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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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Best young adult novel(s) I have read.

Best young adult novel(s) I have read. In my opinion, they rival Harry Potter.

The main differences being, as a Series that Codex progress from childhood characters to adults a bit faster than HP, and Codex has more male/female interaction. I also found Codex to have more humor in it than HP, and broader more complex supporting characters. Codex also deals with deeper (more human) moral issues that HP.... aside from the "I have a magic thingy and can fly and do spells and stuff"

Lastly, I have a ton of respect for the author Jim Butcher, ESPECIALLY if the rumors about the concepts behind Codex Alera are true. I have seen it posted online that the origin of Codex Alera started as something of a bet between the author and someone at his Publisher, and was something to the effect of "I can write a successful book about any two random subjects" and the two random subjects were Pokémon and the lost 9th Legion of Rome. Whether this true or not, I do not know. Either way it is a series packed with a lot of fun, a SMALL dose of whining (it's young adult lit. here, you can't escape some amount of whining) that dissipates completely somewhere around book 3, and some amazing writing.

I whole heartedly recommend Codex Alera and The Dresden Files. They are Worth your time.

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Great audiobook!

This was already a great book, but the performance just made it better. Great for listening to on a long commute. Excellent performance!

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Fantastical Magic

It has been a while since I listened to this book, having said that, the characters are interesting, the 'magic,' is fantastical. Over all I enjoyed this book.

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Horns between what would be cd breaks irritating!

Story is good, however the horns between what would be a cd breaks made me quit listening twice. I kept coming back because I like the narrator and the plot.

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Takes a bit to get into, but it's worth it

Setting everything up takes a bit longer than I would have liked, but the payoff is a great story.

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Fantastic story,

Jim Butcher does an awesome job of telling a story. I highly recommend ALL of his books. Intrigue, action, and magic all in one story. Very well told story

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slow start, absolutely excellent finish

The story started kinda slow, I was expecting more from Jim butcher, but as it progressed, I was pleasantly surprised. I found myself laughing out loud at times, and grinning ear to ear at others. Kate Reading was great too, she killed it. Over all I was happy enough to write a 5 star review.

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the random trumpets are annoying

Great story and narration but the random trumpets ruined this. Audible needs to edit those out please!!!

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trumpets are shocking and unexpected

it is a good performance but there is random trumpets throught the book that a kinda loud if you are not ready for them but Kate's performance was very good if you can ignore the trumpets

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good story, decent reading, poor editing

The story is good enough, reasonably standard fantasy fare.

The reader did a decent job, though her vocal range is limited enough to make it difficult to decipher which character is talking in some dialogue. Perhaps working on accents would offer better definition.

The most significant issue is the editing. Intrachapter breaks are unnecessarily signaled with a tooth-grating fanfare; and there are regular editing cuts with too little space between the words, which run together.