I thought the reader was terrible and the story was way over the top; although I confess I turned it off early on.
I have just finished listening to the final book in this series and I can happily say I am very happy with the entire series. This first book is a bit slow to get into because the world of Alera is new and different and it takes time to comprehend all that is being described. Overall I loved this series. There is so much to this series. Lots of action, great battles, many different characters (that you will grow to love), impossible odds and satisfying conclusions at the end of each book. I have listened to all of the Game Of Thrones books (that exist to date) and enjoyed that series, but I enjoyed this one more, especially since all the books in the series have been completed.
The narrator does a great job with this series and remains the same narrator throughout. It did seem odd to me at first that a female narrator would be used for a story where the main character is male, but it works because the main character starts out so young, and by the end of the series I had become so used to the voice, it just felt natural.
Treat yourself and start listening to Tavi's story today.
The trial for Tavi with the Marat.
perhaps, but the story would have to be very good. there were times when her tone seemed tiring.
it became one later on.
The 1st chapter was pretty good. Then it was pretty slow for a while. The mythos holding up the whole story is stated but in bits and pieces so you have to pay attention to really get it and it builds on bits and pieces of similar ideas from the genre. They're more like familiars than the greek myth; this is what in the title caught my attention but I was happily surprised. Once you get it, it's pretty interesting and sort of complex.
Despite this, it gets a slow start for the 1st 1/4 or maybe 1/3 speckled with little bits of this and that. There's a fair bit of dry humor. However once things get going, I had a hard time hitting pause. The rest was generally pretty action filled, helped along by the namesake furies. Lastly you get sort of the ending you expect and hoped for and lets you wonder what exactly the 2nd book will focus on.
Really good book. It took me a little while to figure out some of the terms and the magic system was (they are furies, not furries... very different haha). But really the magic system is original, and the main characters are mostly very likeable. I have read a couple of books in the series now. Although they all finish a story, there is always a little left open for the next book to start. You won't feel as dissatisfied with everything being for naught (like I was with the WOT series, sorry to all you huge fans out there). As with all of my reviews, I will put what other series I enjoyed so you can get a scope for where my tastes lie- Inheritance Cycle, King Killer Chronicle, Rirya Revelations Series, Way of Kings. The book may not be as comical as some of the others that I listed, but still keeps me interested enough to always have the next book of the series downloaded and ready to go when I finish one of the books.
Many recommendations for this series from friends. Very enjoyable, if you enjoy something that gets your adrenaline flowing. I liked the world of elemental magic created by the author and Kate Reading, the narrator, is a real pro, handling the shifting points of view and the wide range of voices with ease.
I'll definitely try the next in the series, and see how well the storytelling is sustained.
adventerous, suspenseful, and entertaining
Kitai! She is an exotic indian who can beat the crap out of anybody who dares to insult her. She exudes confidence, and the girl cracks me up every minute throughout the series. I realize she is only introduced since this is the first book, but she is still my favorite.
Kate Reading does an excellent job at keeping me intune with so many characters at once. She has a great voice for diversity and it really shows. Everytime a new character comes into play, I can remember everything about them personally. Each person is dominant and captivating.
I bought it becuase it was long and I wanted something to pass the time at work- but even to this day I dont want to stop. It is definitely a book I want to listen to all at once.
I'm actually happy with the decision to listen to Furies of Calderon instead of read it- with the accents and language, I probably would not have been able to get into the story. It paints a thrilling and beautiful picture with every word, and I absolutely love the series. Thankyou Audible!
Hello! I’m a twenty-seven year old, avid audiobook listener. I prefer listening to a book instead of watching television. I usually read a book first and then listen to the audiobook instead of rereading it. That way if I get pulled away from the story I’m not missing too much.
I would totally recommend this book to all my friends. If you like action, adventure and a little bit of romance (very little bit) this will be a book that you'll want to hear.
The most memorable moment is when Fade steps forward to defend Tavi to the extreme shock of the swordsman he was fighting. In that moment when the swordsman - says you can't be Araris Valerian it was very moving and very fitting since it was a mystery as to why Fade had insisted on going along with Tavi. That particular moment is the one that sticks with me the most.
I must admit that Jim Butcher is an amazing author for not just inventing the world of the Codex Alera but there are so many moments and scenes that were memorable.
My favorite scene was the battle at the end of the novel. The whole series of events that lead up to it and the climax where it all comes down to one Marat and Tavi. It was especially funny when Tavi yells out "Hey Uncle Bernard, he followed me home, can I keep him?"
Even at the peak of the action and climax in the story, Jim Butcher was able to add in the humor.
Completely! However, since the book was over twenty hours long I was unable to do so. The story pulls you into the world of Alera and Kate Reading does a fantastic job of captivating the audience. Each character had a unique voice and it kept you wrapped up in the story.
This is a book that you will want to listen to over and over again. Each time I listen to this book I pick up on new details that I had missed during previous tiem you listend to the story.
I love Jim Butcher's work, great escapism.
One of my favorite series, and while Kate Reading's performance is good, it was ruined by sloppy, amateurish editing. When cuts are made from one take to another they are jammed together with no pause. In print it would be equivalent to running one sentence into the next without the benefit of punctuation or even spaces. I found it very jarring and distracting.
Speaking of distracting, what was the purpose for throwing in trumpet fanfares at random intervals?
Extremely well crafted.
The end of the battle. A result I wanted but didn't dare hope. Still, it was definitely unexpected.
The end, actually. I was rather surprised, but pleasantly. It pulled everything together and not in a conventional way.
I became involved with Jim Butcher's writing with The Dresden Files. I read or listened to every one of them and listened to this one on the strength of those. Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera did NOT disappoint. Kate Reading was superb with her "voices," and the plot was, while not completely new, unusual and constantly interesting. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Jim Butcher writes with a familiar voice that reads easily. Bravo.
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.