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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I've never written a review before but I am compelled to write one here since this book is so well rated...
The first thing you'll notice in this audiobook is obviously the narration. For this one aspect alone I would have never bought this book. Mr. Marsters has three settings, "talk in a gravelly monotone", "make a random disgusting mouth/saliva noise" and "sigh heavily into the mic". If you're used to amazing narration like that found in the "Wheel of Time", you should click back on your browser now.
**Granted I listened to this book with earbuds. The disgusting sounds and sighing may scale down through speakers**
Secondly, the story line is decent but this is more detective mystery than sci-fantasy. If you're looking for cool wizard stuff from a hero who can give it as well as he takes it, look elsewhere. The hero is a grumpy crotchety man who gets beat up a lot. Not my style.
I loved this book. I have yet to read one of these books myself and my initial intro to this world was through TV. This Harry is my favorite. I picture him much different and really much more bruised. Total fan( as in I do frequent conventions and special functions with him as a guest) of James Marsters who was my main draw to try the audio book. His voice and Butcher's writing seems to give Harry a bit more vulnerability than the television counterpart. I will admit though there are some very distracting clicks and sounds that seem to be sporadic through out the recording. I like to think it was sound editing but not sure. I was only a tad distracted and was glad it was infrequently through out. FYI although the series has many many more books Buzzy Entertainment didn't produce them all. ( This may give credence to my theory it was sound editing.) Don't want to sound too corny but this audiobook reltationship I've started with Harry Dresden is really magical. This is the guy I love taking a road trip with..
Long time Audible member (8 years, 500+ books). Avid flyfisherman, hunter, bicycler.
OK, so it's not a literary classic, but for pure fantasy entertainment, it's a lot of fun. While supposedly a human wizard, Harry takes many a beating that would easily kill any ordinary mortal. A few of the fight scenes were a bit over the top, but this is, after all fantasy. The plot was not too deep, but the writing was good and the action plenty.
Enjoyed the pulpy and light story of a Wizard P.I.
What I didn't like is James Marsters who sighs (into your ear if you are using headphones) hundreds of times while you're trying to listen to it. He also moistens his lips and makes all kinda of wet slimy noises over and over again.
Unfortunately James Marsters narrates all the books in this series, so I guess I'll be switching to the print versions for the rest of the series.
Recommending for the fun offbeat story. Not recommending this reading.
Its generally about a modern day wizard trying to make an honest living in the city wiht his particular talents. I rooted for the main character the entire book because as opposed to steretypical wizards like merlin or gandalf hes human and lives just like us with imperfections and hopes. Good mature strory peppered with some comic relief. Im anxious the for my next credits so I can continue onto the other books. They also made this into a TV series but of course books will always be better than movies simply because one's imagination is not bound by technology.
Its almost like an action story with out all the bangs. Marsters does a Great job of conveying the feelings in the story. The wonder the breaks the joy is all very well done. Jim's writing enables this detective story to be told in this manor.
Jim Butcher's Dresden Files books are some of the best things I've read in recent memory. Fun, exciting, tense, witty and well-written. Storm Front is a great start on a series that only ever seems to get better.
Marsters' narration is solid and engaging, although he seems to have a few problems with breathing and reading. Very minor, not really an issue. This disappears in later books, and his narrations go from solid to superb. I really couldn't imagine anyone else as the voice of Harry Dresden. This series is almost better to listen to than read (almost).
A wonderful story with a brilliantly realised protagonist brought vividly to life by James Marsters' excellent narration. The combination of Jim Butcher's great first Dresden novel with Marsters dramatic reading is almost a perfect storm. The only minor problem occurs when there has been a recording break in the middle of a scene and there is a distinct change in tone and pacing. This throws you out of the story briefly. It's a minor quibble, however, so I've rated it five stars.
Well, I read some of the other reviews, and honestly, they kinda bug me. The narrator sighs and tsks and so forth, but I thought it added to the fun, quirky style story. This is just entertainment, not a literary work. I give it a 5 because it is a fun ride, and like the subsequent books even more. Thanks Jim and James! Fun listen.
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