I'm a graduate student from Flint, MI. My day job affords me hours to enjoy audio books while I work. Self-professed Narrator Snob!
I heard a lot of mixed reviews before finally deciding to give this one a listen. I honestly have no idea what those people were talking about. As a long-time lover of fantasy fiction I thought Grossman did an excellent job of combining all of the tropes/themes I remember from my childhood books, with an slap right in the face that reminds you that reality is reality no matter where you to.
Depression follows you. Magic cannot save you. Sometimes you can win and still lose.
I'm going to given this one a couple of weeks and then read it again!
I admit to a certain amount of bias. A moment in this book, which would likely barely register as noteworthy for many, tainted much of the rest of the book for me, and badly coloured what had come before.
Couple that with an uneven vocal performance (sometimes strong, sometimes weak, sometimes annoying), and I found myself considering abandoning my listen. I didn't. I pressed on, but I wish I hadn't.
You may like it, but I can't recommend you give it a try.
Wonderful, dark story well written and well performed. This series is not for the faint of heart. I started with the Syfy show, which follows this book pretty well. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.
Gets weird near the end. I liked the beginning but When the taking animals and walking trees come into it... Really?
The Magicians is quite a unique and interesting spin to fantasy. Halfway through the book I wasn't sure if I wanted to return it and get my money back or buy book 2. In the end I loved it and I'm starting on book #2 now.
It's not "Harry Potter for adults", but I can definitely see how people want to relate it to that. It delves into the mind of a depressed individual, as he struggles to find happiness while learning magic, falling in love, and living out his childhood dream. I can understand how this can be a turn off for some, but for me it was quite enjoyable. At times the book seemed to turn into nothing but drinking, sex and relationship troubles (which started to turn me off) but this worked into the complete story perfectly.
As a big Narnia fan as a kid (heck I'm still a Narnia fan) I really enjoyed the approach this book took....taking a new look at a forgotten world.
Also, the narrator Mark Bramhall did a wonderful job. He's right up there with Michael Kramer in my book.
Mark Bramhall is a magician himself as he narrates this story. At once comedic, hair-raising, and heartbreaking, the journey through Brakebills and to Fillory and back is exhilarating and nothing short of brilliance. Lev Grossman has created a fantastical masterpiece and Mark Bramhall breathes fire into every syllable on each page. A travesty if you miss it. Utterly gorgeous.
This book has absolutely no plot, slow, boring, and terribly lame characters with a uncomfortable homosexual identity crises. It takes the author the entire book to build up for about two chapters that are really the entire book, you would be much happier just reading the ending or skipping this book completely.