The biggest issue with this entire series isn't that it is predictable or formulaic (most of Butcher's work is, but he has a talent for making that work); it's the reader. Additionally (and also throughout the entire series), the editing is poor. Musical fanfare is thrown in at odd places (in the middle of chapters), audio cuts will cause one sentence to start nearly on top of another (less than 0.25 seconds from the end of another chapter/paragraph), etc. If a poor reading ruins a story for you, then steer clear!
One thing I like about this series (all of the books) is that it does truly develop more than one character. If I had to pick one for this book, I would have to pick Amara. it is rare to see a strong female character standing on her own merits in a fantasy novel. Incidentally, this series addresses that issue in it's storyline, though peripherally.
Lines are often read in the wrong voice. The reader seems to be unable to read the story and note critical things, like who is giving a line (if it's noted after the line is said). Instead, she continues with the previous voice. This can be quite annoying. Voices don't match with the descriptions given at other times in the same book. Particularly Tavi's voice; the reader doesn't bother changing it from a whiny boy's voice until the last chapter of Book 2 even though it has descriptively been developed several times before that. The reader gives little to no energy to the story. Many times she can get quite monotonous. I often listen to audiobooks on my commute, and this series has almost put me to sleep a few times. I've read the books, and like the storyline. It's the voice that gets to me.
I would. Interestingly, this story lends itself to the blockbuster style treatment that Hollywood would give it anyhow, making it a fair bet for faithful adaptation,
For all it's negatives I enjoyed both this book and the series. I just hesitate to recommend it to anyone given it's glaring faults.
Ex-military high school math teacher.
Loved the Jim Butcher series, but found this to be nothing like his other series
Not interested in this type
Performance was fine
Main characters were well fleshed out and "heroes" demonstrated morals that were elevated beyond what we get in most books, leading us to admire them.
Kate did an excellent job with this book. Most with a British accent come across with a heavy brogue, which at times, makes it hard for me to understand. Kate's was light and the enunciation was excellent, lending itself to the characters and moving the story along.
Secondary characters (motivations, desires, etc.) were somewhat stilted / straw figures. Would like more time spent developing the anti-heroes. Still, an excellent read.
Amazing series opener
Everything! The storyline is great, some what predictable but some bits take you by surprise.
I love this series, more than I can put into words. They are so well read and such a pleasure to listen to them, I was genuinely sorry when I finished the last book :)
I would definitely listen to Furies of Caleron again!
Bernard, Tavi, hmmm all of them:-D
The Worlds energy
Kate Reading makes this book come alive! She is wonderful! Of course so is the book.
Say something about yourself!
While not quite Robert Jordan or Brandon Sanderson quality, this series comes pretty damn close to as good as it gets, comparable I'd say to Patrick Rothfuss or L.E. Modesitt Jr. books. A bit overplayed here or there, but really quite good overall, a thoroughly enjoyable listen.
I would have but it was too long. As close as I could get given the length.
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.
Get rid of the irritating fanfare that occurs seemingly at random. It does not coincide with chapter breaks or scene changes, and detracts from story immersion!
i love Butcher's Dresden series, but am less impressed by his Furies books. As a fan, I still intend to finish the series, and hope it improves like the Dresden Files did.
I don't think her voice is appropriate to the tale, though she performs it well.
I don't like to edit an artist's work.
I hope Butcher continues his Dresden Files and creates similar works in the future. The Furies don't have the same punch.
Twists,Duplicity and Hope. Great plot by butcher, took sometime to get use to the narration but it was worth time.
At the end of was in tears . Tavi finishing what he started, excellent!
Dry but ok
Great plot by butcher, took sometime to get use to the narration and slow pace of the plot but it was worth time. Explaining of furies and what the are should have been explained a little more.
I just finished this first book in the series and can't wait to start the next. I found it fast paced and elegantly executed. Butcher manages to build a vast and complex world with a long history and intricate politics, but never bogs down the story with minutia. Brilliantly done! Each character is so alive and passionate, that I found myself caring for the fates of each of them, including some of the villains! Kate Reading's performance was wonderful and she brought the entire thing to life! She embraced the uniqueness of each personality and is almost an entire cast unto herself! Bravo!
The story line is wonderful, as is everything from Jim Butcher
I love, love, love the Dresden Files and was so excited Jim Butcher has started a different series. As I said the story line is great, but it is a little hard core (rape, sodomy) for me. I am not really a girly-girl, but parts of this story made me wince...