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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Absolutely. A quick, fun, albeit very dark, read. James Marsters is a fantastic narrator; he gives a very intimate performance.
To my friends who like mysteries and magic. The subject matter turned out a lot grittier and darker than I anticipated so I know some of my friends won't like it, but I would encourage them to give it a chance.
Unquestioningly, Marsters' Harry Dresden is a spot on, richly done performance.
This was entertaining, kind of silly, not a waste of credit but I will not be reading the other books in the series.
Good pacing. The plot progression kept moving.
I like that the characters all acted human. They had faults and flaws, biases and regular shortcomings along with their more heroic traits.
I just really get irked when another man talks to me with his bedroom voice. He was talking so low and quiet, that I could hear his tongue moving in his mouth. I don't know maybe his wife likes and encourages it, I sincerely don't.
I didn't, not that it isn't a good story, but it was more in the brain candy sort of mindset for me.
We need to stick the narrator in an open room with regular acoustics, and away from the microphone. This way, he'll talk louder. Then maybe he will discover another dozen ways he can do this.
I'm late in finding this series, but I'm really glad I found it. It is written in first person from Harry Dresden's point of view. I don't always enjoy first person narratives, but in this case I really enjoy it. Harry is a wise cracking PI and a wizard. I enjoyed the mix of mystery, magic and humor. This is a great urban fantasy and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. The audio was not the greatest. It would go from quiet to loud and had some hissing noises in the background for some of it. I still enjoyed the audiobook, but I hope they get better.
I had read all of the Dresden Files that were in print before I listened to any of them, this is probably a good thing. I have, also, listened to all the audio versions of the books, and, by the end enjoyed them just as much. Had I been so unfortunate as to have attempted to listen first and read after, I doubt I'd have made it past this first installment, for, although I love Mr. Butcher's film noir gumshoe version of a wizard, and have later enjoyed Mr. Marster's interpretation, this first audiobook is read at such break-neck speed, with so scant an attempt at character differentiation that it is a real, albeit brief, chore to get through.The series is one of my favorites, full of unique and fascinating characters, tons of action and lots of heart, and Marster's interpretation improves as the series continues, but this one, rapid, monotone and full of mispronunciations is not very enjoyable.
I like urban fantasy, I like fantasy with a touch (or more) of magic, I like dystopian world, and this book unite all them in a coherent and captivating narration.
I was looking for something entertaining and chose this book thanks to the positive reviews: they were right!
The main characters, Harry Dresden, is half a classical mage and half an old fashioned hard boiled private eye, working as consultant for the local Police as well.
The final fight with the villain, featuring giant scorpions, a demon, a broad sword armed mage and a rampaging fire.
I did not read the book, but Marsters' voice was so perfect for the narration I feel no need to.
He portraits exactly the voice telling the story, and any other character has its/his/her real and precise definition.
I expect the book to be really good in itself, but James Marsters takes it to an higher level.
Yes, definitely yes. This is a book which makes me really enjoy the commuting hours.
Harry Dresden is an exciting mix of Harry Potter and Sam Spade. He's not your typical hero, but he gets the job done, and you root for him despite his flaws. This is the first book in the series in which Harry must discover who is using magic to commit murder while The White Council and his warden, Morgan, attempt to pin the crimes on him. He must solve the case to save his own life.
I liked James Marsters' narration. I'm a huge fan, and will read, watch, or listen to just about anything that he is involved in. I originally started listening just because of him. I actually ended up enjoying the story immensely also. Jim Butcher's prose complements James's irreverent sense of humor extremely well.
I have not listened to any of James's other audiobook performances before, but I have listened faithfully to his music, and watched his performances on television and the big screen. I think that this one is very in tune with James's own sense of humor and personality. I will definitely be purchasing more of his performances in the future.
Yes. I was particularly moved by the scene where Harry is dueling with Victor Sells, the Shadowman. He wins the duel, but accepts his imminent death, and sits down in exhaustion and acceptance. He only survived because Morgan pulled him out and revived him.
I started listening initially because I wanted to include The Dresden Files in my teaching curriculum. However, the language and some of the content precludes that. But I will continue to listen for my own enjoyment.
Wizards are awesome.
The books of The Dresden Files (I have listened to the first three at the time of this review) tend to follow the constant ramp-up model of writing, where you follow a very short period of time in Dresden's life where every possible thing goes wrong, gets worse, then gets worse again. It's not until the very end of the book that he manages to resolve EVERYTHING, and the book is incredibly tense until that point. Normally, I HATE that kind of ramp-up, since I am a big supporter of allowing more ebb and flow to avoid overloading the reader. With The Dresden Files, however, it WORKS. You are invested, you are excited, and you are eager to find out how Dresden manages to save the day and resolve all of the crises.
When I started this audiobook, I thought that James Marsters' delivery was a little fast. Once I got used to it, however, it was incredibly engaging. He really knows how to vary his delivery emotionally to reflect what is happening in the story. Most people can't do that while narrating. He IS the voice of Harry Dresden to me.
One of my recurring problems with The Dresden Files is the fact that people who SHOULD know better doubt Dresden on a regular basis, even though he has proven to them that he's the only guy that really knows what's going on. So far (I've only listened to the first three books at this time), this has been the worst example, as even his friends refuse to give him the benefit of the doubt. I rated the story lower than I might have because of this.
Also, Bob is awesome.
I will have to say yes, because I did. The story itself was not as interesting as I thought it would be. Guess this one was just not for me.
Great book. Fantastic narrator. The books only get better! Start here and keep going!
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