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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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    80s rocker Portland Or 08-28-13
    80s rocker Portland Or 08-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Should be a good series..."
    What three words best describe James Marsters’s voice?

    The recording was bad. At first I thought that I wouldnt be able to listen to the whole book, but the story kept me involved enough. Its not so much the reader, but is more of the production/audio - so much noise like breathing and weird pauses too.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line is interesting, I like that he is more like a private investigator.. will be a good seiers.

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    mandi 08-25-13
    mandi 08-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Good ole book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    I love the audio version, it was soo good.


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

    I just love him as an actor so I loved him narrating


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    Matt Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-13
    Matt Simi Valley, CA, United States 08-23-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Pleasantly Surprised!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes I would. At fist I wasnt sure I would like this book. One of my best friends is an avid Jim Butcher fan, and has been harping on me to give the book a chance. (Im normally into Fantasy novels like Way of Kings). So I did give it a shot, and ended up loving it! Just got book 2. Narrator is excellent, main character is humorous.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The main characters wit and personality seem perfectly paired with the narrator.


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

    No. This was my first, he is a very good narrator.


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

    It made me laugh in a few parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Give it a shot!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    AudioAddict 08-21-13
    AudioAddict 08-21-13

    I can find a book to love in any genre -- a beautifully written classic, an interesting mystery or sci-fi, a trashy romance. Bring it!

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    "Good Enough to Continue the Series"

    STORY - Storm Front is an engaging urban fantasy, but it isn't awesome. Harry is a very unique and likeable character and I can see this becoming a very good series, but this book fell just a little short, in my opinion. The crime/mystery aspect is interesting but just didn't grab me, so IMHO the book relies a bit too much on demons and magic to keep things interesting. It does have a good ending and can stand alone as a story.

    NARRATOR - I liked the narrator, despite some complaints I've read in other reviews. He does have sort of a boring, negative-type presentation, but I think that's reflecting Harry's attitude toward the situations he always finds himself in.

    OVERALL - I would recommend this book if you plan to continue the series. Otherwise, you might want to skip it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13
    Lucy St. Petersburg, Russia 08-13-13

    I love to read. On average I read and/or listen to more than 100 books a year. Audible has been a fantastic addition to my life. Love it!

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    "easy series"

    I enjoyed this first installment of the series. The main character is witty and snarky and I enjoyed the story. This is an easy read and a great summer time filler.

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    Simon Lund, Sweden 08-10-13
    Simon Lund, Sweden 08-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story but subpar recording"

    Storm front is a pretty good novel, with lots of action and humour. As a story it's well worth reading or listening to. However I regret that the quality of the recording isn't as good as the other audio books I've listened too. The narrator is good enough, but I don't like having to hear him swallow and smack in my ears when I try to focus on the story. Also the sound volume goes up and down too much, which makes it difficult to listen to the story outdoors or in faintly noisy places.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kathy Troy, IL, United States 08-07-13
    kathy Troy, IL, United States 08-07-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Maybe it was just the narrator..."

    but I was really disappointed, I have a couple of friends who LOVE this series, but I could not get past the second chapter.

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    Mary C. Fahrney 08-05-13
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    "Love the whole series!"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    I have read this and own it on cd and now on audible.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dresden isn't anything like you would expect. He is believable, and feels like some people you know without all the magic.


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

    James Masterers does a wonderful job I with these books. He has been great in everything I have heard. In all of the Dresden books I'm glad he was there to add pieces of himself to the character.


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

    Story is not predictable, but not the extreme reaction type. Great story, could be listen to by almost any age from teen on.


    Any additional comments?

    I hope to hear all of this series here since there are new books I have missed.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    InsideADog 08-05-13
    InsideADog 08-05-13
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    "Endearing Characters"

    I thought this was OK. The weird sighs and mouth noises from the reader didn't bother me as much as it did some people, but they were noticeable. The main character was a believable, lovable guy. The whole thing was just OK. Not great, not awful. I probably won't pursue the series.

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    Janet Allen, TX, United States 07-24-13
    Janet Allen, TX, United States 07-24-13 Member Since 2016

    I'm an avid listener. Audio books are a mini-vacation for me. They fill my "need to read" when I don't have time - which is most of the time. Great element of multi-tasking!

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    "Not your basic gumshoe!"

    Harry Dresden is a film noir-like character: private eye, helps the Chicago police, barely makes ends meet, not always great with the ladies....oh, and he's a wizard. If the cops need help that the evidence doesn't readily provide, they call in Harry to see if magic is at play. Turns out, it often is in the criminal world. A fun and creepy tale of criminal mischief being cleaned up by the good guys, with enough trolls, fairies, talismans and disgusting insects to make it exciting. This is NOT a children's or young adult series - entirely too graphic adult behavior. At least in this first book. I am looking forward to reading more.

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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.

    34 of 34 people found this review helpful
  • Iain McCorkindale
    Mid-Devon, UK
    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!

    10 of 10 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!

    8 of 8 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.

    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.

    7 of 7 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.

    6 of 6 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.

    5 of 5 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.

    3 of 3 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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