We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
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.
Regular Price:$27.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

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

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.2 (15238 )
5 star
 (7209)
4 star
 (5152)
3 star
 (2128)
2 star
 (491)
1 star
 (258)
Overall
4.2 (11778 )
5 star
 (5666)
4 star
 (3942)
3 star
 (1672)
2 star
 (335)
1 star
 (163)
Story
4.4 (11775 )
5 star
 (6849)
4 star
 (3067)
3 star
 (1277)
2 star
 (368)
1 star
 (214)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Claus Miramar, Florida, United States 03-13-12
    Claus Miramar, Florida, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    15
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "probably one of those hit and miss things"

    I read Stormfront after having finished the Iron Druid Chronicles about the 2000 year old druid.
    And I liked that book better I must admit.

    The thing with Storm Front is that it's not bad as such, it's actually quite a good premise and has interesting characters. It's just that it doesn't follow through on the "wizard sleuth" idea. There's mention in passing of all things magical and strange, but things never get truly strange or truly magical. At least it didn't feel that way to me.

    While I'm not reviewing the Iron Druid Chronicles, I would invite potential readers to try both the first volume of the Dresden Files as well as the first volume of the Iron Druid Chronicles and see which strikes their fancy.

    For me, Storm Front tried too hard to fit magic into normalcy, making it (and the story and characters) less interesting.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Jason North Hollywood, CA, United States 03-12-12
    Jason North Hollywood, CA, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Good...not great."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes, I'd recommend it but the quality of the production was a bit disappointing. I think the story and series has promise but I'm hoping the next book has a bit of a better level of production value included.


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

    I like the characters that he's building and can absolutely see where this would be a good mix of supernatural and detective works but so far it feels a little forced. I'm hoping that it improves and will give it another try.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I really like Marsters as an actor so I was hoping that would translate here. I think he was directed to really sound bored and down trodden given the character so I can't fault him there. The real issue is that with all the movement and breathing and page turning it became super distracting.


    Do you think Storm Front needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    It has one. We shall see.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    kevin DALLAS, TX, United States 03-12-12
    kevin DALLAS, TX, United States 03-12-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Quirky, Enthralling, Magical Detective Tale"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes, I like the characters and the other-worldliness of the story. The magical universe that is hidden from most humans is a fascinating place of itself.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Harry Dresden, conflicted lead character, wizard and detective.


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

    His reading is quirky and first person, like a story being told to you one-to-one.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-12-12
    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narrator James Marsters makes a good book great."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Fast moving paranormal story with riveting action.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Thanks to narrator Marsters, all of the characters came to life.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Harry describes his magic and how he makes it work, it's a fascinating description. And of course, the final battle.


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

    I didn't want to leave my car! I wanted to continue to listen.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to anything James Marsters' reads. Phone book, cookbook, textbook. Whatever--I'm there. Brilliant!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Anne Overland Park, Kansas, United States 03-12-12
    Anne Overland Park, Kansas, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    16
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "If you already like this series"
    What would have made Storm Front better?

    It was a bit gruesome, and certainly melodramatic; alhtough this is the first in the series, it takes a long time to get the general feel for the world that drives the story--the premise is that there are currently supernatural powers and that there are councils that regulate the practice of magic and our protagonist works somewhat unsuccessfully as a private dectective in the margins between the normal and magical world; I bought this because there was a brief television series that I liked and thought the author had moved into interesting territory. However, it was hard to like any character but the protagonist and that made the rest of the plot irrelevant.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Don't think so


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tira 03-12-12
    Tira 03-12-12
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Much better than the TV series"

    I had resisted reading these books because I had seen the TV series (and despite Paul Blackthorne's obvious charms, the series was a huge disappointment). Initially, I thought that the books wouldn't do much for me. I'm not a fantasy fiction fan, normally, and I also don't normally go in for serialized fiction. A friend insisted that I'd like them so -- I dove into book one.

    It helped that I'm a big James Marsters' fan. You'll see this noted in a lot of other reviews, and we're all correct: Marsters gets Harry Dresden exactly right. His reading is engaging and the performance is nicely modulated. I also appreciate his talent for voices and accents (which is sometimes cringeworthy in other readers). Granted, I think that Marsters may have rushed through the reading, as there are frequent, weird mispronunciations -- but I'm able to let these go and just enjoy the story.

    The first book was really quite a fun lark for me, and I thought the story and the characters were both interesting and compelling. I'm now on the 6th book in the series, so I think you can safely say I'm hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    G. Byrge Upper Peninsula, MI USA 03-12-12
    G. Byrge Upper Peninsula, MI USA 03-12-12 Member Since 2010

    wordpolice

    HELPFUL VOTES
    4
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    4
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The first edge-of-your-seat Dresden"

    I first discovered Harry Dresden on TV - now that I've heard the book, I must say they did a decent job, but the TV show can't compare to James Marsters' narration of Harry Dresden nail-biters. I love the thought of "things" living right along side us, that we can't see, (It would also explain a LOT of unsolved mysteries) and that there is a special department of law enforcement which deals with these "things" when they break the rules. Butcher's characters, even the nasty ones, are nicely drawn, right down to Harry's sometimes stupid ways of thinking. If you like dark urban fantasy, you'll love Harry Dresden.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12
    Dr. Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada 03-12-12 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Fast moving, entertaining, and suspenseful."

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Great narration, and the plot has unexpected twists that keep you riveted. The characters are full of personality. Give it a read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Deanna Louisville, OH, United States 03-12-12
    Deanna Louisville, OH, United States 03-12-12 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    20
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    130
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Enjoyed this book"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Would not listen to it again just because I rarely listen books a 2nd time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the combination of wizardry and police investigation. I also liked the narration - sounded like real talking, instead of just reading.


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

    Main character


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

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the wizard in real life storyline.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Lawrence United States 03-12-12
    Lawrence United States 03-12-12
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Harry Dresden given a voice"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    I love how Butcher tells a story and conveys the characters emotions through his wisecracks and smart ass comments


    What did you like best about this story?

    the way the legends of the Old World have been merged with the modern era.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    the scene in which Harry visits Bianca the vampire to discuss any reason why someone would one of her escorts, which leads to Bianca nearly killing Harry


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    A Storm Front is on the Horizon, prepare your Wards


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank You

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.