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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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Fun story!

This story was fun to listen to, no great work of literature but I don't think that was what he was going for anyway. Mr. Butcher is good writer and uses more similes than I have heard in a long time.

The narrator was ok, not my favorite and there were some odd pauses in several places but I think that had to do with how it was recoded.

Overall a good book and I plan on listening to more in the series.

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Great book with a Awesome Narrator!

This was a most excellent book, though Narrators vocal inflections make it that much better!!

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great book

loved it down loading book 2 now great series look forward to hearing more Dresden stores

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Absolutely amazing!!!

I absolutely loved the book and reader they were engaging and powerful! Perfect to help get my creative juices flowing! I can not wait to listen to the next one!

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Non-lame Harry Potter

basically a non lame Harry potter. easy to listen to I found myself working out more to finish it

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Thanks for a great read

I wasn't sure about these books. Many of my friends recommended them but I stalled till I saw James at #WorldCom and decided to give them a try since he's narrating the books. I'm a fan of his work so I bought the first book and gave it a listen. I'm happy to say I loved the book and plan to get the rest asap. So thanks to Jim and James for bringing Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden to life.

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  • Yucaipa, CA
  • 04-01-16

Who makes the rules for supernatural beings?

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

This book was certainly entertaining but, in the end, a disappointment. I won't be purchasing any more in this series.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Something with Harry Bosch or Flavia de Luce where the rules of physics and chemistry still hold.

Which scene was your favorite?

I thought there was some real humor in the interaction with the spirit in the skull.

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

It probably will be; everything else like it has been.

Any additional comments?

The problem with this sort of story is that there are no rules. Deus ex machina indeed; you can have every wizard, demon, fairy, vampire, troll, or whatever supernatural beasty you throw in do whatever you want depending on the shifting rules of who has more power under the circumstances. Does the wizard come out ahead because he uses higher quality ingredients in his potions, or because he studied harder in wizard school and knows more spells? Or is a wizard just smarter than a demon in the cosmic scale of things? <br/><br/>It is up to the author to set the rules, of course, and those rules are set so that our lovable wizard just barely comes out on top in the end by virtue of whatever and by being apparently a more moral creature than the nasty ghouls that he is fighting. Who decides that system of morality among the supernatural is a darn good question, by the way, assumed but never revealed.<br/><br/>I guess I got tired of the wizard pulling a rabbit out of his hat (so to speak) in a time of crisis and would love to have seen what would have happened if the demon pulled a bigger rabbit out of his. When there are no rules, you could make this stuff up as you go along.

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fun fantasy noir

went by faster than I expected, very captivating and dark but not unenjoyably dark, highly recommended

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Uniquely Magical Mystery

Butcher's world of wizardry and mysticism is one that I will look forward to going through more. Dresden keeps this low-level, Jessica-Jones, sense of barely making it by with a talent that far exceeds anything a normal person could. His humor and POV make it much more interesting than a normal mystery could.

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Love it


I Couldn't stop listening and James Marsters really brought the character of dresden to life.