I adored Butcher’s Dresden series and I also really enjoyed the Vorkosigan series another reviewer compared this to so I really wanted to like this book. Sadly, though I slogged through the entire thing, I just couldn’t get into it. I did like the end, thankfully.
The narration was very good and technically it was a decent story, but it was at least 75% politics and all the political machinations just bored me to tears. To be fair, they were integral to the plot and Butcher did an excellent job of creating a well thought out and complete story. Every once in awhile you’d get a glimpse of interesting and likeable (or really evil) characters that helped me start warming to the story, but then we’d jump right back into the politics and I’d get bored again.
This book was also missing the clever humor that’s Dresden and Miles bring to their series. There was very, very little humor in this book. I love a good action adventure that has a good bit of humor. It helps me get involved in the character’s lives and I was really disappointed not to find that here, especially since I know Butcher is more than capable of delivering excellent humor. If you don’t need the humor, but you love political intrigue and battle scenes, you’ll probably like this book as it really was well written and the narration was very good. It just wasn’t for me.
Good story great narration, but the stupid horns blowing constantly mid sentence throughout the book really suck. It's not a short horn it's long with multiple horns that sound like 3rd graders got loose in the band room. I like listening to audio books when I'm going to sleep & the 3rd graders blasting trumpets makes that awfully hard. I hope the rest of the series doesn't have this wonderful feature.
It's a great book looks to be a series to remember.
I usually listen to books in the car. So when I found myself walking around the house with my headphones in, I knew I found a great book.
This writer is brilliant as is the reader. This series, at least up until this point has been an absolute pleasure to read and enjoy.
Spectacular and wonderful!
Hands down Kate Reading (aptly named) is one of the most talented and incredible readers out there. Nuff said.
This series delivers. Pure Awesome.
I was looking for a filler while waiting for the last WoT .... Codex Alera filled the bill. my only complaint is that "I want more". And the BEST part is ... we have an author who delivered a complete story in a timely fashion. If you like WoT and Miistborn ... you will love the Codex Alera series. And there is NO waiting YEARS for closure. l LOVED IT. And try to form, Kate Redding delivers an excellent reading.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
Big time Jim Butcher fan. It seems like he was trying to hard to do something different. The magic system was kind of boring. And being at as it was a highlight on the cover it confused me. The story was a 5 star. The character development was a 3 star. Sorry but I never really fell in love with any of the characters. Kate Reading did a awesome job narrating the book. All and all i bought the next book just because Jim does such a awesome ending.
The story is gripping for those who enjoy epic fantasy. I couldn't stop listening to it. Jim Butcher is awesome. A warning though, this book is not shy when it comes to the darker side of evil. Not a book I would lend to those whom are not adults.
Kate Reading was wonderful. Since joining audible she has been one of my favorite narrators.
Problem is, the production includes a trumpet/flute fanfare occasionally. I'm not sure if this is a chapter break or what, but the fanfare is highly intrusive. Discworld novels sometimes have a mild bell ring in this style, but the fanfare makes me think something has happened suddenly. It hasn't. That leaves me confused and takes me out of an otherwise excellent performance.
Sci-fi/Fantasy fan with a library-worth of reading behind him
I've read many of the Dresden Files and despite enjoying them, I can happily say that Butcher writes this series very differently, as he should. His writing suits the genre, but I was very pleased to notice some particular differences. After the success of GRRMartin, too many books have taken up the standard of having four billion main characters- in Furies of Calderon, Butcher sticks to about five or six and they develop and show themselves evenly and truthfully throughout the book. This book is wonderful start to a series, and I am even coughing up the price for the second, unable to wait for my next credit--that should make the quality clear enough. Kate Reading did an outstanding job, though it did take me a while to get used to her voices for some of the characters (I still think she makes Tavi, the main character, sound a bit too much like a dumb oaf).
I had only two complaints, and they are minor enough to again make clear the overall quality of this audiobook:
1. The trumpets they play occasionally to separate sections grated on me! Completely unnecessary and seemed to be randomly situated.
2. Butcher's Amara acted, reacted, and spoke like an adult about 90% of the book. The other 10% or so the author over-emphasized her weakness and uncertainty. She is 15. She comes off as someone in their mid-twenties (at least to me). Tavi, who is also 15, is much more believably written. I kept reminding myself that Amara was 15 whenever she was acting particularly adult, and it disrupted some scenes for me.
Overall, if you like fantasy or want to try fantasy, get this audiobook. Overall, the narrator and author both deserve 4.5 out of 5, but I was a bit generous (and unable to give that score) because of how much this audiobook sucked me in.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
I have read several epic fantasy series. My favorites being The Wheel of Time and A Song of Ice and Fire. I would recommend this series for those starting to explore epic fantasy. The characters and plot are intriguing without being overly complex. Jim Butcher uses a unique magic system and the world itself is very similar to our own. For me the series was a bit over simplified but this is after reading several complex, long, and dark series. If this was the first epic fantasy series I had even read/listened to I would have enjoyed it even more. For those looking for a dark intricate series, I'd pass on this one. For those looking for a light fun series, dive in and enjoy! The narration is excellent, Kate Reading (who also reads the Wheel of Time series) is one of the best!
The only reason I didn't give this book all 5 stars was because of the silly trumpet flourishes every so often. I found them annoying. The story and characters themselves were believable and I was hooked right away. Great narrator also.