The story literally put me to sleep so many times that getting to chapter 20 took forever. I found the characters, with only few exceptions irritating and annoying for more than 1/2 of the book. I take it that the fact that the characters swear liberally and drink to excess that this makes the book appealing to adults??? The book did not grab my interest until chapter 20. Before that it was actually painful to listen to...No fault of the Narrator.
No idea what my next choice will be. Not sure if I'm willing to risk another by this author...unless I find a book in the thrift shops or library.
Narration was good, no complaints there.
Good lord, You could have condensed the first 20 chapters down a whole lot.
The story from the start did not grab me. Tarting up the characters with excessive swearing, drinking does not make them more appealing to an adult market, in fact it's childish. I could not count the number of times I rolled my eyes listening to this. When the story did grab my interest, towards the last few chapters, it was probably because it became very much set in Narnia (Fillory). Change the animal names, and types, but essentially a quest to rule and save the locals. Been there and back already and seen it handled much better.
it's a brutal book for everyone who wishes there were magic in this world. it's depth is astounding and everytime I read it I'm surprised at how sad I get as it comes to the climax and the poignant description of depression and grief it displays.
What a wonderful self-contained story! So refreshing not to have to read three, five, seven books to get a good amount of lore and enjoyment out of a fantasy book. Few slow spots but I was not disappointed in this recommendation!
The ENTIRE story is about a whiny kid that hates everything and everyone. There is only one character that I actually liked and you don't get very much of that one. Disappointing.
I loved reading this series, and I love Mark Bramhall's performance of it. I think I have listened to this series four times now, and I will definitely listen to it again.
So, I don't like hanging out with jerks in real life, and I don't like hanging out with them in books either. That's a problem when it comes to *The Magicians* since, for the most part, the characters in this novel are unpleasant, self-indulgent, angst-ridden adolescents (in mind if not in body).
I found the concept intriguing -- a kind of modern reboot of classic fantasy novels -- and it partly works. LG's prose is decent enough, and the overall story has its high points
In the end, though, I simply found that Quentin and Co weren't interesting or likable enough make me care about their fate. The same patterns repeated over and over throughout the novel, and none of the characters really seemed to grow despite the number of years covered by this first book in the trilogy. it was, in a nutshell, kind of boring despite all if the miraculous happenings.
One thing I can wholeheartedly recommend is Mark Bramhall's narration. He does a great job capturing the voices of the different characters, and even manages the female voices without making them sound prissy or silly. Very solid work all round.
The narration of this story was gorgeously done. At times that I had it in speaker and someone would pass by they would pause to listen to it. While the story sometimes has its rough spots overall it is a classic story of self discovery—with magic being the medium to it. It's definitely worth a try, and I will go on to listen to the second and third book without a doubt.