These reviews are done by his wife :)
Characters are interesting...creative magic...
discovery of Jenna
funny and interesting
Will capture over the Harry Potter fans...
I would most likely try a Angie Sage book again. I would also try a book narrated by Allan Corduner gain.
It wasn't very engaging. It was a childish book. I am not saying it was a book written for kids, because it was. I am saying it wasn't like Harry Pottor or Wizzard of Earthsea, mature but for kids.
I liked the narration performance of Allan Corduner.
This book wasn't great. Maybe it's because I'm too old for this book. I went on and read more in the series hoping it would get better.
I like the approach the auther took to the subject of magic and how it helps tie in with the fate of the characters involved.
I found that this book reminded me a little of the Diane Duane
When we learn the truth about who the characters really are.
I found a few of the situations humerous and you become attached and care about the characters in the book.
Enjoyable book and a good start to the series. The book strts out a bit slower than I would have liked but then picks up good momentum throughout the rest of the series.
I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape".
Great story. Much of the ending was predictable from the very start, but it is a childrens book. I would recommend this to my 10 year old neice. Fantastic narration of all the characters by Allan Corduner. Definately a 5 star performance. Imagry is fantastic. The story is fun and thoroughly enjoyable.
The Septemus Heap series is wonderful for both children and adults. It may seem that Sage was looking over Rowling's shoulder as she created some of the characters, but the storyline is very inventive and certainly engaging. What makes this Audible version so valuable is the reading from Allan Corduner. His voices are brilliant and the story comes alive.
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.)
The story wobbles between being too predictable ("Boy 412's" true identity was immediately obvious) and too random (the Deus-ex-machina of a buried ship from another era, that just happens to be alive? Oh, come on.)
However, the characters are reasonably engaging, and so are some of the story details. In addition, the reader is good - which always helps.
Not my favorite, but passable.
This is a great book for all ages. It kept me hooked throughout the whole book. I just didn't want to stop listening.