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 listening to books.
I like Harry. He is a bit over the top, and some of the other characters are equally over done, but I liked it. The story was pretty good, but a little predictable.
In a nutshell, Harry is a gumshoe detective with all the normal foibles that gumshoes always have. He is living case to case, lives alone (mostly), has a beat up jalopy of a car, wears a long coat, is always at odd with most of the police, and has a favorite bar. Think of any gumshoe and you have Harry. Now add in the extra bit of Harry is a wizard. Not just any wizard, but the only openly practicing wizard.
You get all the normal conflicts of a gumshoe detective and the added conflicts of a hostile wizarding world since he is in the public.
The performance by Marsters was very well done. His voicing really helped bring the characters to life.
I liked the book, and am looking forward to the next one.
I love the Dresden Files series. Storm Front is the first book in the series which is appearent as you read it. There are characters that you don't have a feel for. It seems that these are the same characters the Jim Butcher didn't have a feel for either. *SPOILERS* Since at least two of the significant characters in this book don't make it to book 3.
The real reason to read this book is if you want to know the backstory for Book 8: Proven Guilty. Beyond that I would recommend that anyone who wants to start this series start with Book 3: Grave Peril.
Harry Dresden is a well rounded character with an exceptional amount detail to his motives and drive paid to him. I very well done piece of character development.
While his performance was perfect for the lead character of harry, there was little emotion behind it. It was a very flat performance.
The production has odd moments where there are odd pauses and Marsters performance was very flat, but for the character of Dresden himself it was actually suiting. It was just disappointing that the other characters were not given the same care and attention in the performance.
Having watched to Sci-Fi tv series based off these books, I already knew that I liked the plots and settings. What caught my eye about getting this version instead of buying the physical book was that James Marsters was the narrator. I'm also a longtime fan of the Buffy and Angel television shows, and know James as playing Spike. Listening to this first chapter in a series, I could actually picture James Marsters as the lead character. No offense at all to the actor that did play Dresden in the show, as he did a good job, but I could picture James playing the role even better. His narration of this story is one of the most believable narrations I've heard...as if he actually was Dresden telling his story. Just a personal opinion. I really look forward to making my way through the books in this series.
A better book and then some sound remastering.
This book did not live up to the hype. The writing is filled with clichés and the story is predictable.
Most of it.
Unfortunately, I was not able to finish listening to the audio version. I think, in this instance, the narrator's interpretation of Harry Dresden was just too different from the way I hear it in my head. I know others who have completely enjoyed the audio series.
Enjoy the adventure
An Urban Fantasy that follows the adventures of a private detective living in Chicago. He has average looks, bad luck and is generally broke. His best friends are women. One is Chicago Police Detective who generally yells at him and the other is a beautiful reporter who will do anything for a story. Parts of the book are laugh out loud funny and others are intense.
This is the 1st book in a series which listeners either love or hate and has been rated by thousands on Audible.
This book was recommended to me by a friend who thought it might be a novel that I would like. He was right. I thoroughly enjoyed this story by Jim Butcher. It is a fantasy story centered around magic and magical beings, with a few vampires and demons thrown in for good measure. Butcher does a very good job of creating an engaging connection between the reader and the main characters of the story. I'm looking forward to listening to the next installment of the series.
Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL
i bought like 9 of the books in the dresden files last year when they were on sale. why? b/c i was starting to branch out into the fantasy genre, and a lot of my friends who've read and listened to the dresden files highly recommended them. plus, all of the reviews on audible portray the series as spectacular. so being relatively new to the fantasy genre, i decided to start with some of the most loved series.
after listening to stormfront, i can honestly say i would've gladly paid the regular price for it! it was a very entertaining story, and james marsters is an excellent narrator. his pacing, tone, and inflection draw you deeper into the world of harry dresden so that you are totally engrossed by the story. marsters may now be my favorite narrator. he's just that good!
as for the story, it is quick moving w/o a dull moment. harry dresden is introduced as chicago's only wizard in the yellow pages, and as such is often mistaken by most people as just another birthday party magician. as the story begins, harry is down on his luck- he hasn't had any clients in a while, and he's behind on his bills. he gets a call from a woman who says her name is monica and wants to hire him for his services.
after he sets up a meeting for later in the afternoon, harry gets a call from karin murphy, who is the director of the special investigation unit for the chicago police department. murphy hires dresden at times for his insight when the regular cops hit a dead end investigating weird or strange cases, and this is one of those times. all of the other cops think dresden is a crackpot and often mock him and his findings.
dresden is led into a hotel room where the bodies of 2 people have had their hearts ripped out while they were having sex. dresden tells murphy that this was done by some powerful black magic. the man is one of johnny marcone's henchmen, and the woman is one of bianca's call girls. this leads dresden into both the criminal world and the world of the vampires.
i haven't read/listened to many stories about vampires, but the vampires in this story are grotesque and fearsome. on the surface, they wear human skin, but underneath, they are disgusting looking creatures. johnny marcone is a creepy character in his own right. he's not your stereotypical mob boss. he's cool, calm, and collected, which makes him even more fearsome.
after dresden leaves the crime scene, he has his 1st intense meeting with marcone. after they take each other's measure, marcone drops harry off at his office, where he's late for his meeting with monica. harry's ad in the yellow pages says he's a finder of lost things, and monica wants harry to find her husband.
so starts the story. jim butcher does a good job weaving all of these plot lines together to create an engrossing, action-packed, paranormal detective story.
throughout the story, there is a lot of humor. it's authentic not artificial. a couple of times, i found myself laughing at dresden's predicament. i won't spoil it for you, but dresden finds himself in a pickle of a situation with his pickle out. LOL ok...i've said enough, maybe too much.
overall, stormfront is an excellent story to listen to! very fun and enjoyable! i'm glad i took a chance and lept into this genre.
A pretty fun story, even if there were way too many convenient plot elements. The narrative voice is absolutely pitch-perfect—a smoky, world-weary Sam Spade sound—but mispronunciation ended up becoming a bit of an issue for me.
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