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Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 | [Jim Butcher]

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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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    Daniel DOVER, PA, United States 02-04-13
    Daniel DOVER, PA, United States 02-04-13 Member Since 2010

    30 Year up and coming writer who hopes one day to be seen here published and loved :)

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    "Great story, fast paced and well spoken."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


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

    I would be willing to try more Jim Butcher books as the story is very intense and captivating.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    He brings the character to life.


    Did Storm Front inspire you to do anything?

    It inspired me to try and finish my own novel.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    trevor 01-30-13
    trevor 01-30-13
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    "Marsters does an excellent job"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    Yes


    What did you like best about this story?

    Very characterful


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Soulgazing


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Harry Dresden; Wizard for hire - rates negotiable - inquire within


    Any additional comments?

    Could have been slightly improved with female voice acting and maybe a sound effect or two.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Frances Los Osos, CA, United States 12-31-12
    Frances Los Osos, CA, United States 12-31-12 Member Since 2009

    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.

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    "Needs A Good Editor"
    What would have made Storm Front better?

    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.


    Has Storm Front turned you off from other books in this genre?

    I don't know.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment, because I have never tried this genre before. Anger for the waste of time and money.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12
    Christopher El Paso, TX, United States 12-10-12 Member Since 2009
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12
    Jim Lee OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, US 11-10-12 Member Since 2007
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    "More Like a Light Shower Rather Than a Storm"
    Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

    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.


    Would you recommend Storm Front to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Did James Marsters do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Not really. His voice is to monotone and his female characters sound more like aging drag queens who smoke to much.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 09-27-12
    barc2003 Glendale, AZ, United States 09-27-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Borrrriiiinnnnngggg"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pauly Morefuss 09-16-12
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    "Harry Potter Meets Law and Order"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wii-zer sc 05-06-12
    wii-zer sc 05-06-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Good start to a great series"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    Wizardry attracts trouble


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Storm Front?

    Giant acid spitting frog demons and love potions are bad


    What does James Marsters bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A quirky kind of dry humor that comes through


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The following books of the series get better exponentially

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-05-12
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    "What a surprise!"
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    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.


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    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 05-02-12
    Jessy cheney, WA, United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Something Different, but Very Good"

    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.

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  • Tom
    West Wickham, United Kingdom
    8/14/09
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    "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.

    Strongly recommended.

    32 of 32 people found this review helpful
  • Iain
    BOW, United Kingdom
    5/20/11
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    "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!

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Tessa
    Beaconsfield, BUCKS, United Kingdom
    3/3/11
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    "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!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Joanne
    EdinburghUnited Kingdom
    8/12/09
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    "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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl M-M
    United Kingdom
    10/6/11
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • EC W
    Hove, United Kingdom
    5/15/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Dundee, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • legeon
    United Kingdom
    6/30/13
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    "dresden files book 1."
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    james marsters amazing narration skills.


    What did you like best about this story?

    jim butchers whit filled writings.


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

    i've listened to all dresden files books read by him all very good.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    not in this one no but in later books yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Pringle9984
    Cardiff, UK
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jon
    Norwich, United Kingdom
    4/7/13
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    "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

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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