by Jim Butcher
Series: The Dresden Files #1
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 8 hours and 1 minute
Genres: Urban Fantasy
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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
I own most of the Dresden Files, some in hardcover thanks to a fantastic yard sale, and others for Kindle and Audible. Yep, I REALLY wanted to read them but for some reason, I never started. 2018 seems to be the year for all things urban fantasy. At least it’s my current genre mood, so I decided to jump in during Take Control and went with the audio edition. Storm Front by Jim Butcher introduced the world and the wizard, Harry Dresden, as he solved a murder mystery that everyone thinks he committed.
I feel like the last urban fantasy fan standing to have finally begun this series, but I am also delighted to have so many books lined up and waiting for me.
Five Reasons to Grab Storm Front
- Harry Dresden is a cat-loving wizard for hire. He isn’t overly confident, is vulnerable like a human and tends to risk helping people even to his own detriment. He takes odd cases but most of his bills are paid assisting the Chicago Police Department as a consultant.
- While Storm Front is far from perfect, Butcher sets the world up, introducing the White Council (they oversee Wizards) and Harry himself. I love the potential I see here and understand why this character and world are fan favorites.
- Harry has two cases. The first is for a missing husband, a job he normally doesn’t take but he’s persuaded. The second case involves a double murder that is dark and sadistic. The Police have called him in to assist and things get intense when it looks like the deeds were performed by a wizard.
- The supernatural realm, magic, and creatures are very cool! Giant creepy crawlers, circles, golems and more can be found within.
- The book is laced with humor and I found myself laughing aloud. It offset the gore, suspense, and struggles our hero faced.
- Harry is complex, flawed, quick to anger and talks to himself and his cat named Mister. I adored the man. He isn’t polished, doesn’t date often and has an authenticity about him. The fact that he acts like an old dime store novel PI was delightful.
I’ve only been listening to audiobooks since, January of 2013, so it was interesting to listen to an audio produced in 2002. Oh my how we have changed! James Marsters is the perfect voice for the gruff wizard but I was taken aback by the noises on the track. Swallowing, breathing and an adjusting office chair. At least I think it was a chair. I jumped off and listened to a later one and yep, either Marsters learned to control his breathing and swallowing or technology is brilly because all of those sounds were absent. Of course, Marsters is now the voice of Harry, so I will continue my adventures in audio.Storm Front by Jim Butcher shares an exciting world with a gritty, awkward and delightful protagonist. Have you met Harry Dresden? #urban #audio Click To Tweet
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