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Storm Front

The Dresden Files, Book 1
Auteur(s): Jim Butcher
Narrateur(s): James Marsters
Durée: 8 h et 1 min
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Description

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 to vampires, while he himself is under suspicion of the crimes.

©2000 Jim Butcher (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

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Magical Detective Noir

I've read through and listened to the complete Dresden files multiple times and while this may be one of the weakest of the series, it serves as a functional starting point to draw you into the world of the White Council, Chicago underworld, Seelie and Unseelie Courts and even hints at some of the larger events that will happen later.
James Marsters does a great job of voicing Dresden and I honestly can't see anyone else voicing this gravelly, nerdy, stubborn detective thrust into events beyond his ken.

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Marsters improves Butcher

Thin story, great performance. Marsters' dramatic ability makes Butcher's story almost worth listening to the end.



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The first book in my favorite series.

I've read all the dmDresden Files books before listening to this, and the narration and acting a gravitas that just reading it didn't. totally recommend you listen to this series at least once!

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Didn't expect to get so hooked

I blasted through it and am already working on the next one in the series.

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love it

loved it
so good!
James is the bomb such a great audiobook narrator and so soothing

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Old radio show mixed with wizards!

I loved this book! It has that old private eye radio show mixed with the fantastical. Awesome!

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intro to world of urban fantasy

This sparked getting me back into reading after a long period without.

The main character is a great wisecracking know it all who doesn't really know it all...The offbeat humor and witty sarcastic remarks were enjoyable. The book pulls off showing both that aspect of Harry Dresden as well as his underlying sincerity and vulnerability. He is a good underdog type character just doing his best to get by and help others.

Epic magic in an urban setting was something I'd never considered prior to this book. It's worth giving a shot, especially if you like that kind of thing to begin with.

There is some humour attempted around the main character's "chivalrous" attitude towards women that doesn't really land. My understanding having read about the series is that the author is trying to draw on old-school noir type detective stories such as the Raymond Chandler novels and how male heroes attitudes towards women are in those types of books. It's kind of tiresome and maybe a weakness in the novel. My take is it's not a deal breaker as far as enjoying the rest of the book. I think the author gets much better in this area as the series goes on and the protagonist develops, although it never fully goes away. If that type of thing is a red flag though you'll probably notice it in this book.

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LOVE EVERY MINUTE OF IT!

Great choice on the narrator too!! i can't stop listening. I'm glad, I gave this book a chance.

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a perfect storm

A great intro into the fantastic world of the Dresden Files. Better than reading the book. James Marsters brings the character to life.

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  • Ian
  • 2019-01-21

The start of a fantastic series!

Sit back and strap yourself in. The Dresden Files is a fantastic series that starts with Storm Front and builds as it goes. Each book is a delight, and the narrator *is* the voice of Dresden.

Storm Front is great, but you will see if you go on that the books take a turn for the better around book four. Once you've seen where they go, the earlier titles feel formulaic, but thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • David
  • 2017-03-07

Narrateur parfait! je recommande.

Le narrateur est vraiment impliqué dans l'histoire et étant donner que le livre est à la 1ere personne, cela rend la 'lecture' parfaite!

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  • Tom
  • Hillsboro, OR, USA
  • 2010-05-20

Excellent Story, Distracting Sound Engineering

I loved the story and the narrator voice acting, but, like others, found the excess captured physical noises like breathing, swallowing etc very distracting. The chapter or section transitions were also very abrupt...breaking the flow.

I am glad I purchased it and would highly recommend it to all, but I hope they fix the sound issues for future books.

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  • Randall
  • 2019-03-05

ZERO STARS FOR THE NARRATOR !

I CAN'T STAND THE SNIFFING.

Does Masters have a cold or is he just a pig?

The rest of the book was fun and it sounds like from the reviews that the narrator
gets a little better with each book. I will try the next in this series .

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  • Radish Bliss
  • Holdenville, OK
  • 2012-03-30

STOP SLURPING THE MIC!

What didn???t you like about James Marsters???s performance?

I swear that this reader has a chicken bone in his mouth through the entire book. And if he's not eating something, he is thinking about it. And now that I've said something, that is all you will be able to hear too. You're welcome! Does he slurp? SNIFF? Salivate, and then eventually swallow it all? You betcha!! But, the story is so cool that I'll have to listen to it all again. Sick!

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  • David
  • Avoca Beach, Australia
  • 2012-03-19

Spit or swallow, don't talk with your mouth full

Any additional comments?

Story isn't bad. Mainly well written and generally enjoyable, although the seemingly pointless antagonism between Dresden and pretty much everybody comes across as forced.

There is however a glaring issue... constantly having to listen to the narrator sucking and swallowing. Ask a 5 year old a question during dinner and you'll get a similar sort of sound. And then there's the regular inappropriately timed sighing. If it's that hard a job being a narrator for audible I would suggest he find another line of work.

Second thoughts... he should probably find another line of work regardless.

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  • T. Savage
  • Texas
  • 2018-08-16

Narrator annoying

I honestly had trouble getting into what I think is likely a good story because the narrator was so distracting with his deep breaths, sighs, swallowing, etc. I couldn’t tell if this was intended as part of bringing Harry to life or not.

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  • Becki
  • 2018-08-13

So disappointing!

I had heard good things about this series of books, but I was so disappointed! The story was shallow, predictable, and mediocre at best. And even though I have been a fan of James Marsters for many years, his reading of this book was terrible! It was so full of heavy breathing, heavy sighing, and without any kind of animation that he came across as incredibly bored, which made me bored very quickly into the book. I reluctantly finished it in order to be fair, but it was so breathy that it was like listening to an 8 hour obscene phone call! So sorry, but I won't be listening to any more of these books.

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  • Donna
  • Columbia, MD, United States
  • 2009-07-13

Excellent listen and a great start to the series

It must be hard - harder than just publishing your book - to publish a book in this format. Not only does the book win or lose due to it's quality, but it has the added complication of being able to fail due to the narrator being unsuitable to the material.

This book, and it's narrator, bring Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden to wry, sarcastic life.

What the book and narrator have, the audio editing could have brought out more. You do hear James Marsters take many a deep breath, and for many of those, it seems to fit into the nature of the character being portrayed. After a while, you understand that better editing would have alleviated the background product of getting long passages of text out.

I had still made the decision to download the next few books in this series by the time I'd reached the middle of the book. I'd checked first to make sure that the narrator was the same, and he is, before doing so.

A bad narrator has often caused me to stop downloading what might have otherwise been an excellent choice. A good narrator, like this one,
has caused me to listen to entire series I might otherwise have gotten in paperback.

I recommend this to fans of mysteries, magic and modern fantasy.

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  • Jacqueline
  • 2014-11-18

Smack, Slurp, Swallow, Sigh---Repeat

My first Dresden book, I almost thoroughly enjoyed it.

Hard to get past the various mouth noises by the narrator, which my have been by design--I'm not sure. After I heard that first "smacking" noise I couldn't NOT hear them.

However, I really liked the overall story. Harry, the good Wizard who likes to read and has a fabulous sense of humor, and fights crime! I can see why these stories have such a large following.

If you enjoy off-beat crime/fiction with some fantasy thrown in, I recommend it.

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  • Alex Widdison
  • 2019-01-11

Disappointed

I finally picked up this book after several of my friends had highly recommended it. I've heard that this series really takes off once you've reached book four and that Storm Front is one of the weaker books in The Dresden Files.

This book had the potential to be something great but ultimately fell very short of that mark. The best thing I can say about it was that James Marsters narrated the audiobook. Unfortunately Harry Dresden just wasn't big or bad enough to make me want to continue reading the series.

The characters in this story all feel incredibly one-dimensional with little to no character development. Jim Butcher seems to grasp at every cliche and trope that he could seem to find on a badass loose cannon stereotype male lead. One of my biggest issues with the book was the way he portrayed his female characters. The author can't seem to give any description of a female character without comparing her to a cheerleader or coming off incredibly sexist. Not exactly a quality I want to see in my Protagonist. The only purpose the women in this book seem to serve is to swoon over and further propagate Harry Dresdens need to be a "badass" alpha male.

The story comes off as more of a poorly written fanfiction by a 90s high school kid who still thinks wearing a duster makes you as cool as Batman. It doesn't. I may try to pick this series back up in the future and see if it really does get better after the fouth book because it really does have the potential to be something better. Unfortunately my back log of books is a bit intimidating with many offering a promising and gripping story right from the get go.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-08-01

Horrible narrator

The breathing and swallowing noises of the narrator were too distracting for me; you can even hear him turning the pages. For the price of an audio book, you would have thought the production and narration would not be of the lowest quality.

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