The book and performance were great, the random horn sounds which sound like what you may get at the end of a tape to tell you to turn it over gets annoying after awhile. I'm in the second book and it has the same random horn sounds.
The plot lines were woven to provide interesting variety.
I liked the female protagonist.
Kate brings good emotion into the book.
I was not sure about this book when I first started it as I had the feeling that I came in to the middle of a conversation already started. With that said, I quickly became engrossed in this story and by the middle I found myself looking for opportunities to hurry and put my earplugs in to catch a few more minutes of the story whenever I could. It took me less than 3 hours after I finished this book to purchase the next one.
Hope it continues to hold up.
Probably right in the middle. It was good, not great.
For a fantasy story it is above average.
Obviously the boy hero.
captures my imagination
when Tarbe shows up at the end with the enemy to save the day
no, but I enjoyed it a great deal. I have lissened to it three times, each time undrestanding the details a bit more.
One of the many things I like about this Author is that when he developes a chacrecter they are a great deal like a living preson with many facets. Sense I have left the written page and replaced it with the auditory medium I find my self listening to book more often then I ever read them. For a time this was a bit boring until I discovered Audible books & Mr. Butcher, and Thank you very much sence becoming disabled; books are my main sorce of entertainment.
This was a good book, made better by an awesome performance by Kate Reading. I would definitely read another book by Jim Butcher, and will be listening to another book read by Kate Reading.
This story was good, and the many characters seemed normal, unlike many godlike characters in other fantasy novels.
I think that my favorite character was Amara, her strengths tempered by humanizing weaknesses.
Furies of Calderon was worth the listening time, it took a little while to get myself into the world of Alera, but once I had become invested in it, I found that I reveled in my listening experience. If only those stupid trumpets would go away, they added weird breaks to the story that felt quite unnatural.
Please for the love of god, when Audible turns Audio CD's into an Audible book, get rid of those stupid markers between CD's, those trumpets damaged the listening experience for me.
A very neat concept. Could have done a lot more with it. Not a story that I would go out of my way to recommend it to others, but I really enjoyed the ride.
The story was well-written, exciting, and entertaining. Though the narrator was horrible, the story and characters kept you listening, and everyone once in awhile you would forget Kate Reading's ridiculous voices long enough to truly get immersed in the story.
You could really throw yourself into the story, and the characters were real, entertaining, and really made you feel for them. It's a story of grand adventure and mishap, and I can't wait to read the next one!
Absolutely not. I thought she would be great because she has a very good voice with an English accent, but her character voices were appallingly bad. When just narrating, she was good, but every single female voice was two octaves higher than it should have been, and she tried so hard to give the males low voices that she made them all seem slow and mentally incapable. Of course a female narrator isn't going to be able to do the men perfectly, but in past books, it's definitely been passable and certainly not jarring. And, with a female narrator, you would expect the female characters' voices to be better than passable, but Kate's were high-pitched, irritating, and made every female character seem like a complete airhead. She definitely does not do this book justice, which is a shame, because it's a great book.
No spoilers! But that one part in that one place in the book when the one character fell in love with that other character...you'll know it when you read it.
Butcher's work here was imaginative, creative and interesting. However, I'm personally turned off by the extensive sadistic scenes. There are also scenes of crisis where people act in very unnatural ways, making it difficult to buy into it. I won't be reading any more of this series.
Her characterizations were convincing and interesting. They were compelling. I was impressed.
In addition to less graphic violence, I wish that Butcher made the lead characters a little deeper.
I can say that so far I'm planning on continuing this series, as it's refreshing to find a series that isn't still in progress, causing you to have to wait painstakingly for the next book. It's also nice to have such an original premise in terms of the magic system, even if it is based on the concept of Pokemon.
The only big beef I have with this audiobook is the narration. Kate Reading is quite good at her portrayal of each character voice and the emotions portrayed, but the pronunciation can be absolutely dreadful at times. This isn't usually a problem with fantasy fiction, since many of the places and names are completely fictional and have little to no possibility of a real world analog. However, the people in the story are supposed to have originated on our world in ancient Rome, meaning there are some words that the reader would have already heard. The most annoying to me is the pronunciation of Legionnaire(s). I have a very hard time getting past the narrator pronouncing this (phonetically) Legion-AH-Ray(s). Sure it could be said that over the course of intervening centuries the pronunciation changed with the language or some such nonsense, but it's sort of a stretch when many of the other terms and names which originated in Rome are correctly spoken. It's a minor nitpick, I know, but it's one of the only things I can truly find wrong so far, and that makes it even more irksome.
Otherwise this is an engrossing story grabs onto the readers (listeners?) attention and holds it well. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.