©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
I have read all of the Dresden Files. This is a great series. Exciting and enthralling from beginning to end. I was pleasantly surprised to read Furies of Calderon and found the excellent writing, excitement, character development was unabated. It held my interest from beginning to end.
I just downloaded the 2nd in the series. You won't be disappointed
I am a big Butcher fan and absolutely loved the Harry Dreden books. (See from book #8 and up for my reviews) This is indeed a different direction and the characters did not seem to have as much life to them as the Dresden books. It was slow to start with but did get a little better by the end. It was odd that "everyone" has these powers except Tavi and the Marrot. Isanna was wimpy and whiney. Story line seemed dated and there just wasn't enough of someone having great dialog and witty reparte'. It did not seem to make much sense that they use the "Furies" and some other sayings as both a blessing and a curse. Can't say I am a fan of this book. Might download one more as I am a Butcher fan but if it isn't any better, I'll save my next credits for something else.
The book was well written, and the reader performed well. I'll look for more of the series, but hope they fire this production team.
B+ for the Author and Reader.
The technical production of this book is dreadfully poor. Pops, hisses, and clips throughout. (Format 2) Further the volume of the reader is soft enough that when the trumpeting fanfares play at section breaks -- some of which sneak up on you -- it blasts your ears. I could have done a better job with Audiocity.
F+ for production and Audio Level Control.
Still the story's worth the read, if you can muscle past the poor production.
I think this is a wonderful book the only one i have bought on this site that i will listen to many times and enjoy it every time. If you enjoy adventure this is a great selection.
This is a good listen and I will purchase the second in the series. It is a fantasy, so for those of you, like Jason, from Mesa, AZ who are looking for intelectual stimulation keep looking;but for those who want a solid plot and a great reader in Kate Reading go for it!
This book was absolutely brutal. The author seemed to create rules that governed the use of the powers in the book and then immediately disregard them! There were several constants in the book - but none of them good: 1) Murphy's Law - if one of the protagonists is involved you can guarantee that the most unlikely and worst possible thing will happen. 2) Failing constitution - the protagonists, a group of people that are supposed to be hearty and strong (having grown and thrived in the rugged wilderness of the realm), have the constitution of a salmon after the spawn! The reader is constantly reminded how the protagonists are so exhausted and how they cannot keep their eyes open after tasks that appear to be menial to the antagonist faction. The characters are also either sicking up, have just sicked up, or are fighting queasy stomachs or a dizzy head after seeing something as revolting as a common wound. Add in the fact that the author forgets what he just wrote, and you have to deal with someone who is so exhausted that they cannot even open their eyes, but continues to have a such a lengthy and meaningless conversation on the next page that you wish they would just shut up and pass out already. That brings us to another constant: 3) loquaciousness - was there some sort of word-count the editor imposed before publishing? You get the feeling words were thrown in just so they could be counted. 4) The characters (mostly the protagonists) suffer some of the same traits as the author - namely forgetting what just happened! Does the author expect us to believe anyone would be that ignorant, forgetful, or just plain idiotic?
The writing seems juvenile and unpolished. One of the few books I had to finally just turn off without finishing.
I kept hoping the book would stumble across a decent plot line, but it never did. It was fairly boring, I kept saying, "I bet this will happen. Wow, it did, how unimpressive." There didn't seem to be any rules guiding the universe, people sometimes could do powerful things, and sometimes not, depending on the author's needs.
The worst part is that with a world full of these powerful *furies* that can change the fate of nations, people still run around with swords and simply hack at each other. There are instances where the furies are used with astounding skill, and other times where a fury-crafter pretends to not be able to use them. One fury crafter using half his brain can conquer armies, but they rarely do.
But don't worry, even when people get *killed* they'll be okay in the end.
I downloaded this book because I have enjoyed other books by Butcher. I was not really that impressed with the story or the narrator. The story seemed to be one of the same old, young absent-minded teen becomes hero in a matter of a month kind of stories. It's been done over and over and it gets old. The use of the elements as the method of magic was a nice refreshing surprise that I have not seen too much in fantasy fiction books, but overall this book was a let down. I expected more I guess.
I agree with every other review! This series is one of the best! Great characters, lots of action and a good narrator. You really can't ask for more. I can't wait to start the next the next book.
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