Storm Front: The Dresden Files, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 1 minute|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||28 December 2008|
|Publisher||Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp.|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 448 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
1 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
7 in Supernatural Thrillers (Books)
22 in Contemporary Fantasy (Books)
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Personally, I am a little split about this book as this is the first urban fantasy book I’ve read in a long time however I am mostly leaning towards the positive.
There were elements I enjoyed such as The humour, the supernatural world, the action, the magic, etc. However on the other side the writing is ok and the book can get pretty graphic at times.
If you are after a short book that's fast paced and incredibly fun the this fits the bill...
Other than that it's entertaining, funny, action packed - everything you could expect from a book of urban fantasy., the series literally gets better with every book so it’s worth the investment.
I can't warn people enough of how poor this book was. One to two sentence descriptions of male characters but often multiple paragraph descriptio s of female character detailing why Dresden would sleep with them. I am no prude but this got offensive real fast.
Harry is employed firstly to locate the missing husband of a new client, who is not adverse to lying to the book’s central character (and our hero) with in a few heart beats of introducing herself. Shortly after agreeing to meet with this woman, Harry is called to the scene of a grisly and vicious murder by the city’s Police department, only to witness first hands the works of magic for evil’s sake. And on the way back to his office, he is warned against investigating this grisly death by a very wealthy, very composed “gentleman” with very competent thugs in tow, to reinforce his arguments. Fortunately for Dresden’s soul, and the reader’s continued commitment to the story, he declines the offer of corruption and he is free, for the moment.
This book is fun. Plot twists follow plot twists follow plot twists, and as an example, by the end of chapter six, Harry has got himself a hot Saturday night dinner date with a local journalist only to be stopped in his tracks for mis-using magic against a fairy for information. This being his first and only warning, a repeat offence will lead to ’... death, by the sword, to be carried out at once.’ (Taken from location 926 of the kindle version).
So who wants to be a wizard, then?
Despite tales of wizards and magic being the domain for the young (not counting the eternally magnificent Gandalf, of course) this book is highly entertaining and compelling in a less than fully adult kind of way. I guess it depends on how far the author will take the heat in Dresden’s hot Saturday night date, and how violent and dastardly the bad guys turn out to be. And of course in what condition the husband of his new client is found, dead or alive. But as always in a good mystery, the fun is in the hunt, following and analysing the clues and of course working out whodunit.
Four stars for this excellent opening salvo to a magical new series.
The narrative is strong with this one, although predictable in spots, is often surprising and in the end dealt with a spiritual confrontation within Harry that lifted the story up another notch.
It is precisely the climax and resolution of this story that lifts it from 4 to 5 stars.
The story will suit those who enjoy their action (and there is lots of action) levened with a healthy dose of dry, ironic, wit.
I expect to read more of Jim Butcher and Harry Dresden.
Top reviews from other countries
If you like Pulp Fiction, P.I.’s and Wizards, you’ll love this. It’s quite unique. Recognisable characters, but a unique story line.
Let me get this bit out of the way - this is the first book. The first published book of Butcher and it shows; the edges are a little jagged, the prose could do with a little more polish and there are a few small sections that you feel could have done with some extra re-writing.
And this book is still one of the best urban-fantasy books I have had the fortune to read.
Whilst it feels somewhat disconnected from the later books in the series (but cleverly and well shoehorned back in, in later publications), you get a real sense of what Butcher was trying to achieve, and can read safe in the knowledge that each following book gets stronger and more well written.
Storm Front sets the scene - a novel length prologue if you will - for what has become affectionately known as the Dresdenverse. The detective elements are well written and I can find few faults in the logic of the 'crimes', whilst the explanation of the magic system and its interaction with the real world.
Storm Front is highly recommended for those who like their fantasy more gritty, their urban more magical and their Noir a bit different.
It was interesting Harry is a wizard (not potter) a grown man and struggling to make money as a PI. Works with a detective sometimes (kind of reminds me of tv series Bones but with magic or Tv series medium kind of, maybe a little of both with magic) but it felt short for me maybe it will build with friends the bartender Mac and Morgan.there was a kind of slow burn love interest with susan, but it was just a date with the reporter (I guess she could start working for him) that was my problem there was no team it was just a lonely man not great for the first book not got me hooked enough to read on, if it was on unlimited I would or a pound maybe,so will wait for 99p offer to continue.sorry jim
The bad is that the mystery was a bit predictable. There wasn't really any suspects or other things, so it became a bit obvious to me who actually did it, i was just waiting for thr main character to catch up
Also it's a bit "bloky" all the women are attractive and seen in that way. The main character is a gentleman and believes in the right order of things gender wise...it gets a bit much but that's definitely a personal thing.