Storm Front Audiobook by Jim Butcher (Review)

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Review of: Storm Front Audiobook
Jim Butcher

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On September 29, 2014
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Storm Front Audiobook Review

By: Jim Butcher

Narrated by: James Marsters

Published by: Buzzy Multimedia Publishing Corp. o6/10/2009

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The Dresden Files

8 hrs and 1 min

Whispersync- for Voice-ready

Urban Fantasy

Storm Front Audiobook Sample

Storm Front

My Thoughts

I read this book many years ago, but never picked up any other books from the series. I have no idea why. I enjoyed this book. I have heard so many great things about the series and even the narrator, so I decided that I should give it a try on audio. I did go back to listen to book one because it had been so long, I knew I would never remember what was going on the series.

Harry Dresden is a wizard. He is even listed as one in the phone book. He helps his clients with magical problems. He is a consultant for the Chicago PD. Things get a little hairy when Harry has to help investigate magical murders where he could be one of the prime suspects.

Dresden has to help protect the public from some pretty weird magic. He has to do some things he isn’t happy about. He loses the trust of one his few friends. He has the governing council of wizards after him. Things don’t look good for him.

Overall, I enjoyed Storm Front, though it didn’t set my world on fire. I’m definitely intrigued and want to see more of what is going to happen to Harry Dresden. Is he able to heal some of the relationships that he damaged in this book? What other crazy cases does he end up working. I love police with magical twist, so I think this has a lot of potential. I have already requested book two from my library, there is a waiting list for it.

Storm Front Audiobook Narration

My Review

You might recognize the name, James Marsters. He is also known as Spike from the Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV show. His narration was different than what I am used to, but it worked for this series. He had a bit of a guy next door voice for Dresden and there was some breathing and sighing that would normally annoy me, but seemed like something Harry Dresden would do, so it fit. I would like to see Marsters do a better job with women’s voices, but there are not a lot of women in this series, so far, so it wasn’t too bad.

Author Jim Butcher

Author Jim Butcher Photo by Karen Hacker

Jim Butcher is the author of the Dresden Files, the Codex Alera, and a new steampunk series, the Cinder Spires. His resume includes a laundry list of skills which were useful a couple of centuries ago, and he plays guitar quite badly. An avid gamer, he plays tabletop games in varying systems, a variety of video games on PC and console, and LARPs whenever he can make time for it. Jim currently resides mostly inside his own head, but his head can generally be found in his home town of Independence, Missouri.


Narrator James MarstersAMERICAN actor, singer and songwriter James Marsters first found international fame playing punk-goth Brit vampire Spike in the critically acclaimed American TV show Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the equally popular spin-off Angel.

Film roles include live action film Dragon Ball, romantic love story P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank, Gerard Butler and Kathy Bates , USA Original true-crime film Cool Money, independent thriller Shadow Puppets, Winding Roads, The House On Haunted Hill and Chance with Buffy co-star Amber Benson.


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  1. I remember watching the Dresden Files TV show on Hulu many years ago, and didn’t even know it was based on a book series. Even though this one didn’t set your world on fire, I bet the next will be better. A lot of people love this series.
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    • It was a good book. I think it was just a case of the “first book” syndrome. Plus, the series had been talked up so much, I think I wanted it to be more. I’m not giving up on the series, that is for sure. I have already gotten book two from the library.
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  2. I listened to the first few books a long time ago, and I do remember enjoying the following books a lot more than the first. Also I remember being a little disappointed at this one cuz it wasn’t hot..LOL back then I had to have hot..LOL
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  3. Thanks for the great review. I have heard so much about this author and this series but I’ve never tried it. Maybe now’s the time πŸ™‚

  4. I think I loved this book more than I anticipated because of James’ narration. I was (am) a huge Buffy fan and thought he did an excellent job interpreting Harry (even though I’m sad Harry’s not British…LOL) I love reading books where the lead character is somewhat of an anti-hero and I think that’s why I enjoy Harry Dresden, he reminds me of Gage from Jocelynn Drake’s Asylum Tales (which I read before the Dresden Files). I need to continue the series and plan to do so on audio! Glad that it was an enjoyable read for you Melanie.
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  5. The sighing and the other annoying sounds would go away as the series progress . I think by book 3 they are all gone and JM does a brilliant job of narrating the whole series (except one book). He is one of my 2 favorite narrators of all time !

    • That’s good to hear. I’ve heard such great things about this series and narrator. They both showed a lot of promise in this book, but I still felt that both had a ways to go to get what I was expecting. Thanks.
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  6. I completely forgot about this series, it’s been awhile since I’ve read it. Need to pick it back up, have several of the paperbacks on my shelf. Great review, and omg I should have got the audio, Spike?!

    • I was the same way. This has been on my list for a while. What got me to push it up was we did a post back for Audiobook Month about favorite audio series. Several people listed this one, so I figured I needed to get on it sooner rather than later. I haven’t tried the Codex Alera. I might have to give that one a try after I finish this one. πŸ™‚
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  7. I suspect that this is a case of ‘it gets better with every installment.’ One of my go-to audiobook peeps (not you or Loupeβ€”hehe) has recommended that I listen to these on multiple occasions, and I plan on doing just that… eventually. There are just SO many Dresden Files novels out already. However, the fact that it’s narrated by SPIKE is good enough for me! Although, if I start this series before IAD, I’m afraid that you might kick my butt, Melanie.
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    • I think you are right. I’m sure that these will get better with each book.

      And you are also right that if you keep avoiding the IAD series, I will find you. I have a passport and I’m not afraid to use it. πŸ˜›
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  8. I knew this book but I never read it. It’s good to hear that, although it didn’t set your world on fire, you still want to keep up with the series. And I honestly didn’t know Marsters ever narrated a book, what a surprise! I would be tempted to grab the audiobook just for him πŸ˜‰
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    • I’ve heard a bunch of people say that about “Spike” narrating a book. LOL I plan to get to book two really soon, but there are some great new releases in October that may push it back a bit. But, I’ll get to them.
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  9. I do love this series but I haven’t read it in a while. I need to get back to it because Harry is just a character you grow to love.

  10. One day I’ll have to read more books by the author. I only tried the first one in French but I wasn’t blown away so I didn’t try more. But some friends told me that I should.

    • I’ve been told that they get better and better. I also wonder if it could’ve lost something in the translation. Does that happen? I haven’t read many books that were translated. The only modern ones were The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo books.
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  11. I’ve had the first book on my shelf (like forever) but just have not picked it up. I’ve heard so many great things about the series, but I’m thinking it’s one where it just gets better as you go. I’m very curious now as to what Carmel mentioned about SPIKE narrating as well- lol. Thanks for the great review Melanie πŸ™‚
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  12. The series DEFINITELY gets better as you progress and the audio ends up amazing later on. The first few get off to a rocky start I think. But later on James Marsters totally BECOMES Harry Dresden for me and now I can’t even read them anymore I HAVE to listen where as I used to be a strictly reader person of this series.
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