I'll read just about anything.
The entire series is amazing. The characters are easy to relate to and interesting. The storyline is exciting. The details are rich and you can imagine yourself in this world, but the descriptions aren't boring and drawn out. I could not put these down/or stop listening to them. Fantasy at it's very best. Bravo, Mr. Butcher.
Academ's Fury focuses on a single desperate period during Tavi's training at the Imperial Academy. Tavi's dream while tending sheep, he has not found the academy to be everything he hoped, but he has grown in both capability and maturity. Tavi, still green, has learned how to fight and has honed his wits, and is clearly a person trusted by his friends and leadership.
Allusions, from other reviewers, to Hogwarts are, I feel, overblown. Yes, the action begins by focusing on a few school-oriented episodes, and a final exam plays heavily in one chapter, but the Hogwarts books are written to take place over an entire academic year. The entire course of Academ's Fury takes place in about 1 week. His small knot of friends, with one exception, are not regular mainstays of many chapters. Tavi is the very opposite of a "Chosen Hero" to his classmates and teachers.
Tavi is a likeable protagonist, and his interactions feel genuine, interesting, and heart-warming. There is frequent humor. Amara and Isana are less well-drawn as decisive and powerful women; they are continually rehashing old arguments with both themselves and others, mostly focusing on matters of the heart. Jim Butcher's effort to make alien races likeable while still alien is successful. The battle-scenes are well-done and action-packed, conveying desperation in tactics and actions even when the protagonists succeed.
On a technical note, this Audiobook is marked with a chapter mark for each book chapter, which is a lovely touch that makes rapidly finding your place again in the book easy. However, there are some duplicate chapters (as of April 21st, 2013). Audible Chapter 21 (Book Chapter 20) and Audible Chapter 22 are identical, both readings of Book Chapter 20. More distressingly, Chapter 41 and 42 (Book Chapters 39 & 40) is originally misplaced as well as duplicated. Audible Chapter 43 is Book Chapter 38, so simply skip Audible Chapter 41 and 42.
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I would not, for the reasons noted in my additional comments section about the random trumpet blaring addins and the instances where sentences ran on making me wonder if sections were missing.
While this book and the reading are both great, throughout the book there are randomly interspersed pauses for a short sound byte of trumpets blaring. It's not long but it comes at random times, often in the middle of scenes or even partially through a set of dialogue, and detracts from the experience. I wish the creators would remove these. There are also instances where it sounds like a pause was removed and one part of the reading falls right into the next part. As best I could tell none of the story was actually left out but the discontinuity is distracting and does make me worry a section was removed whenever it happens.
I would listen to this book again. It is fast paced, interesting, fun, sad, exciting and just plain good.The reader is wonderful, she makes the book come alive!
The wonderful Characters and the interesting magic.
Very interesting book, it is enjoyable to see how characters develop in the books following the first of the series. This one takes a little while to catch your interest just like the first one, but the story ends up becoming a very good one. The overall character arc for these books seems very interesting, and is definitely worth the read if you enjoy the lighter type fantasy. Highly recommend getting started on this series if you haven't already
I read this series when it first came out and enjoyed it then. Listening to the story (after having read it) really made the story come alive for me. I was worried about keeping up with all the characters in this book, but the narrator does an excellent job of making each character distinct. I have already purchased book 2 and plan to eventually listen to the whole series.
This was an excellent book
Kate Reading is brillant in this and the subsequent novels in this series- I think her range fantastic and her accents consistent:)
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.