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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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    Kirk Seattle, WA, United States 03-05-12
    Kirk Seattle, WA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I like Harry Dresden"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    I really liked the mix of physical action and internal thoughts to manage magic.


    Any additional comments?

    This is my first exposure to Jim Butcher, so I know I'm a little late to the party, but it's nice to have another wizarding Harry series to explore, now that that the

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    Bill Chander, AZ, United States 03-05-12
    Bill Chander, AZ, United States 03-05-12
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    "First Dresden book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, book was well read, interesting with good inflection.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    None at this time.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    While in Dresden apartment a demon attacks.


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

    I think it was best in parts.


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    Doug Oglesby Apex, NC, United States 03-05-12
    Doug Oglesby Apex, NC, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Smoothly told and well-read"
    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters feels like the quintessential Harry Dresden. He is just world-weary enough, just angry enough, and just compasionate enough. He nails it, and his reading makes the book.


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    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 03-05-12
    Maria BATON ROUGE, LA, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, wonderful acting"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Butcher's books continue to get better and better as the series goes on. His stories are wonderful and captivating. The writing at times seems a little bit less than fantastic, but the stories are worth it, and the writing gets better with every book in the series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Clearly Harry Dresden.


    Which character ??? as performed by James Marsters ??? was your favorite?

    Dresden.


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    Amazon Customer 03-05-12
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    "The beginning of a legend!"

    This is the first book in the Dresden Files (which to date has 14 books in the series), what more can you say?

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    "Very enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Solid introduction to the characters, premise and setting.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?


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

    Good dramatic presentation, more like listening to a radio-play. The reading gave each character a distinct


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    Morris 03-02-12
    Morris 03-02-12
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    "Good story, good reader, not so good audio"

    First, let me say as I have said in other reviews of books in this series that James Marsters *is* Harry Dresden for me. When I read the books in print, I hear his voice, and when the Ghost Story audio book was done without him, I refused to buy it. There just is no other person who can be Harry now.

    For those coming to the Dresden files through this audio book, there are a couple of caveats. Storm Front is a good story, but Jim Butcher doesn't hit his stride until about the 4th book. This book lays the groundwork for a really intricate, detailed mythos that weaves myth, fairy tales, magic, pop culture, and age-old stereotypes viewed from a twisted alternate perspective. There's a lot of background info that has to be delivered in small doses while we're learning that Harry is a multifaceted person, not a gumshoe detective who can cast spells. This book is as much about introducing Harry as is it a mystery.

    As a who-dunit, it meets the standard of keeping you guessing until the final showdown with the big bad guy. I'm listening to the book now several years after having read the print version, and I'm finding the clues no less intriguing this time around. I'm noticing that there were details I missed the first time, and that is a sign of a well crafted mystery novel.

    What I want to tell a first time reader is that Butcher gets so much *better* at the craft of writing in later books. He has matured as a storyteller now, and he easily deserves to be grouped with the greats, not just of fantasy, but of literature as a whole. My advice is to look at Storm Front as a good book which starts a series that gets much, much better.

    Now, the one complaint I have about this audio book is the audio engineering. It quite honestly stinks. I could easily do better in my home office. From how well we can hear Marsters breathing, I keep thinking he has a cold or something. 21 minutes into chapter 4, I just heard *his clothes rustling* as he shifted position. Having listened to several hundred hours of audio books, I know that isn't supposed to happen. I bought this book for $4.95 when Audible was having a sale, and had I paid more, I would probably ask for a refund. So, while I love Marsters as Harry, I gave the performance only 3 stars because of the poor audio engineering.

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    Monika 02-28-12
    Monika 02-28-12
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    "Great start to a captivating series"

    It's hard to be original, but Harry Dresden, Wizard, sets up a fantastic new universe. You start to wonder, how much supernatural is just behind the next corner waiting for you. Not all is new, but it is mixed into a fresh view of vampires, werewolves, wizards and fey.

    Being written in the 1th person, the permormance depends highly on the narrator transferring emotions to the listener. James Marsters does that perfectly. He brings all the characters to live and keeps them true throughout the whole series, even the smallest. Believe it or not, even Toot Toot is his voice without any technical gimmick.

    There are complaints about hearing him sigh and breathe, but if you give it some chapters, it really enhances the story most of the time. (Well, sometimes the recording could've been cleaner of course). I've now listened to the whole series up to book 12 and often I miss it on the newer, cleaner produced audiobooks.

    This first story sets up the surroundings and the characters. It is more a straight forward 'monster-of-the-day' story and still lacks the complexity of the following books. But watch out for the finale and you'll know what you'll get if you listen on.

    I gave it only four stars because - the story is getting better with each book!

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    Connie 02-26-12
    Connie 02-26-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful First Story for the Series"

    This is the first Dresden File I have read and I am now hooked. I can't wait to listen to the rest of them. The narrator, James Marsters, is GREAT! He brings Harry Dresden to life!

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    Megan Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-24-12
    Megan Minneapolis, MN, United States 02-24-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Heavy breathing"
    What didn’t you like about James Marsters’s performance?

    I tried to get into this book. I enjoyed the story line, but I could not get over the bad quality of the person reading the book. He was constantly sighing and breathing heavily. I got about 1/3 through the book and had to stop listening. I found myself clinching my fists at the horrible delivery and was so focused on that, that I couldn't enjoy the book.


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