving.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that the characters all acted human. They had faults and flaws, biases and regular shortcomings along with their more heroic traits.


    How could the performance have been better?

    I just really get irked when another man talks to me with his bedroom voice. He was talking so low and quiet, that I could hear his tongue moving in his mouth. I don't know maybe his wife likes and encourages it, I sincerely don't.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't, not that it isn't a good story, but it was more in the brain candy sort of mindset for me.


    Any additional comments?

    We need to stick the narrator in an open room with regular acoustics, and away from the microphone. This way, he'll talk louder. Then maybe he will discover another dozen ways he can do this.

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    Cyndi 12-02-14
    Cyndi 12-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Urban Fantasy"

    I'm late in finding this series, but I'm really glad I found it. It is written in first person from Harry Dresden's point of view. I don't always enjoy first person narratives, but in this case I really enjoy it. Harry is a wise cracking PI and a wizard. I enjoyed the mix of mystery, magic and humor. This is a great urban fantasy and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. The audio was not the greatest. It would go from quiet to loud and had some hissing noises in the background for some of it. I still enjoyed the audiobook, but I hope they get better.

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    Morgan T Duncan Washington, DC United States 11-25-14
    Morgan T Duncan Washington, DC United States 11-25-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Besides the last chapter, where's the fire?"
    Any additional comments?

    I had read all of the Dresden Files that were in print before I listened to any of them, this is probably a good thing. I have, also, listened to all the audio versions of the books, and, by the end enjoyed them just as much. Had I been so unfortunate as to have attempted to listen first and read after, I doubt I'd have made it past this first installment, for, although I love Mr. Butcher's film noir gumshoe version of a wizard, and have later enjoyed Mr. Marster's interpretation, this first audiobook is read at such break-neck speed, with so scant an attempt at character differentiation that it is a real, albeit brief, chore to get through.The series is one of my favorites, full of unique and fascinating characters, tons of action and lots of heart, and Marster's interpretation improves as the series continues, but this one, rapid, monotone and full of mispronunciations is not very enjoyable.

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    Xionma 11-20-14
    Xionma 11-20-14 Member Since 2016
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    "A lucky discovery"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    I like urban fantasy, I like fantasy with a touch (or more) of magic, I like dystopian world, and this book unite all them in a coherent and captivating narration.
    I was looking for something entertaining and chose this book thanks to the positive reviews: they were right!
    The main characters, Harry Dresden, is half a classical mage and half an old fashioned hard boiled private eye, working as consultant for the local Police as well.


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

    The final fight with the villain, featuring giant scorpions, a demon, a broad sword armed mage and a rampaging fire.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I did not read the book, but Marsters' voice was so perfect for the narration I feel no need to.
    He portraits exactly the voice telling the story, and any other character has its/his/her real and precise definition.
    I expect the book to be really good in itself, but James Marsters takes it to an higher level.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, definitely yes. This is a book which makes me really enjoy the commuting hours.


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    Coffeeholic30 Wichita Falls, TX 11-18-14
    Coffeeholic30 Wichita Falls, TX 11-18-14
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    "Much Better Story Than I Had Expected"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Harry Dresden is an exciting mix of Harry Potter and Sam Spade. He's not your typical hero, but he gets the job done, and you root for him despite his flaws. This is the first book in the series in which Harry must discover who is using magic to commit murder while The White Council and his warden, Morgan, attempt to pin the crimes on him. He must solve the case to save his own life.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked James Marsters' narration. I'm a huge fan, and will read, watch, or listen to just about anything that he is involved in. I originally started listening just because of him. I actually ended up enjoying the story immensely also. Jim Butcher's prose complements James's irreverent sense of humor extremely well.


    Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have not listened to any of James's other audiobook performances before, but I have listened faithfully to his music, and watched his performances on television and the big screen. I think that this one is very in tune with James's own sense of humor and personality. I will definitely be purchasing more of his performances in the future.


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

    Yes. I was particularly moved by the scene where Harry is dueling with Victor Sells, the Shadowman. He wins the duel, but accepts his imminent death, and sits down in exhaustion and acceptance. He only survived because Morgan pulled him out and revived him.


    Any additional comments?

    I started listening initially because I wanted to include The Dresden Files in my teaching curriculum. However, the language and some of the content precludes that. But I will continue to listen for my own enjoyment.

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    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14
    Myusollo Virginia, USA 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A strong start to The Dresden Files"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Wizards are awesome.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The books of The Dresden Files (I have listened to the first three at the time of this review) tend to follow the constant ramp-up model of writing, where you follow a very short period of time in Dresden's life where every possible thing goes wrong, gets worse, then gets worse again. It's not until the very end of the book that he manages to resolve EVERYTHING, and the book is incredibly tense until that point. Normally, I HATE that kind of ramp-up, since I am a big supporter of allowing more ebb and flow to avoid overloading the reader. With The Dresden Files, however, it WORKS. You are invested, you are excited, and you are eager to find out how Dresden manages to save the day and resolve all of the crises.


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    When I started this audiobook, I thought that James Marsters' delivery was a little fast. Once I got used to it, however, it was incredibly engaging. He really knows how to vary his delivery emotionally to reflect what is happening in the story. Most people can't do that while narrating. He IS the voice of Harry Dresden to me.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my recurring problems with The Dresden Files is the fact that people who SHOULD know better doubt Dresden on a regular basis, even though he has proven to them that he's the only guy that really knows what's going on. So far (I've only listened to the first three books at this time), this has been the worst example, as even his friends refuse to give him the benefit of the doubt. I rated the story lower than I might have because of this.

    Also, Bob is awesome.

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    Gulf Coast 10-30-14
    Gulf Coast 10-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Gave it a try"
    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    I will have to say yes, because I did. The story itself was not as interesting as I thought it would be. Guess this one was just not for me.


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    Shicadancer bedford, MA, United States 10-27-14
    Shicadancer bedford, MA, United States 10-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book series.aa and it only gets better"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Great book. Fantastic narrator. The books only get better! Start here and keep going!


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    Dakota Rebel Detroit MI 10-23-14
    Dakota Rebel Detroit MI 10-23-14

    Dakota Rebel

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    "Great Story, Good Narration"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    I love James Marsters. Him reading this title was 90% of what convinced me to buy it. There have been a lot of complaints about his narration, but for me I feel that the deep breaths, and yes even the occasional lip smack, adds to the character and does not detract from the listening experience. Perhaps it is because I know what his normal speech pattern is, so I can tell that he is doing a character. When he talks in interviews, or acts on television or in movies, these 'foibles' do not exist. I think that they are on purpose and they really give the character depth.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I enjoyed the scene when Murphy takes Dresden home after his concussion makes it impossible for him to drive. This softer side of the hard assed cop makes her more relatable and real somehow. Their exchanges are always my favorite parts of the book, but this scene was especially good.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoy paranormal or mysteries sprinkled with wit, give this book a try. Please don't be distracted or put off by the complaints about narration. If you go into it believing the speech is that of the character, and not of the narrator, you will really enjoy this book.

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