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Storm Front Audiobook

Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1

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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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    Rachel 12-28-15
    Rachel 12-28-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story!"

    I really enjoyed this book. It was entertaining the whole way through! Good for fantasy readers

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    Michelle S. 12-24-15
    Michelle S. 12-24-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Disagree"

    I very much like this book and series I can guarantee but if you're up or have an open mind this book is an excellent one every book from here on it's better and better all the way up to the skin I have listen to this series at least four times still every time I love them and I get the chills I love the narrator he doesn't excellent job I hate how on the 13th Book that they change the narrator I hate of the narrator in that one he does not fulfill Dresden as well I have to disagree with anybody that says the extra noises were distracting I think they add character to the book

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    James Long Beach, NY, United States 12-20-15
    James Long Beach, NY, United States 12-20-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Decent book"
    If you could sum up Storm Front in three words, what would they be?

    inconsistent, decent, swallow -


    What did you like best about this story?

    Nice plot with a few twists


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Not always


    Any additional comments?

    Decent book. Narrator needs to swallow his saliva more often, his reading sometimes was annoyingly wet.
    The plot of the book is ok, keeps it interesting. The power capabilities of the main character and his jumps for super naive to super experienced is sometimes frustrating.

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    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-18-15
    Drew (@drewsant) Watertown, MA, United States 12-18-15 Member Since 2017

    Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant

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    "It's OK"

    ‘Storm Front’ is an interesting idea with great characters in some witty one liners and clever escape situations which makes for a fun romp through the fantasy world. However the story never really reached out and grabbed me. There was a lot of down time (especially in the middle) which didn’t really seem to add much to the story and the descriptions and writing style just didn’t make a vivid picture in my mind. I’ve heard that the series doesn’t get going until the fourth (I don’t think that’s not really a strong endorsement for a series that you need to read four before they really get good) but it was interesting enough that I would continue on in the series as some point in the future.

    The narrator is good and I like the job that he did but the recording seems a bit old. You can sometimes hear him breathing and at one point I heard a page turn.

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    SCRUM King 12-16-15
    SCRUM King 12-16-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Couldn't get past the breathing & mouth noises"

    I'm one of those type of people who would rather drill a hole in my head than hear someone chew and unfortunately the audio in this book was too much for me to deal with so I ended up returning it. Oh well :-(

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    Doron 12-15-15
    Doron 12-15-15 Member Since 2015
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    "3 hours into the book and thinking about stopping."
    Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

    NO, reading perhaps. NOT listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is well written so far. There's enough wit in the text to keep me hooked.


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

    If he uses the same style in different books, absolutely not.


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

    Yes. I had an awkward stress-like cringe in my stomach because of the narrator.Why? This is how this story is narrated:Imagine a man who just woke up on a lazy Sunday. He's not yet fully awake and is lazily gaping and stretching out. While doing this he has a nonchalant conversation with himself, pondering what he should do today. Sighing all the while and mumbling off into the distance with a mouth full of saliva.Well, to me that's exactly how this book is read. Every bit of tension or mood in the book is reduced to absolute nonchalance.


    Any additional comments?

    Additional comment: I read many comments about the bad narrating. Recording studio: "WTH are you doing?"

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    Avid Amazon Shopper 12-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Not a Home Run, but definitely a good hit!"

    While I can't say it's one of my favorites (I tend to skew darker in my fantasy choices), Storm Front was thoroughly enjoyable. The lighter style actually starter to grow on me and represent and breath of fresh air in my reading lineup. I enjoyed the book enough that I'll certainly be checking out the other books in this rather long series. Maybe not back to back but I do plan to read them all. As for the narrator Mr. Marsters had a decent flow and he was good a capturing the drama of the moment, sometimes his breathing took me out of the story and I found it annoying. That said, he did a good job and the annoying deep breaths at times weren't enough for to keep me from enjoying the book.

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    Anthony 12-11-15
    Anthony 12-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Good, But Could be Better"
    What did you like best about Storm Front? What did you like least?

    The story was about as good as I remembered it from reading the physical book. It was filled with stacking tension and dangers as the protagonist found himself wrapped in a multitude of certain-death situations. It finds a way to balance humor, drama, and tension in an agreeable manner.


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

    Some of the purple prose. A part that stuck with me was when the book described the experience of a woman crying after going through a damaging experience as something akin to "pieces of glass falling from a shattered window." As if she were broken, and there had long disappeared any hope of her recovery.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A different narrator. James Marsters is a good reader, however his dull, emotionless reading absolutely killed a good amount of the humor. Dresden is a snarky, sarcastic, smart-ass, and this is conveyed in not only the way he acts, but in how he relays the story. Much of this is lost as Mr. Marsters metes each word out in a steady, colorless drone. Parts that I found incredibly amusing as I read the text copy years ago were soiled by his delivery in the audio book form.


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    Dottie 12-07-15
    Dottie 12-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "not for me"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The beginning was clever and I liked the humor but when it got into the fairies and gory of the supranational I was uninterested.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not another of This series.


    Was Storm Front worth the listening time?

    no


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    Elizabeth N. 12-02-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Got to a point and couldn't stop listening..."

    Forgive me for any typos, I am writing this out on my phone while the story is still fresh.

    First off, the narration. The editing was a bit annoying at first, because you can hear every breath and background nose. However, James Marster's performance was phenomenal and I soon found I wasn't noticing this as much. I felt like I was sitting in Harrys two floor basement apartment, with Mister the cat rubbing my legs and the fireplace going, listening to Harry tell the story himself. The storytelling captures you in a way I have seldom experienced, and Marster becomes Harry.

    That said, I enjoyed the story itself. It was a fun, quick read with decent (though not terrific) worrying that shows a lot of promise. The biggest reason it gets docked a star is because Harry's "old fashioned" tendencies annoyed me at times. Based on the other characters' reactions, though, I have a feeling this is going to change over time.

    Overall, I wholeheartedly recommend this audio book and will definitely be continuing the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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