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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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  • 12-01-15

Not bad needs a better narrator

I wish the writing was stronger didn't get the whole wizard/ detective vibe it was going for. Narration was a real put off. Several times it sounded like the reader forgot what he was saying mid sentence. Almost like a bad William Shatner impression.

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Absolutely fantastic

Would you listen to Storm Front again? Why?

I likely won't listen to it again, but mostly because there are so many other books in the series!

What did you like best about this story?

The story is rich with both plot and interesting characters.

What about James Marsters’s performance did you like?

The performance was done well - emotive without being overwrought, and Marsters never tries too hard to use different voices. Instead, he relies on tones and pacing, making it easy to differentiate between characters, without being distracting.

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  • 11-29-15

Fun Modern Magic

What made the experience of listening to Storm Front the most enjoyable?

The reader's tone, the disclosure of magic and past without divulging everything in one book was great. Makes me interested to hear more.

Have you listened to any of James Marsters’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, this was my first. Great voice, but he really should've spit the gum out before reading. I would love to hear more of his stuff. He was Dresden's voice to perfection. Just please, lose the gum.

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