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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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.
"Storm Front" by Jim Butcher is the first book in the Dresden Files series. I have now listened to all 13 books in the series, plus Side Jobs: Stories from the Dresden Files. I just can't get enough!
Of all the books in the series, "Storm Front" was the weakest. After finishing it, I wasn't sure I wanted to use another credit to listen to the next book. Am I glad that I decided there wasn't anything else compelling! The books build upon themselves and get better and better as they go. Butcher has come up with a fun and entertaining idea of a wizard, and has crafted likable characters that readers can root for. Harry Dresden is a wonderful hero and I look forward to many more adventures with him.
"Storm Front" introduces us to Harry Dresden, the only wizard who advertises in the Chicago yellow pages. He is a wizard who is having trouble making ends meet. You'd think that being a wizard would keep Harry in high demand, but unfortunately people in the 21st century don't believe things like magic exist.
Butcher crafts an original and compelling mystery, and readers will become utterly wrapped up in Harry's dilemma. In the course of his investigation, Harry runs into all kinds of supernatural beasties, including fairies, demons, vampires, and giant scorpions! Add to it Harry's hilarious assistant, Bob an air spirit with an overactive libido who lives in a human skull, and you have the recipe for a wonderful and exciting read.
"Storm Front" is a suspenseful and well-written mystery, and Harry Dresden has a wonderful self-depreciating sense of humor that really endears him.
If you enjoy mysteries or fantasy writing of any kind, give "The Dresden Files" a try, you'll like it a lot!
I had a lot of fun listening to this one. I was extremely impressed with the narrator. The story was definitely good, albeit a little formulaic. I did some research and it turns out that the author was purposefully following a formula so I can't be too critical of that. It did bother me that every single woman in the story was beautiful/sexy. It was just so unrealistic that it took me out of the story. I plan on reading the rest of the series though, as this was overall pretty good.
Yes, It was a great listen, even with James Marsters having a bit of trouble with swallowing and wetting his lips as he speaks. Not sure why it was not edited better. I have listened through book 5 now and he gets much, much better, so it would not stop me from listening to book 1 again. Fantastic series!
Dead Witch Walking by Kim Harris. Same badass feel to the main character, Chicago setting, same overall feel and tone, which means the characters have a sense of humor and feel real.
I am not sure if I should blame James or the editors for the wet mouth sounds we get in this reading, and it can be a little disconcerting. It seems like it should have been edited better. However, I love the dry, ironic performance by James. The author picked him to read it, so I am confident that the dryness is exactly what the author wanted, and I think it works beautifully. He does a good job, and he gets better with each subsequent book. By book 4 he is one of the best readers I have heard yet and listen to a LOT of books!
harry was form the start and as he goes thour the story he has to balance his world with Murphy paper work
What I love about Storm Front is Harry Dresden. Every character is very well described. You can picture each very easily.
The mixture of mystery and magic.
James Marsters absolutely brings each character to life. the voices are consistent for each character.
I found the humor very funny and found myself laughing often.
Very atmospheric. Interesting non-baddy characters. Bad guy was underdeveloped though (minus 1 star). I will definitely be reading/listening to the rest of the series. I hear it gets better.
Three words, no.
Taking Dresden out of the equation, Bob. I wish I had a friend like Bob.
I kept rewinding the description of how to catch a fairy. I fell for Butcher's words. I think I actually held my breath from the moment Dresden began talking about the moonlight until Toot-Toot finished the bread.
It helps that James Marster's voice is so perfect.
I wish the tv series had longer legs. If anyone is interested in trying again, I'll help.
good story, interesting characters and beautifully read
dresden is of course the star of this book and the ones that follow, however mr butcher's supporting characters are so well drawn and so important to the series that it's hard not to think of them all as favorites
he really brings the wise cracking dresden to life, even if you read the books later you still hear his voice
yes but it's a bit long for that
Crime fighting wizard
I enjoyed the female detective and her role, it would have been great to get more back story and development of her character, I haven't listened to the next book in the series but I would assume that she becomes more influential.
The narration was great, and the book overall was a good listen, well worth the time; however it wasn't the best audio book I have listened to in recent months. I will listen to the next book in the series, but feel that I would drift if it is only the same sort of plot and premises as the first novel.
"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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