©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
This was my first liaten with a female narrator, but Kate Reading nailed it. Very well done. Jim Butcher, as always, delivers an amazing story, full of life and impossible to put down. The biggest shortcoming of this listen is the editing. It was obviously adapted from a CD or tape, and the trumpet blasts during the middle of the story signaling the change in tape getting very annoying. Also, it seems that the editing between takes is very shoddy, and sometimes Kate's voice nearly overlaps sentences without a pause. Otherwise, a very enjoyable listen, and I look forward to listening to the rest of the series.
This book is so much better than the average fantasy book,, fun adventuring without the rape or weirdness.
Well fleshed out. This was a fantastic introduction to the world of Carna, which is thought through, consistent, and utterly fascinating. Tavi and the other focus characters are lots of fun and quite interesting, but the worldbuilding in this series is true craftsmanship.
The thing about Jim Butcher is that all of his books are nonstop. There is never any scene that is boring or skippable. If I had to pick, I think the most memorable thing would be the race through the Wax Forest. Very cool, very intense.
She is one of the few female narrators who can do distinct male voices well. Moreover, she does a great job using tone of voice to intensify the plot.
Can't say, otherwise there would be spoilers.
The producer made some strange decisions. When a new chapter begins, but is from the perspective of the same focus character as the previous chapter, there is a herald/trumpet solo, which is just plain distracting.
SciFi nut from a very young age. Started with Doc Smith, Asimov, C. S. Lewis, Heinlein, Bradbury. Can't get enough of the good stuff.
Jim Butcher is a genius. I had serious misgivings about this series given the capricious beginnings described by Mr. Butcher. But once I started listening I couldn't stop. It's a wonderful coming of age story filled with adventure and told with all the wry humor we expect from a Butcher story. I found myself giggling frequently. I'm a little concerned about starting the next book. My wife already thinks I'm a little crazy walking around with my headphones on giggling all the time.
lesser of evils
I disliked several things about the performance and the story. Jim Butcher loves to throw an insane number of frustrating hurdles of plot twists at his characters. Sometimes so much so that it's exhausting to get through them to the other side of the story. I loved that with the Dresden Files... b/c the more hurdles you threw at Harry, the cooler it was to see how he got out of each mess. But this story gets so bogged down in the same story telling mechanics. I liked the world, but it's just too thick for me personally. I won't be proceeding further with the rest of the series. I have to say that my biggest complaint is the reader. I am not a fan of this performer. I am also extremely annoyed at the stupid horns at seemingly random intervals of the narrative. I have come to understand that Audible just remastered the recordings from the original CDs and that the end of each CD was earmarked by those stupid horns. OMG! Irritating as heck!
By far my least favorite.
A different reader
I can't really render a good judgement on this question. But my least favorite character was Fade followed closely by Tavi, which ironically is the main thrust of the series. There's something mysterious that's going to happen with Tavi but he's so annoying and the storytelling is so thick that it was next to impossible for me to get close to that character.
Ixnay, the orns-hay! Oh, and my gods, the way these people use oaths and curses... I can understand when an author wants to be unique with character dialog on another plane of existence. But the use of oaths and curses (for example, the vast over use of the terms "blah blah crows [this]" or "crows blah blah [that]" or "crows crows crows crows"...reminded me of Monty Pythons "spam spam spam spam". I mean, for goodness sake, use the F-bomb from time to time to spice things up at least. But the way these characters talk is painful to experience, in my own experience that is. To some, the dialog of these characters probably wouldn't matter. But it did very much to me and it's one of the major reasons I'm moving on and (eagerly) waiting for book 16 of the Dresden Files.Sorry Jim. But thank you for Dresden! Best Fantasy series I've ever experienced.
Likes to listen while doing chores; likes to write reviews while he should be doing chores.
I read this book years ago and loved it. I am a sucker for this kind of fantasy, one that follows the boy of great and yet undefined potential through adventure and sorcery. It was reading the Belgariad (Eddings) as a kid that turned me into a reader. This is a book has a similar narrative to Pawn of Prophecy. I am a fan of Butcher from the Dresden Files and this is a departure from urban fantasy to more swords & magic fantasy. He does a solid job. His development of the world and the system of magic is fantastic. This particular quality he shares with Sanderson, however, he is quite different in many other ways. In short, Butcher does a great job of drawing together great elements of fantasy to make for an enjoyable story.
I generally like Kate Reading. This one is a rare miss for her. I don't get why they made the choice to play British in this novel. She's American and it shows. When she characterizes certain characters that are a departure from her normal speaking voice her British accent goes in and out. Also, one of the advantages of getting a British reader to do British accents is that they don't all have the general standard British accents. Bumpkins will sound like they're from Yorkshire. City dwellers will sound like there from Norf London, that kind of thing. Because she's trying to pass as British, you don't get variation, you get inconsistency.
I will probably finish out the series. As for other books written by Jim, I may need to hear a lot of good things about it first. Kate did a good job with the voices but a couple just felt off to me. I can't explain why.
The abilities that the furies grant their owners are interesting. Made me start thinking about which I would want and how much more there is that I do not know. The lease interesting was the ending. Just the way that things were strung together in that final battle seemed like the author had written himself into a corner.
The trial that Tavi went through. Well thought out and executed.
It is a bit long, but I was needing a long book for a 12 drive. It fit well.
Good lord. Not sure if the author has a crow fetish, but everything in this book has something to do with crows. By the crows, damn the crows, cursed crows, chill out and just swear. The readers will thank you for it.
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