Unfortunately, I haven't read the books, so the only way I know the story is through the narration, however I've read quite a bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and I think that the audio edition leaves something to be desired.
The methods for magic are fascinating along with the political aspects and the machinations behind them. A lot of the story is fairly predictable, but that isn't a bad thing.
Perhaps I'm spoiled by listening to James Marsters narrate the Dresden Files, but it feels like Kate Reading is uncertain of what she is reading often and leaves sentences sounding as if they ended with a question mark. I'm also annoyed that while she tries to make male voices sound different, I can't tell the difference. Again, this is one of Marsters strengths, even with female voices (though they don't sound very female you can tell who it is).
As others have mentioned, the bugles/trumpets that happen randomly are beyond simply annoying. They are several dB louder than the narration, and if you have the narration turned up to hear it clearly, you can be easily surprised and shocked by the loud noises. If this is signalling the CD change, I beg of Audible to fix that. Given the source files, I could do it myself quickly (2 - 3 hours), so there is no excuse for something that is nominally worth "$42" to have this kind of poor job done on the conversion.
I'm a fun and creative gal, enjoying the empty nest, my cats and dogs, and of course, my sweet husband. I've enjoyed books my whole life.
I didn't enjoy this as much as the Dresden books. It was just okay for me.
I found my mind wandering during a big battle section, I preferred the parts with insight into the character's history and personality.
Kate Reading is an excellent narrator. The more I hear of her work, the more I'm impressed.
That being said, I found the goofy musical interludes to be distracting and utterly unnecessary. They did not signify anything, and seemed to serve no purpose other than to break the listener out of the story.
The story itself is surprisingly engaging and entertaining. The elemental system is well developed yet not over explained, the human society familiar enough to be comfortable, yet laced with mystique.
This is a fun read.
The most enjoyable part was the narrator. She did an admirable job of disguising lackluster writing.
I think I'm done with Butcher.
I enjoyed Kate Reading's performance.
I did not enjoy this book. The characters felt lazily created and more caricatures than actual people, and the Fury-based magic system was inconsistent and mainly used for the occasional plot device.
The most frustrating part of this book to me was Butcher's use of conflict. The novel was filled with constant and contrived conflict. The characters moved from one inescapable situation to the next only to be saved by spilled soup or a magic mushroom.
In addition to the unending crises, I absolutely hated most of the interpersonal conflict. An incredible amount of interactions the main characters had with a non-POV characters resulted in the non-POV character being almost insanely unreasonable. Here are some examples that will be meaningless if you haven't read the book yet: Amara trying to contact the King, Isana needing to convince people to heal Bernard, Bernard and Amara trying to speak to the Count, Bernard and Amara being arrested for attacking the Count, Amara trying to convince the Garrison to mobilize.
I didn't take notes so that's all I can remember from the book. Take it as a bad sign that the most memorable part of this book is how frustratingly unreasonable the majority of the characters are. There are many authors who can show drama between people without making so many characters seem completely insane and cartoonish.
Jim Butcher is my favorite author! I am in the process of listening to this series again! Characters and storylines are well thought out and the narrator brings them to life. I am enjoying listening to this as much the second time as I did the first time. I am looking forward to the new series that Jim Butcher is writing that will be coming out this fall!
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Top of the stack - epic Codex Alera - a wonderous series that Everyone who enjoys fantasy should partake in!
Of course Tavi is the best but all of the main characters are equally well written.
Kate Reading is one of the best narrators I have listened to. She is capable of many voices and emotions and portraits all with equal importance! I read everything I can get my hands on that she performs.
This book made me laugh , cry, anger, frustration - every emotion with such beautiful writing.
I only wish that Jim Butcher would write more of these series. He is such a wonderful story weaver and I would love to read more like this from him.
The story got off to a bit of a slow start, but as you became more familiar with the characters n the storyline picked up I began to enjoy in general setting. The end left me wanting to hear more.