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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Yes. I'm sure the print version is fine, the writing seems very fluid and modern without
Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden. Because he's the only one given true depth--which is okay, because he's a well developed and pretty good guy. This is a very unique novel, with lots to appreciate, but under it's very rich world, it's also pulp. Very, very enjoyable pulp, but still pulp. As the series goes on, it gets much more rich in depth and design however.
I really enjoyed this book. It is the first published novel of Jim Butcher and (according to Wikipedia) he had a heck of a time getting it published. Not clear why because the book is well-written and kept me engaged.Often in this type of urban noir fantasy mysteries the characterization is superficial. Here there was depth and interesting twists.Neither the author nor the protagonist seems to take themselves overly seriously and that is all to the good. Is it a perfect book or a classic -- no. But it's fun and engaging. I plan to read the rest of the series.My one complaint is the heavy breathing that James Marsters indulges in. Not sure if this was deliberate or poor audio editing but I found it distracting and annoying. Too bad because his reading is otherwise fine.
First book in a great series. Dresden is one of my favorite fictional characters. This is one of the weaker books in the series...but you have to start somewhere.
the setting and the story line, i liked the magic angle
Dresden, he cool in geeky kind of way but totally comfortable with it and himself, even if he got no game, not many of us do.
If Dresden were real and I were to meet him, he would have Marster's voice
They did make a tv series of the books. Thats what made me want to listen to the books. Tag line who knows
I was right, the books give Dresden a soul
Exasperated sighs, pensive sighs, sighs of fatigue, fatalistic sighs, pauses filled with sighs, sighs of martyrdom, sighs before starting a sentence, sighs after a sentence, inhalation sighs.....this narrator SIGHS constantly and makes the character and story difficult to enjoy.
I read this book a few years back and thought it was awesome, I have been meaning to go back and read the whole series. Now I finally have a chance to and a friend of mine suggested the audiobooks because he listened to them all and loved them. I must admit though that the reader seemed blah. He was reading like he was tired or something. Complete with sighs and everything, like it was Eeyore reading the book. I was unimpressed, but at the same time I have heard soooo much WORSE. He wasn't a terrible reader, but not a very enthusiastic reader. He gave very little life to the character of Harry Dresden. I will give the second one a shot, and if I still feel the same way I will just stick to the printed version.
I watched the first season on TV before I read the books and worried I'd be bored. I wasn't. The books are what they should be; much better than the show, and there's no comparison. The world building is believable, including the context in which 'normal' people interact with Harry while he's immersed in other-world business. The main character has depth and considering he's a wizard, doesn't come off as contrived. He's the boy next door who happens to know real magic in a world that mostly thinks he's nuts.
Harry Dresden consults with the police department on 'irregular' cases via a detective Murphy. While Murph won't say she believes in all this, she keeps asking for his help, demanding information in a format she can put in a report, which would not include 'the perp stood in a circle across town chanting'. Harry can't always explain what he sees due to restrictions imposed by the Witches Council concerning interactions with humans. Harry is already on the outs with the Council due to a dark event in his past and he can't afford to push things any further that direction while he's trying to make the rent.
If you like the genre, you'll love this.
I bought this audio book as part of the $4.95 sale of 1st books in a series. For 5 bux, I didn't expect much, actually. I was very pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The story itself is very different, but entertaining. Supernatural goings-on in modern day life is interesting. I thought the writing was very good, and kept me appropriately engaged. Did this book change my life? Not really, but it was a fun ride none-the-less.
As far as the performance by James Marsters...I think this is a case of you either LOVE his style or completely HATE it. I started out being annoyed by all the heavy breathing, sighing, and dragging of words. It's definitely a particular "style". But here's the thing - it dawned on my about half way through this audio book that I had converted from listening to someone read a story, to listening to Harry Dresden himself relating his experience. There is a profound difference, and it's never happened to me on audio before. Instead of picturing some guy in a studio reading from a script, I actually felt like I was sitting in a bar, or beside a fireplace listening to Harry tell a very good story. For that reason alone, I gave 5 stars for performance.
I will likely pursue this series, and already look forward to the next one.
Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.
This book was a joy to listen to. I assumed, my mistake, that this was a "bookization" of the TV show. I don't know which came first, but I am hooked already. I've been trying new series and finding a lot of novels that don't interest me. This has everything I want, a good story, a consistent and talented narrator, and there are a lot of them. Well worth the time and a credit or two.
Old as dirt and a picky reader
I've read and re-read Storm Front and all the Dresden books. I'm delighted to find the book complete in audio form. The narration fits Desden's personality and the story well.
I like the blending of my regular PI stories with fantasy without being 'cute' as many of the story tends to do. Just the right of each without over-dramatization makes the story flow.
Marster's does a good job of being Dresden and the PI atmosphere.
Usually I get tired and need to stop with audio unlike written but this one is one of the few that keep me interested.
If you like PI [not the cosy genre], if you like Fantasy, give it a try.
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