I'm Lindsey Black yo!
The book is amazing, however 1/2 chapter 50 which contains arguably the most important information in the book , is missing. I was increadbly confused for the last 4 chapters as I had missed the result of an important battle. Had to buy the book and read though to figure it out. I was very disappointed and wonder if this happens more often than I notice in audible in less noticably parts of the books.
Kitia. She's a bad ass.
I love Kate Reading in this series as well as the wheel if time series. I doubt very much this mistake was caused by her reading. More likely an error of audible cutting and pasting to mp3 formate.
All of the above. Great book. Wonderfully written.
fix the cut and paste in leaving out 1/2 of chapter 50 and purposely cut out the annoying horns!!
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Yes it was a good story. I kind of felt, Jim was playing Starcraft when he wrote the book. In fact after completing the book I am now playing Starcraft again. (the new one) Killing Vorg left and right oooo i mean Zerg.
Breaking Max out of the tower.
For me Kate just gets the job done. She is not my favorite, but I would still listen to a book she narrates.
No, In fact I thought there was a little to much romantic mush in this book.
Kind of have a love hate relationship with the magic system that has been developed. Its different and fun but not really explained in detail. The magic system is just kind of figured out as you go along.
I absolutely love my audible account, makes its from enjoying a book to loving the stories found in the books. Do forgive my errors in the reviews i do have dyslexia but i will share my love with everyone
What happens when you gain favor of the empire for saving a valley from the invading Marat? for Tavi its patronage to the university. where the bullies are bigger, stronger, and of the most powerful families. but while Tavi studies he is also secretly studding to be a cursor.
here he finds the enemy to the empire is really a friend, and the real threat is hidden somewhere inside the great city. and the Marat girl he bonded with is now stalking him, watching.
back home the Marat come to seek audience with his uncle and warn about a ancient threat and how it almost wiped out the marat race. now they found another queen in the valley area and need to fight it before its to strong.
Jim Butcher is a great writer but by now its starting to become obvious about some things if you know where to look and I feel he could have done a bit better with hiding the truth just a few books longer. but overall the book is great.
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I am really excited to listen to the next book. I have really grown to like all of these characters and there are alot of twists and turns in the story line. This particular book ended on a real cliff hanger and I am excited to see what happens next.
The sample should really have the horns blowing mid-sentence so people can get an idea of how annoying that is before they spend money on this series. It's a good story & great narration if it just didn't have the stupid horns left over from the CD format.
Entertaining - tricky to remember all the names - that wouldn't be an issue in a written version. Narrator is tremendous. The bugles and horns that divide sections of the books wake up the animals and my spouse. Those goofy horns are like commercials with volume 10x louder that the TV show.
I am really a fan Jim Butcher's writing. I appreciate the way he develops his worlds over several books, enabling the stories to unfold & characters to grow in a way that feels natural. There are, admittedly, a good number of HP parallels, but that is a minor point and it doesn't keep one from being pulled into the Aleran universe. Kate Reading is good, although I admit it was a serious adjustment to go from James Marsters (fabulous!) & Dresden to Ms. Reading. Her accent did seem to fit the use of language, which could sound artificial and pretentious without the RIGHT American narrator; but I do wonder how it would have turned out with a woman narrating the female story line and a male doing Tavi's. She is no Jim Dale (who is, but the One?), but she did a good job individuating each character, with only occasional missteps. I do have one caveat about this series: that hideous music. Introducing the story, maybe; but interjected like that, it is jarring and unnecessary. Good narrators don't need help delivering the words of good storytellers. They are perfectly capable of doing a beautiful job all on their own. Suspension of disbelief enables fantasy to enfold us, and there's nothing like drums & trumpets to say, "Okay, you're listening to a book, here, and let's move on."
My introduction to this series was actually book 5, because I was jonesing for fantasy & that's all my local public library had to offer (& I was out of credits for the month). So my perspective was skewed as I listened to book 1.
Book 5 was completely satisfying, and book 1 didn't disappoint. But like many initial books in a series, this was a *teensy bit* slower than book 5. It's necessary to build up characters, though, and a worthwhile listen.
I love the way Butcher builds characters along the way, never sacrificing the tempo of the action with asides meant to build up a character. He finds a way to do both simultaneously. The action sequences confused me a little bit sometimes, and I had a tough time making my mental movie keep up with his words. But I think that's a function of audio over text - I'd normally re-read a paragraph to work out the action in my head.
There's nothing here that's new, but there seldom is with this genre. And that's just fine with me. I've been reading epic fantasy since I was a kid, and I never seem to tire of it. I read at least one review that criticized the book for being predicable; I find that most fantasy is. Still, I enjoy it!
Lastly, Kate Reading. Wow. If I had my druthers, that woman would narrate all of the audiobooks - excepting perhaps the man who narrates The Warded Man; he's just as amazing.
I originally gave it 5 stars all the way around till my wife pointed out that 1/2 a chapter was missing. For $20+ I expected a full book, and not to miss out on the finish of an AMAZING battle. Other than that a great audio book.
The story and the performance are both five star quality. The only reason for the overall four star rating is that the audio recording itself is not of the high-quality one would expect from audible. There are horns that will randomly sound throughout the book. It is clear that these are where they have edited together the book from a different audio source. Rather than do this editing in a quality manner, they have haphazardly thrown in these ridiculous sounding trumpet sounds to cover where they have edited together the recording. The story in and of itself is excellent. The characters are ones that you come to care about and come to root for. I would highly recommend the book and would give it five stars if audible would fix the recording. The narrator is excellent and the story leaves you ready for more! Get it. You won't regret it.