I received this book for free from Purchase in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Dresdon Files by Jim Butcher
Published by Penguin ROC on April 1st 2000
Narrator: James Marsters
Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
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Harry Dresden -- Wizard
Lost items found. Paranormal Investigations.
Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates.
No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or
Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things — and most of them don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a — well, whatever.
There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks. So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get… interesting.
Magic. It can get a guy killed.
Well… I hate to admit this but the hubby was right! Actually I read this as book two for the book club but he kept insisting that I read this and I kept insisting that I didn’t want to! I decided while I was working but needed to busy my mind as well, that I would start listening and within the first few sentences I was totally hooked! So much so that I’m contemplating buying book two like NOW.
Firstly, this is definitely paranormal. It is also a mystery seeing as Harry Dresden is a detective that probably doesn’t shock you. But what shocked me is the fact that this also had a huge and I do mean a huge amount of satire. From the very first line I found myself laughing out loud. The way the characters are introduced is phenomenal and kept the plot moving very well, sadly almost too many characters as I had to listen closely and stop working for a few minutes to make sure I knew what was going on. But that is the only downside to this and it isn’t even much of a downside, really.
And speaking of the plot, it’s amazing, fast, intense, and will keep you on the edge of your seat! It goes straight to the end of the book and I found myself watching the time left (since I listened on audible) and was wondering if he was going to be able to pull the rabbit out of the hat!
I also really enjoyed the point of view. Harry is this sarcastic wizard but he does not have a large head. He’s as down to earth as a wizard can be and I felt like I liked him right away. All the sarcastic bits helped too! I just love him!
And the narration was fabulous. Sadly the hubby ruined this part for me. Apparently the narrator, James Marsters, is Spike on Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I was so excited to hear an English accent (being the anglophile that I am!) and then was curious when I heard an average American one. I guess I’ll have to get used to that voice coming out of that mouth though because seriously, I’m getting book two!