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

©2000 Jim Butcher (P)2002 Buzzy Multimedia

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Donna
  • 13/07/2009

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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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Tom
  • 20/05/2010

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Tim
  • 19/01/2012

The Wizard Sam Spade

The premise that there is a real Wizard working as a private eye in Chicago is brilliant. The execution of the story and the performance by James Marsters is similarly near perfect. There is a gritty film Noir feel to the story which makes it at once credible and compelling. It has amusing moments and enough adult content for this not to be a great read for the Harry Potter crowd. The action (of which there is a great deal) feels very cinematic; you can imagine Riddley Scott doing a great job with the mayhem and monsters. I came to this series from the Iron Druid Chronicles which I have seen described as “Dresden Light.” That’s a pretty fair assessment, the villains are darker, sexier more violent and less funny in Dresden; it’s a different kind of story. If Iron Druid is ‘Twilight’ Dresden is ‘True Blood’. That’s probably a bit unfair to the ‘Iron Druid’ as ‘Twilight’ is horrible and ‘Druid’ is terrific...but you get my point. If I have any criticism of Dresden (and it’s slight) it’s that the hero almost never has a good time. There seems to be a rule in fantasy writing that along with fabulous magical ability comes a generally horrible life …to quote the Genie in Aladdin “Phenomenal cosmic powers! Itty bitty living space.” Beyond that tiny reservation, this is a terrific story and performance which I can highly recommend.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Nancy J
  • 19/10/2013

Excellent Urban Fantasy/Mystery

Okay, so I am being converted from a "won't touch paranormal books " to a moderate urban fantasy/paranormal fan. It all began, I suppose, with Harry Potter when I really enjoyed the inventiveness and wit of the writing. But at that time I still maintained that Harry Potter was an anomaly: it wasn't the genre that attracted me, it was simply those characters and that writer that I liked.

Then I happened onto the Peter Grant trilogy by Ben Aaronovitch in Audible. I absolutely loved those books -- they were well-written, wildly inventive and very funny. The adventures of a young constable in London who ends up being assigned to the division of the Met which handles anything which is "not normal" kept me entertained and laughing.

I discovered the "Dresden Files" existence from references contained in reviews of the Peter Grant books, making comparisons between the two. "Storm Front" is the first of the Dresden Files, and now I am forced to admit that I am a fan of the genre. Harry Dresden is an engaging character, the only wizard listed in the Chicago yellow pages. His adventures are entertaining and laced with humor, and the mystery aspect was well handled. Comparing "Storm Front " to the Peter Grant books, I would say that Storm Front is darker, a bit more violent and somewhat less funny than Peter Grant. I also think that the paranormal creatures in Storm Front are not as developed as those in the other series, and more often appear as one-dimensional figures. These factors cause me to prefer the Peter Grant books, but I will be reading the rest of the Dresden Files, too!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 21/07/2012

Finally!!

Finally, I have found a writer in this genre that I can follow. This genre seems to be filled with so many crap writers that I had almost given up entirely. I thought the premiss for this sort of literature had so much potential, yet I could not find a good writer in the field. Jim Butcher is that writer. JB could write in any field he wants, but I am glad he chose this one.

The story is ok, the characters are even better. I especially like Bob and hope he is included in later episodes. I like how the main character, beats himself up, like we all do sometimes, but then he gives himself a pep talk and gets things done. The writing is descriptive without being overly so. A lot of time and effort was put into writing this intelligently and creatively. It is not perfect and I will have to admit I debated on rather to give it four or five stars. There are one or two times when the solution to the problem comes to easily, but this is minor and he is mostly faced with major road blocks that he uses his brain to get out of.

The narration and production is different from any I have heard before. I have listened to hundreds of audio books. In this production you will hear the narrator breathing, sometimes it is part of the acting and sometimes it is just the narrator breathing. You can also hear him swallow, change position in his chair, and parting his lips. You would think this would be distracting and for some reviewers it was. For me, it made me feel like I was sitting in a chair across from Harry Dresden as he told his story. I am not sure if they did this on purpose or not. The narrator is excellent either way.

I will be listening to more in this series.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Watson H. Rhodes
  • 15/03/2010

Memorable

I've finished Jim Butcher's first 2 Dresden Files books--this title being the first--and even though I've moved on and I'm now reading other novels, I find myself thinking of The Dresden Files in the middle of the night or at random times. If I feel like reading, my mind automatically assumes (with pleasure) that I'll be reading about Harry Dresden. That's a very high recommendation for any novel.

For those who don't already know, Storm Front introduces us to Harry Dresden, a practicing wizard living in Chicago. That set up and the resulting complications are what make The Dresden Files fun to read. Harry's an interesting character, with a colorful past involving a mother who was a witch, a father who was a stage magician, and an uncle who taught Harry how to be an evil wizard.

In Storm Front, people are being murdered from the inside out, literally. For Lieutenant Murphy of the Chicago Police, it's clear something strange is going on, so she calls on Harry, who occasionally works as a special consultant to the police department, helping with crimes that appear to have no worldly explanation. The magical universe Jim Butcher has created is both believable and fascinating. Learning about that world through Harry's eyes is what I believe is the best part of these books.

I have two major disappointments with these novels: Harry Dresden and Lt. Murphy have a working relationship; yet neither trusts the other. Lt. Murphy especially distrusts Harry Dresden, and the explanation for that distrust seems weak, at best. The false obstacles she places in Harry's path caused by this distrust hurt my enjoyment of the story. At the same time, Harry Dresden has a self-blame complex. Everything is his fault and his responsibility. I found his constant need to blame himself just plain irritating, especially when there was nothing he could have done differently.

Overall, I highly recommend this novel. The good definitely outweighs the somewhat minor irritations.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Jennifer
  • 24/06/2009

Masterful

...or is that Marstersful? I became hooked on Butcher after listening to a short story based on the series in 'My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding', and was drawn in by the wit and style of the author. It takes a really excellent author to convince me to read all of his books after one short story, but that is exactly what happened. Stormfront is a terrific book, full of humor and action, and Marsters reading of it is nothing short of stupendous. I would absolutely reccomend this book, and can't wait to read the rest.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Snoodely
  • 06/06/2010

Good supernatural noir

"Storm Front" is the first of Jim Butcher's audiobooks to which I have listened; and I expect to continue listening to this series. I bought "Storm Front," because members reviewing Mike Carey's audiobooks (which I highly recommend) kept comparing them to Jim Butcher's works. They do have a lot of similarities, and, together, seem to form a sub-genre all their own -- supernatural detective fiction. I like the literary concept of supernatural beings -- fairies, demons, ghosts, and the like -- moving among us, invisible to all but a few of us. Naturally, those who can see and converse with these beings have an advantage, and can help to solve crimes instigated by them. So those gifted humans make good detectives. Unlike some of the other reviewers of "Storm Front," I liked James Marsters' narration very much. He has a pleasant, soft voice that goes well with noir; he makes good vocal distinction between the characters; and he uses non-verbal cues (yes, such as sighing) skillfully to convey the characters' emotions. I recommend "Storm Front" to anyone who can appreciate off-beat mystery stories and good acting.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • BookMama
  • 07/03/2012

Intriguing witty story, but dreadful narrator!

I admit, I am a review reader when it comes to deciding which book to download next. This series was one I've heard many good things about, but I was hesitant because I heard many not-so-great things about the narrator, especially in the earlier books. I decided to give it a try. I am having slight remorse over that decision. While the storyline kept me intrigued enough with it's humor and dry wit, the narrator made me pause the story more than once (actually, more like a dozen times!) just to take a break from HIM (not the story). He is absolutely DREADFUL in this book. You can hear his breathing and gulping, and a lot of the time it sounds like his mouth is just bone dry because you can hear his tongue smacking the roof of his mouth, trying to moisten it... Then, other times, he continues to talk until he's absolutely out of breath,in the middle of a sentence, takes a HUGE gulp of air and continues where he was. It's horrible. Aside from that, I continuously forgot some of the main characters were female because he can't make a distinguished female voice. It made it difficult for me to follow the storyline because I kept jumping back and forth trying to figure out just WHOSE voice that is.

Overall, I enjoyed the storyline and creative writing style of the author. I'm undecided yet if i will continue with the series in audio format, though.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • James
  • 21/03/2010

Good - gets better

I accidentally listened to book 10 first, before I realized it was part of a set. I was a little lost, but realized that I really liked the writing and audio acting. I then searched out and found this book. After listening to it I can tell that it was an earlier effort. Not quite as good with story or acting, but still quite a good book and worth listening to if you like things like magic, demons, and dry wit.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Christian Görz
  • Fuerth, Deutschland
  • 19/10/2009

Absolut hörenswert

DER SPRECHER: Wer englische Hörbücher mag, wird mit James Marsters (bekannt durch seine Rolle als Spike in der Fernsehserie "Buffy, im Bann der Vampire") als Erzähler keine Probleme haben. Suverän übernimmt er als Ich-Erzähler die Rolle der Hauptfigur, Harry Dresden. Sein amerikanischer Akzent ist unverkennbar, gleitet aber nie in ein unverständliches Genuschel ab. Marsters gibt dem Hörer über weite Strecken des Hörbuchs wirklich das Gefühl, er "erzähle" und lese nicht ab. Das macht es kurzweilig und spannend ihm die vollen acht Stunden zuzuhören. Da kann man nur bedauern, daß es von ihm nur so wenige Hörbücher gibt.DER PLOT:In Storm Front skizziert Jim Butcher die Welt seiner "Dresden Files". Harry Dresden unterscheidet sich von seinem Film Noir Kollegen Philip Marlowe gerade mal dadurch, dass letzterer mit arkanen Dingen nichts am Hut hat. Ansonsten gleichen sie einander wie Brüder, stehen als einsame Streiter für das Recht gegen die nur allzu menschlich korrupte Welt. Mögen Dresdens Gegenspieler auch mit mancher Zauberei hantieren, ihre Motive sind dann doch wieder genauso banal und alltäglich wie die von gewöhnlichen Verbrechern. Und genau hier liegt die Stärke von Butchers Romanen: Der Zuhörer kann sich ohne Probleme in dieser Welt mit Feen und Magiern, Vampiren und Dämonen zurecht finden, weil letztlich doch wieder alles auf Habgier, Neid, Geltungssucht zurückzuführen ist. Motive, die nur allzu vertraut sind.

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  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Max
  • 22/01/2015

Gut, Aber noch nicht Perfekt

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Ich fand das Hörbuch gut, aber nicht extra klasse, mir hat ein bisschen das Salz in der Suppe gefehlt. Die Geschichte ist gut erzählt, war mir manchmal aber etwas zu stereotypisch für eine Detective Story (z.B. Nur gut Aussehende Frauen, eine "Typische" Barszene). Auch die Charaktere hätten ein bisschen Schliff vertragen können. Erinnerte mich sehr an die Bobby Dollar Reihe von Tad Williams, die hat mir allerdings vom Schreibstil etwas besser gefallen. Der Vorleser ist gut bis sehr gut, macht nur manchmal kleinere Kunstpausen die ich eher irritierend fand.

Trotz der "Mängel" habe ich Lust die Reihe weiter zu verfolgen und werde mir das nächste Hörbuch auch gleich runterladen.

Wer in das "übernatürlicher Detective" Genre allerdings neu einsteigt und Bobby Dollar noch nicht kennt, dem würde ich Tad Williams eher empfehlen als Jim Butcher. Vielleicht ändert sich das ja nach dem nächsten Roman! ;)

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Maria White
  • Bavaria/Germany
  • 17/07/2009

Suchtpotential vorhanden!

Spannende Unterhaltung, nie langweilig, sympathischer Held, ausgezeichnet gelesen - ich freue mich schon auf die nächsten Bücher dieser Serie!

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anonymer Hörer
  • 07/04/2018

Definitive Hörempfehlung

Harry Dresden ist humorvoll, witzig, intelligent und ein bisschen "dark". Der Plot ist stimmig, die Fantasywelt ist nicht niedlich, dafür aber umso spannender. Geniale Serie!

  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 10/12/2017

Atemgeräusche in der aufnahme

Für wen - wenn nicht gerade für Sie - ist dieses Hörbuch besser geeignet?

Alle die das urban fanatsy genre lieben

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Ich liebe die dresden files seit ich sie vor 5 jahren gelesen habe, die Audioaufnahme jedoch ist sehr mies mit ein und ausatem geräuschen welche lauter als der sprecher sind was einen immer wieder aus dem fluss der geschichte zeiht

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lumpi
  • Augsburg
  • 23/04/2017

Nice story - commences slowly and ends in a bang.

This was the first book of Jim Butcher that I've read.
Result: Good read - if you enjoy some witchcraft and fantasy.
I liked it a lot.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Rakesh
  • 26/02/2017

Bad post-processing of the narration

The narration was good. But it is highly irritating when you can hear the narrator swallow spit after every few sentences for 8 hours. This recording should have been professionally edited to remove those sounds.

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Marekatt
  • 22/02/2017

Love the story, but

I loved the series before I bought the audio book, becuase that way I can listen to my favourite books when doing house chores and other things. The problem with this book is that regardless of how I try to change it, the beginning seems to be missing. That might be my kindle bugging out though.

I can only recommend the Dresden Files series. Great characters, great, epic story. It is a rather old book series so saying that it is 'stereotypical' would not be fair. It is also very well executed.

I can only recommend it to people who love magic, like their main characters intelligent and able and love satisfying and juicy plots. There are also some loveable side characters in there, though I also learned to hate some (of the good ones, doh).

All in all: Enjoyable, exciting and the series keeps getting better and better!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Daniel Messmer
  • 28/05/2016

eh

The speaker did an okay job, but the experience was occasionally disrupted by background noises - creaking chair, pages flipping - that are wholly unnecessary. Liked the story itself a lot

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Histoire
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Petra
  • 06/02/2016

ein extrem cooler Hauptdarsteller

Welchen drei Worte würden für Sie Storm Front treffend charakterisieren?

spannend lustig magisch :-)

Welches andere Buch würden Sie mit Storm Front vergleichen? Warum?

Mich hat es irgendwie an King City erinnert. Der Hauptdarsteller ist ein tougher Einzelgänger, der für seinen Job lebt. Harry Dresden ist aber noch beeindruckender, weil er zaubern kann.

Hat Ihnen James Marsters an der Geschichte etwas vermittelt, was Sie vielleicht beim Selberlesen gar nicht bemerkt hätten?

Die Stimme wär in meinem Kopf bestimmt nicht so sexy gewesen.

Hat dieses Hörbuch Sie emotional stark bewegt? Mussten Sie laut z.B. lachen, weinen, zweifeln, etc.?

Ja, das hat es. Der arme Kerl tat mir echt die ganze Zeit leid.Am lustigsten fand ich, wie er sich nach gelungener Rettung selbst gefeiert hat.

Was wäre für andere Hörer sonst noch hilfreich zu wissen, um das Hörbuch richtig einschätzen zu können?

Ich fand die Situationen doch manchmal ein wenig lächerlich. Zu dem Froschdämon muss z.B. nicht noch eine Frau high vom Liebesdrank dazukommen.Den Bösewicht bekommt man schnell raus, aber man hat trotzdem Spaß beim Hören.Ich will unbedingt weitere Bücher lesen.