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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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    Ben Reilly Virginia 06-16-14
    Ben Reilly Virginia 06-16-14 Member Since 2014

    Love reading and listening to books. It's something I'm trying to pass down to my children like my mother did for me.

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    "Great start to a fantastic series!"

    I love this series and I've honestly listened to it numerous times. I can't recommend it enough!

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    Jayne 06-15-14
    Jayne 06-15-14
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    "Impossible to ignore the Presenter's Performance"
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    The sniffing, sighing and heavy breathing of the presenter was, well just plain creepy. It became impossible to loose yourself in the story and became more of an endurance effort. I spent a lot of time wondering if another presenter might have made this a good listen but sadly I was unable to reach any sort of conclusion. Sniff.

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    michael simmers 06-03-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Cannot Read Just One"


    Once you start this series you do not have to continue, you will want to continue. Each book in the series just gets better and better. I compare all other books in this genre to this series.

    James Marsters is the only narrator for this series. When you hear his interpretation of the characters you believe he is the characters.

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    Nimrodblack Boston, MA 06-02-14
    Nimrodblack Boston, MA 06-02-14 Member Since 2013

    Geek Dan

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    "Late Discovery but Excellent Introduction"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    What is most interesting is that even arriving late to this series this book pulls you in and indoctrinates the reader to the world you know a score more books are set in. The fallibility of the main character makes him very believable even in the incredible world around him.


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

    I think the moment that Harry walks into the Bar owned by the Mafia boss and is truly a force to be reckoned with you really feel the power Harry wields and understand that his ability to keep his power in check is in fact the real battle of the story.


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

    I think James performs the female characters the best. I am not certain why I say that but they are all believable and the tone he uses to frame their voices is well done. It may be helped hugely by the fact that these stories are all written from the point of view of Harry Dresden but no matter the reason I didn't feel any hesitation performing the female characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The moment that Harry has to save Murphy after she is wounded pretty badly by a magical creature. The whole scene between that point and when the EMTs arrive on the scene had be on the edge of my seat so to speak.


    Any additional comments?

    The character flaws in Harry are so incredibly important to the story. However the main character is wonderfully tempered by the Mafia boss and Murphy the police detective that is often at odds with Harry in one way or the other.

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    Amazon Customer 05-31-14
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    "Leaping Wizards!"

    I enjoyed this story. Lots of magic and action. Harry has too many guilt trips for me, though, and I could choke Murphy for always wanting to arrest everyone and drag them downtown behind bars for questioning. James Marsters does a good job of narration, but his quick inhalations hurt my ears sometimes. Still, I now own the next three audiobooks in this series, and I am looking forward to listening to them.

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    KIM B. 05-29-14
    KIM B. 05-29-14 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?

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    "A Masterful Reader!"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Absolutely. James Masters really captures the character of Harry Dresden and it's a really fun book


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

    His take on Dresden is so perfect - the self-deprecating humor, the world-weariness, the heart ... he's got it all


    Any additional comments?

    Read it! (well, listen to it!)

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    Trevor Kansas City, MO, United States 05-29-14
    Trevor Kansas City, MO, United States 05-29-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Worth listening to, great first to the series"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes. And I have. Twice. Although, I only use terrible speakers to mitigate Marsters dry mouth


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything but the poor audio production.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The audio production did not match the narration.


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

    Harry Dresden, Wizard.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth listening to

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    Rolando 05-27-14
    Rolando 05-27-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Eh"

    Not sure what every fan boy is so excited about. I felt like the writing was clumsy and unpolished. Awkwardly derived from better stories. What bothers me most is that now that I have bought and read one Jim Butcher book, Amazon, Audible and Goodreads will be recommending the other 15. I won't be reading any more books about Harry Dresden.

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    vxdvxn 05-23-14
    vxdvxn 05-23-14 Member Since 2016

    I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.

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    "Love for the Dresden Files"
    What did you love best about Storm Front?

    Harry is a great character. He's a little bit smart-aleck but all heart.


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

    I'm not sure. Harry Dresden is in a class by himself. There aren't too many wizards out there.


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

    I love James Marsters. For the first few minutes of each book I have to remind myself I'm not being read to by Spike. But, if you aren't a Buffy fan, you should be fine. If you are, you'll love it even more. But, on the serious side, Mr. Marsters is a very good narrator. His voice is very pleasant to listen to. Good pacing, inflections and intonations are done well.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good mix of paranormal and normal. I realize that sounds odd, but if someone is unsure of trying out a paranormal book, this might be a good one to try.

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    Jason Brown 05-21-14
    Jason Brown 05-21-14

    I have something like 216 books in my library at this time, I always mean to be more active but I go nowhere without a book in my earphones

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    "Narrated by James Marsters! enough said."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    most defiantly, Jim butcher is a fantastic author and storm front is the first ripple in a huge wave that is the Dresden files. I have listened to all the books out so far and have loved them all, but that being said I only picked this book up because James Marsters was narrating.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If this was a stand alone novel it might not be as memorable to me, don't get me wrong it is a good story but most of the book in my mind was more world building then anything else. and that in my mind is the best part of the story its a firm base for Harry Dresden to step off from.


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

    I have listened to just about all of them, i have enjoyed them all but the Dresden files is some very impressive work. I in no way want to slight Jim Butcher because this is his world and he did a wonderful job writing it and i cant wait for skin games to come out in a week. but James Marsters IS Harry Dresden.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    again this book to me was really just a stepping stone to the later books in the series, and Harry is more or less an adolescent by way of not being written into full detail yet. that being said I punched the air when Harry blew the doors off gentlemen John Marcone's night club.


    Any additional comments?

    if you are a fan of paranormal investigation type novels you are doing yourself a disservice if you don't listen to the Dresden files. Harry Dresden is a staple of the supernatural world (any supernatural world)

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