This series is wonderful. I've listened to all 5 as of July09 and I look forward to what should be the final book (or maybe next to last) in the series. The narration is very good.... Highly recommended!!
Having listened to the previous 4 in the series, I am determined to slug my way through this one, but it's so boring so far. I've listened to a fourth of the story. What's up? Jim Butcher is usually an easy read, but this one is so bogged down with war stratagems and other minutia that I don't know if I can make it through the series. I'm very disappointed. Book 3 picked up, but it also started slowly. This one is really slow though.
Regardless of whether a book is a stand alone or a sequel, it still needs some action. So far, there is nothing happening but lots and lots and lots of talking about nothing.
She's very good consistently. I only have trouble with her when she yells like a man. It's kind of disturbing.
If the story isn't finished, then yes. I haven't finished it so don't know how it ends. I dislike not finishing a series but won't get the next one if this one continues to go so slowly.
This is the first time I have ever wished that I could get a refund for an audiobook. Previous to this book in the series, I had read the books to myself and absolutely devoured them. Butcher is a truly gifted writer. Amazing that he is able to craft his stories so quickly!
But WHY oh WHY did his publisher decide to pair Kate Reading with this book? Don't get me wrong, Reading is a terrific narrator... when the protagonist of a novel is a *woman*. This series has very few female lead characters, the majority of them are male and THE main character is a male. This book would have been absolutely fantastic with, say, Michael Kramer as the reader- a man who can do very distinct male voices and highly believable female voices as well. As talented as Kate Reading is, her male voices come off as either snobby and pretentious or low brow and dull. And at no point are they believable.
I don't have the heart to give this book less than four stars as Butcher really is a master at what he does and I do not want my poor score to reflect on his talents. I couldn't, however, listen all the way through due to the narration. I truly hope that the publisher changes it's mind about their narrator and goes in a different direction with Princep's Fury and First Lord.