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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 Tacoma, WA, United States 06-19-11
    James Tacoma, WA, United States 06-19-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Too many reviews…but what the he**!"

    I have done the first 5 books. I ran out of gas at that point…but I must say, the narrator, James Marsters makes the books! I think Jim Butcher realizes this…and about book 2 or 3 he gives a prologue giving James due credit…well done! Nothing new to add to reviews…but would say Marsters keeps you coming back!

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    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 03-04-11
    Amy Cadiz, KY, United States 03-04-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Narration ruins the story!"

    I found myself so distracted by the heavy breathing of the narrator that I couldn't even pay attention to the storyline. I will put this narrator on my black list and not download anything read by him again.

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    Jamie Rosemount, MN, USA 07-11-10
    Jamie Rosemount, MN, USA 07-11-10
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    "my first audio book"

    This was my first audio book so take this review with a grain of salt. The book was good but not great. I thought it moved kind of slow and the main character, Dresden, was kind of a wimp. It did pick up in the end but I'm not sure I will listen to any more of these. I suppose Dresden may get tougher as the series continues but I'm not interested enough to find out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 05-28-10
    Lenin American Canyon, CA, United States 05-28-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Annoying"

    Jim Butcher is one of my favorite authors for the Alera saga but this start of Dresden files is simply lacking. Add the narrator's annoying heavy sighs, grunts, and swallows makes this audiobook very annoying. Sorry, Jim...I wont be a fan of Dresden.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Richard 05-02-10
    Richard 05-02-10 Member Since 2001
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    "Awsome and Addicting"

    I LOVE the naration...really sets the mood. I have seen the Television series (multiple times) and I have no problem picturing Harry's care worn face while listening to James Marsters! I now own all 12 novels!

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    Jean Turicik Plymouth, WI USA 04-22-10
    Jean Turicik Plymouth, WI USA 04-22-10 Member Since 2007
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    "My first Jim Butcher book"

    I thought this was a great story, fast paced, a bit of humor, good story line. The Reader was good as well, I would recommend. I should note that if you like Wizards, Vampires, Fairies, and Demons, along with a good murder mystery, you'll like this audible book.

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    foozman Gaithersburg, MD 01-26-10
    foozman Gaithersburg, MD 01-26-10 Listener Since 2004
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    "well narrated entertaining fantasy/detective novel"

    I enjoyed this and recommend as entertaining. Kind of alex cross meets Harry Potter.

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    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 11-20-09
    Edward Pearland, TX, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2009
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    "First person story telling is hard to do well."

    I really wanted to like this book. Friends I trust have enjoyed it, the premise of a Wizard making his living as a private investigator was interesting, and the short lived series that was based on it had me hooked. Alas, I just couldn't. The problem, for me, is that the limitations and irritations of reading a first person perspective story couldn't be overcome. I've never found a first person story that I've enjoyed. The story is bottled by only allowing Harry's point of view and the plot comes to a shuddering halt in several places as massive exposition scenes are needed to expand things and fill in the missing parts of the plot. Some of it turns out to be just too convenient for me to believe. So, to each their own, but this was just isn't for me.

    Audio wise, I do think Mr. Marsters does an adequate job of capturing Dresden's manner, but he just doesn't have enough to work with in this book.

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    Cathy Lambert Chandler, AZ 11-14-09
    Cathy Lambert Chandler, AZ 11-14-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Storm Front"

    Great book. Very entertaining.

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    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 09-12-11
    Robert Yamhill, OR, United States 09-12-11 Member Since 2009

    Hey Audible, don't raise prices and I promise to buy lots more books.

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    "Dumb; I mean Really dumb"

    The bad news is that I think that this was one dumb book. All of the heavy breathing done by the narrator did not help either. The good news is that given all the tittles available, I now know to save my money. The story was juvenile and not remotely interesting or engaging. If you want a good series on sorcery or wizardry, check out the Kingkiller chronicles by Patrick Rothfuss. The first two books in that series were intelligently written and marvelously narrated. I can't wait for the next one.

    13 of 50 people found this review helpful
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