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Storm Front

The Dresden Files, Book 1
Written by: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: James Marsters
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (236 ratings)
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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 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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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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love it

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

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Good book spoiled by awful performance

The story is good - think film-noire private eye in the dodgy end of Diagon Alley.
Performance is awful - for starters the narrator is too close to the mic so you hear every inhalation; secondly many of the passages sound like the recording session is the first time the actor has read the words; and worst of all he comes across as bored. Possibly he was following direction to be a 'world weary, cynical wise-guy' but the inflection is almost monotone, the phrasing is at odds with the actual words and ultimately he just sounds disinterested.
Would buy a print version of the next book; I'm engaged to find out what happens next. Just not with Mr Marsters.

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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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I wish I'd known about audible's return policy...

Ughhh...listening to this book made me want to wash my ears. The narrator has this sticky thick tongue that I couldn't get past in order to get into the story. It was like having a creepy stranger in my personal space. Yuck.

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A white knight’s fantasy

I made it an hour and 20 minutes before giving up. I regret purchasing this book. If it gets better after the first few hours I apologize but the cringy neck beard of a main character was too difficult to listen to any longer. Incredible narration though.

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it's fine?

its dumb fun mystery stories. main character is a chauvinist. it is a an entertaining easy read though if you're looking for popcorn fantasy. the sexy scenes are a bit awkward but in a kind of funny overly schlocky way.

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Excellent series

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I have been reading the Jim Butcher, Harry Dresden series for several years now. I often, (like right now) re-read this excellent series. The narrator, James Marsters is wonderful, makes the series come alive.

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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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  • Tom
  • 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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  • KP
  • 2013-10-06

WRONG Combo of Story and Narrator

I wanted to like the main character, Harry Dresden, and the story, especially given that this book was highly rated when I came across it, and the concept of a modern-day wizard detective (as Dresden is) holds good entertainment potential for me.

However, from his heavy sighs to sharp intakes of breath to sounds of his mouth opening and closing to mumbling, the narrator made listening to this story a torturous experience for me. I struggled to finish and was relieved when the book was over. (I could have stopped midway and returned it, but I really wanted to give the story a chance despite the flaws in the delivery.)

I chose this book because I was hoping to get wrapped up in a new mystery series and this is the first book. Maybe I'd consider another if there is a different narrator; however, at this point, I'm planning to try my luck elsewhere.

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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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  • Phyllis
  • 2018-08-08

Love Dresden. TERRIBLE narrator!

The narrator was distractingly bad. He was fine on the basic story, but he badly and repetitively mispronounced quite a few words. His acting on the dialogue was also pretty tortured.

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  • Kara
  • 2019-02-13

Love this book not not this recording

It’s a low quality recording with a pretty good voice actor, but there is often a fuzzy background noise and the sounds of the voice actor pausing to wet his mouth was very off putting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-01-22

ok. not the worst I've heard

pretty good story...not very suspenseful. easy to figure out. narration was ok. I'd recommend for an easy listen.

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  • Warren M. Haines
  • 2018-11-30

review

struggled to finish, but I did finish. The story asked to believe more than I could

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  • C. Buczkowski
  • 2019-01-15

Just okay...

The story wasn’t anything special, but decent for an author’s first book (I think this is his?). I’m not too familiar with urban fantasy, but it felt pretty run-of-the-mill. The detective noir vibe was too strong for my liking, but it’s probably good if you like that sort of thing.

A big takeaway for me is that I’m not a fan of first-person point of view in fiction. It’s done well enough, but by the end of the book I sort of wanted to punch Harry Blackstone Copperfield Dresden in the face. Too much time spent in that annoying head of his, or maybe it’s just his ‘voice’.

Which leads me to the performance...It’s alright, but Marsters plays up Dresden’s sarcastic nature to an irritating degree. The main qualm about the performance, though, is the constant lip smacking. That could have easily been edited out, and should have been—very distracting. Hydration is important.

All told, it’s fairly underwhelming for me. I’d probably give his other books in the series a go, to see how Butcher improved as he matured as a writer, but unfortunately, I can’t get past the first-person POV.

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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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  • 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!