• The Aeronaut's Windlass

  • The Cinder Spires, Book One
  • By: Jim Butcher
  • Narrated by: Euan Morton
  • Series: The Cinder Spires, Book 1
  • Length: 21 hrs and 39 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 09-29-15
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.3 (34 ratings)

Regular price: $21.31

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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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Critic Reviews

"Butcher writes mayhem wonderfully; the action remains taut and exciting." ( Huffington Post on Cold Days)
"The characters are well developed, Harry's trademark motormouth is still intact and the pop culture references keep flying. It's at times funny, thrilling, disturbing and sad - but you can never say it's dull." ( The Bookbag on Ghost Story)
"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Mim on 11-05-15

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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2 out of 5 stars
By luke on 09-09-16

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...?

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5 out of 5 stars
By Robyn on 06-08-16


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).

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9 of 10 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Ian on 10-09-15

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.

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4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By Ben on 11-18-15

A good start.

The story is engaging enough, the world new enough, the characters interesting enough, for a new series to get its hooks inside and make you wait for the next installment.
That said, the audiobook both excells and suffers for the same aspect. The narrator does an excellent job at creating the minor changes of voice that describe wonderfully a full cast of characters without sounding strained ; however for much of the book he seems to struggle with remembering which voice belongs to which character and thinks can get damned confusing if you're not paying very close attention. Somehow the cat even seems to suddenly become a Midwestern American on a few occasions.

In all I would recommend the story but with the caveat not to expect an epic or moving tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Suzanna on 05-31-16

Well worth a look, a new series to look forward to

I really liked this new fantasy offering from Jim Butcher, author of the fabulous Dresden series. I didn't find his previous fantasy series (Codex Alera) easy to get into, but this book really captured my imagination. I was disappointed when I got to the end as I want to know what happens next. A fast paced fantasy with airships!

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