These are some really ingenious and fun books. There are great plays on words and ideas. Although they are definitely not Harry Potter, they do hold their own in the "boy wizard" category. The narrator does a wonderful job. My friend and I took the first book on a long vacation/road trip and laughed the entire time.
The book was interesting. Sometimes I was a little bored with all the description. It is supposed to a children's book, but I don't know; I got lost sometimes in all the loooong drawn out descriptions. But it was enjoyable and cute!
Allan Corduner is a brilliant narrator. His voicings are spot on and never forced. Magyk is a fun story but it is Corduner's performance that makes this audiobook a wonderful wonderful treat. I was dismayed to discover he did NOT narrate the two sequels. It took awhile to get used to the new narrator. I have started listening to The Keys to the Kingdom series by Garth Nix because Corduner narrates.
I just loved this story. Lively, imaginative characters in a magical land with a timeless message about the importance of family. I stayed up way past my bedtime to hear the last few hours of the story, I was so engrossed by it. Looking forward to the next one. Great fun!
The book was a little slow getting started, but you had a chance to get to know the characters and that's important in a series. I would recommend it to anybody who wants a light listen.
If you love books about magic, discovery, and lands of enchantment, then this is the book for you. I listen to all of the same books my children hear/read, and I found this one fun, original, and throughly enjoyable.
Even though I'm adult, and had a good idea on where the plot twist was going, this book was so much fun to listen to. I'm anxiously awaiting the sequel.
This review is for adults who enjoy smart, fascinating, imaginative 'children's' books. This is NOT one of those. I decided to give this a try because more than one reviewer compared it to Pullman's His Dark Materials. I can't imagine why. 'Magyk' is a silly kiddies book, comparable to something like 'Inkheart', not 'The Amber Spyglass' or even Harry Potter.
It's well read and I'm sure the tots will enjoy it, but that's about it.
(Admittedly I could not bare to listen to more than half of this book, so perhaps it takes a magical turn toward interesting later on. But considering the childish style, predictable storyline and flat characters, I sincerely doubt it.)