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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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    Tiyanna K. West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-25-15
    Tiyanna K. West Bloomfield, MI, United States 01-25-15 Member Since 2011

    Everyone has to have that "Thing They Love!" This is how I find and keep up with mine!

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    "Scorpions, Wizards, and appliances don't mix"

    The narrative was great the story line was pretty good, I just wish there was a bit... More - a detective and wizard but he seems to be weak in his knowledge of powers..

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    Amazon Customer 01-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "good book"

    My brother hads been recommending this series for years. I finally got the first book and I am hooked. Very fun and fast paced story with PG-13 quality.

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    Jason Hughes Sarnia, ON, Canada 01-24-15
    Jason Hughes Sarnia, ON, Canada 01-24-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book"

    Big fan of Harry Dresden. James Marsters is the perfect person to read the book. Looking forward to the next book. Can't wait.

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    Leonard 01-22-15
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    "Great book"

    I'm a great fan... Awesome books. Jim and James make a great team.. Hope the series never ends, but I'm sure when it does Jim will give it one hellofa ending.

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    Bobbo 01-21-15
    Bobbo 01-21-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Murder, magic, monsters and mobsters. Amazing."

    Absolutely amazing story and the narrator was exquisite. Not to mention could not be more appropriate for the voice of Harry Dresden. Couldn't ask for more. Definitely gonna have to get the rest.

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    "Amazing!"

    I love this series of books. The audio done by James Marsters is some of the best voice work I've ever heard.

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    Linda H. 01-18-15
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    "Narrator should not be a narrator"

    The story line was pretty good...I think. It was hard to tell because the narrator was completely droll, slow, and monotone. This may be a good book but it's not a very good audiobook.

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    Mary 01-15-15
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    "If you are over 17 years old, do not buy this book"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing I can find in it.


    What was most disappointing about Jim Butcher’s story?

    I must have ordered it by mistake.


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

    Anyone who can speak clearly and not like a machine gun.


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

    Definitely disappointment! I do wish this type of story and narration could carry some kind of labeling, such as "Very young adult"


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    Kevin 01-15-15
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    "Awesome, Loved it! could not put it down."

    was great, don't normally listen to a book with out breaks, but couldn't put this one away...great series.

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    Michael Powder Springs, GA, United States 01-13-15
    Michael Powder Springs, GA, United States 01-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Bad Decisions Throughout and Highly Predictable"
    Any additional comments?

    If you have ever watched a romantic comedy or sit-com in which the characters consistently make bad decisions with predictable, plot carrying outcomes with an ending you can foresee as soon as you recognize the formula, then you know how it will feel reading Storm Front.

    The idea of the book is good. The main character with the semi-secret unfortunate occurrence in his past that might come back to haunt him is well-worn but comfortable terrain. The idea of a modern crime noir story with the magic twist is what drew me to the book in the first place. However, despite the fact that noir stories tend to be somewhat formulaic with stereotypical characters, you still want characters' reactions to make sense. The interaction between the two main characters were completely unbelievable. Dresden would avoid explaining something to Murphy for no apparent reason - in his mind there seemed to be nothing between telling her nothing and revealing all the secrets of wizardry. Then Murphy would completely over-react causing an end to their friendship. The formula was drawn up before the book was written - have the protagonists have a love-hate relationship, always antagonizing while secretly liking each other. Then the plot was manufactured to fit the outcomes, only not very realistically. And the ending was so incredibly predictable that it would have made using deus ex machina more entertaining...at least it would have been a surprise.

    As for the performance, the narrator goes for a world-weary, noir character type of performance. However, he just succeeds in coming across as weary. There is no inflection between characters, all are narrated the same with a minor attempt at an accent for Bob, and therefore he does not add anything to the book.

    So, returning to those sit-coms and romantic comedies. If you enjoy those stories as a relief from a hectic day or if you can live with a few "What the...!?" moments, then this might be a good beach read. Other than that, I would pass.

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