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Furies of Calderon

The Codex Alera, Book 1
Lu par : Kate Reading
Série : Codex Alera, Volume 1
Durée : 19 h et 54 min
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For 1000 years, the people of Alera have united against the aggressive races that inhabit the world, using their unique bond with the furies - elementals of earth, air, fire, water and metal. But now, Gaius Sextus, First Lord of Alera, grows old and lacks an heir. Ambitious Lords manoeuvre to place their Houses in positions of power, and a war of succession looms on the horizon.

Far from city politics in the Calderon Valley, young Tavi struggles with his lack of fury crafting. At 15, he has no wind fury to help him fly, no fire fury to light his lamps. Yet as the Alerans' most savage enemy - the Marat - return to the Valley, his world will change.

Caught in a storm of deadly wind furies, Tavi saves the life of a runaway slave. But Amara is actually a spy, seeking intelligence on possible Marat traitors to the Crown. And when the Valley erupts into chaos - when rebels war with loyalists and furies clash with furies - Amara will find Tavi invaluable. His talents will outweigh any fury-born power - and could even turn the tides of war.

©2016 Jim Butcher (P)2016 Hachette Audio UK

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  • Mahadi
  • 16/04/2018

Good story, decent narrator, horrible production

I liked the story, nothing that's going to surprise anyone but I found it entertaining and the pace was good, the narrator did a decent job but some of the male voices was off, I question why they choose a female narrator. The production and editing was absolutely horrible, sentences cut midway, disrupted the immersion.

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  • CameoMo
  • 11/01/2017

Badly edited / produced

This is another great story from Jim Butcher and, as always, a great performance from Kate Reading. Sadly all their hard work is ruined by bad editing and production.
The story pulls you in and you feel immersed into a detail narrative and spellbound by Kate's every word. Then you're yanked out by a sudden change of tone mid-sentence, where two sentences were spliced together punctuation be damned, or find a sentence has been cut too soon leaving dead air that makes you think the app stopped.
In any case, your enjoyment is constantly interrupted by bad editing.
I really hope they produce another version of this audio book, it is a shame to let Kate's performance go to waste.
I'm hoping the other books in this series have better quality control.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 13/12/2016

What a surprise!

At first I thought this novel would be the usual sword and sorcery story. Fun and exciting but nothing out of the ordinary. Well, what a wonderful surprise! Although based on the Roman civilization, especially its military structure, Jim Butcher put a refreshing twist to the barbarian hordes and the weak Garrison compound, unprepared to effectively defend the realm. Then there was the "magic", almost de reguer for a fantasy novel. I really enjoyed the use of elemental spirits and the strong bond between them and their human companions. A great touch was giving the elementals names.

The characters, both protagonists and antagonists were well crafted and so realistic that I could empathize (or hate) them with enthusiasm.

I could write an essay but I think prospective readers would die of boredom. so, this is my advice. Buy, read, keep and read again. Fun and thought provoking, rolled into one. By the way, the denouement is perfect.

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  • Bill
  • 21/06/2020

Fast Paced!

Kate Reading amazing as ever, Story a rollercoaster beginning to end... 👌 Hope to know the characters a bit more as the series progresses

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  • Cliente de Amazon
  • 26/11/2019

Recording skips a bunch of times

Excellent story and narration but poor recording. It skips a lot which is seriously infuriating

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  • Anonymous User
  • 27/03/2019

Great book, decent narrator, sub-par production

This review will focus more on the technical side of things rather than the story as that is top notch in my opinion. As some other reviews that I read prior to getting this audiobook point out, the edits in this (and at least the following book) are a bit poorly done. There are noticeable skips where it's clear that they have made a cut in the audio-track with words stopping suddenly or beginning suddenly. Personally this didn't bother me that much (it isn't all the time, just often enough to be noticeable), but it needs to be mentioned. I personally would probably have preferred a male narrator I think, but Kate does a decent job with different voices (though quite a few gravelly gruff male voices sounded a bit the same). I'm guessing she's at least partially to blame for the amount of edits, but ultimately I blame the production team. If you (like me) come from listening to Jim's other series The Dresden Files you will really notice the difference and possibly be more annoyed by how comparatively poorly done this is. For the reasons above I'm deducting one star overall and 2 stars from the performance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26/02/2019

Decent book. Audio suboptimal.

Good book. Good narrator. Poor sound editing in various places. It will from time to time very abruptly jump to the next sentence, leaving you feeling like you missed the last part of the previous one.

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  • DK
  • 29/03/2017

Longwinded, dumb characters, cliché plot

Wow - a Jim Butcher novel and a series of which several books made it into the top ten.
But this first book of the series is simply appalling!
Way too many "convenient" story elements - "convenient" regarding lazy plot development, improbable timing, inconsistent fury powers / power usage and cliché character and plot development.
I simply felt INSULTED intellectually for about 80% of the audio book.
The basic ideas for the world that Jim Butcher builds here is unique and interesting - but the resulting first book of this series is simply horrible - and that with this book being written at roughly the same time as some of his most successful and intelligent other book from the Dresden series... I really don't get it why the resulting books are so very different in quality.

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  • Allan Jensen
  • 25/04/2017

Otherwise good book ends in a mess

I would have rated the book to four stars most of way through. It is an interesting world, and acceptable character, though I predicted a few clichés would pop up.

The book fall apart in the end though, when random stuff happens, heros randomly choose not to act, villains teleport around randomly for where they can cause the most tension. Convenient traps appear out of nowhere and heros and villians alike all survive certain death on multiple occasions, often with no explanation or just handwaving . And though truth-finders' ability to establish the truth is a key point in the middle of the book, in the end there is suddenly no way to establish the truth even with the most powerful truthfinder available. Everybody for no reason and in contrast with early just suddenly thinks physical evidence is necessary.

I am not a fan of the narrator. It took me a few hours before I got used to her voice. It is very stilted like she is performing on stage playing the narrator of a theatre piece instead of just narrating.

So it has good elements it can build on, it just concludes in a clusterfuck, but I think I will check out the sequel and see where it goes. I have already gotten myself used to the terrible narration anyway.

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  • calvin batley
  • 02/09/2018

excellent series

What a great read. Epic fantasy with no Tolkien leaning. A master of urban fantasy who shows his range in prose with one of the most exciting prelude to a series in absolute ages. If you love epic, high fantasy; more than being satisfied, your entire faith in the form will be revitalised and that old feeling of 'when is the next one out?' will re -emerge- Buy it. Read it. Get the next one. Celebrate and repeat.

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  • LCF
  • 12/06/2018

Great story and reading; bad record-stiching

Great story, even more fun to listen than read. Kate did a great job, but there are a lot of artefacts in the recording - sentences overlapping without pause or starting during the last word of the previous one. This should have been edited prior release.

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  • gscheidl
  • 31/08/2016

Endlich auch auf audible!!!

Absolut großartige Geschichte! Ich warte schon so lange auf die Hörbuchumsetzung ...!

Tolle Story, Tolle Stimme ... Bitte bald auch die weiteren Teile veröffentlichen! Danke!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 30/05/2019

An editing disaster....

The story is a bit predictable... but ok. Kate Reading does a good job. But publishing such an editing mess is a disgrace. It Sounds like the someone just cut some pieces out and instead of rerecord the missing part just united the two parts with with no (or insufficient) fades...