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Storm Front Audiobook

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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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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    Sarah 08-27-12
    Sarah 08-27-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A fun look at magic"

    I had trouble with the narrator when I first started to listen but learned to appreciate what he was doing, being Harry Dresden. I can never be sure if I really like Harry but I always pull for him. I am looking forward to continuing the series.

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    James United States 08-20-12
    James United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Funny and Entertaining"
    Any additional comments?

    This was an enjoyable and entertaining read. There were multiple times when I was actually laughing out loud. The writing is clever, though not that deep. Overall, a light and fun read.
    The only negative I have for this was the narrator. He did a great job with the voices and cadence of the read, but had a very annoying habit that I won't go into detail about so that hopefully others may be able to overlook it. But be warned once your mind catches him doing it, its like nails on a chalk board every time and you can't go back to ignoring it.

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    Louis Carlsbad, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-18-12
    Louis Carlsbad, United States Minor Outlying Islands 08-18-12
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    "A fantastic series of books"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Having listened to all 12 books of this series, I am amazed at how good it is. I have never read a series that didn't fizzle out after a max of 3 books. No exceptions, until The Dresden Files. At first it was the humor that held me, along with the uniqueness of the characters and the plots. I must also mention that James Marsters narration is top notch. Each book would leave me wanting to get to the next one. After several books, I pondered what it was about them that kept me interested. It finally dawned on me that while the books are fantasies, the characters and situations are all metaphors for what all of us go through in real life. It is this that leads me to say that while the books are extremely entertaining, they are also good literature. Jim Butcher is an excellent author. Don't start this series unless you are ready to follow it to the end. And what a wonderful ride it will be for you.


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    Amazon Customer 08-17-12

    Been, read, left better for it. I love reading!

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    "Love at first Read"

    My friend told me that I should look up The Dresden Files. "You might enjoy it" - he said. I got “Storm Front” and from the very first chapter I fell in love with Harry. He is funny, sarcastic, honorable, and yet very much an imperfect human being struggling with his own demons.
    He is a man with simple needs but with a very complex character/mind/soul. If you’ve ever seen the made for TV Dresden Files, I would say if you’ve never had the pleasure of reading the books, you might have liked the show, if you are a fan of the books as I am, you probably did not enjoy the show at all. So please don’t base your judgment of the books based on the TV show.
    The character of Harry is constantly changing, improving, adapting to different emotional situations. “Storm Front”, is a wonderful introduction to him, and the very few people he trusts as well as his world where many impossible things are possible. It’s a fun read and you become attached to the characters especially Harry, Bob, and Karen.
    I’ve read a couple of reviews where they called the Dresden Files an “urban fantasy”. It’s a “today” fantasy, yes it happens in Chicago but that’s only because it happens in the present, not the past, not the future. I think it would be difficult to be in the middle of things if he were stuck in the middle of nowhere, so a city setting “urban” setting makes sense. It is an action packed story as told by Harry who lives it every day and struggles to keep “mortals” ignorant to the things that go boom in the night.
    Listen to it! There is only so much you can read from reviews. The best way to know if you’re going to love a book is by taking a chance and listening to it. You won’t lose much. You might gain much more, like an amazing series that you will enjoy listening, and will continue to do it over and over. Give Harry and chance and you will not be disappointed.
    James Marsters is the voice of Harry and does a wonderful job with it. He gives Harry life! I really can’t wait for the 14th book which is scheduled to come out in paperback on November 27th. Audible/editors/producers of the Dresden Files: PLEASE make sure that James Marsters is brought back for “Cold Days” PLEASE!!!!! No more playing around with different narrators, I want my Harry back.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    JJ Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-12
    JJ Sacramento, CA, United States 08-15-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Boring Cliche meets creepy narration"

    This was a hard one to finish. I suspect the plot was derived from a list of top 20 fantasy cliches and a 20 sided dice...

    Dresden is an annoying, boring, and completely unsympathetic character. The narration is uncomfortably breathy. The narrator's tone made Dresden sound like a creepy pervert one step from misconduct.

    It will probably be a Hollywood blockbuster in the near future. None the less, don't waste your time listening to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-14-12
    Robert Eric Koch MONTEVALLO, AL, US 08-14-12 Member Since 2013

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    "It Was Over Too Soon"
    Any additional comments?

    After reading numerous positive reviews and on-live raves for this series, particularly the audiobook series, I decided to see for myself if all the buzz is deserved. With moderately high expectations I was at the least, not disappointed. The story is intriguing and the author certainly does a good job of drawing you into the dark, sometimes seedy world that Dresden inhabits. Although the book didn’t strike me as deep, meaningful fantasy (yes, there is a such a thing), I thought it was great fun and wrapped up too quickly. The narration was adequate though at times I felt like Marsters didn’t relay the specific situation through his character voicing, choosing to read their reactions flat, without urgency or any kind of inflection, which I found quite distracting. All in all, a lot of fun and well worth it. I will definitely be working my way thought this series.

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    Marty AUGUSTA, MI, United States 08-14-12
    Marty AUGUSTA, MI, United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2013

    I'm a Big fan of Fantasy and Sci-Fi. I don't have a long history with reading books but most of what i find is enjoyable. My favorite series i have ever come across is Dresden Files.

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    "#1 Favorite Series of all time"

    This book is a great introduction to an amazing series. The series overall is my #1 favorite, beating lord of the rings, game of thrones, star wars etc. It all just fits together into such a fun and amazing series with all the humor, lore, magic, characters, and mystery.

    Harry Dresden is a smart-ass wizard that never knows when to stop or shut up. He steps in the face of deadly monsters making the cheesiest remarks. He is a man in turmoil he fights the good and evil inside himself to try and get the job done. Hes a character that i have come to love and i hope you will too.

    This book isn't the best in the series but is a great introduction into the world of Dresden Files. The only problem is if you like this book the series only gets better, and you'll waist all your credits on the rest of the books!

    The narrator does a great job and holds the feel of each character through the entire series i didn't purchase the 12th book due to Marsters not being able to narrate it. I decided to read it instead. Marsters does a great job and just becomes what you expect as you read the series!

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    FaQ CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-13-12
    FaQ CHANDLER, AZ, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great series"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    If you like magic and action you found it here. Nice long story too. The hero is well developed and only pulls you in farther as the series progresses. James Marsters reads it well and adds life to the words. Iv heard the first few so far and cant wait to listen to the rest of the series.


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    Donna 08-10-12
    Donna 08-10-12
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    "Love the reader; Love the main character"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    yes, it is very entertaining.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight between Harry and the bad wizard. Harry was hanging from the balony and could not figure out which way he wanted to died; then, he had an idea. He is always having ideas to save himself.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    To laugh... yes.... there were several.


    Any additional comments?

    James Marsters gives Harry Dresden a very unique voice. He brings Harry to life as Jim Butcher has created the character to be. Mr. Marsters is Harry Dresden. Of course, Mr. Marsters has very good material to work with. Jim Butcher is an excellent writer that creates characters of many dimensions. Harry Dresden has many problems. Some are so ongoing that you can’t wait for the next book to find out if he repaired any of the relationships he missed up along with what else is he going to get into. The book is funny as well as entertaining. Oh, yes, it has it’s serious moments. A very good book and excellent reader! Thank you!

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    Cloned3 RVA USA 08-09-12
    Cloned3 RVA USA 08-09-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Gotta like Harry"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    I was not sure I would enjoy a wizard tale however Butcher is engaging. I was expecting fairies, demons and such to be waking among the normal folk but Butcher keeps the two worlds intertwinedically separate. The book is fun and entertaining. I will be downloading Book 2.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    When Harry says something to the effect of "What the *&^% lady - I just want to talk". In the context of the event and the way James Marsters reads Harry it is priceless.


    Which character – as performed by James Marsters – was your favorite?

    Harry is done brilliantly by James Marsters.The way James Marsters reads Harry is perfect. I have a vivid picture of Harry and his personality.


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  • Tom
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    8/14/09
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    "A great story & brilliantly narrated"

    I confess that I am a great fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series and was very much looking forward to hearing the audio version. Well, I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed - quite the reverse.

    James Marsters (who played Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a superb narrator. He perfectly captures Jim Butcher's quirky, almost conversational style; he brings Harry Dresden himself brilliantly to life, as well as drawing the other characters with great aplomb; and he keeps the momentum rolling along without let-up. Great stuff.

    As for the book itself, I think it is a model on how to write the first of a sci-fantasy series: it perfectly balances the need for thrills and spills, humour, human interest, goodies and baddies with developing the magical background and back-plot. The series improves with every book so I very much hope that Audible get the rest of the series after the first four, all of which are available on the US audible website.

    Strongly recommended.

    33 of 33 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    BOW, United Kingdom
    5/20/11
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    "Gripping and atmospheric"

    Stylish supernatural rollercoaster of a novel, Butcher captures the Film Noir genre perfectly and adds an arcane twist. Harry Dresden, the only person advertising services under "Wizards" in the yellow pages, has a knack for finding trouble. In Storm Front, Dresden becomes the target of a brutal killer who has crossed the forbidden line to kill using black magic, and has learned how to harness enormous energies to kill his victims at a distance. Treated as a suspect himself, by the police and the white council of magic, Dresden faces seemingly impossible odds - he must stop the mysterious sorcerer before it's too late.

    James Marsters delivers the narrative with Phillip Marlowe perfection. I can't recommend this book enough - I can't wait to download the next in the series!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa
    Beaconsfield, BUCKS, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "Great fun and beautifully read."

    I tried this book on a whim and i'm so pleased i did. I think i had presumed that after reading so many paranormal books written from a female's point of view that one from a mans' might be a little gung ho and hard to relate to but i was so pleasantly surprised. The protagonist has a brilliantly dry sense of humour that had me giggling out loud every now and again. It was also so refreshing to read a paranormal book that was well thought out and consistent from start to finish, not getting muddled halfway through or getting a little silly by the end. Harry's back story is explained just enough without getting bogged down in the nitty gritty and it was amazing how quickly one was able to understand and relate to the character. In addition i loved the fact that even though the male lead was strong the female roles all had a character of their own. Usually strong or atleast independant, not just simpering excuses for gratuitous sex.
    This was all supported by fabulous narration by James Marsters. Such a fantastic voice for this character, he manages to capture the wry sense of humour just perfectly.
    So overall i think you can see that i loved it, now on to the next one!

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    8/12/09
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    "Magic meets PI"

    First time I have read a Harry Dresden book and looking forward to reading the rest. A good mix of PI investigations, conflict, magic and action kept the plot going until the end. The characters were well drawn and easy to emphathise with. The plot draws you into the authors world of magic, fairies, demons and humans. I was slightly put off at the start by the world weary narration, although this suits the character it seemed slightly over the top but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • EC W
    Hove, United Kingdom
    5/15/13
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    "Dashiell Hammett with Magic bits"

    This is a great romp of a story. A grumpy wizard / detective, in the style of Sam Spade, with lots of fallen women, sex, power, a mob ring and a ticking timebomb of a deadline thrown in for good measure. Even though I had the plot twist figured out half way through (I've done a LOT of detective novels) the magic angle made everything fresh and new. I will definitely be getting the next book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl M-M
    United Kingdom
    10/6/11
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    "Superbly read by Marsters"

    First of all I cannot recommend the narrator James Marsters highly enough. He has the character of Dresden down to a fine art. The combination of story and Marsters reading was exceptional, so much so that I often laughed out loud at some of the snarky comments. As for the book, well Jim Butcher has found a loophole in the Supernatural book market and created a wizard, who is funny, interesting and captivating. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "Amusing and gripping"

    I missed the TV series but I had the impression it was the sort of story I'd like and I was right.

    The story has kept me hooked and I've looked forward to my bus journey to and from work but I've even found myself listening while doing the housework - it's the equivalent of the 'unput-downable' book.

    James Marsters is pleasant to listen to and although there's quite a lot of irony, which we're often told Americans 'don't get', I found the delivery spot on.

    I'm definitely going to get the next one in the series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Pringle9984
    Cardiff, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Good Book, Excellent Series"

    My first experience of the Dresden Files was the TV series some years ago; it was okay, but didn't particularly thrill me. I only started reading the Dresden Files because I got the first few books cheaply but they have very quickly grown to become my favourite series of novels and something of an obsession (there's a roleplaying game and there have been related kickstarter projects).



    Storm Front is the start of the series and it does start a little weakly, it's a solid book and I enjoyed it - but having read/listened to every book in the series multiple times now it's certainly not one of the best. It's required reading for the ongoing series though, it introduces you to a number of characters, the vast majority of whom crop up again and again throughout the other books and the events of Storm Front still come up in much later books.



    Jim Butcher has written these books as though they're Harry's journal or internal monologue, including his off hand thoughts and sarcastic comments. James Marsters captures the character amazingly, and really *is* Harry Dresden. The books have become my favourite series and the audio books (collectively) have become the standard by which I judge all audio books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    9/9/13
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    "A brilliant first novel."

    There's very little to fault in this story if you like the genre. It has a great atmosphere and imagination to it. The hero is flawed but likable. There is a good supporting cast of characters. The plot is interesting. James Masters, the narrator, was just as good as I hoped he would be, acting out the story in a way that really draws you in. The main question, given how popular this series is, is why haven't you listened to it yet?

    So why haven't I given it a five? The story does lack the depth of novels written by my favorite authors, it is a little too predictable and plot devices heavy handed at times. However, this novel was enjoyable and easy to listen too. I don't give out four stars easily so Storm Front has a lot going for it and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • legeon
    United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "dresden files book 1."
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    james marsters amazing narration skills.


    What did you like best about this story?

    jim butchers whit filled writings.


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

    i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not in this one no but in later books yes


    Any additional comments?

    if only the uk store could get all the dresden files including the latest one and side jobs i'd be very happy. well worth a listen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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