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  • The Magician

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Sol Stein
    • Narrated By Tom Parker
    Overall
    (51)
    Performance
    (11)
    Story
    (11)

    The Magician is the now famous story of two 16-year-old antagonists locked in the crucible of their high school from which neither can escape. Ed Japhet gives a skillful performance of magic at the school prom. After the prom, Ed and his girlfriend are beset by Urek, the leader of a school gang that extracts extortion money by "renting" kids their own lockers. Ed is the only student who refuses to pay extortion money. Urek's fury at Japhet's defiance results in an attempted murder, a criminal trial, and death, with a shocker of an ending.

    James says: "Very Good AudioBook"
    "Great writer Horrible Narrator"
    Overall

    I was spoiled by Frank Langella's reading of a Moon and Sixpence. His voice was perfectly matched to Maugham's words. I fell in love with Somerset Maugham's writing with this book. I was excited to see that he had a mystery. It was a real letdown when I downloaded the book and was subjected to this narrator's horrible narration. With a Moon and Sixpence, I was drawn into the story and the wonderful way that Maugham has with words. With the Magician, I could not get past the narrator. I will get the book.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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