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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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    Meg E Dobson United States 02-07-12
    Meg E Dobson United States 02-07-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Chicago, Wizard Detective, Great Series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Yes, but I love James Marsters. The man could read numbers and I'd love it.


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

    How about the scene in his basement stair well for starters? The opening with the mail carrier delivering his mail to his 'Wizard Detective Agency'--which is classic Jim Butcher humor.The rain of toads. :-)Jim Butcher's creative alternative to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes urchins of the street to obain information.The nod to film noir in the beginning.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    See above.


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

    Yes, I loved it. I was hooked and ten books later, I'm still hooked.


    Any additional comments?

    If you haven't read Jim Butcher or listened to these, then you've never tried the hottest thing in paranormal urban fantasy. The majority of other offerings, simply don't add up to the master. His snarky humor, his fresh take on life, his sheer excitement for his characters is outstanding.

    The story line got a 4 stars only because I know how great the following stories are. His skill as a writer increase through Book IV - Summer Knight and then keeps going non-stop. I envy anyone just starting them, because you won't have to wait for the sequels to churn out.

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    Kerrie United States 02-06-12
    Kerrie United States 02-06-12 Member Since 2011

    History buff

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    "Entertaining"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    They aren't going to change your life, but the Dresden Files are entertaining books that certainly make long car trips, working out, cleaning, etc, a lot more enjoyable. James Marsters does a very good job bringing the characters to life, and overall I really enjoyed his narration. It's not quite as flawless as other narrators, but his voice has a very melodic quality that makes it easy to listen to for extended periods.


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    Cyol United States 01-31-12
    Cyol United States 01-31-12
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    "Great story"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Its is a one time maybe 2 time listen. I also retain a huge amount of information. so it would take 2-3 years before i was excited to re-listen. its a crime drama series, so knowing who killed who and that harry is going to survive kind of kills the re-listening experience


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

    Harry Dresden- main


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

    I laughed out loud, a couple of times. which is not a normal occurrence when reading and especially when listening to a book.


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    LuWanda 01-30-12
    LuWanda 01-30-12

    So many books, so little time.

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    "A fun story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This was a new take on an old genre. It was enjoyable. The only down side of the listening to it was the extra sighs that were added to the narration.


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    Devin Fitchburg, MA, United States 01-20-12
    Devin Fitchburg, MA, United States 01-20-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Sookie is for Women, Dresden is for Men!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    So I saw the first episode of the SciFi series, The Dresden Files, and thought that it was okay. Then I ran into someone talking about Dresden and they bluntly told me...


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    Kindle Customer 01-19-12
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    "Love James Marsters as Harry Dresden!"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Strong debut


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love Harry's dry humor, which just gets more twisted under pressure.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    James does a great job of reading Harry the way you imagine him--droll, frequently exhausted or exasperated.... Really like his Bob too!


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    Erik Reno, NV, United States 01-16-12
    Erik Reno, NV, United States 01-16-12

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    "A really great book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had heard of this series, but hadn't read them yet. If you like fantasy novels this one's for you. It's just as good as I'd heard and James Marsters does a great job of narrating them. I just joined audible about a month ago, and I'm already on book 3.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite is the lead character Harry Dresden. He seems very


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene where Harry's in the lab with Bob the spirt who lives in a skull.


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

    No, I was just hooked due to Harry's down to earth nature. It made him a very endearing character.


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    L.C. Hoogvliet, Netherlands 01-03-12
    L.C. Hoogvliet, Netherlands 01-03-12 Member Since 2011

    Listens to audiobooks while travelling to and from various countries in Europe.

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    "Really liked the story, the narration was awful."

    Storm front was the first Dresden book I've ever read, and I wanted to listen to it in the car on a long drive. As much as I liked the story and I have listened to it from beginning to end, I really disliked the way this book was narrated. The sound technician should have stepped in a few times but didn't. Drinking a glass of water is fine, just not in the microphone. The sighing and swallowing got quite annoying. It did seem to get better later on in the audiobook, but the beginning was nothing short of crincheworthy.

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    tess 01-03-12
    tess 01-03-12
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    "Awesome New Experience"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version of this book. The audio edition was very entertaining.


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

    Outside of the Harry Potter series, this is the first book I have read with a wizard theme. Of course, the two do not compare as they are different genres.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marster brings the Dresden character to life, creating a delightfully entertaining character---one who is funny, fierce, and slightly vulnerable at the same time.


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

    I laughed out loud at Dresden's elation at defeating the scorpion when the elevator landed.


    Any additional comments?

    One of my students convinced me to try this series, and I am glad I did. Excellent read.

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    chuck 01-02-12
    chuck 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "It's a start, but not really a great one"
    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    The book was probable worth the money, but barely.


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher's books later in this series are much better in the characthers' depth then this book.

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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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