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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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    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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    Vivian 05-02-14
    Vivian 05-02-14
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    "I Guess I'm Not a Mystery Fan"

    This book kept me occupied, and I listened to the end, but it did not grab me.

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    Janis LYONS, OR, United States 04-29-14
    Janis LYONS, OR, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2010
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    "The narrator was awful."
    What disappointed you about Storm Front?

    The story was at best boring. The character unlikable and whiny. The narrator's loud breathing drove me nuts. Sounded like he was bored and tired.


    What could Jim Butcher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Who knows.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Marsters?

    Anyone.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    Waste of a credit.

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    Michael Chatswood, Australia 04-26-14
    Michael Chatswood, Australia 04-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a bad wizard tale - with new physics of magic"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The clarity of the description of the action at the denoument could be improved.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Jim Butcher? Why or why not?

    Potentially


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

    no


    Could you see Storm Front being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes. Chris Langham would play Dresden. or perhaps Hugh Laurie. Sean Connery playing Morgan.


    Any additional comments?

    The explanations about how the internal physics (and perhaps biology) of magic works within this world are interesting. The meld of Noir style and almost British self-deprecation is quite amusing.

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    Stormy 04-21-14
    Stormy 04-21-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Modern Day Sam Spade?"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    Not through any audio file. I think Jim Butcher's book would be better being read as hard copy.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Probably not because I'd always hear the story in James Marster voice instead of who ever else reads the story.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    I don't thing so, or I will debate with myself for a long time before I chance it again. While there are parts of the story that his breathing adds to the story, for the most part it detracts from the story and makes me think of the old Sam Spade/Humphrey Bogart kind of monotone


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The plot is wonderful, I enjoyed the twists and turns and the adding of the old legends to modern day.


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    Whitney Silva Virginia Beach 04-17-14
    Whitney Silva Virginia Beach 04-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Fun to listen too"

    The story is just another teen appropriate sci fi genre. It's light and easy, I enjoyed it and the narrator was really good.

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    M Hawker AUCKLAND, New Zealand 04-16-14
    M Hawker AUCKLAND, New Zealand 04-16-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A distractingly bad production"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    This is a solid fantasy novel set in the mean streets of Chicago - great for fans of noir fiction, and wizards.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    The read though is interrupted by sighs, deep breaths and pacing that at times can only be compared to Shatner at his finest. It detracted from the experience for me and never stopped being annoying.


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