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 liked the concept and story but did not like Mr. Marsters' narration because of his pauses and audible swallowing that were not for effect. At times it was hard to stay focused on the story.
Been a while and couldn't really remember much of, I enjoyed it the second time at least as much as the first!
I would give my friends a word of warning that the story is excellent, but the production is a bit sloppy. It's worth it if you can focus on the narrative, though. James Marsters does a lovely reading.
The use of fantasy and magic in a modern day setting makes the story much more identifiable to a reader in today's world. It was a charming experience.
I took the book in chunks mostly, but it would be fine for a long drive or one sitting.
James Marsters is a lovely performer and his voice really works with the narrative. However, the production on the audiobook was sloppy. The occasional breath and natural mouth sounds worked alright with the dramatic narrative, but I could pick up background sounds like a body shift from time to time, as if he were moving in his chair. I think at one point I also heard a voice, and there's at least one occasion when a word is mispronounced and it was left in the final cut. The story is wonderful, the performer is good, but the production flaws were distracting and frustrating to sit through. I will keep listening to the series but I sincerely hope the producer gets his act together!
This was the first novel that I listened to rather then read in a long time. James Marsters, the reader of this particular audio book, did a very good job in capturing the personality of the main character and putting it on display. There were some moments that I felt that Dresden was in the room with me, sitting where my computer sat, his demeanor at times showing his depression, frustration, worries, his hopes and his general assessment in regards to what went down. Allowing my imagination to run wild, there were some moments when I allowed that illusion to take effect, pretending that he really was in the room with me, wearing that crazy outfit. I think Dresden would make for a very interesting conversation partner. In this regard, I think that a first person narrative is what audio books are best suited for, especially for readers as good as James Marsters. With that said, I can truthfully say, that it was James Marsteres portrayal of the main character that I enjoyed the most. Though I didn’t read the book before hand, I believe that this book was made better through the audio experience. I’m not entirely sure I would have enjoyed the story as much without having Dresden’s personality being so expertly crafted.
Reinforcing what I said above, Dresden was by far my favorite character. For this particular novel, I don’t see how any other character could come close. For the first book, Jim Butcher focused his character development on Dresden. Though a considerable amount of attention was also placed on Murphy, I don’t feel I know her quite well enough yet.
Refer to my first review.
There are two approaches.
A man hunted by the forces of darkness and light must confront the storm of his fate.
Financial problems, no love life, death threats from gangsters, attacks from demons…..but whatever, life’s just dandy.
Myst/thrillers, some contemporary and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
I am so, so glad I started this series. Getting used to the narrator is part of the journey, some of the reviewers stated that they didn't enjoy it. I on the other hand think that by the end of the book it would not have been the same experience with out him. It is Harrys "character". The mix between fumbles and humor, the outrageous characters and the fast pace with no lulls is what made this such a fun listen. If you are a serious fantasy/magic authoritarian this series may not be for you. I'm looking forward to more of this fun adventure.
Improve the editing
No, story did not draw me in.
Too much of his own noise.
No, the "wizard" is not exciting or appealing
I will not read the rest of the series.
The story, the characters and the humor are pretty good. The writing is a bit rough, but that's to be expected as this is Butcher's first published work. He does get better with practice. The narrator suuuuuuucks. He sighs between every other sentence, shifts around noisily often, mispronounces words frequently, and you can hear spittle crackling in his mouth ALL THE FREAKING TIME. Honestly, I was so annoyed by it that I almost didn't finish the book.
If you can get past the narrator, Storm Front is really fun, not too long, and very entertaining. It has a great sense of humor and the author obviously realizes how silly his premise is and has a lot of fun with it.
I finally buckeled down and started this series. I really enjoyed it. However - the narrator "whispered" his narration. It was very irritating. I may not continue the series via Audible. I may just read it on my Kindle.
Um. Hello. Spike is *reading to me.* Need I say more???
Wizard detective in Chicago. What's not to like?
Great accent, great delivery. I didn't even mind when he mispronounced a few words.
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