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  • Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Jim C. Hines
    • Narrated By David DeVries
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (245)
    Performance
    (227)
    Story
    (229)

    Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

    Simon says: "A reasonable start"
    "Fun urban fantasy, but the narrator is a real drag"
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    What did you like best about Libriomancer? What did you like least?

    I'm usually not big on urban fantasy and though Libriomancer definitely includes some genre tropes (including a poorly developed romance), the idea at its core is so fun that it kept my interest. I also really enjoyed the humor. It isn't laugh-out-loud funny or anything, but there are a few wryly amusing moments, particularly the phony scientific names for all the different types of vampires as inspired by different books (stephanies meyerii,etc.)


    Would you be willing to try another one of Brian Eslick’s performances?

    No. To be honest, this book features possibly the worst narration of any I have encountered. In addition to totally indistringuishable character voices and no differences in inflection to clue you in when something is a thought rather than spoken dialogue, he also pronounces words strangely throughout (CON-flicted instead of con-FLICT-ed, etc.). At one point he even says "liberry."

    Very distracting, and if I read the sequel, it will be in print.


    Any additional comments?

    If you can get over the poor narration, this is a fun book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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