Tag: Jim Butcher

Storm Front

Storm Front

by Jim Butcher (Roc, 2000)

audiobook read by James Marsters (Buzzy Multimedia, 2009)

Book cover: “Storm Front” by Jim Butcher (Roc, 2000); audiobook read by James Marsters (Buzzy Multimedia, 2009)

A middling first instalment. Harry Dresden is likeable enough (a powerful wizard, too empathetic for his own good) but the plot shows its fold lines like a paper plane instruction manual. James Marsters earns his pay in an understated, charismatic audiobook narration.

Shadowed Souls

Shadowed Souls

ed. Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes (Roc, 2016)

audiobook read by various narrators (Penguin, 2016)

Book cover: “Shadowed Souls” ed. Jim Butcher & Kerrie L. Hughes (Roc, 2016); audiobook read by various narrators (Penguin, 2016)

A collection of urban fantasy stories whose protagonists are pitched as straddling the line between good and bad. There’s only one dud (Kevin J. Anderson’s ‘Eye of Newt’) but no real standouts. Few of the authors truly do justice to the premise.