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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As much as I love music, I'd rather listen to a book. I love being taken far far away while doing everything.
I wanted to try this book because everyone told me how great it was. I like James Marster's voice too, so I thought I'd try it. I couldn't get past the third chapter. It just moves too slow for me. The story feels a little mundane for me. When I read/listen, I want to be carried far and away and see pictures in my head. The first three chapters felt like a walk in the park. I never could get into the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew novels so this just wasn't for me.
I travel to and from Arizona and Santa Clarita every month. We listen to audible books in the car from our IPod.
Good narration and the story line keeps you wondering. Can't wait to start the next book.
Bob, the scull. He had an edge about him and the voice sounded like an English butler.
Harry, the lead.
Love listening to books.
I like Harry. He is a bit over the top, and some of the other characters are equally over done, but I liked it. The story was pretty good, but a little predictable.
In a nutshell, Harry is a gumshoe detective with all the normal foibles that gumshoes always have. He is living case to case, lives alone (mostly), has a beat up jalopy of a car, wears a long coat, is always at odd with most of the police, and has a favorite bar. Think of any gumshoe and you have Harry. Now add in the extra bit of Harry is a wizard. Not just any wizard, but the only openly practicing wizard.
You get all the normal conflicts of a gumshoe detective and the added conflicts of a hostile wizarding world since he is in the public.
The performance by Marsters was very well done. His voicing really helped bring the characters to life.
I liked the book, and am looking forward to the next one.
I love the Dresden Files series. Storm Front is the first book in the series which is appearent as you read it. There are characters that you don't have a feel for. It seems that these are the same characters the Jim Butcher didn't have a feel for either. *SPOILERS* Since at least two of the significant characters in this book don't make it to book 3.
The real reason to read this book is if you want to know the backstory for Book 8: Proven Guilty. Beyond that I would recommend that anyone who wants to start this series start with Book 3: Grave Peril.
Harry Dresden is a well rounded character with an exceptional amount detail to his motives and drive paid to him. I very well done piece of character development.
While his performance was perfect for the lead character of harry, there was little emotion behind it. It was a very flat performance.
The production has odd moments where there are odd pauses and Marsters performance was very flat, but for the character of Dresden himself it was actually suiting. It was just disappointing that the other characters were not given the same care and attention in the performance.
Having watched to Sci-Fi tv series based off these books, I already knew that I liked the plots and settings. What caught my eye about getting this version instead of buying the physical book was that James Marsters was the narrator. I'm also a longtime fan of the Buffy and Angel television shows, and know James as playing Spike. Listening to this first chapter in a series, I could actually picture James Marsters as the lead character. No offense at all to the actor that did play Dresden in the show, as he did a good job, but I could picture James playing the role even better. His narration of this story is one of the most believable narrations I've heard...as if he actually was Dresden telling his story. Just a personal opinion. I really look forward to making my way through the books in this series.
A better book and then some sound remastering.
This book did not live up to the hype. The writing is filled with clichés and the story is predictable.
Most of it.
Unfortunately, I was not able to finish listening to the audio version. I think, in this instance, the narrator's interpretation of Harry Dresden was just too different from the way I hear it in my head. I know others who have completely enjoyed the audio series.
Enjoy the adventure
An Urban Fantasy that follows the adventures of a private detective living in Chicago. He has average looks, bad luck and is generally broke. His best friends are women. One is Chicago Police Detective who generally yells at him and the other is a beautiful reporter who will do anything for a story. Parts of the book are laugh out loud funny and others are intense.
This is the 1st book in a series which listeners either love or hate and has been rated by thousands on Audible.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought it might be a novel that I would like. He was right. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jim Butcher. It is a fantasy story centered around magic and magical beings, with a few vampires and demons thrown in for good measure. Butcher does a very good job of creating an engaging connection between the reader and the main characters of the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment of the series.
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