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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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 09-05-13
    Melissa 09-05-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid Start"

    I liked it. Harry Dresden is a wizard for hire who turns detective when a damsel in distress and a brutal murder cross his desk while his rent is past due. Already under probation, Harry's seat-of-the-pants investigative work gets him into more trouble than he can handle, even with the help of a few fairies and a skull named Bob. Read by James Marsters of Buffy fame, this is a quick and easy listen.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Beth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-03-13
    Beth BALTIMORE, MD, United States 09-03-13 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoyed the opener for this series!"
    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    I really loved James Marsters' portrayal of Harry Dresden. Mr.Marsters really brought the character to life for me! The only reason I couldn't give the narration 5 stars was because there was a bit too much "sighing" during the performance. It fits with Harry Dredson's character but the frequency of it actually became a bit distracting. I can gladly say that the problem was corrected in the subsequent audiobooks:) If it was an option, I would only take a half a star off because the overall performance was great!


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

    Of all the wizarding offices, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine. Of course, I am the only wizard-for-hire listed the yellow pages...*sigh* but that's not really the point...


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    breckoz 09-03-13
    breckoz 09-03-13 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction

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    "Get This On Sale It Is Worth Trying Out!"

    This is one of my favorite series. The Dresden Files is about a modern day wizard in a world full of magic hidden to the public. Sometimes crime can not be solved by the authorities and needs someone more qualified to deal with it. Harry Dresden has his faults but he is genuine about his need to help others. You will find the characters will develop and grow on you in future books. The series does get darker as it goes on and I found more humor in the later stories.

    Storm Front lays down the ground work and I don't suggest you skip around too much. I started with book 2 and ended up giving it a poor review because I found some of the characters annoying and some flaws with the narration. I am extremely glad I continued on because it is worth the pay off in the end. James Master has his issues with his breathing in the first few books. However, he is now one of my favorite narrators on audible. You'll see a lot of people say this, 'James Master is Harry Dresden.'

    I enjoyed the TV series and watched them before I got into the book series. If you are not sure about the book series you should check out the TV series. They aren't the same but they might give you better idea of what to expect.

    Storm Front may not be a 5 star read, but the Dresden Files is a 6 star read as a whole and by my math that averages out right for this review. If you like fantasy/mystery you shouldn't pass up buying this one. Another plus about this series is it is very long. We are on book 15 now and Jim Butcher seems to have plenty to continue to write about!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-02-13
    Haydhan Fire Southern California 09-02-13 Member Since 2014

    I read/listen purely for enjoyment and any reviews are based on that. Mostly fantasy, mystery, suspense.

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    "Book one and two not the best."

    Let me start by saying that im glad i decided to read the dresden series. It is a fun one. Harry is a likeable character and there plenty of action and supernatural vibes going on for us paranormal lovers. Im pretty new to urban fantasy and actually read the Iron Druid Chronicles first and must say i prefer those to these. they are definately not the same cut though. These do require us to suspend disbelief but no so much as TIDC and harry is forced to work more within the bounds of reality.

    I am currently on book eight of the dresden series and these books have gotten better with each novel. Book one and two were just eh for me and i left to read something else. Book 3 and 4 were better and and started to get good. they were good enough to keep me thinking about them even as i read other stuff. Finally at book 5 they hit their stride and im now a full fledged Dresden fan. Book 7 was my favorite so far and Im in it for the long haul.

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    80s rocker Portland Or 08-28-13
    80s rocker Portland Or 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be a good series..."
    What three words best describe James Marsters’s voice?

    The recording was bad. At first I thought that I wouldnt be able to listen to the whole book, but the story kept me involved enough. Its not so much the reader, but is more of the production/audio - so much noise like breathing and weird pauses too.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is interesting, I like that he is more like a private investigator.. will be a good seiers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    mandi 08-25-13
    mandi 08-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good ole book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version, it was soo good.


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

    I just love him as an actor so I loved him narrating


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    Matt Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-13
    Matt Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. At fist I wasnt sure I would like this book. One of my best friends is an avid Jim Butcher fan, and has been harping on me to give the book a chance. (Im normally into Fantasy novels like Way of Kings). So I did give it a shot, and ended up loving it! Just got book 2. Narrator is excellent, main character is humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters wit and personality seem perfectly paired with the narrator.


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

    No. This was my first, he is a very good narrator.


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

    It made me laugh in a few parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 08-21-13
    AudioAddict 08-21-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Good Enough to Continue the Series"

    STORY - Storm Front is an engaging urban fantasy, but it isn't awesome. Harry is a very unique and likeable character and I can see this becoming a very good series, but this book fell just a little short, in my opinion. The crime/mystery aspect is interesting but just didn't grab me, so IMHO the book relies a bit too much on demons and magic to keep things interesting. It does have a good ending and can stand alone as a story.

    NARRATOR - I liked the narrator, despite some complaints I've read in other reviews. He does have sort of a boring, negative-type presentation, but I think that's reflecting Harry's attitude toward the situations he always finds himself in.

    OVERALL - I would recommend this book if you plan to continue the series. Otherwise, you might want to skip it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13

    I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

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    "easy series"

    I enjoyed this first installment of the series. The main character is witty and snarky and I enjoyed the story. This is an easy read and a great summer time filler.

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    Simon Lund, Sweden 08-10-13
    Simon Lund, Sweden 08-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but subpar recording"

    Storm front is a pretty good novel, with lots of action and humour. As a story it's well worth reading or listening to. However I regret that the quality of the recording isn't as good as the other audio books I've listened too. The narrator is good enough, but I don't like having to hear him swallow and smack in my ears when I try to focus on the story. Also the sound volume goes up and down too much, which makes it difficult to listen to the story outdoors or in faintly noisy places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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