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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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.
The ups and downs, to and fro of the plot involving humans and the gods only knows what.. was that something under my bed???
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.
I have never heard James Masters before but his performance underscored the casual yet taut evolution of the plot.
Absolutely. The main plot, subplots, sexual tension and supernatural grab you and you just want to keep on going.
I have bought the set of Dresden Files and know that I can grab some Harry when I wish an absorbing, entertaining few hours!
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.
The fireside chat quality of James Marster's narration
The beginning. I knew I was in for a treat.
No, but now I'm looking for them!
I'm a wizard ma'am. Just a wizard.
Don't know - I've only listened.
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.
Good Character differentiation, yes. ...but see additional comments...
Spike goes to Hollywood...?
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!
It's in the top ranks. I will be listening to the whole series.
Dresden, so far.
I love the way he did Victor Sells voice.
I laughed, and found myself listening intently.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I would definitely recommend this audio book.
Brian is an avid reader. He is interested in great stories and human behavior. His job is as a behavioral specialist in public schools.
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.
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.
I listened on my commute, and often waited in my car for the scene/chapter to end.
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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