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Furies of Calderon Audiobook

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

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In the realm of Alera, where people bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water, and metal - 15-year-old Tavi struggles with his lack of furycrafting. But when his homeland erupts in chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Tavi's simple courage will turn the tides of war.

©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks

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    Gerthdynn 05-12-15
    Gerthdynn 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story, not as interesting narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Furies of Calderon to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

    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).


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Denise in Las Vegas 05-11-15

    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.

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    "I wasn't impressed."

    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.

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    Kent 05-09-15
    Kent 05-09-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Performance lost one star for music."

    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.

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    Josh 05-07-15
    Josh 05-07-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Amazing"

    Great read I would recommend to everyone finished it n a day 1/2 can't wait to read the next in the series

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    Joe Heiland Minneapolis, MN United States 05-05-15
    Joe Heiland Minneapolis, MN United States 05-05-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Cartoonish and surprisingly boring"
    What made the experience of listening to Furies of Calderon the most enjoyable?

    The most enjoyable part was the narrator. She did an admirable job of disguising lackluster writing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    I think I'm done with Butcher.


    Have you listened to any of Kate Reading’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I enjoyed Kate Reading's performance.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Laurie Danville, PA, USA 04-23-15
    Laurie Danville, PA, USA 04-23-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding series and author"

    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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    LBrezik Santa Fe, TX, United States 04-18-15
    LBrezik Santa Fe, TX, United States 04-18-15 Member Since 2016

    King, Heinlen, GRRM, Jordan, Pratchett, Brooks, Roth, Rice, Sanderson, Butcher, Love Sci Fi and Fantasy.

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    "The Codex Alera Series is Epic Heart Felt Wonder!"
    Where does Furies of Calderon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top of the stack - epic Codex Alera - a wonderous series that Everyone who enjoys fantasy should partake in!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course Tavi is the best but all of the main characters are equally well written.


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh , cry, anger, frustration - every emotion with such beautiful writing.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Adrian 04-13-15
    Adrian 04-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Decent enough book, Dresden Files are better"

    Not sure why there were trumpets at random intervals but otherwise it was an all around decent book and performance.

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    Keith Peckman 04-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Slow start. Stong finish."

    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.

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    Shanna Bolser 04-08-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A must listen."

    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.

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