Narrated by: James Marsters
Published by Roc on Jun 10, 2009
Genres: Adult, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook from Library
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HARRY DRESDEN — WIZARD
Lost Items Found. Paranormal Investigations. Consulting. Advice. Reasonable Rates. No Love Potions, Endless Purses, or Other Entertainment.
Business has been slow. Okay, business has been dead. And not even of the undead variety. You would think Chicago would have a little more action for the only professional wizard in the phone book. But lately, Harry Dresden hasn’t been able to dredge up any kind of work—magical or mundane.
But just when it looks like he can’t afford his next meal, a murder comes along that requires his particular brand of supernatural expertise.
A brutally mutilated corpse. Strange-looking paw prints. A full moon. Take three guesses—and the first two don’t count…
I have concluded that this series is basically one that I want to read to enjoy and not review or dissect. Part of the reason is that even after only two books, Harry feels like a character I know intimately. How can I objectively review his stories when he feels like a friend? That is definitely one of the strengths of the books.
Moving beyond the fact that I love Harry and his nonchalent, casual attitude, the rest of the characters are also quite enjoyable. Karen was less present in this book, and that was sad. I love her gruff, no-nonsense attitude, and the tension between her and Harry.
This book focused on werewolves, and I had no idea that there were so many different types of them around. The multiple myths and stories about them created an extra layer of complexity to a paranormal creature that is usually quite simple.
Like the first book, I listened to the audiobook version of the story. This is definitely the way to go because the narration is so natural and fits Harry’s character perfectly. It feels like you are listening to Harry tell his story, and goes beyond just the first person POV to the minute inflections, tones and pauses in the narration. I would highly recommend listening to the book on audio, and will be looking for the audio version of the next book as I continue in the series.