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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Great way to spend a few hours - James Marsters did a great performance and made the main character come to life and even imitates the character's frustrations, angst, and joy.
I would be willing to try more Jim Butcher books as the story is very intense and captivating.
He brings the character to life.
It inspired me to try and finish my own novel.
Harry Dresden; Wizard for hire - rates negotiable - inquire within
Could have been slightly improved with female voice acting and maybe a sound effect or two.
I am a business owner, but don't much like books on business. Like English mysteries, cozies that aren't very cozy. I really want to like fantasy and science fiction but everything I try like that seems disappointing. I like some spy novels. I am a grandmother and I am in a book club.
The only description of a smile this writer can use is "smirk". Every time a woman looks at him she smirks. Run-on descriptions that are to add to atmosphere, don't. Couldn't believe all the good reviews. I was took.
I don't know.
Disappointment, because I have never tried this genre before. Anger for the waste of time and money.
How can any of you like this series?! It's horrible!!! Slow, Boring, I could barley get through it. Only reason I did is I feel as if I waste money if I don't finish a book. This entire series is crap!!! How Jim Butcher made his money and fame off this series is beyond me! His other series the Codex Alera is amazing. Go buy those books.
I would listen to other books by this author. It is kind of a mindless listen. You can figure out who done in the first chapter. But his books are like potato chips you just can't read one.
I have actually recommend this series to a friend. Its a simple read and doesn't require the listener to work out puzzles as to who done it. Its pretty much a given.
Not really. His voice is to monotone and his female characters sound more like aging drag queens who smoke to much.
No I can not see this book being made into a move. The plot is too rudimentary. I don't think you could get 90 minutes out of it.
I find the main character to be simpering and whiney. He is always woe is me. He is suppose to be this guy with great power and the ability to wield it but......he whines instead. Will I listen to all his books, "yes". Why? Its filler until the next great thriller.
I got the on the recommendation of a friend and found it incredibly boring. It might be OK for a teenager but just didn't get or hold my interest which is a bit odd since I love supernatural themes.
Older teenagers (16+) who grew up on Harry Potter and Law and Order reruns may enjoy this combination of magic and crime drama. For me, it was an awful experience. Just not into this "combined-genre". I would not recommend this book to young people under the age of 16 due to adult content.
Wizardry attracts trouble
Giant acid spitting frog demons and love potions are bad
A quirky kind of dry humor that comes through
The following books of the series get better exponentially
Brought this book on a whim. Didn't listen to it for months and on one rainy afternoon Qd it up. I'm not use to listening to first person but Marsters is surperb and I loved the storyline! I definitely will continue with this series.
So this book was very different from my usual fantasy listens, but it was cheap and I needed something for my commute until I get another credit. This book has me hooked to the series now.
Give the narrator a chance, at first, it sounds like he may be trying to eat the microphone. om nom nom, right? But give him time and he will hook you, and I now enjoy the recording style, he put emotion into his voice and does voices rather well.
I am not on book 2 and soon to be 3, this series is fantastic.
"A great story & brilliantly narrated"
I confess that I am a great fan of Jim Butcher's Dresden series and was very much looking forward to hearing the audio version. Well, I am delighted to say that I was not disappointed - quite the reverse.
James Marsters (who played Spike in the TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer) is a superb narrator. He perfectly captures Jim Butcher's quirky, almost conversational style; he brings Harry Dresden himself brilliantly to life, as well as drawing the other characters with great aplomb; and he keeps the momentum rolling along without let-up. Great stuff.
As for the book itself, I think it is a model on how to write the first of a sci-fantasy series: it perfectly balances the need for thrills and spills, humour, human interest, goodies and baddies with developing the magical background and back-plot. The series improves with every book so I very much hope that Audible get the rest of the series after the first four, all of which are available on the US audible website.
"Gripping and atmospheric"
Stylish supernatural rollercoaster of a novel, Butcher captures the Film Noir genre perfectly and adds an arcane twist. Harry Dresden, the only person advertising services under "Wizards" in the yellow pages, has a knack for finding trouble. In Storm Front, Dresden becomes the target of a brutal killer who has crossed the forbidden line to kill using black magic, and has learned how to harness enormous energies to kill his victims at a distance. Treated as a suspect himself, by the police and the white council of magic, Dresden faces seemingly impossible odds - he must stop the mysterious sorcerer before it's too late.
James Marsters delivers the narrative with Phillip Marlowe perfection. I can't recommend this book enough - I can't wait to download the next in the series!
"Great fun and beautifully read."
I tried this book on a whim and i'm so pleased i did. I think i had presumed that after reading so many paranormal books written from a female's point of view that one from a mans' might be a little gung ho and hard to relate to but i was so pleasantly surprised. The protagonist has a brilliantly dry sense of humour that had me giggling out loud every now and again. It was also so refreshing to read a paranormal book that was well thought out and consistent from start to finish, not getting muddled halfway through or getting a little silly by the end. Harry's back story is explained just enough without getting bogged down in the nitty gritty and it was amazing how quickly one was able to understand and relate to the character. In addition i loved the fact that even though the male lead was strong the female roles all had a character of their own. Usually strong or atleast independant, not just simpering excuses for gratuitous sex.
This was all supported by fabulous narration by James Marsters. Such a fantastic voice for this character, he manages to capture the wry sense of humour just perfectly.
So overall i think you can see that i loved it, now on to the next one!
"Magic meets PI"
First time I have read a Harry Dresden book and looking forward to reading the rest. A good mix of PI investigations, conflict, magic and action kept the plot going until the end. The characters were well drawn and easy to emphathise with. The plot draws you into the authors world of magic, fairies, demons and humans. I was slightly put off at the start by the world weary narration, although this suits the character it seemed slightly over the top but this didn't spoil my enjoyment of the story.
"Superbly read by Marsters"
First of all I cannot recommend the narrator James Marsters highly enough. He has the character of Dresden down to a fine art. The combination of story and Marsters reading was exceptional, so much so that I often laughed out loud at some of the snarky comments. As for the book, well Jim Butcher has found a loophole in the Supernatural book market and created a wizard, who is funny, interesting and captivating. I am looking forward to the next book in the series.
"Dashiell Hammett with Magic bits"
This is a great romp of a story. A grumpy wizard / detective, in the style of Sam Spade, with lots of fallen women, sex, power, a mob ring and a ticking timebomb of a deadline thrown in for good measure. Even though I had the plot twist figured out half way through (I've done a LOT of detective novels) the magic angle made everything fresh and new. I will definitely be getting the next book.
"Amusing and gripping"
I missed the TV series but I had the impression it was the sort of story I'd like and I was right.
The story has kept me hooked and I've looked forward to my bus journey to and from work but I've even found myself listening while doing the housework - it's the equivalent of the 'unput-downable' book.
James Marsters is pleasant to listen to and although there's quite a lot of irony, which we're often told Americans 'don't get', I found the delivery spot on.
I'm definitely going to get the next one in the series.
"dresden files book 1."
james marsters amazing narration skills.
jim butchers whit filled writings.
i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.
not in this one no but in later books yes
if only the uk store could get all the dresden files including the latest one and side jobs i'd be very happy. well worth a listen.
"Good Book, Excellent Series"
My first experience of the Dresden Files was the TV series some years ago; it was okay, but didn't particularly thrill me. I only started reading the Dresden Files because I got the first few books cheaply but they have very quickly grown to become my favourite series of novels and something of an obsession (there's a roleplaying game and there have been related kickstarter projects).
Storm Front is the start of the series and it does start a little weakly, it's a solid book and I enjoyed it - but having read/listened to every book in the series multiple times now it's certainly not one of the best. It's required reading for the ongoing series though, it introduces you to a number of characters, the vast majority of whom crop up again and again throughout the other books and the events of Storm Front still come up in much later books.
Jim Butcher has written these books as though they're Harry's journal or internal monologue, including his off hand thoughts and sarcastic comments. James Marsters captures the character amazingly, and really *is* Harry Dresden. The books have become my favourite series and the audio books (collectively) have become the standard by which I judge all audio books.
"James Marsters & Jim Butcher a winning combination"
James narrates the book with deft ease and brings to life the world of Jim Butcher and his protagonist Harry Dresden. Butcher's world is full of fairies, vampires and demons as well as gangsters, cops and unfortunate victims. Though the ending seems a tad rushed compared to the slow burn of the earlier chapters but this is forgiven because there is a definite sense of satisfaction after finishing the book. James Marsters does a marvelous job and it's hard to think of anyone else who would do better. Some of the themes are a tad dated now, especially the image of the swooning woman who falls for Harry (but for plot reasons). Still I would recommend this to anyone looking for a magic / murder themed book
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