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The Aeronaut's Windlass

The Cinder Spires, Book 1
Lu par : Euan Morton
Série : The Cinder Spires, Volume 1
Durée : 21 h et 39 min
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Jim Butcher, the number-one New York Times best-selling author of The Dresden Files and the Codex Alera novels, conjures up a new series set in a fantastic world of noble families, steam-powered technology, and magic-wielding warriors....

Since time immemorial the Spires have sheltered humanity, towering for miles over the mist-shrouded surface of the world. Within their halls aristocratic houses have ruled for generations, developing scientific marvels, fostering trade alliances, and building fleets of airships to keep the peace.

Captain Grimm commands the merchant ship Predator. Fiercely loyal to Spire Albion, he has taken their side in the cold war with Spire Aurora, disrupting the enemy's shipping lines by attacking their cargo vessels. But when the Predator is severely damaged in combat, leaving captain and crew grounded, Grimm is offered a proposition from the Spirearch of Albion - to join a team of agents on a vital mission in exchange for fully restoring Predator to its fighting glory.

And even as Grimm undertakes this dangerous task, he will learn that the conflict between the Spires is merely a premonition of things to come. Humanity’s ancient enemy, silent for more than ten thousand years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake....

©2015 Jim Butcher (P)2015 Penguin Audio

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"Obie Award winner and Scottish-born Euan Morton narrates this sprawling opening volume of The Cinder Spires with the spirit of a buccaneer and an ear for a couple of dozen different vocal rhythms and dialects from the British Isles. Morton is especially adept at naturally carrying on the conversations between the growling shipmates and the highborn Gwen. Morton keeps the action moving and speaks 'cat' perfectly." ( AudioFile)

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Lancement d'une bonne série steampunk innovante

Très bon narrateur et histoire trépidante. Un brin prévisible et globalement en deçà des Dossiers Dresden du même auteur mais néanmoins une très bonne expérience. Beaucoup d'attentes pour la suite

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  • Don Gilbert
  • 02/10/2015

A Brave New World

From the creator of such works of art as the “Furies of Calderon” and “The Dresden Files” Jim Butcher has now focused his immense talent onto, what is being called, the steampunk genre in his latest series, ”The Cinder Spires.”
Steampunk seems to be the latest trending term devising the name from a blending of sci-fi and fantasy with technology and aesthetic design inspired by 19th-century industrial steam-powered machinery and the cyber punk genre.
The first book, “The Aeronaut’s Windlass,” is rich in Old World aristocratic political structures known as Spires, vintage clothing,” blended with magnificent airships, (reminding me of the airships in the “Grimm Noir” trilogy by Larry Correa) contesting in aerial naval battles, and other typical noir references usually associated with steampunk.
The plot moves quickly and Mr. Butcher introduces many characters and multiple action scenes that, at first seem distracting but soon become distinguishable and fit the story well. Bridget, scion of a once-prominent noble house on the verge of ruin and her cat, Rowl, Highborn Gwendolyn Lancaster, her “warrior born” cousin, Benedict; the grizzled Captain Grimm; and master etherealist Ferus and his assistant, Folly are a motley group of disgraced veterans and novices that are sent off to stop the mysterious force behind a very coordinated and deadly series of attacks on Spire Albion by its rival, Spire Aurora.
There is plenty of action and the society is open for some political backstabbing. I always think that it is a good book when you wonder what is going to happen next.

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  • Christopher
  • 22/01/2016

Solid fantasy book, great characters, good story

Really very well written and creative story, leading to more down the road I would expect, as not all of the loose ands are wrapped up at the end. Good and satisfying ending, but new questions arise by the end that will lead well into future books.

Narration was top notch and well done- a good narrator can add a whole additional layer to the story, which is what happens here. The characters are fairly interesting, if a but stereotypical in nature, perhaps to some of the story's detriment. Having a strict, honorable, "privateer" Captain who just happens to have the last name of "Grimm" seems a bit much to swallow in one sense. But just get over it, because it feels right for the story going on here too.

The author, while perhaps being a bit dramatic with the naming, still nails his characters pretty well in how they act and feel. There isn't much in the way of moral ambiguity here- honorable people are incredibly so, evil people are diabolical with no redeemable qualities or backstory to support why they turned out that way. But despite the lack of levels of gray between the back and the white, the story told here is still quite well told, dramatic and engaging, and holds your interest MOSTLY.

I emphasize the "mostly" because I did find my mind wandering a bit during some of (what I assume was meant to be) the more dramatic action sequences and battles. Not that they weren't interesting, but they tended to be a bit verbose. That may be more a fault of the listener and things I had going on while listening instead of the story though, so your mileage may vary with regard to that criticism.

Still, I was pleasantly surprised with this particular book, and enjoyed it throughly. I look forward to more in the series and will definitely keep on listening. Well worth the credit!

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  • omnireader
  • 14/10/2015

Jim Butcher Hits it out of the Park

Jim Butcher's long awaited foray into steampunk lives up to every possible expectation, and they were high. I'm a big fan of the Dresden Files and if possible, enjoyed Codex Alera even more. The world of The Aeronaut's Windlass is entirely different; mankind lives in tall spire cities, away from the dangerous surface of the earth. Peopled by monsters, the surface is to be avoided at all cost. The Spire Cities, Albion and Aurora, are fiercely competitive with a history of warfare. A new round of warfare, initiated by Aurora, is the focus of The Aeronaut's Windlass. Aurora is clearly willing to use whatever means necessary to destroy Albion.

Captain Francis Grimm is loyal to Spire Albion, despite having been treated badly by the Admiralty; drummed out for cowardice unjustly. After his privateer airship, HMS Predator, is badly damaged in an Auroran ambush he must limp home for major repairs. He is recruited for a mission by the Spirearch with the promise of repairs and new crystals for The Predator.
He will be aided in his mission by a motley crew of characters ranging from the admirable to the just plain strange. He is also up against a female adversary who rivals Queen Mab of The Dresden Files and the Vord Queen of Codex Alera for sheer evil. The action of the book is relentless with the characters jumping from frying pan to fire nonstop.

I waffled about the rating on The Aeronaut's Windlass. The world building was almost too organic in that you are thrown into the action with no foundation. I don't mind saying that I had difficulty forming a mental picture of the Spires and airships, at least at the beginning. Euan Morton's narration pushed it from a 4.5 to a 5 for me. I was glued to my device until I realized there is actually no good stopping point in the action. His portrayal of Rowl, Prince of the Silent Paws is spot-on. I highly recommend The Aeronaut's Windlass.

RATING- 5 Stars

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  • Steve N
  • 23/10/2015

Classic Butcher

What made the experience of listening to The Aeronaut's Windlass the most enjoyable?

I really enjoy Jim Butcher's writing style, he can actually make me laugh out loud and the performance by Euan Morton was incredible, hope he has the gig for the next instalment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22/10/2015

First Jim Butcher but not my last...

What made the experience of listening to The Aeronaut's Windlass the most enjoyable?

The narrator is excellent. I look forward to listening to other books he has done.

What other book might you compare The Aeronaut's Windlass to and why?

It's definitely an adventure with lots of battles. There wasn't much time to catch one's breath. I would say it's a lot like Star Wars in comparison.

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

Like other wonderful audio books, a great narration brings the book to life in ways that are different from just reading the words. Characters personality and traits are expressed and become almost tangible.

Any additional comments?

I haven't read much Steampunk so it's hard to compare it to anything in that genre, but I will look forward to readying the the sequels. And I LOVED the cats! I have 4 myself and I believe Jim's characterization of them was spot on!

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  • Dean
  • 18/10/2015

Another great series beginning!

This first book captured me just like Codex Aleria! I love the characters, especially Grim and the girls. My only critique is about the cats. I'm not a cat owner but I can absolutely see how he projected their behaviors into Rawl and others. It took me a bit to get used to, but they did start to grow on me. The cat arrogance seems to be too heavy and got a bit old in some parts. I guess it's an acquired taste...like catnip? :-)

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  • BodyPositiveZone
  • 13/10/2015

A lot to digest for a first book in a series

I realize there is a lot to establish in a first book when you're planning a series, but this was a LOT to keep in my head. Two things made it difficult for me, personally: The first person point of view kept changing which required mental adjustment while still attempting to follow a new storyline; The cast of characters are just a few too numerous. I can begin to understand the reasons for all of these choices, and I can see as the series unfolds it will become easier to follow these characters within the larger story arch. It just makes this a bit of a slog for book 1 in the series. I've had to re-listen or re-read a number of passages because I lost the thread. I hope books to come make this first book pay off.

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  • Diane M.
  • 19/10/2015

Best Butcher Ever! Best sci-fi fantasy of 2015!

What made the experience of listening to The Aeronaut's Windlass the most enjoyable?

Great ensemble cast with strong warrior women and men, wonderful ethereal beings, and evolved cats personalities.

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fast pace. I very much enjoyed the strong characters any one of whom could be their own book. And one just has to love the cats.

What about Euan Morton’s performance did you like?

His performance was absolutely amazing and spot on. He made it easy to distinguish between characters. Mr. Morton is very easy on the ears.

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

I didn't want any of my favorite characters to die. I absolutely did not want the story to end and I think Jim Butcher should be sequestered and not allowed to rest his pen until the sequel is in the hands of his publishers.

Any additional comments?

I am excited about this new series. However, I hope we haven't heard the last of Senior Dresden.

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  • Jan
  • 01/07/2016

Not my favorite steampunk

Sorry, but I just did not find the descriptives clear enough for my more literal brain. I mean, I like steampunk (Chasing the Green Fairy, the Chronicles of St Mary's, Parasol Protectorate, etc), but this just didn't work for me. The plot was ok, but I couldn't seem to get engaged.
The best of it was Euan Morton's performance. He was able to individualize the characters and is endowed with a very pleasant voice.

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  • Bonnie
  • 26/10/2015

Audible version only way to go

What did you love best about The Aeronaut's Windlass?

The story line and narration were fantastic. Jim Butcher is a fantastic author, really can't wait for the next book in this series to come out

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Aeronaut's Windlass?

Thee are so many,because the book is nonstop action.

Which character – as performed by Euan Morton – was your favorite?

All of them Euan Morton is a great narrator, wish he would narrate more books.

Any additional comments?

Some people who only got the print version of this complained the story was hard to follow. I suggest getting the audible version, it kept you interested and the narration was fantastic, It was better than watching a movie,

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  • Oruboros
  • 30/11/2015

Ein Steampunk-Freibeuter Märchen

Wer Jim Butcher von den Dresden Files kennt, weiß dass er spannende Geschichten und gute Charaktere zu schreiben versteht. Auch hier entäuscht er diesbezüglich nicht.
Zwar sind einige der Charaktere durchaus stereotypisch, doch mich persönlich stört das nicht so sehr, weil sie dennoch gut geschrieben sind.
So erinnert etwa eine sehr von sich überzeugte Katze namens Raul, welche eine der Protagonistinnen begleitet, sehr an Mister, den großen Kater von Harry Dresden. Wie Raul "seinem" Menschen gestattet, ihn zu begleiten, so erhält auch Harry die großmütige "Erlaubnis" von Mister, in seinem Reich zu wohnen. Allerdings fehlt Mister im Gegensatz zu Raul die Möglichkeit der Kommunikation, so dass letzterer einen viel größeren Anteil an der Geschichte erhält als der Magier-Kater.
Sehr gelungen ist das Szenario bzw. die Welt, die Butcher hier für seine Geschichte entworfen hat. Ohne zu viel vorweg zu nehmen, ist das Setting eine Mischung aus Freibeuterei, Steampunk und geheimnisvoller Welt, deren Boden wohl zu gefährlich ist, um darauf zu wohnen. Also leben die Menschen alle in gewaltigen Türmen und segeln mit Schiffen durch die Luft, um Bodenkontakt möglichst zu meiden.
Der Sprecher macht seine Sache ebenfalls hervorragend. Er moduliert seine Stimme für jeden Charakter, macht es einfach sie zu unterscheiden und haucht ihnen damit zugleich Persönlichkeit ein. Dabei vermeidet er Übertreibungen, wie ich es auch schon gelegentlich gehört habe.
Alles in allem eine spannende Geschichte und ich freue mich auf die Fortsetzungen.

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  • Lukas Eichler
  • 16/12/2018

Great Story but annoying background hum and noises

Great Story but annoying background hum and noises. This makes the audio hard to listen to.

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  • Kindle-Kunde
  • 27/01/2017

Next please. No really, give me the next one. Now!

Someone go and clone Jim Butcher, please. This world (read: me) needs one of them to continue/finish Dresden, and the other one can tell me all the things that happen to and around Grim Shiptrees in the future.

I don't care that that's illegal. It's for the greater good.

To conclude: This book is fantastic and I can't friggin wait for the next one, the narrator is a genius and should henceforth exclusively narrate books about cats, and Jim Butcher is a bloody genius.

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  • Philipp
  • 19/09/2018

Tolle Geschichte. Spannung, Tiefe Abwechslung.

Tolle Geschichte. Spannung, Tiefe Abwechslung. Lohnt sich für jeden der neue Welten zu entdecken liebt und etwas Pathos, Witz und abwechslungsreiche Charaktere zu schätzen weiß.

Fazit: Guter Grundstein. Mehr davon!

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  • Hans-Henning Vogt
  • 05/07/2017

Airship battles are awesome

My personal highlight is the predator and the dialogue between the different member's of the crew.
The narrator does a great job of bringing the characters to life.

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  • Nighthawk
  • 11/04/2017

Read and heard

Now I read and heard this book. Amazing both ways. I really like the voice.

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  • oceansong
  • 26/01/2017

Seichte Unterhaltung

Seichte Unterhaltung mit vielen Klischees und sehr vorhersehbaren Wendungen. Bisweilen auch unfreiwillig komisch, wenn Charaktere sich z.B. in den Sekundenbruchteilen eines laufenden Kampfes erstmal in aller Seelenruhe unterhalten. Alles in allem zwar unterhaltsam, aber doch eher was für Jugendliche.

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  • Kai
  • 20/01/2017

Not a cat person

Ich liebe die Dresden Files und bin daher beim Aeronaut gelandet. Jedoch wie auch einige Bücher in der andere Reihe, ist Cinder Spires leider kein Highlight. Sicher, es ist solide geschrieben, aber der Plot, der die Geschichte treibt bleibt ganz lange Zeit unklar, wischi-waschi und fesselt kaum. Dazu sind nur 2 der Charaktere in meinen Augen wirklich interessant, die Katze find ich nicht so prall, selbst wenn es eine gute Erklärung dafür gäbe warum sie reden kann. Insgesamt bleiben die Charaktere zu beliebig um die schwache Story zu tragen. Kein Vergleich zu Harry, dessen Gedanken und Persönlichkeit tragen auch die schwächeren Dresden Files Bücher.
Auch die Andeutungen auf Hintergründe wie den Feind oder warum überhaupt alle in den spires leben werden so spärlich gegeben, dass es mich schlicht nicht mehr interessiert. Cinder Spires 2 werde ich mir sicherlich nicht mehr anhören.

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  • Icewynn
  • 21/11/2016

Wieder eine tolle neue Serie von Jim Butcher

Sehr schönes Hörbuch, fantastisch und spannend geschrieben. Grossartig gelesen von Euan Morton. Leider gibt es noch keine Fortsetzung.

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  • Kunicross
  • 08/09/2016

Sehr fesselndes Audiobuch

Eine sehr packende Steampunk Story, gut geschrieben, gut gesprochen.

Es werden zwar viele altbekannte Element benutzt und die Story könnte im Prinzip genauso im Weltraum oder auf dem Meer spielen aber Luftschiffe sind halt "steampunkier".

Oh und außerdem gibt es sprechende Katzen!