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Storm Front

The Dresden Files, Book 1
Lu par : James Marsters
Série : The Dresden Files, Volume 1
Durée : 8 h et 1 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 notations)

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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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    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
    4 out of 5 stars
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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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  • Randall
  • 05/03/2019

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
  • 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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  • David
  • 19/03/2012

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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Jacqueline
  • 18/11/2014

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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01/08/2018

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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    2 out of 5 stars
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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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  • 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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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Irena D.
  • 20/03/2015

Decent story, AWFUL narrator

Would you try another book from Jim Butcher and/or James Marsters?

It was so hard to get passed all of the sighs and bored voice of the narrator. It would be so much better if the narration was different.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

yes, and that's an understatement

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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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  • 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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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon-Kunde
  • Basel,schweiz
  • 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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    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Konstantinos
  • 30/06/2019

Nice story but no masterpiece

The narration was typical noir. The story predictable. It is a nice light listen during commute.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • 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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    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Charlotte Lisbon
  • 06/12/2019

Amazing but painful

I loved the story, the magic system and Harry in general. What I did not enjoy was his suffering. Can't wait for book 2 😍😍

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Sekhmet
  • 03/06/2019

In Ordnung

Das Buch ist insgesamt gesehen in Ordnung, aber mehr auch nicht. Der Sprecher ist gut, mich haben die von anderen erwähnten Nebengeräusche bzw. Atempausen nicht gestört, bzw. sind sie mir gar nicht aufgefallen.

Das Setting ist interessant (Urban Fantasy), aber leider sind die Charaktere nur mittelmäßig und man muss sich schon fragen, weswegen das Aussehen der durchwegs attraktiven weiblichen Charaktere eine derart große Rolle spielt. Leider hat Harry Dresden u.a. dadurch einen eher armseligen Eindruck hinterlassen und auch die anderen Charaktere waren nicht viel besser. Auch manche Handlungsstränge wirken gezwungen (z.B. ein Liebestrank, der ja wohl eher wie eine magische Variante von K.O.-Tropfen wirkt und in keiner Form für die Handlung notwendig war).

Die Handlung ist in Ordnung, aber leider nichts besonderes. Der Antagonist war uninteressant, die Motive bizarr. Nichts war außergewöhnlich schlecht oder langweilig, aber es gibt auch nichts, was als besonders gut oder spannend in Erinnung bleibt.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Ines Biebrach
  • 20/05/2019

Great Audiobook on the go

It's a very nice audiobook. Things seemed to go to bad but always well in the end for me, but I have been told the author gets better. It's a wonderful introduction to Harry Dresden anyways. Speaker is very nice. It is not a story to leave of and only listen weeks later too. To much is happening. It's a little bit predictable too, but for a 'Krimi' {crime story} pretty good.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Tarlan
  • 09/01/2019

Super Reihe, die Umsetzung auch

Top gemacht. Angenehme Stimme und die Reihe ist ohnehin sehr gut. Macht weiter so. Gespannt auf die nächste Folge.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • Sir John Phillip
  • 09/01/2019

Pulp Potter

Unusual Pulp-Potter Wizard PI Story with a lot of post fairytale magic and monsters. The typical broke and single Dirty-Harry kinda Private Investigator / Wizard Harry Dresden stumbles head on into a classical pulp-fantasy murder case, where the lines between investigator and suspect, magician and gunslinger, clothed and naked...sane and insane begin to blur. Marvously indifferent performed by James Masters the story is in a weird way fresh and funny and Even from the esoteric point of view well written.