Yes. The story is wonderful, as is the performance.
Ms. Reading did wonderfully as always. Each character was easily recognizable.
Jim Butcher's story and Kate Reading's performance are both wonderful, as usual. However, this book's recording appears to have several instances where there may have been problems while editing. Words were cut off, breaks between sentences were non-existent, etc. These were not throughout the book, but occurred frequently enough to be distracting and to think that editing was rushed.
Butcher is an amazing storyteller and has gotten better and better over the years. I think he is truly exceptional. Even though I prefer the Dresden series, this has been very very entertaining and I'm looking forward to the last book.
This book (and this series) is right up among the top picks of my audiobooks. Always an unexpected twist, drama and fantasy and a touch of romance (but not enough to make it a "chick book".)
Hard to pick one favorite character... several great characters emerge as the stories evolve and revolve around different ones.. as the series continues, Tavi (the main character in the first book) is still central, but "supporting roles" are brought to the forefront as the action progresses from Tavi's humble origins and not exactly glorious initial personality to his development as a military leader, almost by accident, and now the action is involving the entire land of Alera.
The series is excellent. I started it because of the author, but was surprised.. this is totally unlike Jim Butcher's Dresden series. Still a fantastic listen, though. The only negative thing I have to say about it is regarding the blare of tinny-sounding trumpets between sections. I guess they are supposed to be heraldic rather than musical instruments, but they are harsh and annoying and frankly I can't see any connection between them and the story or series. But even that can't detract from the quality of the story and performance as a whole
Thank God Butcher is so prolific, there has been a time when I would finish one of his series to pick up in another one of his series. In other words, Butcher is one of the best and most engaging authors I have read. Add to this a brilliant performance and hold on for a great ride. I hate writing reviews but Butcher is one of my favorite authors so please leave him alone so he can write more as I have read everything he has written!
Fan of mystery & romance -- particularly of historical persuasion!"
When my husband and I ran out of the fabulous Dresden series books by Jim Butcher, we decided to take try his other series, "Codex Alera". This is a very different but wonderful series by Jim! Wish he'd write more as we made our way much too quickly through all the books in this series, as well. Kate Reading does a terrific job of narrating!
I really enjoyed this series, and I am very sad that I have reached the end of it. That being said, I was not blown away by the way this series ended. Maybe I am spoiled by Inheritance cycle and Harry Potter, hoping for a series amount of denouement. Although this did have closure, I was not as riveted by the ending as I was for the other two aforementioned series. I think the character development over the course of the series was interesting, although some of the characters were very static. I wanted to love this book, and I wanted to be satisfied with the way that everything ended, but I must say I was left with something wanting. That being said, it was still a very good story, most definitely glad I read the whole series from beginning to end. If you have gotten this far into the series, you have to read this one. If you haven't started this series, start right now!
Nice story continues - careless/sloppy editing. Many chapters missing last few words - or next chapter missing a few words. In cliff-hanger transitions, this is an important gap - and simple carelessness by the editor(s). Read the book instead
Avid fan of sci-fi and James Marsters, I use audio books to inspire me to exercise, taking them on morning walks. It's a perfect combo!
This series gets more intriquing and enjoyable with each book. Engaging and complex plots never let you get bored! Can't wait to see what happens next!