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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Love reading and listening to books. It's something I'm trying to pass down to my children like my mother did for me.
I love this series and I've honestly listened to it numerous times. I can't recommend it enough!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avid reader. Baker. Musician. Did I say avid reader?
Absolutely. James Masters really captures the character of Harry Dresden and it's a really fun book
His take on Dresden is so perfect - the self-deprecating humor, the world-weariness, the heart ... he's got it all
Read it! (well, listen to it!)
Yes. And I have. Twice. Although, I only use terrible speakers to mitigate Marsters dry mouth
Everything but the poor audio production.
The audio production did not match the narration.
Harry Dresden, Wizard.
Worth listening to
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.
I prefer urban/para romance right now for the fantasy aspect, but I listen to other genres as well.
Harry is a great character. He's a little bit smart-aleck but all heart.
I'm not sure. Harry Dresden is in a class by himself. There aren't too many wizards out there.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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