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.
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Loner getting payback.
Yes, It was entertaining and an easy listen...
James Marsters is a wonderful performer and he captured my attention throughout the book.
No, it reminded me of a made for TV movie, entertaining and easy to digest.
I will listen to other books by James Butcher when I want to be entertained without a lot of thought.
James Marsters gives a great performance. I love his voice.
The beginning was the best. I like how they set up the characters, the story. I love Mister.
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.
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.
I couldn't WAIT to get the second book. Just to have James Marsters whispering in my ear makes it awesome.
Read to learn
Book is unique, intriguing, and well developed.
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.
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.
Hilarious book, makes you laugh and hooks you from the very start. The quirky main character and plot make it a must read.
Some elements of the plot are introduced spur-of-the-moment and seem almost after-thoughts, but overall an excellent read.
Smart fast pace dialogue. Such a nice surpise.
Dresden, a normal guy with an unusual profession.
Dresden, created just the right attitude and manners.
Knowledge is potential power. It only becomes power if you use it!
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.
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.
He seemed to fit the character well.
Not really, but I will get and listen to the next volume or two before I pass judgement on the whole series.
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.
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.
Yes. Very entertaining story line.
Dresden fighting the demon.
Not really but given sufficient time I would have.
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.
It's probably in the middle range. It's very enjoyable, though the story is predictable.
I think it was cool how the Author kept everything so believable despite the magical nature of the story.
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.
No. It took several sessions and some times I even listened to parts of other stories in between.
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.
Sherlock Holmes. With magic.
I understand that he was famous before, but honestly, James Marsters simply *is* Harry Dresden.
Listen to these novels. Every one of them. Not a one is a waste of your credit. They are wonderful.
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.
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