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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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    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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    • John Morrell
    • 25/05/2019

    Thoroughly Boring

    I've heard a lot of great things about the Dresden Files and for all I know it gets much better in the later books but I found this book sooo boring and kind of obnoxious. 1. Writing feels very poor. Lots of cliché, weak character, and personally I found a lot of the trends very obnoxious. For example, every time Dresden meets a female character, she's described in this weird sort of sexual way as though Dresden is a really insecure lonely teenager. The pace is slow, soooo slow. It just drags along with piles of uninteresting details. 2. The narration drove me mad. There is a ton of sort of mouth noises, the sound of his spit or lips clicking and him breathing in loudly, I could barely stand it. And since the whole book is in first person every line is very over acted, the cadence and rhythm lurches around like a amateur theatre actor's reading the whole thing. I'm listening to it now and I swear if he swallows audibly one more time I'm going to scream.

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    • Gibby Family
    • 31/03/2018

    The Narrator Hates People

    The. Worst. Mouth. Noises. Ever.
    I seriously wondered if he was eating bananas.
    Who hurt you James!? Who hurt you!? Drink some water and stop licking peanut butter off the microphone.
    I couldn’t finish the book and I really tried.

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    • Bill Maurer
    • 09/04/2015

    Good story! Annoying narrator

    It was a good book, but the narrators heavy breathing got really old really fast. Listen if you can manage.

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    • Radish Bliss
    • 30/03/2012

    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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    • Henry Stone
    • 19/05/2019

    Series continues to get better.

    Love the Dresden files. I think it takes a little while to get rolling. The characters are strong from the outset and the plot is well constructed, but my favorite part of the series is world building.

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    • KP
    • 06/10/2013

    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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    • C. Buczkowski
    • 15/01/2019

    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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    • David
    • 19/03/2012

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

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    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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    • Kara
    • 13/02/2019

    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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    • 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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    • Christian Görz
    • 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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    • Amazon-Kunde
    • 17/10/2019

    Entertaining. Loved it.

    Why do I have to write 15 words... I am not a writer... Stars should be enough

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    • Amazon Customer
    • 12/05/2020

    ein fantastischer Sprecher

    tolle Geschichte und toller Sprecher. Werde gleich den nächsten Teil hören. Harry Dresden ist ein ziemlich cooler Hund.

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    • Maria White
    • 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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    • 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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    • Mirjam U.
    • 11/04/2021

    Great narrator, entertaining enough sorry

    Interesting take on the noir fiction genre. A bit male gaze-y for my taste but a fun story and great narrator kept me engaged nonetheless. Solid start to what I hear is a fantastic series.

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    • Eric Veltjens
    • 13/02/2021

    Great first entry to a series

    Absolutely brilliant performance by the narrator!

    The story isn't too complex, but has a good pace and a lovable protagonist.

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    • Oncle Iroh
    • 31/10/2020

    its okay of you have nothing else to read

    I'd say its neat and entertaining enough for a long hour drive.


    as the only wizard boy in the village ( I'm paraphrasing Little Britain here) and a public that seemingly does, or rather should not know about all that "dungeons and dragon " stuff going on very visible, that Dresden guy is astonishingly often visited and very openly confronted by other "weird folk" in public.

    the plot follows "the usual and predictable" crime storyline filled with "modern magic" stage props than telling anything new and original.

    I don't appreciate the way it is read though: the reader mumbles, hisses and grunts too much. he inhales at the beginning of a speech and exhales at the end, he moistens his tongue to speak out and swallows to make a point. we all do that a bit but in an audible story it still odd.

    • Global
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    • Kathrin
    • 27/09/2020

    This is how I imagine wizards...

    It feels like James Marsters is telling his own story. He's the wizard in the little office helping the police. There are very exciting but also funny parts (like Bob). The story is a little creepy at times. I really enjoyed listening to this audiobook and have already recommended it to others.

    A big thank you to James Marsters for bringing Harry Dresden to life.

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      4 out of 5 stars
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    • Voltem
    • 03/09/2020

    good story, flat narration

    excellent story, the narration was a bit too flat and monotonous for me, otherwise nice.