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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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    Andrew WHITESTONE, NY, United States 02-16-12
    Andrew WHITESTONE, NY, United States 02-16-12
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    "Perfect narrator for hardboiled, fun urban fantasy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Yes. I'm sure the print version is fine, the writing seems very fluid and modern without


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


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    Charlie K Princeton Junction, NJ United States 02-16-12
    Charlie K Princeton Junction, NJ United States 02-16-12
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    "A Fun Listen"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jarrod OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-15-12
    Jarrod OVERLAND PARK, KS, United States 02-15-12
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    "First Book in a Great Series"

    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.

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    William 02-15-12
    William 02-15-12
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    "wounderful, LOVEED IT"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    the setting and the story line, i liked the magic angle


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    If Dresden were real and I were to meet him, he would have Marster's voice


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

    They did make a tv series of the books. Thats what made me want to listen to the books. Tag line who knows


    Any additional comments?

    I was right, the books give Dresden a soul

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    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 02-14-12
    Laura Van Slyke Antioch, CA United States 02-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "sighs"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Jeane Monterey, California 02-13-12
    Jeane Monterey, California 02-13-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Reader was a little blah"

    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.

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    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-12-12
    lisa Burns, OR, United States 02-12-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Love Dresden Files"

    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.

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    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 02-11-12
    Blaine Camas, WA, United States 02-11-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Pleasant Surprise..."

    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.

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    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 02-10-12
    Bruce Knoxville, MD, United States 02-10-12 Member Since 2007

    Poet, Writer, Novice Planetary Scientist, Musician, Hooligan, Former Audience Guy, Protector of Stupid Princesses.

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    "Not the TV Show - Much Much more"

    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.

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    Philena East Waterford, PA, United States 02-08-12
    Philena East Waterford, PA, United States 02-08-12

    Old as dirt and a picky reader

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    "Old Favorite"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marster's does a good job of being Dresden and the PI atmosphere.


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

    Usually I get tired and need to stop with audio unlike written but this one is one of the few that keep me interested.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like PI [not the cosy genre], if you like Fantasy, give it a try.

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