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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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    Matt 05-25-12
    Matt 05-25-12 Member Since 2010
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    "This book is just downright fun!"

    I was drawn to this book series after stumbling across "The Dresden Files" tv show, which I enjoyed quite a bit. I'm glad I took the time to listen to this audiobook as it was even better then the show!

    The story moves quickly and although at times predictable it still manages to remain entertaining throughout. I really enjoy the way the author fleshes out Harry's gruff Chicago P.I. attitude. He really does a great job with this.

    James Marsters also does a great job with the narration.

    If I had to list a complaint the only one I can think of is that the production quality of the recording is not the greatest. It's not so bad that it's distracting, but at times there are small pops and hisses that although infrequent and minor can still be heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 05-24-12
    Scott 05-24-12
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    "Need a new reader"
    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The focus is on Harry Dresden and, with a different reader who didn't seem bored, he could be an exciting character.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Marsters?

    pretty much anyone. Luke Daniels or Oliver Wyman would have been excellent for this book.


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

    Maybe if the reader would have been more into the book and didn't seem like he was bored.


    Any additional comments?

    This has the potentional to be a great series, but I don't know if I can handle listening to Mr. Marsters sighs, breathing and lip/tounge smacking again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sarah birdsboro, PA, United States 05-22-12
    sarah birdsboro, PA, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Holy Crap, This book Series FREAKING RULES!"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I would listen to this book again because the plot is so good! through this book and through that other books as well.


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

    Scorpions. That is all I need to say about it.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    The passion he puts into each character makes them seem very real.


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

    Yes, I would. This book was that good.


    Any additional comments?

    I love reading this book series! When I first saw this title, i wasn't really sure about it. However when I started reading I found it very hard to put down. Now I feel that I am hopelessly addicted to this book series and know I'am finding it hard to find another series as good this. In fact if anyone has any ideas don't hesitate to share with me!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 05-22-12
    Debra raleigh, NC, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "liked this book but wasn't wowed by it."
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    yes I would


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The battle between good and evil while a clasic story line, it is always intriguing.


    What three words best describe James Marsters’s performance?

    exciting, insiteful and fun


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    definitrly


    Any additional comments?

    a fun listen. entertaining.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    05-18-12
    05-18-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Very Fun Series"
    Any additional comments?

    I am currently on book 9 in the series. I listened to book one 5 months ago and find myself wondering what kind of trouble Harry will find himself in next. I have not had an issue with the narration, I personally feel it fits well with the characters. I find it a fun and light series that helps me unwind from my workday during my commute. I would recommend this series for anyone that would enjoy following a PI that happens to be a modern day wizard in Chicago, solve his case, which includes all other supernatural and other world characters, while intertwining with ours. I'm looking forward to starting book 10.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Kensington, CA, United States 05-17-12
    Joseph Kensington, CA, United States 05-17-12 Member Since 2006
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    "James Marsters is an excellent reader"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    The Dresden novels are fun fluff


    If you’ve listened to books by Jim Butcher before, how does this one compare?

    A good intro to Dresden


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Generally enjoyed the ambiance of the book. Much credit goes to James Marsters for such an excellent performance


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven el paso, TX, United States 05-17-12
    Steven el paso, TX, United States 05-17-12
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    "James Marsters made the story lest enteresting."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The monotone voice and the constant breathing into the microphone made it so I could only listen to the book for about 30 minutes at a time. Who wants to hear a person breath heavily through thier nose and sigh every two minutes or so. It was most annoying. He has no inflection and reminded me of a College profesor who cared very little about the subject he tought. I will listen to the other books in this wonderfuly written story as long as James Marsters doesn't narrate them. If he does I refuse to listen to a nose breathing drone of a voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresdin of course.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    Hell no. He breathes directly into the microphone and had barely a hint of inflection to denote different characters. Sometimes you couldnt even tell which character it was.


    Could you see Storm Front being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    TV series deffinately. Just keep that nasty nose breathing Marsters away.


    Any additional comments?

    Please remake these audio books with a different narrator so I can listen in comfort.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    wishihadagardner 05-14-12
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    "A good light listen"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Jim Butcher makes wizards, fairies and trolls seem utterly possible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This series combines the paranormal with the "who done it?". Stormfront made the on-coming weather changes of the story edgy and waiting for the next "hail to fall."


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

    This was the second of Jim Butcher's novels that I've listened to. James Marsters does a great job conveying multiple characters. His voice is a soothing listen, which adds to the vibe of the story line.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a light listen. It won't require a lot of concentration on the part of the reader. It was a nice change of pace, and I will definitely listen to more of this series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine Frisco, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Charmaine Frisco, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Made for TV kind of story"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Loner getting payback.


    Would you recommend Storm Front to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, It was entertaining and an easy listen...


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

    James Marsters is a wonderful performer and he captured my attention throughout the book.


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

    No, it reminded me of a made for TV movie, entertaining and easy to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to other books by James Butcher when I want to be entertained without a lot of thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Turra Suwanee, GA, United States 05-11-12
    Turra Suwanee, GA, United States 05-11-12
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    "I Liked it overall"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters gives a great performance. I love his voice.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The beginning was the best. I like how they set up the characters, the story. I love Mister.


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

    He brings James Marsters. The guy could read the phonebook and make it awesome. He has a great voice. HE really puts a lot into it. It really is a movie in my head.


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

    Kinda. I listened to it at work. So I'd drift in and out...but I'd rewind if I needed. It is great for listening to in long stretches.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't WAIT to get the second book. Just to have James Marsters whispering in my ear makes it awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    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.

    32 of 32 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!

    6 of 6 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
  • 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
  • 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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "James Marsters & Jim Butcher a winning combination"

    James narrates the book with deft ease and brings to life the world of Jim Butcher and his protagonist Harry Dresden. Butcher's world is full of fairies, vampires and demons as well as gangsters, cops and unfortunate victims. Though the ending seems a tad rushed compared to the slow burn of the earlier chapters but this is forgiven because there is a definite sense of satisfaction after finishing the book. James Marsters does a marvelous job and it's hard to think of anyone else who would do better. Some of the themes are a tad dated now, especially the image of the swooning woman who falls for Harry (but for plot reasons). Still I would recommend this to anyone looking for a magic / murder themed book

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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