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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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    Charmaine Frisco, TX, United States 05-14-12
    Charmaine Frisco, TX, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Made for TV kind of story"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Loner getting payback.


    Would you recommend Storm Front to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, It was entertaining and an easy listen...


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

    James Marsters is a wonderful performer and he captured my attention throughout the book.


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

    No, it reminded me of a made for TV movie, entertaining and easy to digest.


    Any additional comments?

    I will listen to other books by James Butcher when I want to be entertained without a lot of thought.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Turra Suwanee, GA, United States 05-11-12
    Turra Suwanee, GA, United States 05-11-12
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    "I Liked it overall"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    James Marsters gives a great performance. I love his voice.


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

    The beginning was the best. I like how they set up the characters, the story. I love Mister.


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

    He brings James Marsters. The guy could read the phonebook and make it awesome. He has a great voice. HE really puts a lot into it. It really is a movie in my head.


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

    Kinda. I listened to it at work. So I'd drift in and out...but I'd rewind if I needed. It is great for listening to in long stretches.


    Any additional comments?

    I couldn't WAIT to get the second book. Just to have James Marsters whispering in my ear makes it awesome.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ross United States 05-09-12
    Ross United States 05-09-12 Member Since 2006

    Read to learn

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    "Excellent story... Should consider litigation"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Book is unique, intriguing, and well developed.


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

    Something from the Nightside and the Nightside series by Simon R Green is so similar it's quite possibly criminal. Overall, both books have the private-eye story, both have the same nervously incompetant and absent-minded hero type charcter, both use magic, although Greens is far less developed.

    While the books respective environments are completely different the storylines themselves and the characters are almost exactly identical. Green prefers the "Nightside" as an alternate realm, while Butcher prefers to combine the two into one weird reality. To my knowledge Butcher had the jump on green as far as copyright dates and i think that the copyright of this book has been violated in some minor way. While both are excellent books in their own right, i got the distinct feeling (call it deja vu) that Green ripped off Butchers work.


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

    By standards of other readers, Marsters seems to accept mistakes made and does not record over them. Marsters seems to have trouble keeping up with the text and sometimes improvises to cover up a particularly noticeable mistake.


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

    Hilarious book, makes you laugh and hooks you from the very start. The quirky main character and plot make it a must read.


    Any additional comments?

    Some elements of the plot are introduced spur-of-the-moment and seem almost after-thoughts, but overall an excellent read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Sahuarita, AZ, United States 05-08-12
    Michael Sahuarita, AZ, United States 05-08-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Fun and Smart"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Smart fast pace dialogue. Such a nice surpise.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dresden, a normal guy with an unusual profession.


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

    Dresden, created just the right attitude and manners.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Anchorage, AK, United States 05-07-12
    Larry Anchorage, AK, United States 05-07-12 Member Since 2011

    Knowledge is potential power. It only becomes power if you use it!

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    "A decent start that promises to get better."
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    Liked: I enjoyed the unusual combination of the typical gritty P.I./Detective type of story with the magical elements usually found in fantasy stories. They would not seem to go well together but I think Jim Butcher has pulled it off well.

    Least liked: Since this is the first book in the long series of 'The Dresden Files", I think we are up to 14 so far, there was a lot of establishing of the characters and background that needed to take place in order to fit these two distinctly differnt genres together. This left me feeling there was a aful lot of set up that I had to wade through in this first book, and yet it I somehow feelt that there was much more to the story then I was being told. I have been told by friends that have read the other books in the series, that not only does the series get better but you do get those background questions answered.


    Would you recommend Storm Front to your friends? Why or why not?

    Yes, and especially because I am told the series gets better as it goes along, but I would not put it on my list of absolute must read books.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to fit the character well.


    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    Not really, but I will get and listen to the next volume or two before I pass judgement on the whole series.


    Any additional comments?

    As I listen to the next few books in this series, I will continue to review them and let you know how the series develops overall.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Walt Danker 05-01-12
    Walt Danker 05-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth listening to, but not my favoite"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    It is light 'reading' and easy to follow. I found the main character difficult to like at times, and some of the story was contrived.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 04-30-12
    Scott 04-30-12
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    "Better than I expected on all fronts"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very entertaining story line.


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

    Dresden fighting the demon.


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

    Not really but given sufficient time I would have.


    Any additional comments?

    The story line was better than I anticipated. It certainly won't be a classic in the near future but it was very entertaining.There are numerous comments regarding the poor oral performance by Marsters. In my opinion he did a great job. The issue here is a simple one of mechanics. The mike volume was turned up to high and you could hear ever noise that comes with a human mouth opening and closing. It was not nearly as distracting as some complain of.If you like pulp fiction, this is a good read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Morgan BURNSVILLE, NC, United States 04-28-12
    Morgan BURNSVILLE, NC, United States 04-28-12 Member Since 2015
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    "For the Wizzard in you"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's probably in the middle range. It's very enjoyable, though the story is predictable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think it was cool how the Author kept everything so believable despite the magical nature of the story.


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

    The choice for voice actor was very well done and fits Henry Dresden very well. However the constant sighing and slightly board tone made me lose interest in the story from time to time.


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

    No. It took several sessions and some times I even listened to parts of other stories in between.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer L Lansing, MI, United States 04-25-12
    Jennifer L Lansing, MI, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2012

    Audiobooks keep me sane- great actors are much better voices in my head than my own. I prefer sf&f, but occasionally fall back on high lit.

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    "Harry Dresden: My Favorite Wizard Detective"
    What other book might you compare Storm Front to and why?

    Sherlock Holmes. With magic.


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

    I understand that he was famous before, but honestly, James Marsters simply *is* Harry Dresden.


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to these novels. Every one of them. Not a one is a waste of your credit. They are wonderful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Annapolis, MD, United States 04-25-12
    Matthew Annapolis, MD, United States 04-25-12 Member Since 2009

    madmatter23

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    "The Dresden Files are just plain fun."
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    As far sci-fi series go, this ranks among my favorites. Each book is short, simple, and incredibly entertaining. There's a little magic, mystery, sex, and violence-- all in the right measure.

    I wouldn't call the book masterful, but I can say that I tore through the series at speed, and that I don't regret a minute of it.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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