This story always felt it was going somewhere but ran out of time because anything was actually done. A lot of pontificating and very little action. Not very magical at all. The reader however was excellent. Good clear solid voice.
The book was kind of average. There was too much in the overall story. I felt like it didn't hit the nail on the head. So many books are out like this one and it just didn't draw me. I wasn't wanting to hear the next part when I had to turn my car off.
Whats to tell I am your avarage 30something, with kids, a husband, job and life. Besides that I drive a lot and love to listen to books instead of the radio. I will stay up until 3am in bed listening if the book is worth it, and I have also been known to return a couple of books that I could not get threw the first chapter. I am a bad speller so I apoligize for it now, but will be honest about my reviews.
Although I did find it to be a Harry Potter for young adults, The story took way to long to get to the point, there is a lot of going on but not really nothing at all, not until I wan into hour 9 did the true plot of the story begin, everything up until then was all back ground and a lot of back ground. I think some things could have been left out. I also had to up the speed of the reader to 1.5 this seem to be a nice speed to listen to not to fast but not to slow. overall it was an entertaining book only due to the fact that I was able to increase the speed of the narrator. if not it would have been painfully hard on the ears.
I love to read, but my life is so busy that I don't have time for it anymore. Thanks to Audible I can still enjoy my favorite books!
I've been a devout fan of Harry Potter for years. Naturally, I'm drawn to books about witches/wizards/magic because of this. So, when I heard that The Magicians was getting great reviews, I decided to give it a try.
Of course, one of the things that I love about the Harry Potter books is the way Jim Dale narrates them. His range of emotion and ability to create distinguishable characters has always astounded me. I was convinced that I would never find a narrator whose ability to bring characters to life was a match for Jim Dale's. Then, I was introduced to the voice of Mark Bramhall by means of The Magicians. I was particularly amazed by his ability to imitate different accents. If he didn't spend most of the book reading in an American accent, I would never know what nationality he actually was.
I always worry when I start a new book because sometimes they start off slow and pick up later and others fail to hold my interest long enough for me to finish the book at all. This book managed to hold my interest from the very beginning. I didn't know how Quentin was going to find out he had magic in him or how he was going to the school of magic he would attend, but right from the start I could tell it was going to be unique. I was not disappointed there.
Being such a big "Potter" fan, I expected to make comparisons to the "Potter" series. I didn't expect, however, that the universe created by Lev Grossman would compare ITSELF to the world of Harry Potter. There are even references to Quidditch and Hermione Granger. That made me laugh!
What makes it most different from "Potter" is the adult overtones. YES: there is profanity and some sexual content. So, if you're offended by such things, DO NOT READ THIS BOOK! I personally found that aspect of this book very interesting, as there usually is not a lot of either in these types of stories.
Impressive in many ways, 'The Magicians' nonetheless left me short. I appreciate the approach: take a very real, very modern sort of young man and place him in a world of fantasy...then note the results. Problem for me was it just didn't take me far enough away to give any real relief. When reading escapist literature, I'd like my heroes to overcome monumental odds, etc. If you are searching for a novel about young men, then this may be your thing....if you are looking for another Johnannes Cabal (as I was) you will not be satisfied.
Perhaps Freud would have enjoyed this novel as a study in dysfunction. The characters are deeply flawed and their actions evoke either pity or revulsion. The only new plot device in the story involves self centered adepts on drugs and alcohol. Throughout this confused and plodding mix, the author exposes his hatred for the Narnia series and its author. Far from being a contemporary Narnia, this sad work is merely a showcase for the author's angst. Even so, the Magicians moves from its study in depression to a contrived "happy ending" tacked onto the last pages. This appears to be an attempt to commercialize the work and open to the next book. I will not be reading the next book as it is certain to be as shallow and depressing as this one.
The author is talented in describing things, so I gave the book 3 stars. But how long does he have to go on about how bored the characters are and how meaningless life seems? There are only 2 or 3 enjoyable parts. The narrator speaks every line almost the same way, and sounds as listless and bored as the characters he describes. Not sure how this book has the ratings it has.
This book took a long time to get going. The set up seemed to take forever and seem unnecessary to the story. The detailed set up could be necessary to the second book. It just didn't seem to moving forward. The "conflict" didn't present until the second half of the book. It was written more like a memoir in the beginning. Finally the story started moving forward and I felt it went too fast. I wanted it to slow down. See these characters develop and grow under the pressure. Strange pace aside, I still want to find out what happens to these characters in the next book. Stick with it!
It was a bit tedious at times. Its failed attempts at being hip were a bit corny. The erotic element in the book wasn't really explored well.
Yes. The story was compelling and its take on magic was unique, even though plot motifs borrowed heavily from Harry Potter and Narnia.
Expressive and efficient...sometimes verging on the brink of over-doing it.
There already is one.
First the positive -- the narrator is fine. But the story is a meandering mess with no one to like. An adult Harry Potter? Swearing, sex and violence doesn't make it adult or mature. The "story" feels like the author had no idea where he was going. SKIP IT.