©2005 Jim Butcher; (P)2008 Penguin Audiobooks
I love great character development and Butcher does a great job with it in this series. A lot of series dwindle as they go and just run out of steam. This story builds and just gets better book after book.. I was disappointed with when it was over. The pace of the series is really good, exciting action sequences. For those how love a great story you will not be disappointed.
Hope you enjoy this as much as I have - Good reading to you all.
I have listened to all of the Wheel of time books, so Kate Reading's voice kind of threw me. I was expecting one thing, and she delivered another. Not bad, just different. About halfway through this listen, I was about to give up, but I stuck with it and I'm glad I did. It really hooked me by the end. There is one REALLY annoying thing I cannot find a reason for, the bell sound periodically. I don't know if it was for the tape or disc to signal switching, but what ever it was, it is annoying. Hopefully the rest of the series doesn't have this. Because I am definitely going to have to check out the others.
Some fantasy/scifi keep you engaged, provokes interesting extrapolations on society or sciences.....and some just entertains. While not on the scale of Tolkiens this is one of the most entertaining series i have read/listen two in a very long time. I highly reccommend Mr. Butchers writings-The Codex Alera was great through all six books. Many and evening commng home from work i would find myself sitting in the driveway for and extra half hour to finish a chapter. Great writing and Kate Reading's reading and depth of character inflection took a very good series and made it great. I am now looking for other reading's by kate. Kudo's all around...When is the next one comming out. _Oh that is right the King Killer by Rothfus just came out so i am good for another 40 hour or ...
I am a self employed artist who listens to books while I work. I go through a very large selection of books because of it.
Let me start by saying I LOVE the Dresden Files and expected a similar listen. The plot is OK and the character development is a bit slow but the reader, UGH! I listen while I work and have to listen to my books through ear buds. I own a very good set since I listen 8 to 10 hours a day 4 days a week. This reader hurts my ears literally. Not constantly but when she emphasizes certain words its like a harpy screeching in my ear. Also, the corny and painful heralding of a new chapter is not necessary and really takes away from the story for me. I don't think I can listen to the entire series. Too bad since my understanding is that the books just get better and better.
I find this series a true gem, and find it highly amusing to find out it started out as a debate about whether a good premise can make a book, or the author does. So Butcher asked for two disparaging topics and said he could turn it into a best selling series. Pokemon & Roman Legions were the topics and The Codex of Alera is the result.
I find it interesting the number of people comparing The Dresden Files and The Codex of Alera. To me, they are two different series coming from two quite different styles. This is a well written epic fantasy series, with some well done political intrigue.
The narration felt very natural. The editing was bothersome at times, but overall didn't have a major impact on the appeal of the book. Definitely worth a listen in my opinion.
Let me start with, I enjoyed this book. I found the plot interesting, the characters had a decent level of depth, and I liked the fact that it wasn't all written from the point of view of one "main" character. The world that Jim Butcher built for this story makes me want to keep reading just to learn more about the setting, the other peoples, the way Fury crafting works, and the lives of the Alerans who live outside the valley of Calderon.
This being a review, however, I should air my criticisms as well. First of all, the horns. I found the insertion of horns between seemingly random paragraphs to be jarringly annoying at best. Additionally, the editing on this production could have used some serious work. Occasionally the beginning of one sentence runs so closely on the heels of the previous one that it sounds like the audiobook has skipped. I will also admit that the writing style is far from George R.R. Martin levels. Butcher may need a few more books under his belt before his writing grows to full maturity. As for the narration, Kate Reading is a wonderful narrator... as long as all the characters are female. Her portrayal of male voices makes them all sound a little bit rough and angry. That said, her voice is very clear and once I got used to the tone of the male voices I thoroughly enjoyed her narration.
I do not believe that this book is overly gruesome or graphic. Far worse has been presented in far greater detail in the works of much more famous authors. Yes, there is violence and sexual content. Welcome to the Fantasy genre. I would say this book is actually quite tame, though not a children's story.
All in all, this is a great story and I'll definitely be downloading the next book in the series.
Simply put, the first book is more of introduction to the world of the Furies, but as a stand alone book, it is the weakest of the series. Unlike the Dresden books, how the society works the powers the people have access too, aren't well explained in this book. And you will feel lost at times.
The plot is a tad muddled & it suffers a bit in switching back & forth between characters.
The books that follow in the series more than make up for this & expand on elements intro'd in this book. I'm only up to the 3rd book, but I can say the 2nd & 3rd book make up for the shortcomings of this book.
So, if you're willing to stick it out & follow the entire series, this is the book for you. As a stand alone book, it does get a tad tedious at times & hard to stick with.
I finished the Dresden Files and had high expectations for this series. Very different from the Dresden Files but he didn't disappointment me.
The last review about the book being overly brutal and graphic I found to be an overstatement. Yes, there are some brutal scenes, but I exptected it to be even more graphic than it was. The story itself is very good. It's not the same kind of writing as the Dresden files, but it's still worth a listen. I also thought the narrator did a pretty good job. While she isn't the best narrator ever, she still does a good job with the characters. I would recommend this book
The Furies of Calderon is book 1 of a 6 book series. It is basically one big story broken up into chunks. I enjoyed the story and thought the magic system, called fury craft, was fun and well thought out. While I enjoyed the story it was a bit simplistic in nature. It felt like something a young adult would read and really enjoy however; there were parts (in all six books) where sexual innuendo is used. As an adult I didn't mind these short parts and Mr. Butcher did a good job of keeping things relatively clean... I just think that they seemed unnecessary. As a result I would not recommend this book for kinds under 12 or 13 years of age. I rated this story as a three because I thought it was good but not great. It kept me interested and I ended up listening to all six books. Just don't expect something on par with some of the more involved or complex fantasy series'.
Age Rating: 13+
Sex: No overt sex scenes but significant innuendo throughout the series
Language: Unless you consider "bloody" to be a swear word there is none in the series.
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