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Storm Front Audiobook

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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    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 11-05-12
    Melissa Pleasanton, CA, United States 11-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Great Escape"

    I loved this book! It's original, fast paced, chock full of action and insane situations. It is pure escapism.

    True it may seem silly to give five stars to a book who is about a present day wizard. But the writing is witty and intelligent. The book gripped me at the beginning and I enjoyed every minute of listening time.

    James Marsters is excellent as a narrator. He pulled me into Harry's character. By his voice Harry and I were connected. I understood Harry and I liked Harry. Some books should be read but others listened to. This one should definitely be listened to.





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    Tony 11-04-12
    Tony 11-04-12
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    "SAM SPADE MEETS HARRY POTTER"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    The ups and downs, to and fro of the plot involving humans and the gods only knows what.. was that something under my bed???


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the characterization of Harry as just within the law both human and wizardkind. Jail or death are both potential options and Harry himself is never quite sure of how things will proceed due to his actions.


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

    I have never heard James Masters before but his performance underscored the casual yet taut evolution of the plot.


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

    Absolutely. The main plot, subplots, sexual tension and supernatural grab you and you just want to keep on going.


    Any additional comments?

    I have bought the set of Dresden Files and know that I can grab some Harry when I wish an absorbing, entertaining few hours!

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    Sandra 10-29-12
    Sandra 10-29-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Why did I wait so long?!?"

    I've had this book for a really long time, but I never got around to reading it until I got the audiobook. (James Marsters, Yay!) I really enjoyed it so I already got the next three in the series for my listening pleasure.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Canada 10-29-12
    Ryan Canada 10-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "The value of narration"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    The fireside chat quality of James Marster's narration


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

    The beginning. I knew I was in for a treat.


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

    No, but now I'm looking for them!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I'm a wizard ma'am. Just a wizard.


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    R. Blankenship 10-28-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Never Fear! Things get better later on...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Don't know - I've only listened.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Why, Harry, of course! Dresden is full of dry wit, but as his character develops, we see a man of deep conviction and committment to higher ideals. His guiding priciple is that with great power comes great responsibility - an outlook we might wish to see in our leaders in business and government, by the way.
    Others have complained that Harry takes on too much blame and self loathing, but it is his committment to his friends and to others that he feels responsible for - even to the extent of honoring an unwished for agreement with a Chicago crime boss - that makes us respect him, not so much as a powerful Wizard, but as a true hearted Human Being.


    Did James Marsters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Spike goes to Hollywood...?


    Any additional comments?

    Don't Give Up!: If you feel that James Marsters' delivery was a little flat in this first book, hold on and give him a chance. I inadvertently started with Book 13 "Changes" (the only CD version my library had) and there was a world of difference!
    In Book 1, when Harry casts and evocation (eg: "vento ventorium") Marsters barely raises his voice from the low-key monotone that he uses through much of the book. HOWEVER: In the later installments Harry's evocations are shouted with a ferocious energy (FUEGO !!!) that makes the book come alive!

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    Pamella LOWELL, MA, United States 10-16-12
    Pamella LOWELL, MA, United States 10-16-12
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    "A Breath of Fresh Air"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's in the top ranks. I will be listening to the whole series.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden, so far.


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

    I love the way he did Victor Sells voice.


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

    I laughed, and found myself listening intently.


    Any additional comments?

    Two friends have been trying to talk me into reading The Dresden Files for the past couple of years. The market is saturated with young vampires in love, sexy witches, and carbon copy wizards and such. I just couldn't be bothered any more.
    I finally relented and gave this book a listen. I'm hooked! This book is different from the tons "carbon copy fantasy" that's on the market today.
    It's a treasure hunt to find a good one, and I found a gem.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 10-09-12
    Miki San Jose, CA, United States 10-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "I enjoyed the book"

    The narrator is skilled and his narration was fit for the character, but I felt there were too many sighs.
    The story was interesting and I enjoyed the book.

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    Molly Loma Linda, CA, United States 10-08-12
    Molly Loma Linda, CA, United States 10-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love This"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    This is a great "read". I've read the book and just finished listening to the audio edition. They're both great - just different. I didn't picture Dresden's voice as I hear it on the audio, but once I got used to it, I loved it! The reader is fantastic.


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

    One of the moments I liked best was when Dresden stormed into Gentleman Johnny Marcone's bar, blasted the door, melted the juke box and stopped bullets firing at him. Epic!


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

    I didn't want to stop listening to the book until it was done. I had such a hard time stopping once I got started.


    Any additional comments?

    I would definitely recommend this audio book.

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    Brian 10-08-12
    Brian 10-08-12

    Brian is an avid reader. He is interested in great stories and human behavior. His job is as a behavioral specialist in public schools.

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    "Urban Fantasy at Its Best"

    If you enjoy a good urban fantasy this book will whet your appetite for more. Jim Butcher introduces to us a wizard named Harry Dresden who is a hard boiled detective of the magical sort. The neo-noir style writing combined with a fascinating world and mystery screams for you to read more. Luck for you the Dresden Files is one of the most popular series of its kind, so sit back and enjoy book one knowing there are many more to fill you days.

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    Sarah 10-07-12
    Sarah 10-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't have been better!"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I've already re-listened to it. Told in the first person, and read by a professional actor, it's an easy favorite. James Marsters makes a fantastic Harry Dresden. He has the perfect blend of sincere and sardonic.


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

    I listened on my commute, and often waited in my car for the scene/chapter to end.


    Any additional comments?

    If you're a fan of The Dresden Files, this audio version will not disappoint. I'm not always a huge fan of audio books (I know, I know...) but this series in particular is well suited.

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