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!
King, Heinlen, GRRM, Jordan, Pratchett, Brooks, Roth, Rice, Sanderson, Butcher, Love Sci Fi and Fantasy.
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.
I loved this story. I have listened to it several times. Kate Reding did a wonderful job as always. However the voice editing left a bit to be desired. there are a few spots where words are crammed together. that is why the performance lost a star. For the story, once you learn that a fury is a spirit that lives in everything and some people can control them then the story becomes easier to follow.
Whereas the Foundation was inspired by Rome, this series seems to be Rome and the Barbarians as viewed thru libels about the barbarians. A true antidote to everything that was fresh and thrilling about the early Dresden Files.
A fantastic outing into the world of Alera. filed with intrigue, adventure, and a wonderfully grounded sense of suspense.
The narrator does a fantastic job.
Well worth a listen.