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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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    Ami Smyrna, GA, United States 10-02-10
    Ami Smyrna, GA, United States 10-02-10
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    "Crazy fun....."


    When I first listened to James Marsters read this book....I didn't think I would like his interpolation, but as he read on....I found it funny and really enjoyed his style....so, give yourself a chance with this book!
    Can't wait to read the next one......!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Roseville, MN, United States 09-11-10
    Susan Roseville, MN, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Exceptionally well-read"

    James Marsters does an excellent job of reading this first book in the Harry Dresden series. His infections, sighs and pauses bring Harry to life. He reads so well that he disappears and I was listening to Harry. I came to this book via the television series and as usual, the book is better than the series. Butcher has created a believable underdog of a hero.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Beach Park, IL, United States 08-30-10
    Mark Beach Park, IL, United States 08-30-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book, good narration, awful post production"

    The book was quite interesting. Fast paced and fun to listen to. Like many others, I have some complaints about the narration. Unlike many of those posting comments, I think that the style and caliber of narration fit the book quite well. What I found extremely distracting was the narrator's constant swallowing. It was like nails on a chalkboard every time he would swallow.

    I put this more on the audio editor as most of it could easily have been edited out of the production.

    I am typically quite patient with bad production, but found the swallowing so distracting that I almost stopped listening to the book. My solution was to finally turn the volume down. I normally listen to my books fairly loud, but when I turned it down to the bare minimum required to hear it, I barely heard the distracting swallowing. I was annoyed at having to do this, but was able to finish the book and actually enjoy it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Russell 08-23-10
    Russell 08-23-10 Member Since 2008

    I love books and animals.I enjoy all sorts of genres, anything from history to supernatural.

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    "Great Story and Great Narrator"

    I loved the story and loved the narrator. If you enjoy stories about wizards, magic, and other supernatural things you should like this.
    The narrator did a fantastic job, perfect match for this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Annett Pendleton, OR, United States 08-23-10
    Annett Pendleton, OR, United States 08-23-10
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    "Very interesting!"

    Loved it when I read it and loved it just as much when I listened to it.

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    Edwina Sydney, Australia 08-12-10
    Edwina Sydney, Australia 08-12-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Jim Butcher is a master!"

    This series should come with an addiction warning! The intriguing blend of mystery, humour and heart kept me completely spellbound (pun not so much intended as irresistible). It took me until about halfway through Storm Front to really fall in love with the story but then I fell hard.

    Aiding and abetting the story is Marsters, an able and compelling narrator. He's a pleasure to listen to and is so consistent with all the voices across the books that I could frequently tell who the surprise character reveals were by the voice he was speaking in.

    I've finished all twelve, five and up I had to acquire through an American friend as they are not all available here yet. You will not regret this purchase.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carlos P. Zilzer Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 08-08-10
    Carlos P. Zilzer Pembroke Pines, FL, USA 08-08-10 Member Since 2008

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    "Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1"

    Like good potato chips, if you take the first, you cannot stop. I will not wait for my new credits to download the rest of the series!

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    Gabriel Lansing, MI, United States 08-05-10
    Gabriel Lansing, MI, United States 08-05-10 Member Since 2003
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    "Good book, (almost) excellent narration."

    I was a bit hesitant to buy this book. Honestly, the storyline didn't sound very interesting to me. But, based on all the good reviews of the books in this series, I decided to give it a try. I really enjoyed the book. I think the fact that Harry doesn't take himself too seriously really makes this book / series work. He's not at all what I would expect the typical wizard to be. It definitely kept my attention and I've already started the second book of the series.

    James Marsters does a great job of bringing out Harry's character and personality. I don't mind the narrators deep breaths - that's something you would hear in a normal conversation. However, the wet mouth sounds bring the narrator a little too close for comfort. It's a bit like someone is speaking with their mouth inches from your ear. It doesn't ruin the book for me, but it's a bit uncomfortable at times.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sarah Berrow Green, UK 08-03-10
    Sarah Berrow Green, UK 08-03-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Initial doubts but hooked after 5 mins"

    Like a previous reviewer I found the frequent swallowing and moistening of lips by the narrator to be a bit offputting...for the first 5 minutes. After this it felt just like he was sat accross the table from me retelling his remarkable story, perhaps while enjoying a home made ale at Mac's Bar.. Enjoyed this and will download and listen to the others in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya Fort Monroe, VA, United States 07-18-10
    Tanya Fort Monroe, VA, United States 07-18-10 Member Since 2011
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    "New to The Dresden Files"

    After reading so many wonderful reviews of the latest Dresden Files, I decided to give it a try. I agree with everyone about the person narrating it. He is very good. The story I felt was a little better than "ok" but I had higher expections. After the Kate Daniels series, I was expecting more along those lines but Kate Daniels so far was far better. But I am still going to try book 2 before I make a firm decision on it.

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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
  • Joanne
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    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
  • 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
  • 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.

    4 of 4 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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