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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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    B. Elliott 12-04-14
    B. Elliott 12-04-14 Member Since 2017

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    "loved it hated it"
    Where does Storm Front rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This ranks up in the top 100 books I have listen to


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the idea of magic portrayed in a matter of fact, relevant to modern times manner


    What aspect of James Marsters’s performance would you have changed?

    I was not a big fan of the breathing and other throat smacking which could be heard. For me this was a distraction kind of fingernails on a chalk board. I found if I speeded it up to 1.25X it minimized the distraction somewhat.


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

    In a world where Magic was thought to be staged illusions….


    Any additional comments?

    I am looking forward to hearing the rest of the series

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    J. Gorton 11-20-14
    J. Gorton 11-20-14

    Favorite categories are: classics, history (especially WWII), literary horror, science fiction, and Catholic theology.

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    "good, but flawed performance"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Storm Front to be better than the print version?

    Marster's does an excellent job of giving the story the right noir/gum-shoe feel. Like a fantasy Phillip Marlow


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

    The scene where Dresden confronts Biancha was tense and had a cinematic feel.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Marsters' acting ability was well suited to the first-person narration. He was an excellent choice. Unfortunately there were semi-frequent places where he might mess up the inflection, breathe at the wrong time- things that should have been re-recorded but made it feel like it was rushed and they couldn't be bothered. It detracted from the experience, but not enough that I wouldn't recommend listening.


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

    No, the chapter breaks were well placed for tension and length.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to hearing more in the series, hopefully the director/editor will have done his job and not make it feel slightly low-budget or amateurish.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    KP United States 10-06-13
    KP United States 10-06-13 Member Since 2005
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    "WRONG Combo of Story and Narrator"

    I wanted to like the main character, Harry Dresden, and the story, especially given that this book was highly rated when I came across it, and the concept of a modern-day wizard detective (as Dresden is) holds good entertainment potential for me.

    However, from his heavy sighs to sharp intakes of breath to sounds of his mouth opening and closing to mumbling, the narrator made listening to this story a torturous experience for me. I struggled to finish and was relieved when the book was over. (I could have stopped midway and returned it, but I really wanted to give the story a chance despite the flaws in the delivery.)

    I chose this book because I was hoping to get wrapped up in a new mystery series and this is the first book. Maybe I'd consider another if there is a different narrator; however, at this point, I'm planning to try my luck elsewhere.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Magikarp Salad 09-19-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Goodbye credits..."

    My dad was looking for a new series...I'd heard good things about this one - so I picked up book 1 to evaluate - and that was going to be it. It was good, and I got a bunch of the paperbacks for my dad, the end.

    Well...then there was that 3 for 2 sale...so I got 2 and 3...so I could discuss with my dad. Thing is...the series starts getting good right around book 3. I had a bunch of credits...so, fine, I'll get one more...Now I'm on the last hour of book 10, and just spent my LAST credit on book 11. Every time I tell myself this will be the last one, and every time I'm buying the next one before the one I'm on is done.

    Butcher does an excellent job of catching you up on what happened in the previous book - and by "excellent", I mean he spends about 15 seconds hitting the high points - perfect. The characters in this series all just continue to grow on me - Dresden is a very lovable main character - but the other characters are just as good - Murphy, Michael, Marcone, Toot-toot, Thomas, Ivy, Kincaid, Molly - my god - I'm just realizing how long the list of characters I like is...and yeah, some of the few I listed aren't in book 1...or aren't...as important yet.

    Marsters is an excellent narrator - I'd have given him 5 stars, except that he makes a few small changes throughout the series - from the voice or accent of a character to the pronunciation of a name - and in his defense, the changes are few - and they are the correct changes...

    Anyway - the only real complaint I have about this series is that I go through the books so fast.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    T. Cavasoz Seattle, WA USA 07-31-13
    T. Cavasoz Seattle, WA USA 07-31-13 Member Since 2016

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    "The Man"

    I first met Harry Dresden one lonely Saturday night. He was tall, perfectly spoken and I spent all the time I could with him before we were parted by circumstances beyond my control. Darn single season television.

    I was hooked and was extremely excited when, after my weekend binge, I discovered that Harry Dresden was THAT Harry Dresden of the book that I had downloaded based on a review all those months ago and sci-fy recommendation and hadn't had the time to listen to yet. Needless to say, I MADE the time right then and there. I was in love and wanted more.

    And he gave it, in spades. Jim Butcher has created a character in Harry who is totally believable, even if you, like me, think that a wizard is someone who belongs anywhere medieval but not modern day. Harry is a roughened character who...feels...right. Someone you would know and love to hate because of his smart mouth, attitude and general piss-you-off-regularly personality. We all know people like him and we all love and hate them. This book is the perfect introduction to Harry Dresden and will leave you eager for more. Even my guy, who rarely actually pays attention to what I am listening to, was drawn in and asked for more.

    While there is magic in this book and series, its not airy-fairy...though there are faeries...and vampires and...other things but I won't spoil anything, I promise. The magic is seamlessly woven into the daily life of Dresden, not overpowering any one aspect of the story and it is wholly believable that Harry's Chicago, and world, could be mine too. Coming from someone who lives 50 miles away from Forks, has been camping in La Push and never looked twice to see if anyone sparkles or looked for a wolf in the forest, let me tell you, it was a fantastic feeling.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    F 05-13-13
    F 05-13-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Beware the Sound Editing!"
    What didn’t you like about James Marsters’s performance?

    I'm not sure I liked Marster's rather deadpan interpretation of the main character. However, what made the book tough to listen to was the sound editing. You can hear every lip-smack, swallow, inhalation / exhalation from the voice actor. This is typically edited out and it's the first out of 50+ audiobooks I've listened to where the performer's breathing and swallowing is so readily apparent.


    Any additional comments?

    Full disclosure - this review is on the audio engineering only. Listen to the preview before purchasing! I returned the book and never finished it.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Solace 05-04-12
    Solace 05-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Good! Series gets better with every new book!"
    Any additional comments?

    This is a great book! Very entertaining and unique read! However, if you have listened to latter books of this series you'll notice James Marsters dosen't hit his stride untill about book three of four. He's a little listless in this one but dose get better!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 03-20-12
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    "Meh...not as good as I expected."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I read a lot of Urban Fantasy and had read some of Jim Butcher's short stories published in anthologies. A co-worker recommended Storm Front and the rest of the series and I thought it would be time to take the plunge into a new series.It was okay; not great in my opinion. I think part of it was the narration. I've listened to several other audiobooks and have bought series based primarily on the speaker's voice. In this one I was distracted by background sounds, breathing, swallowing, editing stop/starts. The narrator's voice was pleasant enough and fit the character but didn't do much for the times when the main character wasn't speaking.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Murphy the cop. A woman in a man's world she holds her own.


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Marsters’s performances?

    I did buy and am listening to the second book in the series but it doesn't seem much better.


    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 12-27-11
    Jennifer austin, TX, United States 12-27-11 Member Since 2016
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    "Just didn't work for me"

    I think the key with this series is to remember the Falcon. IF you dug that hard boiled, no non-sense, sarcastic detective story, then you'll probably like this. It's that and magic.
    If you're not into the 1940's stereotype private dick, then you, like me, will probably have a hard time keeping a straight face. I just kept expecting him to tell me that the neighborhood was tough as a $3 steak or about the knock-out's killer gams.
    The narration was perfect for the story. There are some imperfections in it- you can hear him turning pages and the breaks between places are too obvious- and he is something of a loud sigher, but it suits the character. If I were casting the role of gritty wizard detective, constantly wrongly accused and perpetually on the edge of bankrupcy, I'd have picked this guy.
    The story is good too, for the style. Yes, it was somewhat obvious, and you might feel the need to grab Harry by the lapels of his stupid duster and shout whodunnit, but that may just be me. It may not actually be that obvious for everybody, but the clues are there if you're looking. I'm willing to blame the character's sleep deprivation in this one.
    So, the writing was fine, the story was good, the narration was fine. It just isn't what I was looking for. If you like this sort of 40's era detective novel, you'll love these. If not, don't waste your time.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 03-29-11
    Melanie Stoneham, MA, United States 03-29-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Harry Potter and a noir PI's hard-rockin lovechild"

    A great character voice, thrilling action (more than once I paused it and ran to excitedly tell my husband "And then there was this giant scorpion and he cast this awesome spell and-") and a very interesting magic system. The magic captures the joy I felt when first reading Harry Potter, yet developes it into something that feels real and complete, somehow beyond mere fantasy.

    I've listened to a few more of these and there's two consistent flaws. One is that the reader keeps breathing heavily into the mike, and the other is that characters keep having extended conversations during the time it takes a monster to run across a room. Either that's one slow monster, or they're talking at lightspeed. In general, the pacing of action sequences is often askew, with characters having time to do things that they really would not have time to do, and events being described as though in slow-motion.

    But that doesn't stop Butcher's action from being some of the most creative and exciting I've ever had the privilege to read, and that, combined with the overall extremely high quality of the work, makes me heartily recommend it to anyone who enjoys mystery, action, fantasy, paranormal or noir.

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  • PeteD
    7/5/17
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    "Cracking start to the series"

    James Marsters is the perfect voice for Harry and reads brilliantly. A terrific performance. I loved it.

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  • Clover Ooi
    7/5/17
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    "Interesting enough but not great"

    Pretty typical crime fantasy story. the plot is engaging enough. sometimes, it's funny too but i think the narrator is too close to the mic or they chose to use the wrong mic like many reviews have stated, which causes you to hear the sound of his saliva n breath and that might be distracting. so far i'm interested enough to want to continue tge next book.

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  • louisavamp
    7/4/17
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    "great story"

    it reminds me of the first 8 l.k hamltion but no smut so its a must read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Hannah Sceats
    7/3/17
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    "Enjoyed it"

    I actually preferred this to reading the book. A really excellent performance that made the story easier to engage with

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    7/3/17
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    "Cant cope with narrator's intakes of breath"
    If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Those who like the sound of every breath intake


    Has Storm Front put you off other books in this genre?

    Only those with this narrator


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Couldn't cope, drove me nuts, gave up listening after 20 minutes


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

    Extreme annoyance


    Any additional comments?

    No, that's enough I think

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mommiecat
    7/2/17
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    "Great story!"

    Wonderfully fast paced, only slightly marred by sloppy narration, mispronunciation of common words, frequent dropped words.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S. Derrick
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    6/29/17
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    "A good yarn, just don't worry about the poison"
    What did you like most about Storm Front?

    Fun, engaging story. I like the characters and the premise. I think I'll try a few more in the series.


    What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

    Nice performance, although a bit 'breathy' at times.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, anger with the author for not knowing the difference between poison and venom. Otherwise, I smiled all the way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • jackie wilcox
    6/29/17
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    "Great!"

    Really enjoyed this book. Not my usual kind of book at all but it kept me listening right from the very beginning and the narration was excellent .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Suswati
    6/26/17
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    "Funny and a little silly"

    I wasn't sure what to expect when I started listening to this but it turned out to be a cross between Harry Potter and The Godfather. most of it is a little bit bizarre but you have to roll with the punches. It's eccentric and a light listen so don't expect anything amazing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrspink
    Brasilia
    6/25/17
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    "Great fun but isn't deep"
    What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

    Great narration and easy story. Good main character but not fully develop. Maybe it happens as the book series run.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyable and easy to listen. I will follow the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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