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Furies of Calderon Audiobook

Furies of Calderon: The Codex Alera: Book One

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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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    Gwen1818 28/09/2016
    Gwen1818 28/09/2016

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    "badly edited but good story"

    the recording seems like its cut badly in places and seems like it skips but you can figure it out. great first book in the series though, I am looking forward to the rest. I see some similarities between GoT and WoT but it's different enough to keep you interested

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    R 25/09/2016
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    "Highly enjoyable"

    I've have done almost no work since downloading this audio book as I could not stop listening. Highly enjoyable and very well read with characterisation of the dialogue. If you enjoy fantasy I definitely recommend this audio book.

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    John 10/10/2016
    John 10/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Enthralling"

    Very good listen, definitely stopped me working at times! Looking forward to the rest of the series!

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    Amazon Customer 24/10/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "good"

    the editing was a bit ubrupt in place but it's a wonderful story read well.

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    ryckpark 23/09/2016
    ryckpark 23/09/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Brilliant"

    Can't wait for the next book, as always very satisfied with the story. I lissend to it twice because it was so good.

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    Mr London, United Kingdom 28/08/2016
    Mr London, United Kingdom 28/08/2016 Member Since 2007
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    "Read this book years ago amazing what you miss"

    I love the Dresden books and when these books became available I bought the series and read them. They are so different and yet so well written.

    When listening to the above book (it is a few years after I read the series) it is amazing what you miss. Compared with Jim Butcher's last book The Aeronauts Windlass (which I hated), the characters are believable and you feel an attachment to them even the villains.

    In respect of the narrator I found two small problems in a couple places she seem to mix up the voices of the characters. Plus a couple of places the recording was jerky (bad recording).

    But she has a pleasant voice that I virtually finished the book over two days .

    Cannot wait for book two.

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    Sheila London, United Kingdom 30/09/2016
    Sheila London, United Kingdom 30/09/2016 Member Since 2009

    A Fantasy & Science Fiction reader from around 5 years of age. If I wasn't reading it - it was being read to me by my father. Still love it.

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    "The narrator kills it"
    Would you try another book written by Jim Butcher or narrated by Kate Reading?

    I read the first Dresden Files and although it was not for me he is a good writer. Kate Reading just bores me to death. I have other books where she is part of a team of performers which is OK. However, on her own the book just drones on.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    A new reader to breath life into the story and the characters.


    Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Kate Reading?

    Someone better!!


    Could you see Furies of Calderon being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?

    Nope


    Any additional comments?

    I will not be buying any more of the series.

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    MR D W SMITH United Kingdom 20/09/2016
    MR D W SMITH United Kingdom 20/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Furies of Calderon to be better than the print version?

    this would have been a great book if it was not for the bad editing.


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    D. Feeney Leeds, UK 26/11/2016
    D. Feeney Leeds, UK 26/11/2016 Member Since 2012

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    "Badly edited - Bits of audiobook missing"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Improve the editing.
    Occasionally Kate's sentences have been edited so they run into each other (absolutely no gap between them). Occasionally whole sentences (or in one case an entire page) appear to have been dropped


    Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favourite?

    Kate's presentation of Doroga is brilliant


    What character would you cut from Furies of Calderon?

    All the characters are pretty integral to the plot, so it would be hard to cut a character. I used to think Aric was a throw away character, but cutting him from the first book would impact heavily on the second (Academ's Fury).
    If a character really had to be dropped perhaps Steadholder Warner and his sons could be dropped?


    Any additional comments?

    Fix the audio recording. Its a great book. It deserves a great recording.

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    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 10/11/2016
    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 10/11/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "I strongly advise getting this book"
    What other book might you compare Furies of Calderon to, and why?

    This had elements of Game of Thrones, Wheel of Time, Stormlight Archive and a few other genre leading titles but with Butcher's unique twist.

    It combines political manoeuvrings with magic, monsters and adventure.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    I quite enjoyed the wax forest...


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I refuse to answer this question as the word 'be' is used too many times.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a wonderful story about a Romanesque kingdom, it's subjects and their powers. To be honest the start of the book was a little frustrating as it jumps straight in using specific language and terms which mean nothing to the reader until further on in the story but after a little while this doesn't matter. All you really need to know is that everybody has the ability to manipulate one or more of the six furys which are entities residing in the elements.

    I am reading the third book now and much like The Wheel of Time, the characters are already starting to feel like old friends.

    For those Dresden fans this book is certainly worth reading but don't expect any similarities with the Dresden Files, apart from the very occasional dollops of sarcasm that is.

    All in all I can't recommend this book enough. To fans of epic fantasy it's a must.

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