I have been a fan of Jim Butchers for some time, but I can’t believe how involved I have become in this series. I find myself downloading the next book in the series before I finish the one I’m on because I don’t want a break in the drama.
The best part about this series is it is not just action, its intrigue and strategy like a continuing chess match. And the seamless transfer between characters timelines is impressive.
Alera is amazing.
The roman quality to the book as well as the magic system. I think it was very original.
Kate Reading is hands down the best narrator that there is.
Serious issues with quality.
1. Half way through the audiobook, trumpets begin to herald the need to change cds.
2. Chapters start repeating out of order (i.e. listen to chapter 20, 21 22, 20, 23, etc), again half-way through.
3. The chapter listing in the audible app doesn't match up with the actual chapters. So to navigate to chapter 48 I had to press chapter 56.
4. Whispersync doesn't work, and I have to spend far too much time trying to find my spot - whether I'm switching to the audiobook or the ebook. Again, this started happening half way through.
Needless to say, I will not be using Whispersync for the rest of the books in the series, and if the audiobook issues continue in book three, I will switch to ebook.
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!
I'm finding this series enjoyable and engaging. There are always at least three plots going at once, and clues to larger underlying mysteries are revealed along the way. In addition, Jim Butcher is not afraid to kill off a character, even one that he has a fair amount of time invested in, which I find refreshing and keeps you guessing who will be next. I found it a hard 'book' to put down.
My only complaints are the vast number of characters, which can at times get confusing, and sometimes the fight scenes go on too long. The narrator does a good job with distinct voices for each main character, but when you have soooo very many supporting 'cast', it's virtually impossible to have a different inflection for each of them. Overall, well worth the listen.
Great Genre combinations
The great characters combined with a rich Roman atmosphere.
Reading has a great range of ability. She is one of the best narrators.
It made me laugh several times.
Butcher is a great Author.
Kate Reading does a masterful job of all the fantastical voices and varied characters in Jim Butcher's epic Furies series.
Both writer and performer may be justly proud of their work.
Max was a standout. A solid Fafhrd to Tavi's Grey Mouser.
Subtle changes in her voice indicate who is talking without difficulty and the changes add to the perception of the character's-Max's robustness, K'tai's wildness, the canine Vaarg and the alien Voord.
So I was lead to this series because the author, Jim Butcher, also wrote one of my all time favorite series "The Dresden Files". If you haven't read it (you should) its Urban fantasy and I was worried that his writing style wouldn't translate to high fantasy but it does. I'm on book 5 now and the series evolves a good pace and you are invested in the characters.
Kate Redding does a spectacular job, for those of you that have listened to the Wheel of Time, she does the female point of view chapters there as well.
I think Mr. Butcher does a good job of developing both character and story lines. This book is no exception.
I've read tons of different fantasy books and this series compare well to them all. There a character you love and character you will hate.
I've only heard Ms. Reading read the Colex Alera series but I will definitely look for other opportunities.
The story took a little for me to get into it, but once I did, I was able to appreciate the imagination of the author. However, the editors should have left out the annoying electronic trumpet music in between some of the scenes. I pull my ear buds out every time .. . does not add anything to the performance at all. Narrator is excellent!
The trumpets that are played at seemingly random parts of the book are somewhat annoying.