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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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  • 04-26-16

Great story

Love the story, but what in the world is up with the random music throughout?

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Better than Dresden!

Would you listen to Furies of Calderon again? Why?

Yes. The writing in this series is of a higher quality than Jim Butcher's Dresden Files, though it is in a decidedly different genre. His characters are more complete (supporting cast and main characters). The plot is well thought out and executed and there are some tantalizing hints about links to our own history that are just fun and, as of book three I haven't figured them out yet. <br/><br/>I rated the book as 4 stars but I tend to be a conservative rater. As I have gone through the series, I am tempted to go back and raise it to five. If there was a way to go "half stars" then it would be 4.5. <br/>

What did you like best about this story?

It's hard to say, "best," because I liked much of the story. The magic system is interesting. I like the ideas behind "furies" but it starts to loose definition on the fringes as to what is and what is not "furycraft" (magic). I think he did a great job of working a system into the story where everyone has some type of magic, yet keeping a lid on absurdity so that the story stays believable (within the system and plot of the story) and entertaining. Nobody gets a free ride.

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

Yes, I have listened to others by Kate Reading and this one compares as, another great performance. Listeners sometimes have their own reasons for liking narrators that are not universally transferable. Reading has a pleasant voice that changes in tone with the characters. She struggles with male voices sometimes, but, manages them well enough to be more than entertaining. Most importantly she understands Butchers sometimes dry sense of humor and is able to deliver punch lines and humor without spoiling it. She also helps build tension and angst as the story goes along, which all narrators need some skill at. She's one of the narrators I like to listen too. <br/><br/>Gotta love a good storyteller.

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

There were occasions where Butcher's sense of humor (delivered through the characters and narrator) made me laugh, at least a quick dry chuckle. I would not call it an extreme reaction. <br/><br/>It's a good book, worth listening to. Better than Dresden Files.

Any additional comments?

I held back a 1/2 star for the confusion between having "equally important" roles and simply equal roles for female characters. Female characters came with a switch: kick ass on-girly girl off or girly girl on kick ass off. As is common with the genre, there was a lack of female to female discussion that was not an extension of the similar manly talk elsewhere. It's only a half star off, so, we aren't talking about a huge problem here. There was also one female character whom has tended to be a "damsel in distress." I might not have noticed that after one book, but having read most of three, it is a trend that I denied the character growth that I felt others enjoyed. <br/><br/>again, one female character out of 6 or 7 (or more depending on how you count characters vs. supporting cast). That's a lot of good with a smidgeon of areas for growth.

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A different writing voice for Jim Butcher

I LOVE Butcher's Dresden series. It is fun, well written and incredibly engaging. This series, so far, has none of the levity that I have come to expect from this author. It has a serious epic vibe to it as well as being very engaging. I find it remarkable that he can write these two series with such different writing styles. I'm taking off a star because the "fanfare" that would signal when the CD was coming to an end was left in. It is really jarring.

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Must read

I love Harry, I was reluctant to get into this series - so glad I did! It does not disappoint and now I can't stop reading!

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Decent book and a decent production

The book seems to leave me with more questions than answers, while not necessarily a bad thing it does make me wonder how many books I'll have to listen to just to uncover a secret hinted at in the first few minutes.
My big complaint against the production has to be the random horns blaring. I found no pattern to why suddenly horns would blare at random intervals and ultimately left me annoyed.

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good listen

great story, but the transitions in the reading could have been smoother. watch out for the random horns that play, which I'm guessing signify a page break .

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Great listen.

I read this series years ago, loved it then and do so even more. I hope Jim Butcher continues to grow this world.

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Great story, poor production

The audio was choppy in many places as if the performer had stopped and started again. Must of the places this happens the next word overlaps the previous one. It is very obvious this was not professionally done.

The story was outstanding. I was honestly worried it would be horrible after hearing Jim Butcher wrote it on a bet. However, I was pleasantly surprised and look forward to reading the next instalment.

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Another excellent Jim Butcher audio book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is an extremely engaging story, my wife tuned in more than halfway through the book and within minutes couldn't wait to find out if the protagonist would escape from the wax forest.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fidelias fills the role of the honourable villain exceptionally well. You're actively hoping that his plans fail while still hoping he might succeed.

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

Saying that Kate Reading is reading my book is a lot of fun. She mixes up her voices and conveys the appropriate emotion, urgency and other cadence needed to express the story,.

Any additional comments?

I'm a huge fan of Jim Butcher's so I was certain that I would enjoy this audio book, neither he nor Kate Reading have disappointed in this story and its performance

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The reader and story are amazing, but trumpets!

I actually love both the reader and the story, but the recording would blare random trumpets every so often that were louder than the actual story! Extremely annoying.