I have become a big fan of Jim Butcher, having listened to many of his audiobooks while at work, or doing chores around my house. He is a great writer, and a master storyteller.... And the narration/production of the audiobook is very well done. That said, the one drawback to many of Butchers books is that they can be very overly-complicated. This series in particular is one that requires constant attention to be able to follow what is happening in the story. It's not a book that is easy to listen to while I am doing other things.... I found myself having to rewind several times because I had missed something important. The main trouble is that he jumps right in with an insanely large cast of main characters, spread over 3 or 4 different simultaneously running story arcs, that he is constantly switching back and forth between... So that it almost requires the listener to keep a notepad with all the characters to keep everything straight. Not to mention the seemingly random list of abilities that everyone seems to have. All in all it actually is a very entertaining and well-written book if you are able to give it your undivided attention.... However it is not for the person who is going to be intermittently interrupted by other tasks.
I love the book and the author tells a masterful story. If there is anything to criticize, the first time I listened to it, I wanted a male reader. Now Kate Reading is part of it.
I prefer reading over listening but it is becoming more difficult to read as I get older.
The story started slow and somewhat confusing, but nearing the tenth chapter things began to fall in place and became intriguing. I enjoyed the various lessons of morals and loyalty. The narrator was quite good a maintaining the different voices for each character. The reason I have given 4 stars rather than 5 is the anoying fan fares played throughout the narrative and the slow start to the story. I would recommend this listen to others, and intend on purchasing the rest of the series.
I wanted to like this story more. The worldbuilding is interesting on its own but the protagonists and antagonists are so covered up in plot armor that after the 4th or 5th "mortal wound" or "get-out-of-no-win-situation-alive" it just becomes boring. Overall, not bad but I'd have to be very bored to continue the series.
good book however I found the editing of the reader choppy in some instances. The start of some of her sentences almost overlap the ending of the previous. when it happens its very jarring. otherwise good performance.
This is a great book. Good story, good performance, but what, the name of all that's good, is up with the trumpet call that comes randomly throughout the story???!!!
I started this series largely because I enjoy Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series, and needed a new sci-fi/fantasy type series to listen to. I have not been disappointed. He continues a knack of creating both intrigue and action without being boringly repetitive or predictable, leaving my only disappointments as the times I have to stop listening. I was anxious about having a female narrator, especially with a male central character and several common male characters, however to me Kate Reading does an admirable job. She also, I think, captures the sometimes subtle wit Butcher tends to infuse.