I'll admit I questioned whether I'd finish The Codex Alera after the first two books, enjoying both not feeling terribly invested in the characters futures. While Cursors Fury presents an fantastic and epic adventure for each of it's POV characters, the growth and backstory herein gives the reader both reason to care and a hook that should carry them to the end of the series, if only to see where there arcs lead. A fitting midpoint to the series read by a narrator whose skill has increased with each entry, Cursors Fury is a must for fans of High Fantasy.
I absolutely love pretty much anything that Jim does. I love the way he weaves his stories together. There never seems to be a dull moment in any of his stories, I have read all of the Dresden files, and even the first book of his newest series. I can't wait to see what is next for this amazing author!!
the author is great at keeping the story going with one plot while having this larger more intresting plot almost hidden while dropping slight hints along the way. I will finish this series and his others.
I love this series. Butcher in my opinion is one of the best fiction writers of our generation, I've read everything he has written since Storm Front.
I had never heard Kate reading until now and at first I was disappointed that James Marsters was not performing this series. However after the first book I was impressed with Reading's ability to totally immerse me in the story. Considering that this is a third person narrative I know of very few who could have done it better.
The only real issue I have with this audio book recording is the horns. It seems to happen after any major event, possibly in the text it may be represented by a break in the page like this
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It can be a bit distracting and pull me out of the story for a time.
Brass fanfare aside, this is an excellent product and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for an original and exciting story.
As I've listened to this series, (and I'm only 3 books into it), it strikes me what an excellent storyteller Jim Butcher is. Quite frankly, I'd like to see this as a show. Kate Reading is an amazing voice actor as well. Thoroughly enjoying this entire series! Well worth reading, listening to, and please gods, watching :)
Great story, great reader, but I hate those blasted horns that sound randomly throughout. That is the only reason I cannot give the performance the full five starts that the reader deserves.
The primary problems with this audio book is that there were several points where there are portions that stop abruptly as if it were spliced poorly. It resumes but gives the impression that something has been skipped. There was also an tendency for the audio not to resume at the location where it had most recently been stopped.
This is the third book in the series, and so far they have all had these same issues. There's something strange about the editing of the audio. Sometimes words almost overlap where there should have been a pause, and there are these weird trumpets here and there in between conversations. As for the narrator, I sometimes find myself wishing it was a male, since the lead character is male. Kate Reading does her best, but unfortunately all her male voices sound too much alike. When two male characters are talking with each other, it is sometimes difficult to tell them apart. Sometimes even her female characters sound a bit mechanical. Overall, it is an entertaining story, and I still enjoy it in the end.