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Furies of Calderon Audiobook

Furies of Calderon: Codex Alera, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Elden Yountville, US, Canada 06-15-15
    Elden Yountville, US, Canada 06-15-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Took a while"

    Slow to start but eventually became well worth plodding thorough the beginning. A good beginning to the series.

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    Eric 06-01-15
    Eric 06-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story, decent narration."

    The story was entertaining but I'm not a big fan of Kate Reading. I would have much preferred Marsters, after the tremendous job he did on all of the Dresden files.

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    K. Garvey 05-27-15
    K. Garvey 05-27-15 Member Since 2014

    Avid reader of pretty much anything I can get my hands on. I love fiction and enjoy listening to books on my long commute.

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    "Great fantasy!"
    What did you love best about Furies of Calderon?

    I loved the stories and all of the colorful characters. It had all of the elements of good fantasy- magic, peril, mild romance, and of course a happy ending.


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

    Kate Reading does a great job, I love her accent and she does a fair job of doing different voices for the characters.


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

    Yes!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robert GRAND FORKS, ND, United States 05-27-15
    Robert GRAND FORKS, ND, United States 05-27-15 Member Since 2016

    I aud a lot of books.

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    "Oof"

    It's fascinating when a writer can't write. Not even Kate Reading could save this one. Ten hours in and I had to bail. If you like a great story, keep looking.

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    Glenn R. Ferguson 05-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fantastic story, below average reading"

    The story is fantastic, but I wasn't a big fan of the reading. The nonsensical horns (was this originally on CD and that signaled the change?) were a distraction, but the worst to me was the way the narrator made the clever Tavi sound slow witted and whiny. Despite that, I still recommend.

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    Amazon Customer 05-21-15 Member Since 2015

    fantasy lover

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    "genius"

    loved it, little harder to get through than reading it and I HATED those horns... hated so much, but she told it well and did very very very well on the voices.

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    M. Henson 05-13-15
    M. Henson 05-13-15
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    "Tedious. Uninteresting Characters. No Dresden."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    If you are a fan of the Dresden Files, skip this pedestrian bore. If you like to consume fantasy books like cookies then this book is a competent entry in the genre.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jim Butcher again?

    Absolutely. the Dresden Files are brilliant with compelling characters and stories. I will keep giving Butcher another look, just not this series.


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

    The reader cannot be faulted. Her performance is very good but the material is not.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Deep disappointment. This is a boring, formulaic fantasy novel. None of the unique qualities of Butcher's Dresden stories.


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    Bruce Lorain, OH, United States 05-13-15
    Bruce Lorain, OH, United States 05-13-15 Member Since 2016
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    "OK"

    The Story is good but has a lot of completely unnecessary sexual content. I would have given it more stars if it wasn't for that.

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    Gerthdynn 05-12-15
    Gerthdynn 05-12-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting story, not as interesting narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Furies of Calderon to be better than the print version?

    Unfortunately, I haven't read the books, so the only way I know the story is through the narration, however I've read quite a bit of Jim Butcher's Dresden Files and I think that the audio edition leaves something to be desired.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The methods for magic are fascinating along with the political aspects and the machinations behind them. A lot of the story is fairly predictable, but that isn't a bad thing.


    What aspect of Kate Reading’s performance would you have changed?

    Perhaps I'm spoiled by listening to James Marsters narrate the Dresden Files, but it feels like Kate Reading is uncertain of what she is reading often and leaves sentences sounding as if they ended with a question mark. I'm also annoyed that while she tries to make male voices sound different, I can't tell the difference. Again, this is one of Marsters strengths, even with female voices (though they don't sound very female you can tell who it is).


    Any additional comments?

    As others have mentioned, the bugles/trumpets that happen randomly are beyond simply annoying. They are several dB louder than the narration, and if you have the narration turned up to hear it clearly, you can be easily surprised and shocked by the loud noises. If this is signalling the CD change, I beg of Audible to fix that. Given the source files, I could do it myself quickly (2 - 3 hours), so there is no excuse for something that is nominally worth "$42" to have this kind of poor job done on the conversion.

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    Denise in Las Vegas 05-11-15

    I'm a fun and creative gal, enjoying the empty nest, my cats and dogs, and of course, my sweet husband. I've enjoyed books my whole life.

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    "I wasn't impressed."

    I didn't enjoy this as much as the Dresden books. It was just okay for me.

    I found my mind wandering during a big battle section, I preferred the parts with insight into the character's history and personality.

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