I have read this book in paperback, and enjoyed listening to it to prepare myself to listen to the new book Diane has out in the series.
This book is commonly compared to Harry Potter in some aspects; however, the only common thing is magic. How Dianne explains how the magic works is worth the read.
I've always loved this story. I read it first when I was a teenager and it stuck with me. I have long loved Nita and her bravery, her lessons about how to face some of the same struggles I did when I was her age. I loved Kit and the Lotus and Fred and all of their adventures. I was a little nervous about the audio book because the author's voice was so strong and so unique that I was worried the narrator wouldn't do it justice. I had nothing about which to worry! Christina Moore did an amazing job bringing the characters to life, not ignoring Kit's accent and adding a slight one to Nita that really broadened my conception of the character. The pacing was spot on and I enjoyed the phrasing the narrator chose that made me reexamine certain parts of the book. Very, very well done!
I remember reading this book back when I was in Junior High, a long time before Harry Potter was a glealm in Rowling's eye. I remembered that I absolutely loved it, and its sequel (that was all my local library had). But all I remembered was the basic premise.
I bought this title only for the purposes of nostalgia. I was not prepared for how much it appealed as an adult. This is an intelligent book that treats the reader - presumably a child - as if they were also intelligent, and that is a really rare and precious thing. It deals with some pretty complex theories, and it works.
It is also a wonderful and engaging story that, to my immense surprise, really appeals to me as a 38 year old adult. The narration is extremely well done, and so while I would suggest this title for your child, I also would suggest it for you, yourself, dear reader of reviews. Whether you have a child or not.
Better than Potter
In this book I'd have to say Kit. He compliments Nita in so many ways. Both are outcast, both need friends and both bond over wizardry where they may have spent years in the same school system never knowing eachother more than passing glances.
I have listened to her narrate other books in this series. I love a good Brooklyn accent and she hits Carl on the head perfectly as I imagined as a child.
I hope they never ruin the sanctity of this book with a movie, unless Diane writes and she and her husband have strict control over how it's made.
This book was purchased for my son who loves stories of this type. This story just didn't grab his attention and the narration was very bland.
Based on this story I would not be interested in any of Diane Duane's other books.
We felt the narrator made a boring and uninspired book even more boring and uninspired.
We mainly felt disappointment, the story had potential that was unrealized.
I have loved this book ever since I first came across it (about 20 years ago). It touched the wistful child in me (Oh! I WANT TO BE A WIZARD). To hear it read, helps me paint in my mind the adventures all over again.
This is a wonderfully written story that I enjoyed read as a child. It is fast moving and stretches the imagination both fantastically and surprisingly scientifically. The reader is also very gifted with accents which made it a treat to listen to.
Based upon the strength of the reviews, I expected much more from this book. I downloaded it for a trip with the kids (ages 12 & 8). Not only did I find it boring, but so did they. In fact, we didn't finish the last 30 minutes or so of the book simply because none of us were interested enough.
All of us enjoy Harry Potter, but this book doesn't even come close to the quality of HP.