The story was excellent, I was concerned at the start but being an avid Jim Butcher reader I pushed on and I was not disappointed. The narration on the other hand left something to be desired.
I enjoyed listening to this book and Kate Reading did a fantastic job! The author did a good enough job to actually make me mad at him for the level of cold heartedness he put into his bad guys. The story was very good and made me sad at times, laugh at witty statements and get genuinely frustrated and angry at others, but there was just something lacking at times... The fights with alderic were never satisfying to me and always just left me frustrated... And that made me give 4 stars instead of 5 for the story.
I purchased this book, simply based on my love of Kate Reading's other narrations. However, I found the story itself to be bland, almost annoyingly whiny at times, and will not be bothering with other books in the series. I typically try to find books that are part of a large series, with big story arcs. I like continuing to dive deeper into a world/storyline, because I often tire of becoming acquainted with a new context.
There is a persistent whiny mood throughout this book, which was distracting. I gave it a chance, though, in hopes it was merely an intentional jumping off point for character growth. Perhaps there is greater (or at least additional) character growth in later books, which would justify a deliberate insertion of moody, whiny character traits. Unfortunately, the tone of this story, at this time, does not appear to be necessary or supplementary to the overall arc.
Honestly, I have a difficult time remembering any details or specific scenes in this book, and found myself quite lost at the end. Partly due to the unrelenting trumpeting sounds, which had no apparent purpose and, in fact, usually interrupted a scene or sentence. Even if there was reason for the trumpeting sounds, I would find them off-putting, since the rest of the recording is utterly void of sound effects or musical insertions.
In addition to the trumpeting interruptions, there seems to be missing bits of narration in the final 2hrs of the book. Since Kate Reading has a very consistent and constant tone, it was hard to immediately recognize that the recording was skipping forward by a few seconds.In example, the glitch causes something like this:Actual recorded narration: "The grass is green under the shining sun."Audio playback: "The grass is green shining sun."I spent the last few hours of the book (more than a few hours in real time), pausing in confusion and rewinding.
Yes. The writing in this series is of a higher quality than Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, though it is in a decidedly different genre. His characters are more complete (supporting cast and main characters). The plot is well thought out and executed and there are some tantalizing hints about links to our own history that are just fun and, as of book three I haven't figured them out yet.
I rated the book as 4 stars but I tend to be a conservative rater. As I have gone through the series, I am tempted to go back and raise it to five. If there was a way to go "half stars" then it would be 4.5.
It's hard to say, "best," because I liked much of the story. The magic system is interesting. I like the ideas behind "furies" but it starts to loose definition on the fringes as to what is and what is not "furycraft" (magic). I think he did a great job of working a system into the story where everyone has some type of magic, yet keeping a lid on absurdity so that the story stays believable (within the system and plot of the story) and entertaining. Nobody gets a free ride.
Yes, I have listened to others by Kate Reading and this one compares as, another great performance. Listeners sometimes have their own reasons for liking narrators that are not universally transferable. Reading has a pleasant voice that changes in tone with the characters. She struggles with male voices sometimes, but, manages them well enough to be more than entertaining. Most importantly she understands Butchers sometimes dry sense of humor and is able to deliver punch lines and humor without spoiling it. She also helps build tension and angst as the story goes along, which all narrators need some skill at. She's one of the narrators I like to listen too.
Gotta love a good storyteller.
There were occasions where Butcher's sense of humor (delivered through the characters and narrator) made me laugh, at least a quick dry chuckle. I would not call it an extreme reaction.
It's a good book, worth listening to. Better than Dresden Files.
I held back a 1/2 star for the confusion between having "equally important" roles and simply equal roles for female characters. Female characters came with a switch: kick ass on-girly girl off or girly girl on kick ass off. As is common with the genre, there was a lack of female to female discussion that was not an extension of the similar manly talk elsewhere. It's only a half star off, so, we aren't talking about a huge problem here. There was also one female character whom has tended to be a "damsel in distress." I might not have noticed that after one book, but having read most of three, it is a trend that I denied the character growth that I felt others enjoyed.
again, one female character out of 6 or 7 (or more depending on how you count characters vs. supporting cast). That's a lot of good with a smidgeon of areas for growth.
I LOVE Butcher's Dresden series. It is fun, well written and incredibly engaging. This series, so far, has none of the levity that I have come to expect from this author. It has a serious epic vibe to it as well as being very engaging. I find it remarkable that he can write these two series with such different writing styles. I'm taking off a star because the "fanfare" that would signal when the CD was coming to an end was left in. It is really jarring.
I love Harry, I was reluctant to get into this series - so glad I did! It does not disappoint and now I can't stop reading!
The book seems to leave me with more questions than answers, while not necessarily a bad thing it does make me wonder how many books I'll have to listen to just to uncover a secret hinted at in the first few minutes.
My big complaint against the production has to be the random horns blaring. I found no pattern to why suddenly horns would blare at random intervals and ultimately left me annoyed.