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Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1 | [Jim Butcher]

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

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.
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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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    Jill Snider Denver, CO 08-29-12
    Jill Snider Denver, CO 08-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story written on a dare."
    Where does Furies of Calderon rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best!


    What other book might you compare Furies of Calderon to and why?

    This would rank with Harry Potter or a Dresden Novel. This is fantasy Sci-Fy at its best!


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

    I have never heard Reading before but she has a knack for creating characters and it is very enjoyable.


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

    I became very attached to the characters and even though I knew they showed up in the rest of the series I became quite stressed when they were in life or death situations!


    Any additional comments?

    Jim Butcher wrote this on a dare that he could not write a good story based on a bad idea. I think this was based on Pokemon and the lost roman legion. Good, fun Read!

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    Michael Barneveld, NY, United States 08-29-12
    Michael Barneveld, NY, United States 08-29-12
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    "Hard to get into the story, but good once you do.."

    Let me start by saying I'm a huge Jim Butcher fan. I have read all of the Dresden files, twice. Great stuff. So I assumed I would love this series just the same but I didn't. At least not right away.

    The start of the book is confusing and it's hard to get into the swing of things. I never had a good grasp on how the furies worked and what they could do, that wasn't really explained in a manner that I could digest. There is also a great number of characters that don't get introduced rather just get thrown into the story. After some time I got to know them and enjoy them but it took a while. It reminds me of how Characters were introduced in the first Game of Thrones book. Of course after a couple hours (days) I got to know them and enjoyed them but the introduction was sloppy in the first books like it is here and that turned me off at first but the book eventually won me over.

    In the end I enjoyed the book very much but like I said it's hard to get into even if you are a Jim Butcher fan. Give it some time 4 hours + before you make a judgement.

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    William Ramirez 08-18-12
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    "Fun, accesible series"

    I loved this series, although I won't pretend it's amazing literature. If you want a fantasy version of a summer blockbuster, give this a try.

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    David M. Elm Fresno, CA 08-14-12
    David M. Elm Fresno, CA 08-14-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Great book, Great reading, Weird Audio Issues"
    What did you love best about Furies of Calderon?

    Engaging characters, good magic system.


    What does Kate Reading bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Kate Reading's readings are all quite good. She is one of the most talented readers around.


    Any additional comments?

    The book tends to jump, skipping a places where there should be a small pause. Seems like a rookie mistake made by a new audio engineer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer United States 08-14-12
    Jennifer United States 08-14-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Great story but..."
    Any additional comments?

    How hard can it possibly be to edit out the stupid trumpet sounds -- which seem to have marked the beginning or end of original CDs? It's so annoying to be listening to the story and to suddenly have those stupid interjections.

    Love the story so far otherwise, and the reader is great!

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    Stephen Alvaton, KY, United States 08-07-12
    Stephen Alvaton, KY, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great read, a bit violent at points."
    If you could sum up Furies of Calderon in three words, what would they be?

    The strongest element that this work offers, I feel, is the character development. I immediately formed a bond with several of the main characters. The story line is interesting, if not a little predictable, and the action moves very well. The only negative that I would add, is that a few of the scenes were a bit too gruesome for my tastes, but all in all, the book was most enjoyable and I immediately purchased the second one in the series.


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    Jeff Prosser, WA, United States 08-06-12
    Jeff Prosser, WA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2015
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    "great book"
    What made the experience of listening to Furies of Calderon the most enjoyable?

    The story line was excellent. There was a flow to the book that kept you interested throughout the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked the unique environment that was portrayed by the writer. It was easy to pitcher the world.


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

    I enjoyed the character Fade. He had a simple but profound part.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to all of the books in a few days.


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    Mr. Papa APOPKA, FL, United States 07-31-12
    Mr. Papa APOPKA, FL, United States 07-31-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Dangerously enjoyable story"
    What made the experience of listening to Furies of Calderon the most enjoyable?

    I'm a big Dresden fan, and this took me a couple of chapters to get into, but once I did I was taken there. Gripping action and an exciting new world. And Kate Reading always does a great job with voices.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I enjoy Jim Butcher's style and humor.


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

    Tavi


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

    I was engrossed at times listening to the book. Everything else got tuned out.


    Any additional comments?

    Barely halfway through the book I purchased the next book, because I knew I was going to enjoy this series. I'm 2/3rds through the second book now and I know I was right.

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    Amazon Customer RACELAND, KY, US 07-30-12
    Amazon Customer RACELAND, KY, US 07-30-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Try it, you'll like it!"

    Tried this book to fill the time until the new Dresden comes out, but I am now on book 4 of this series! The only problem is, my husband keeps interrupting me with trivial things like conversation and I am losing sleep because I want to know what happens next.
    The narration is excellent and I sure hope the powers that be don't change narrators on down the line like they did with the last Dresden book-disappointing!
    The characters are well developed and interesting and each book has left me wanting more.

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    Jared RUPERT, ID, United States 07-15-12
    Jared RUPERT, ID, United States 07-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't stop listening, Kate Reading is wonderful"

    I enjoyed everything about this book, I was hooked from the begining to the 6 hour power listen I did last night to finish it. Kate Reading was great, the only problem I have with her reading is when she does a male raising his voice or shouting, it makes me laugh, disrupts my flow, but is a great narrator and feel she added alot to the book. I like the pace of the story, it captivated my attention, and I wanted to finish it as soon as it started. The battles were great, so were the characters, with the exception of Kord, I hate that guy. Tavi is a great hero, I only wish he wasn't such an underdog, I was hoping he would find his own furies. Its no Wheel of Time, but its a good substitute, coming from a epic fantasy junky.

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