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Storm Front Audiobook
Storm Front
Written by: 
Jim Butcher
Narrated by: 
James Marsters
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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    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 02-18-13
    UncleHammy Towanda, KS United States 02-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Not a good detective or wizard story, just OK."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I probably would not recommend this book. It was just OK. It was not a good detective strory and it wasn't a good wizard story. It was an average combination story. I will not be listening to any more of the Dresden files books.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Perhaps but not the Dresden stories. There are other books in a simlar genre that I have like much better. I thought Hard Magic was a better story for this genre.


    What three words best describe James Marsters’s voice?

    Not much drama


    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to find something else to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I know this series is very popular so maybe I just don't get it but I was not impressed with this book.

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    Josh CYNTHIANA, KY, United States 02-14-13
    Josh CYNTHIANA, KY, United States 02-14-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Good story, terrible narrator"

    I am liking the story but the narrators style is killing me. Breathing directly into the mic, short phrases, at first I thought it may be that is how he was portraying the main character, unfortunately he does it thought all I have listened to. I have stopped part way through because of it.

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    ali 02-11-13
    ali 02-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Fabulous narration work."
    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story is told in first person, and he really brings life to Harry's inner monologue. I'm not usually a fan of fantasy (I picked this up on prodding from a friend, AND it was on sale) but I was totally drawn in by Marsters.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is sort of a typical mystery, with some magic thrown in. However, I think that the narrator really made it come alive, and brought Harry to life in a way I didn't expect.

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    Richard New York, NY, United States 02-05-13
    Richard New York, NY, United States 02-05-13 Member Since 2003
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    "A good start to an intriguing series"

    Can't say if I will continue with this series, but it does have potential. Kinda like those TV shows whose pilot episode always have too many characters and information, their was a lot of stuff happening that seemed extraneous but could be useful in later stories. Maybe I will give the next few books a chance. Always up for a decent wizard detective. Also it takes place in Chicago which is where I was born, so that's a plus.

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    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 02-02-13
    Arwen BOISE, ID, United States 02-02-13 Member Since 2011

    I am a book junkie...I read and enjoy a variety of stories, so please don't "define me" by one book or review! :)

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    "Good Start to The Series."

    I enjoyed this listen and will continue with the series. Harry is a likable character, well written with a dry, droll humor. The supporting cast is interesting and there is never a dull moment. Bob the spirit who only has a skull to hang-out in (except when Harry lets him out on rare special ocassions) cracks me up. The narration is good. To me it seems as if any "extra" noises the narrator makes are intentional, acting out Harry's actions and feelings to add to the realism.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    janice ingleside, Ontario, Canada 01-23-13
    janice ingleside, Ontario, Canada 01-23-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Confusing at first"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    The is story was fast moving, and interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I found his cohort Detective a little annoying, and a little too much like a TV production character. I understand it is part of the plot and stage setting for the story, but nevertheless, annoying. I have read one of Jim Butchers stories in the past and found him to be a very good writer, that's why I bought this audible book. I believe I will purchase another in this series to get a better feel for his characters, as some of them are compelling enough to read on.


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

    I really like this reader, James Masters, as he pronounces words properly, unlike some of the other readers I've listened to. He is really great and keeps your attention, even during the descriptions which is a plus. I like Him.


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

    His skull friend is a real hoot, and I really laugh out loud when he is present, just waiting to see what he will try or negotiate next. I was laughing so loud that my husband came to the doorway, watching me sew, and when I looked up, asked "what's all the merriment going on here? I think that says it all, as he is a book reader... I often think I have the best of both worlds: the written word read by a great reader who makes the book perhaps more delightful.


    Any additional comments?

    Just because I was not quite into the drift of the book at first, and had to work on pulling the characters together is the only reason I did not give it full marks. My husband is an outright fan of Jim Butcher has told me that I will be totally in the groove in the next book. I think he is right, as I did like this one very much.

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    DEBRA FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 01-23-13
    DEBRA FAIRBANKS, ALASKA, United States 01-23-13
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    "Love how the story is told"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Well this is the first one I have listened to since the road trips with my parents 15 years ago I especially enjoy the fact that the books are not abridged if I intend on listening to a book then I want the whole thing. Thank you.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    To compare this book with one of my other books I would say that they are very different genres however the storytelling is what grabs me and both Jeffrey Archer and Jim Butcher are very detailed and I can really put myself where they the characters are.


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

    His voice is one that I am familiar with to begin with so I find that to be one of the reasons I even tried out this line of books because it is not my usual genre. Aside from that I think he does a wonderful job changing his voice even when it is a female part that makes me want to keep listening almost as though I am watching tv in my head.


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

    Neither however I was shocked at how much I enjoyed the book not big on Sci Fi or magical story lines due to I have a hard time following all the babel unless I can see it. So Butchers ability to draw you in and give just enough detail with out losing the listener/reader.


    Any additional comments?

    The combination between Butchers storytelling and Marsters reading I will be purchasing more from the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gwendolyn 01-21-13
    Gwendolyn 01-21-13
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    Once again, an author proves that you can have an awesome paranormal story without all the fluff and nonsense. This story had a great plot line and wonderful characters. I will be getting the rest of the books in this series.

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    J. David Chesapeake, VA 01-20-13
    J. David Chesapeake, VA 01-20-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Great combo of noir and magic genres!"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Butcher brings a refreshing change by combining two familiar genres in an imaginative way. Storm Front is classic detective novel meets fantasy as the main character is also a practicing wizard. As someone who enjoys magic/fantasy but loves a great mystery Storm Front and the rest of the Harry Dresden books have definitely hit the mark.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    I can't think of anything to compare Storm Front to because it really is a perfectly unique blend of two distinct types of novels.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James Marsters is the voice of Harry Dresden - one of the best narrated books I have listened to.


    Any additional comments?

    Perfectly written story that is perfectly narrated. If you are looking for something that breaks the mold, Storm Front hits the mark.

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    Ronald E. Davis Jr. MS USA 01-18-13
    Ronald E. Davis Jr. MS USA 01-18-13

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    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to it again until I listened to the rest of the series.


    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    This is my first book it's incomparable at the moment.


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

    When I saw that he would be the one reading it I knew I had to buy the audio books. James Marsters brings nostalgia to the table. He was a great actor in both the Buffy and Angel series. I almost wish he'd use his British accent. It's also nice to see he's getting work. He deserves it.


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

    The part in the elevator wasn't in the television show. It was pretty exciting. They should have worked it in there somehow.


    Any additional comments?

    I came to the audio books from the Dresden Files television show. This book is episode eight in the show. There are a few liberties that the show took that I prefer. Harry Dresden uses a hockey stick instead of a traditional wizard staff. Lt. Murphy is taller and I like her as a brunette. Bob the skull was an older man whose spirit was bound to the skull. He was kind of like a ghost. He would walk through walls and appear before Harry to give him some advice or an over due scolding.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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