I prefer reading over listening but it is becoming more difficult to read as I get older.
The story started slow and somewhat confusing, but nearing the tenth chapter things began to fall in place and became intriguing. I enjoyed the various lessons of morals and loyalty. The narrator was quite good a maintaining the different voices for each character. The reason I have given 4 stars rather than 5 is the anoying fan fares played throughout the narrative and the slow start to the story. I would recommend this listen to others, and intend on purchasing the rest of the series.
I wanted to like this story more. The worldbuilding is interesting on its own but the protagonists and antagonists are so covered up in plot armor that after the 4th or 5th "mortal wound" or "get-out-of-no-win-situation-alive" it just becomes boring. Overall, not bad but I'd have to be very bored to continue the series.
good book however I found the editing of the reader choppy in some instances. The start of some of her sentences almost overlap the ending of the previous. when it happens its very jarring. otherwise good performance.
This is a great book. Good story, good performance, but what, the name of all that's good, is up with the trumpet call that comes randomly throughout the story???!!!
I started this series largely because I enjoy Jim Butcher's "Dresden Files" series, and needed a new sci-fi/fantasy type series to listen to. I have not been disappointed. He continues a knack of creating both intrigue and action without being boringly repetitive or predictable, leaving my only disappointments as the times I have to stop listening. I was anxious about having a female narrator, especially with a male central character and several common male characters, however to me Kate Reading does an admirable job. She also, I think, captures the sometimes subtle wit Butcher tends to infuse.
After an arrogant forum member dared him to back up his claim that "A great author can write a good story from a bad idea better that a bad author could write a good story with a great idea."Jim Butcher proceeded to create a six book tale that is eight kinds of incredible.
Though a word of caution: Jim broke from traditional story telling by not telling the reader how the world of furies works. Most authors would pause to explain, very early on, the rules and physics of the world their story is set in (he does this in the Storm Front, The Dresden Files) and further enrich this knowledge as the book and series progress. Butcher doesn't do that here. Instead the reader is treated like a visitor to the world of Alera and learns the rules by observing the events that surround Tavi and others. Much like discovering nuances and subtle flavors in a good wine as you sip, you are taken on a journey of discovery as you follow the story, each new revelation a flavor for the mind to savor.
As another reviewer said, the Lost Roman Legion and Pokémon made for an amazing adventure. Cheers Jim.
She is good at a man's voice, which I'm impressed with. She did a good Bernard.
I liked this book. It was a fun fantasy read. Definitely worth the time. However, the director of this audiobook must have been on something. There is random trumpeting that just pops up throughout the book almost always in mid-sentence, or so it seems. Maybe the written text has chapter breaks there or something, but in audio it is really REALLY annoying. Still gonna read on though
I actually started this audiobook and stopped a while back. I had just discovered another author I liked and this story felt like a slow start after I'd just finished a different series.
I am SO GLAD I came back to finish it. I loved the characters, loved the story, and loved the world building.
It has a typical Jim Butcher two hour fight scene, which isn't generally my favourite and keeps me from listening to some of his books a second time, but if you like his Dresden style but want more of a high fantasy twist, this is a great book and I can't wait to get into the rest of the series.