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really good series! Jim butcher is just amazing! a book that started as an auther challenge and ended as a legend!
6 books later, I feel somewhat exhausted - it's like one enormous battle scene from start to finish.
Absolutely epic final battle. Although the outcome is somewhat inevitable, the wins and losses along the way were anything but predictable. It's a satisfying ending (perhaps too satisfying after such epic battles? but then, that's why we have water-crafting), with only a few threads that might have been more tidily handled (personal preference thing).
I thoroughly enjoyed this series. It's good, traditional epic fantasy: sword swinging; a sort of magic; goodies and baddies - and heroes to save the day (and the baddies even wear black!). I grew very fond of the characters, and was sad to say goodbye to this tale.
This is not a series you can join half-way through - you do really need to start at the beginning to fully understand all the characters. However, unlike my approach where I listened to all 6 books almost back to back, perhaps take a breather between instalments - might keep it feeling a little bit fresher. I've had to give this series 5 stars based on my compulsive need to download book after book - that surely says something about it.
Re narration: Kate Reading is not one of my favourite narrators, but she does an admirable job here, giving all the characters distinct voices - and she's consistent across the series, which must have been a challenge.
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I have both the books and the audible version and have both read the series and listened to it.
In reading the books, I found that, although I enjoyed them and found them well written, I had a tendency to skip some of the more detailed battle scenes. Whereas I could not do that with the audible version and so I feel that I got more out of listening to the story but I think either version well worth the price.
The narrator, Kate Reading does a superb job of bringing the story, and characters, to life. In the past I have found Audible versions ruined by the narrator and so it was with pleasure I listened to these.
The books are well written and the pace stays fast enough to keep interest. Personally, I did not enjoy book 5 as much as the others, as I thought the author lost his way a bit, but still found it worth the read.