In the Books 1 thru 6 Jim has developed a group of characters you want to love, hate and most of all live with. In this book the character development seemed slow at times, but that being said I would say CHANGE NOTHING!!!! The result is a great book that I have given my top praise to because thru the series you will be there beside for the ride and its no kiddie ride you want the fast pass for this one.
This series has been my fastest and most enjoyable series to date BY FAR!!!
If you love strong character development this is the series for you!I cried for the 1st time in a story with this series and felt all the ranges of emotions as no other SERIES has done for me.
I COULD WRITE A THOUSAND MORE THINGS ABOUT THE LOVE OF THIS BOOK, SO INSTEAD I SAY THIS IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR CHARACTERS WELL DEVELOPED IN A FANTASY SETTING REFRESHINGLY NEW, THEN READ THIS!!!!!!!
BY THE END OF BOOK 1 YOU WILL NEED ALL 6.
Overall, a very good book. I enjoyed very much the narrator and how she handled the book. The story line was nicely developed. The only thing I found wrong was the annoying trumpet sounds at the end of some chapters. Since they did not make sense on placement, they might represent the change of a CD. However, listening to them would have drove me crazy if I had to change a CD.
I enjoy reading (and listening to) Books! I have enjoyed fantasy and history the most, but more recently I have been brodening my horizon.
Yes! Its clean, and enjoyable.
Everyone gets involved, even most of the bad guys arent inherently evil, and have some good to them.
Yes I listended to the wheel of time, and she does very well with this series as well.
I would have if I had the time!
I read this book on Kindle some time ago and enjoyed it, and wanted an audio book that I could listen to, but avoid the late night fiction hangover from the book you can't stop listening too. I know the ending, so don't need to stay up to hear it ... but the music in-between the chapters is awful.
LISTENERS - good book, good characters and good narration. Jim Butchers stuff is addictive, and this book and telling is no exception. I recommend the book - but not if you like to fall asleep to your audio books as I do.
AUDIBLE - the music in-between chapters in this book serves no purpose and is jarring. It means that the book cannot be listened to at night, which is when I do most of my listening. There is no benefit in the music and I am sure enough people who find it jarring to warrant not doing it. It will probably stop me from buying the others in the series, which I would have otherwise done.
Nothing like the Dresden series but similar in that he's got a twist which is well thought out and interesting. The feel is similar to dresden books in that it's not overly heavy. There are many characters in this story so you do have to pay attention as there are frequent shifts between scenes and characters.
The characters are engaging. The story progresses well. The narration is well done. I enjoy the twist on magic.
This was my first by Kate.
Yes. But in real life I probably did a max of 5 hours.
I have listened to many audiobooks, and this one is now in the top 10. Excellent characters and a intriguing plot! Kate Reading lends her talents (Wheel of Time) making this a must for those who love science fiction books. Fantastic mental imagery! Kudos to Jim Butcher for another fantastic book, and the beginning of a series that I am sure will bring me many hours of listening pleasure.
I just couldn't get into this world. I tried to care but by the end I was just happy it was over. I will cintinue most other fantasy series' just because I feel invested in the characters. This is an exception.
I personally do not re-read books (or re-listen in this case) very often, but I would be quite content to listen to this book again with a friend or family member.
For me, the most memorable moment of the book was at the very end. Pretty much everything had been said, done, and been wrapped up. I found myself only half listening, assuming the story was done and the narrative was just tapering down to an orderly ending. And then Kate Reading calmly read a plot-shaking sentence with a character reveal that I had to rewind to make sure I heard correctly.
This was the first time I've listened to a Kate Reading ... reading. I love her voice. She does accents and tones with such ease that I never once became confused with which character was speaking. She may become one of my favorite readers.
There were a few funny moments, and while they did evoke smiles, I don't recall much laughing. No "onions" moments, either.
I loved the world (themed heavily after the ancient Roman Empire) and the fantasy elements of everyone being able to interact with and control elemental beings, the "furies." Some of my favorite characters were the more "grey" villans. I thought they stood in wonderful contrast between the sadistic baddies that didn't have a redeeming trait and the shining, honorable heroes who could do no wrong.
I really liked that this book had romance, high adventure, betrayal and danger without getting too gritty and desolate. There were some dark, dark moments, but as the reader, I always felt safe to hope that it would all turn out all right. I even dared to invest my favoritism in a few characters. Don't get me wrong - I often enjoy the dreary, overcast and dark reality epic fantasy series, but sometime I need a break. This book was like a breath of fresh air, and I'm very much looking forward to hearing the rest of the series.
First off I should mention that I am a HUGE fan of the Dresden Files. Like, huge. I love them more than I should. The genius of James Marsters' narration only adds to their brilliance. If you have not listened to them, you should. Right now. I also should say that I have always defended the sometimes frustrating way that Dresden primarily thinks with a body part other than his brain, if you know what I mean. I defended it because it is a character choice on Butcher's part- his protagonist is flawed, interesting, multi-faceted. He can be somewhat of a pig when it comes to women, but he makes up for it with bravery, charm, wit, and vulnerabililty. He is a real person.
Yet... I am beginning to see that there might be something to these criticisms. Maybe it is more than just a character choice. In the Furies of Calderon, women are first described in terms of their sexual attractiveness or lack of sexual attractiveness. Every time. The main one makes such stupid choices right from the beginning that I have difficulty liking her. In addition, I am beginning to see a theme in Butcher's work- much younger women being attracted to their older mentors/teachers/protectors in a way that is not...quite...ethical. In fact it's weird, and it creeps me out. I also did not appreciate the rape scene at all. It felt thrown in, and was very disturbing. Furthermore the system of magic made no sense to me, and the worldbuilding was shallow. There was just something that was off about the plot, and I can't quite put my finger on it.
Now, onto the narration. Oh, the narration. Narrators are such a personal preference, I know, but I swear that if I never have to hear Kate Reading say "bulged" again I will die happy. Why does she say things so oddly? So overpronounced? It drives me crazy! I might try to actually read the second book in the series, as I heard it does get better, and I believe in Butcher as a writer, if not as a feminist. :)
There were good points in the book, which is why I still gave it three stars. I loved the main character Tavi and really just wanted to get back to his POV. I will read the second for him, and so I can understand what the crap is happening with these pokemon things they call furies.
I picked this up because I read reviews citing it as a cool mix of Pokemon an fantasy. It is not. The "furies" which people seem to equate with Pokemon are nothing of the sort. First of all, there is only 1 type of fury that any person in this world can have, and that fury is seemingly random; changing how the person acts and dictating the person's profession in the world. A cool concept, but nothing like the "use spirits to fight other spirits and find stronger and stronger spirits to become mega-powerful and awesome" theme I expected.
And it is for this gross misconception that I give this less than glowing rating. The read is great, and had I not bought into the "Jim Butcher's cool take on Pokemon" interview I watched, I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more. But alas, I had expectations (possibly because I actually played pokemon?) and they were not met.
In short, it's a good read, unless you're actually expecting a cross between the roman Legions and Pokemon. This is more "random medieval world with spirit guardians for one specific race of people"