This is not a perfect book/podcast, but I highly recommend it. Let's start with what bugged me:
1) In the first book, Hutchins throws around bad metaphors like a dog shaking off droplets of cold water after being sprayed with a hose on a hot summer day. These get fewer and fewer as the series goes on, though, so stick with it.
2) A few plot holes that you just have to shrug at. They don't matter, so ignore them.
3) He does voices. Very annoying at first, but I got used to them, and by the end of the book didn't mind them at all. Also, he tries to read all dramatically at first, but that gets better as the series go on. The good news: This is a compelling book. The ideas are extremely creative, and the surprises were real surprises to me. Things get tied together, the loose ends all get wrapped up in satisfying ways that don't pander. We're given hints all along, but they only make sense when it all gets put together. Once I got past the initial "getting to know everyone" stage of the book, I couldn't stop listening. I highly recommend getting this. I enjoyed it so much I made a donation at podiobooks.com to benefit the author. I'm looking forward to his next book.