I read this book as a kid when it first came out... And it suck in my mind, just one of those things... Glad I was able to find it, went on a long road trip and listened to it with my son. I liked the book better reading it.. that is probably because I was not being distracted with driving. Worth the listen to or read.
I have to say that this edition of Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold is one of the best versions of this book I've ever heard. Sometimes, I would get so wrapped up in Dick Hill's voice that I would lose total sense of time.
Willow is my favorite character and was even when I read the books. I think she's one of the best "heroines" I've read.
Ben was my favorite character performed by Dick Hill.
I might have enjoyed this book as a very young teen, but wow, is it slow and plodding. Boring and predictable are words that also spring to mind.
The reader, Dick Hill, is great for books about vampires and gritty detectives, but this is not the right genre for his voice. It's not a horrible reading by any means, but the material doesn't suit his style.
I read all the time, or nearly. I always have, I guess, since I was very young ... and now, getting older, more audio than any other medium.
I really enjoyed this first book in the Magic Kingdom series. I thought it fun and creative. In fact, although the rest of the series is enjoyable, this first book is the best of the lot and if you don't bother to read the rest of the series, I do highly recommend this first one. It is almost great. Almost. Not quite. Maybe if the reader was better. I normally like Dick Hill's reading, but his interpretations of the various characters didn't work for me. And the characters are wafer thin. This is fun fiction. No depth, but entertaining and light ... what we used to call "summer reading."
I find the character development and plot to be wonderful and entertaining. Brooks does a terrific job of intertwining classic fantasy elements with a man of the modern world and making the clash of the two a enthralling story. However the narrator does a terrible job Willow a beutiful and magical woman sounds like a smoker in drag, ok this happens sometimes with male narrators doing female voices not optimal but understandable. What is not acceptable however is the butchering of Questor Thews and Abernathy their interplay is key to lightning the plot however their quick witted banter becomes dull, and loses the subtle undertones of their relationship. Overall great story and character development that only gets better in the series, which is only brought down by a poor narrator.
Has a similar sort of light, pleasant feel to it as "The Dragon and the George" by Gordon R. Dickson. LIked this one enough to buy the second and third in the series.
The reading detracts so much from the story as to make it tedious. What should be relatively fast paced is slowed to a snail's pace by the reader with a pompous and warbly voice. I won't be listening to the rest of the series, better to read from paper. I notice someone also said this about book 2...I'm amazed they bothered with the second audio version
I'm not ordinarily a fantasy fan and mainly bought this book because it was on sale and because for years I'd seen books by Terry Brooks and had never tried one. -- I agree with those who say it was slow in the beginning, but to me, it was worth the wait and I fully intend to listen to the rest of the series. -- As for the narrator, I wasn't familiar with Dick Hill before listening to this book, now he's one of my favorites!
Narrator is great, books sometimes borring and storyline is predictable, but I loved it. First part is really joyfull. Good fantasy.