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The Aeronaut's Windlass Audiobook

The Aeronaut's Windlass: The Cinder Spires, Book One

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Publisher's Summary

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 10,000 years, has begun to stir once more. And death will follow in its wake.

©2015 Jim Butcher (P)2015 Penguin

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"Butcher writes mayhem wonderfully; the action remains taut and exciting." (Huffington Post on Cold Days)
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"Butcher's storytelling is satisfying on a level that's bone deep; from his knack for crafting suspense, to the multiple reversals of the final confrontation, to the surprisingly heart-rending dénouement." (io9.com on Ghost Story)

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    Robyn 08/06/2016
    Robyn 08/06/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun"

    Yay - a bit of swashbuckling fun. (I seem to have listened to a few heavy tales of late, and this was a bit of light relief).

    Well crafted, with top narration. Great new world. Looking forward to the next instalment.

    Couldn't fault it. Jim Butcher at his best.

    (and the Cat completely stole the show for me).

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 09/10/2015
    Ian Godstone, United Kingdom 09/10/2015 Member Since 2012
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    "Brilliant Epic Fantasy with a dollop of Sci-Fi."
    Where does The Aeronaut's Windlass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I can't in good conscience claim that it is the best book I've ever read but it's refreshingly different to most 'epic fantasy' novels. A fantastical yet somehow believable world combined with some likeable characters makes for an extremely satisfying read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't want to give away anything about the story or the characters although since reading it I have found a new appreciation for cats.


    Any additional comments?

    I particularly enjoyed the little nods to the Wheel of Time series. One could almost believe that this book is set several millennia after Robert Jordan's series finishes.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    CF 20/07/2016
    CF 20/07/2016 Member Since 2017
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    "Excellent performance, but poorly written."
    What disappointed you about The Aeronaut's Windlass?

    The writing was very average compared to Butcher's other series, and I was not completely absorbed by the story. Suitable for a background distraction, but nothing more.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr London, United Kingdom 20/11/2015
    Mr London, United Kingdom 20/11/2015 Member Since 2007
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    "Disappoimting"

    First of all I normally like Jim Butcher's books: in fact there is only one of his I have not managed to get through (Proven Guilty).

    So why did I not like this book, it lacked a certain amount of originality a lot of the story has been done before in different books. For example the cowardly arrogant Commander plus the war (honor Harrington), the weavers ( the film tremors ). Even the attraction between two of the characters was similar to the Codex Alera books.

    It was also very long winded and it took a great deal of effort to listen to it all the way through.

    I would say I liked certain of the characters, especially Folly.

    But I would only recommend die hard fans of Jim Butcher read/listen to it.

    If you have not tried his books before start with the Dresden files and the far Superior Codex Alera Books

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    VoiceOfTheForge Lincoln, UK 18/10/2017
    VoiceOfTheForge Lincoln, UK 18/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Brave New Series"

    This ISN'T Dresden.
    This ISN'T Tavi.

    This is new. This is different. This is awesome.

    Some rough patches when getting to know the characters, and some misconceptions by me until about half-way through (my fault) which may have been more obvious in print to the reader.

    Once again a grand narrative, with a well-paced and thought-out storyline. Some tropes, well-rendered.


    Who was your favourite character and why?
    At first, without a doubt - Rowl. Then after thinking about it a bit more, maybe Folly. Captain Grimm holds his own, but Butcher writes supporting casts of characters just so well!

    Would you recommend other books written by the author?
    Wholeheartedly yes. If you enjoyed Furies of Calderon, then you should enjoy this too.

    Any other comments?
    High fantasy / Steampunk crossover that others may liken to Romulus Buckle. Buckle is more 'future earth', whereas this could well be likened to a future setting for Jordan's 'Wheel of Time'.

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    Christopher 11/09/2017
    Christopher 11/09/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Good story, good performance."

    Jim Butcher sets up an evocative world full of interesting details and intriguing mysteries that I absolutely must hear more of. I will definitely be buying the sequel.

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    Andrew 04/08/2017
    Andrew 04/08/2017
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    "If you are a 'cat person' you might enjoy this!"

    I found this engaging from the start. An interesring world. Good characters. Well narrated. This was my first read of Jim Butcher. I will try some of his other works. I suspect he has cats at home...

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    Navinder Singh Vilkhou 12/07/2017 Member Since 2013
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    "slow to start and then goes into overdrive"

    I wasn't sure about this for a long while. Yes, it's not Harry Dresden. But you can tell that Jim had fun writing this.... and when it changed into top gear I took my time because I wanted to enjoy it.

    if you take it for it is, you might just like it.

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    Angela London, UK 08/04/2017
    Angela London, UK 08/04/2017 Member Since 2012
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    "Next one please"

    This took a bit to get used to because of a different story and a different narrator than the Dresden Files I was familiar with but after the first 30 minutes I enjoyed the change of characters and context - flying ships are always good.

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    Danielle Bryers Sheffield, UK 24/01/2017
    Danielle Bryers Sheffield, UK 24/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Steam punk action thriller"

    Plausible steampunk in a post apocalyptic world, with a bit of magic and animal characters on par with the humans for good measure. Euan Morton is an accomplished narrator, with distinctive voices and cadence for each of many characters (and species thereof!).
    On a level with Butcher's Dresden Files for the thoughtful action and slow crescendo of the pacing.

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  • Mim
    HUGHENDEN, Australia
    05/11/15
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    "Steampunk Butcher - another voice"

    Loved the narrator, had just the right tone for this style of story. Clear articulation, perfect accent and dulcet on the ear. I have had to listen twice to get the world, the characters and the story straight in my minds eye. Fresh from Harry Dresden this is different all round. The world building is great and yes, the cats are spot on.

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  • luke
    Fukuoka, Japan
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    "Careful if you are a dresden fan..."
    What would have made The Aeronaut's Windlass better?

    Characters I could care about.


    What could Jim Butcher have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not my job to worry about.


    Did Euan Morton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    He did a reasonable job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Aeronaut's Windlass?

    The whole book...?


    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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