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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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  • M.G.
  • Omaha, NE
  • 06-11-16

Narrator is too noisy

I love different genres and had high hopes for this one. But listening to the narrator smack his lips, breath in heavily, and make salivary noises just did it in for me. Just as bad as listening to someone eat with his/her mouth open but directly in your ear. I am returning this book!

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it was cool i want to read the next one<br />

loved it i want to read the next story whitch ever that my be in

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excellent story!

great narration as well. the story makes it hard to stop listening, even at bedtime.

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Mystery, Magic but Not for Me

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

I have nothing against the narrator or the story really. This is just not my kind of genre.

Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

Sorry no.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of James Marsters?

I don't think anyone could have made this interesting for me. Not even the voice of Buffy's Spike.

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

Mostly disappointment because a number of my family members love this series. Can't tell me enough about how great it is and yet I couldn't get into it.

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highly recommended

Enjoyed listening
The narrator did a good job. Love the story. There's humor,action ,and magic.

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Well written, well read

Got me hooked from the very start and even though I have seen an episode or 3 of Dresden Files, it kind of tickled me to picture "Spike" (James Marsters) as Harry. I'm sure to listen to more in the series

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fantastic series

the best series of books I've ever read, great characters, and very well read on the audio book

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Hearing It

I have read this book about eight times. However, hearing the story brought New life to the tale. Opening up Dresden as a character a bit more.

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Audio editing absent. Wish they would re-record.

Buzzy Multimedia must have just had James Marsters use a microphone to record this at home, then didn't bother to do anything with the raw audio. You can hear him smack his lips, turn pages of the book, and squeak his chair. All of these things are normal sounds that can be edited out later on. Still, it's all we've got to listen to the early Dresden Files books.

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good story but...

story line is not bad. narrator is one of the worst. he gasps for air constantly while reading like he thinks it is a good affect. it is not. further, while reading, he constantly makes smacking, wet mouth noises. the guy needs to do something else.