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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As with all of Jim Butcher's books, This book has a great story line. Talking with Mr. Butcher at a convention, he said that if you want good character development find out what is the most precious thing to that character and take it away then create road block to set in their way during their recovery of that item. (paraphrased) In this the first of the Dresden books you can see this brilliantly executed.
The performance did not have a lot of inflection, but it almos seemed like it was being done by the actor who played Harry Dresden in the TV series " The Dresden Files ".
The listen is better than the read. Each book just gets better. If a sci fi and mystery fan you will not be disappointed.
James Marsters did an excellent job evoking Harry, Bob and the other characters. I've read the early Dresden's several times, and he did as good a job as my imagination at pulling me into Harry's world.
Harry, because of his white knight tendencies, and Tink, because he's just the coolest fae ever.
As I said earlier, Mr. Marsters evocation of Harry is one of the best I've heard of any character, and was as real to me as the voices I hear in my head when I read Harry Dresden.
I downloaded 1 or 2 books in this series because a friend of mine told me it was good. I could not make it through the first one. The Narration was so horrible. Between the smacking and breathing heavy and sighing in my ear I was disgusted!!! I have downloaded many books and i love this service but this was by far the worst narration I have ever heard. I wished I could remove all books with this narration from my search list. It was awful.
Narration was so horrible
Narration was so horrible
I love paranormal books, urban fantasy or paranormal romance, sci fi as well. A good mystery will make me happy as well.
The narration was so perfectly matched to this character that you feel like you are watching a TV show. I listened to this a long time after reading the book and it was as great as I remembered it. I can't imagine anyone else doing the narration for this series of books.
Harry Dresden of course. He tries to be good and stay out of trouble but he cares too much about people to do this.
It just seems like he is Harry Dresden. It was a perfect match.
I wanted to but my time constraints would not let me.
Love listening to a wide range of audio - science fiction, chick lit, memoirs,.
I found James Masters pacing of his naration was odd, which made this book a little difficult for me to listen to. The story itself is a pleasant twist on standard detective fiction. I'm not sure if I'll keep listening to these as it was okay but not compelling.
As the first in the series, I don't feel like James Marsters had the chance to warm up to the characters yet. In later books he's simply superb. That said, it is still a wonderful fantasy/mystery book. I love Dresden, his humor, his chivalry, his reluctant heroism--and Marsters is a perfect fit to play him.
Magical detective story
It was like The Maltese Falcon with magic.
yes He did good voices and showed feeling.
Yes! It was very entertaining, well written, and has a five star reader acting out the story!!!
There was this time when this guy did a thing and the other guy did some neat magic. That was totally cool!!! ... Seriously, it's a great book, but I'm not going to give any spoilers away! Get it, you will not be disappointed.
The book is great, nice premise and plot.
The details of the murder scenes, although I found the relationship with the wizard and the cop, to be silly and unrealistic. It's like asking an expert to review a criminal case, and then making him a suspect because he knew too much. If life was really like this, no criminal cases would ever have expert witnesses appearing in court.
I found the narrator to be monotone, and lacking emotion. The recording picks up his lips smacking, sighing, taking in breaths and you can hear him moving saliva around in his mouth. At one point you can actually hear his chair squeak. It sounds like someone just simply reading a book.
I could see this being a tv series, but definetly not a movie. I picture the wizard being played by someone like Gary Senis.
"A great story & brilliantly narrated"
I confess that I am a great fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series and was very much looking forward to hearing the audio version. Well, I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed - quite the reverse.
James Marsters (who played Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a superb narrator. He perfectly captures Jim Butcher's quirky, almost conversational style; he brings Harry Dresden himself brilliantly to life, as well as drawing the other characters with great aplomb; and he keeps the momentum rolling along without let-up. Great stuff.
As for the book itself, I think it is a model on how to write the first of a sci-fantasy series: it perfectly balances the need for thrills and spills, humour, human interest, goodies and baddies with developing the magical background and back-plot. The series improves with every book so I very much hope that Audible get the rest of the series after the first four, all of which are available on the US audible website.
"Gripping and atmospheric"
Stylish supernatural rollercoaster of a novel, Butcher captures the Film Noir genre perfectly and adds an arcane twist. Harry Dresden, the only person advertising services under "Wizards" in the yellow pages, has a knack for finding trouble. In Storm Front, Dresden becomes the target of a brutal killer who has crossed the forbidden line to kill using black magic, and has learned how to harness enormous energies to kill his victims at a distance. Treated as a suspect himself, by the police and the white council of magic, Dresden faces seemingly impossible odds - he must stop the mysterious sorcerer before it's too late.
James Marsters delivers the narrative with Phillip Marlowe perfection. I can't recommend this book enough - I can't wait to download the next in the series!
"Great fun and beautifully read."
I tried this book on a whim and i'm so pleased i did. I think i had presumed that after reading so many paranormal books written from a female's point of view that one from a mans' might be a little gung ho and hard to relate to but i was so pleasantly surprised. The protagonist has a brilliantly dry sense of humour that had me giggling out loud every now and again. It was also so refreshing to read a paranormal book that was well thought out and consistent from start to finish, not getting muddled halfway through or getting a little silly by the end. Harry's back story is explained just enough without getting bogged down in the nitty gritty and it was amazing how quickly one was able to understand and relate to the character. In addition i loved the fact that even though the male lead was strong the female roles all had a character of their own. Usually strong or atleast independant, not just simpering excuses for gratuitous sex.
This was all supported by fabulous narration by James Marsters. Such a fantastic voice for this character, he manages to capture the wry sense of humour just perfectly.
So overall i think you can see that i loved it, now on to the next one!
"Magic meets PI"
First time I have read a Harry Dresden book and looking forward to reading the rest. A good mix of PI investigations, conflict, magic and action kept the plot going until the end. The characters were well drawn and easy to emphathise with. The plot draws you into the authors world of magic, fairies, demons and humans. I was slightly put off at the start by the world weary narration, although this suits the character it seemed slightly over the top but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
"Dashiell Hammett with Magic bits"
This is a great romp of a story. A grumpy wizard / detective, in the style of Sam Spade, with lots of fallen women, sex, power, a mob ring and a ticking timebomb of a deadline thrown in for good measure. Even though I had the plot twist figured out half way through (I've done a LOT of detective novels) the magic angle made everything fresh and new. I will definitely be getting the next book.
"Superbly read by Marsters"
First of all I cannot recommend the narrator James Marsters highly enough. He has the character of Dresden down to a fine art. The combination of story and Marsters reading was exceptional, so much so that I often laughed out loud at some of the snarky comments. As for the book, well Jim Butcher has found a loophole in the Supernatural book market and created a wizard, who is funny, interesting and captivating. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
"Amusing and gripping"
I missed the TV series but I had the impression it was the sort of story I'd like and I was right.
The story has kept me hooked and I've looked forward to my bus journey to and from work but I've even found myself listening while doing the housework - it's the equivalent of the 'unput-downable' book.
James Marsters is pleasant to listen to and although there's quite a lot of irony, which we're often told Americans 'don't get', I found the delivery spot on.
I'm definitely going to get the next one in the series.
"dresden files book 1."
james marsters amazing narration skills.
jim butchers whit filled writings.
i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.
not in this one no but in later books yes
if only the uk store could get all the dresden files including the latest one and side jobs i'd be very happy. well worth a listen.
"Good Book, Excellent Series"
My first experience of the Dresden Files was the TV series some years ago; it was okay, but didn't particularly thrill me. I only started reading the Dresden Files because I got the first few books cheaply but they have very quickly grown to become my favourite series of novels and something of an obsession (there's a roleplaying game and there have been related kickstarter projects).
Storm Front is the start of the series and it does start a little weakly, it's a solid book and I enjoyed it - but having read/listened to every book in the series multiple times now it's certainly not one of the best. It's required reading for the ongoing series though, it introduces you to a number of characters, the vast majority of whom crop up again and again throughout the other books and the events of Storm Front still come up in much later books.
Jim Butcher has written these books as though they're Harry's journal or internal monologue, including his off hand thoughts and sarcastic comments. James Marsters captures the character amazingly, and really *is* Harry Dresden. The books have become my favourite series and the audio books (collectively) have become the standard by which I judge all audio books.
"James Marsters & Jim Butcher a winning combination"
James narrates the book with deft ease and brings to life the world of Jim Butcher and his protagonist Harry Dresden. Butcher's world is full of fairies, vampires and demons as well as gangsters, cops and unfortunate victims. Though the ending seems a tad rushed compared to the slow burn of the earlier chapters but this is forgiven because there is a definite sense of satisfaction after finishing the book. James Marsters does a marvelous job and it's hard to think of anyone else who would do better. Some of the themes are a tad dated now, especially the image of the swooning woman who falls for Harry (but for plot reasons). Still I would recommend this to anyone looking for a magic / murder themed book
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