• Princeps' Fury

  • Codex Alera, Book 5
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 17 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (10,305 ratings)

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Princeps' Fury

By: Jim Butcher
Narrated by: Kate Reading
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Publisher's Summary

Tavi of Calderon, now recognized as Princeps Gaius Octavian and heir to the crown, has achieved a fragile alliance with Alera's oldest foes, the savage Canim. But when Tavi and his legions guide the Canim safely to their lands, his worst fears are realized. 

The dreaded Vord - the enemy of Aleran and Cane alike - have spent the last three years laying waste to the Canim homeland. And when the Alerans are cut off from their ships, they find themselves with no choice but to fight shoulder to shoulder if they are to survive. 

For 1,000 years, Alera and her furies have withstood every enemy and survived every foe. The 1,000 years are over....

Please note: This recording contains instances of variable audio quality. This is currently the best available source audio from the publisher.

©2008 Jim Butcher (P)2008 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"As is the case with Dresden, Mr. Butcher has the uncanny ability to make his Codex Alera realm seem real; as he understands it is in the subtle details...An exciting fantasy thriller.” (Midwest Book Review)

"Rousing...No less powerful than his intense battle scenes [are] Butcher’s vivid characterizations.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

“A treat for action fans and series followers.” (Booklist)

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Wonderful story, problematic recording

Would you listen to Princeps' Fury again? Why?

Yes. The story is wonderful, as is the performance.

Did Kate Reading do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

Ms. Reading did wonderfully as always. Each character was easily recognizable.

Any additional comments?

Jim Butcher's story and Kate Reading's performance are both wonderful, as usual. However, this book's recording appears to have several instances where there may have been problems while editing. Words were cut off, breaks between sentences were non-existent, etc. These were not throughout the book, but occurred frequently enough to be distracting and to think that editing was rushed.

17 people found this helpful

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    4 out of 5 stars

Great book. Great narrator. Bad Audio.

The book itself is great fun, and I'd listen to Kate Reading read the phone book, but there is something wrong with the editing of this audiobook. In a few places there are very abrupt and noticeably short intervals between words and in at least one place, some text has just been skipped over. This is the first time I've experienced such a strange problem with a downloaded book.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Fantastic story ruined by poor narration.

This is the first time I have ever wished that I could get a refund for an audiobook. Previous to this book in the series, I had read the books to myself and absolutely devoured them. Butcher is a truly gifted writer. Amazing that he is able to craft his stories so quickly!

But WHY oh WHY did his publisher decide to pair Kate Reading with this book? Don't get me wrong, Reading is a terrific narrator... when the protagonist of a novel is a *woman*. This series has very few female lead characters, the majority of them are male and THE main character is a male. This book would have been absolutely fantastic with, say, Michael Kramer as the reader- a man who can do very distinct male voices and highly believable female voices as well. As talented as Kate Reading is, her male voices come off as either snobby and pretentious or low brow and dull. And at no point are they believable.

I don't have the heart to give this book less than four stars as Butcher really is a master at what he does and I do not want my poor score to reflect on his talents. I couldn't, however, listen all the way through due to the narration. I truly hope that the publisher changes it's mind about their narrator and goes in a different direction with Princep's Fury and First Lord.

8 people found this helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars

Great Book. Fantastic Narrator. Engrossing Series.

The best so far of this great series, expertly narrated by Kate Reading (I was already a fan of hers from The Wheel of Time series). This fifth book was so generous and satisfying that by the end I feared for a moment that it was the final book. Of course that's not the case, and I'm really looking forward to First Lord's Fury, due to come out near the end of the year!

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Another excellent book, poor audio editing

The book and series are great! But the audio editing in this book was horrible, I kept rewinding as the narrators voice was changing and I thought I had skipped ahead. Turned out the editing was just really lousy.
Fortunately this problem was not in the previous books and has not been nearly as bad in the last. Thanks Jim, more please.

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    5 out of 5 stars

Solid Fantasy Series

Butcher's "Dresdin Files" was highly recommended, and that's what I came looking for...but being a fan of things like "Wheel of Time", "Song of Ice and Fire", "Sword of Truth", etc., I decided to try this instead.

Was not disappointed. Really well written, good characters, good plot, interesting take on magic...

This was not as good as Ice and Fire, but at least as good as WoT, and better than SoT...if that helps (Take into account I loved all of those series...)

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    5 out of 5 stars

Best of the bunch

Book 5 is just flat out great. It is a book about fighting, not fighting, magic, humanity, strength, love, trust, betrayal and standing up to do the right thing even when it costs you to do it. Kate Reading is superb as always in this series. The Vord remind me of the Borg (Star Trek) in their single mindedness. Maybe any enemy that has a 4 letter name with OR in it is supposed to have the same personality traits...lol. Do yourself a favor and enjoy this book, it really is an adventure for the mind. Enjoy!

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    5 out of 5 stars

This Series gets better and better!

By Book 5 I was pretty invested in this series. In fact, knowing there was only one more book to go, I tried to slow down my listening to make it last longer. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys Sharon Shinn, Lois McMaster Bujold, etc. Kate Reading is wonderful as the narrator. Now that I've finished the last book, I'm just hoping that somewhere out there Jim Butcher is typing away on book 7.

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    4 out of 5 stars

will we ever get the last one?

ok, So...I loved this book and I loved the series. I think tho that the real question is this: will Audible EVER give us the last book in an unabridged form or will this be another like OUTLANDER series where there's just some cheap abridged version of the next in the series? I'm getting a bit frustrated. I love epics but I love the endings too. So far i've got 4 unfinished epics in my library. 3 of them because Audible doesn't have the last books.Codex, Ice and Fire (boo George R.R. Martin you promised us September!), OUTLANDER (i won't consider it done til you give us unabridged; so far the abridged has really bad and unsatisfied reviews.) So, YES (!), I love the Codex Alera Series. Great narration, great characters (some I love to hate), great series. BUT PLEASE, can we have the last book in unabridged and SOON!

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars

Solid, but with same old flaws

Like the rest of the Codex Alera books this one is entertaining, but still has the issues of many of the other books. If you have read all of the way to book 5 you probably are in to Butchers new world. Princeps' Fury has plenty of military and battle scenes and less of the love scenes which I enjoyed. The characters still sometimes act out of character and the antagonist seem to just evolve to something worse as the scenario needs it. It seems with this series when I am in the middle of the book I always feel I need to take a break. By the end, however, I always pick up the next book. I also like that Kate Reading does the entire series, she does a good job and is consistent.

3 people found this helpful