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The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

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A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee.

Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man. Side effects may include a huge hole in the fabric of reality. This is almost certainly going to be a bad day at the office.

©2014 One Reluctant Lemming Company, Ltd (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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    Lauren 08-05-14
    Lauren 08-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Literature professor and lover of mystery books!

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    "Very clever and new"
    Would you listen to The Outsorcerer's Apprentice again? Why?

    I would and have done so. I listened it to it twice in a row.


    What other book might you compare The Outsorcerer's Apprentice to and why?

    Kind of like Jasper Fforde but more cerebral and sharp; a lot like the Johannes Cabal series; Outside of this, hard to compare because it is rather unusual.


    Which character – as performed by Ray Sawyer – was your favorite?

    The King of the Goblins was funny, and I loved when Sawyer performed any cockney or lower-class British character--his accent is dead-on and incredibly timed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed a lot and chuckled at some of the sly jokes. Throughout, it was funny and entertaining--you can easily miss some of the references if you aren't paying attention.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an extremely clever and fresh book. The elements of the narrative are too outlandish to try to explain here, but somehow, the author makes them work together. The writing is sharp and funny and tongue-in-cheek. It is sort of a meta-fairytale in that it constantly plays on its own references to traditional fairytale tropes; in one moment, a character wonders if the fairytale land makes money from a "four percent leverage on traditional narrative tropes." You may find the narration a little slow at first, but Sawyer knows exactly what he is doing. As the story unfolds, he voices additional characters perfectly and sets the pace well. One thing about this book: it requires your attention. There are so many little things going on, and if you are not listening attentively, you may miss them. I found myself rewinding it again and again just to catch small stuff. However, it is totally worth it because the dialogue and narration are so funny and, at times, quite smart and thought-provoking. This is the only book I've listened to twice in a row, in addition to the thousand rewinds in between. I recommend it if you like stories that collapse genres, make you think, and are a bit silly and unconventional. By the way, I think Tom Holt did some brilliant writing and storytelling here. I hope he writes more like this. It reminded me of Jasper Fforde with a bit more gravitas and slyness and subtlety. I teach literature and plan on teaching this in an Ethics and Values in Lit course. It brings up many philosophical and ethical issues that would get college students thinking. If you are a person who would prefer not to think of such things, you will still like the book--they are woven into the narrative so strategically that you can overlook them and just enjoy the silly goings on. Either way, I highly recommend.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 03-17-16
    Margaret San Francisco, CA USA 03-17-16 Member Since 2008
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    "Good for a laugh, but third in a series"

    I enjoyed The Outsorcerer's Apprentice. I was looking for something light and funny and it fit the bill. There was some stuff that I didn't follow immediately, and came to find out this is the third book in a series of four. Grrrr. I wish I'd known that. Still, Tom Holt is a gem and I'm glad I found him. Back to book one...

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adam 03-30-15
    Adam 03-30-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Idea, boring execution"

    If you've taken a look at books like "Off to be the wizard", prepare for disappointment. The story is okay but it's plodding and not too much happens. Characters appear to be rather 2 dimensional.

    This ISN'T a comedic how to guide for how to manage a kingdom. Nor is it an Office Space style parody story filled with incompetent managers in a medieval/sorcery setting.

    If you're still interested at this point, take a listen. You may enjoy it

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Benjamin Wheeldon 07-15-15
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    "Sauce Code not recognized"

    Not quite Tom's usual standard but amusing and a few nods to respected authors.
    I fear mr Holt has run the doughnut series too far, yes Art and his uncle are an entertaining pair, but they can't save every story. Perhaps a link to a previous story might be needed. Paint your Dragon always makes me snort liquids.
    Keep it up Tom you are our best author since the passing of Sir Terry, and James Herbert (should also be a sir if you ask me!)

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Heather MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 12-28-14
    Heather MURFREESBORO, TN, United States 12-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "It was alright but the story dragged"

    narrator pretty good but the story was a little bit too slow. it was okay

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    HC 07-24-16
    HC 07-24-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Was hoping for more"

    This book was suggested because of my love of Christopher Moore's books. I thought I had found a new writer to get into that was into the quirky but this just wasn't it. It had all the bones to be great but it just didn't get there. Not sure if it was because the story was just too slow or because of the performance but it just didn't do it for me.

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    Lorriee 09-07-15
    Lorriee 09-07-15

    Tell us about yourself! Attorney/Rancher - eclectic taste in books in both fiction and non-fiction. Preference for British authors in mysteries, love well written dialogue and hate historical fiction.

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    "Only for those who like science with fantasy."

    In my opinion, most fantasy is really poor, unless written by a superior author, and as those who have a science background are sorely limited in this genre, it is a treat to read some science (no matter how improbable,) along with the fantasy.

    Thought the narrator was excellent, especially his Bob Hoskins characterization.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Timothy D. 08-13-15
    Timothy D. 08-13-15 Member Since 2011
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    Decent read, a bit long to get into the story, but once engrossed you'll enjoy it. Seems like a complete story with no need for a sequel.

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    PR 05-07-15
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    "supremely slow story but brilliantly crafted plot"

    The narrator is one of the best I've come across so far. he really captures the humor of the text. but it's hard to tell if it's the style of the narration or the plot itself that was really slow. slow... not boring. definitely nor boring.

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    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 02-08-15
    Robert A. Lupella N, Carolina 02-08-15 Member Since 2005

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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice to be better than the print version?

    NA


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice?

    I liked the humor of the book. The characters have a sarcastic attitude that rings true. I especially like that the book has a message behind it


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes with Buttercup and the wolves.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Outsorcerer's Apprentice and why?

    Buttercup, Her attitude and interaction was entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this book to fans of any of the comic novels or who like novels with a point. The narration,and story were excellent

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Binky Bowles-Balls
    St Brelade, Jersey
    7/21/14
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    "Brilliant!"
    If you could sum up The Outsorcerer's Apprentice in three words, what would they be?

    Witty, charming, bizarre.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narration by Ray Sawyer is excellent, the story is very unusual, but humorous, clever, and just magical.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Chapter 11 - Meeting the giant with two heads."Patronise me, you b****rd?"


    Any additional comments?

    I hadn't read any of Tom Holts humorous novels before, only the historical books. I've been utterly enchanted by this book, in fact I stayed up all night to listen. I have now purchased several other Holt titles to enjoy.Tom Holt writes with a such a clever, razor sharp wit, & the plot was intelligently thought through. I personally find his writing comparable to that of the late great Douglas Adams whose works I also admire hugely.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Barbara Pritchard
    Cambridge, England
    11/30/14
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    "Don't listen at bedtime! It's too funny !"
    What did you like most about The Outsorcerer's Apprentice?

    I have been a big fan of Tom Holt's quirky novels for many years, but this is the first one I have tried as an audiobook.


    What did you like best about this story?

    His way of turning the most mundane of scenarios totally on it's head yet making them so believable is nothing short of amazing.


    What about Ray Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    I don't know why, but Ray Sawyer's voice is the one that's always been in my head whenever I've read one of Tom Holt's books, so it's perfect for the audiobooks.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Therer were lots of moments that moved me to laugh out loud, embarrasing when in a hospital waiting room !


    Any additional comments?

    After listening to The Outsourcerer's Apprentice I'm now going to order several of Tom Holts other novels on audio too. Perfect for cheering up the approaching long winter.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Wendy
    Ramsgate, United Kingdom
    9/4/14
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    "A little disappointing"

    I had really high hopes for this - I always do with Tom Holt's books. I am always hopeful that his next book will be as good as his Portable Door/Wells & Co trilogy; unfortunately nothing so far has topped it and this is no exception. It's not terrible - it was funny in places and had a reasonable plot, but I was expecting more depth and development with regards to the characters (especially Buttercup and Florizel) and the place, but that never happened. Overall, it felt like an overspill from another story and I was never sure whose story it was. I'm wavering between a 2 and 3 star rating for the story. The narrator, Ray Sawyer, is always perfect.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Martyn. R. Winters
    Cardiff UK
    5/12/15
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    "Funny in a smiley rather than LOL way"

    Warm humour and the usual mix of likeable characters and an easy plot. Tom Holt is always a good read if you're in the mood for something that asks only one thing of you: enjoy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    London
    2/4/15
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    "Not his best book."
    Where does The Outsorcerer's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's an ok story but not the best I've listen to or read by Tom Holt.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Tom Holt? Why or why not?

    I do like Tom Holt but he can be hit and miss.


    What about Ray Sawyer’s performance did you like?

    Did a good job made the story easy to listen to.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No, just killed some time.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Manopoly
    1/27/15
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    "More wonky hilarity from Tom Holt."

    Excellent. A look at life from a different angle....refreshingly funny. Tom Holt does it again. You'll never look at pastries the same.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Fj
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    11/29/14
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    "Witty and Engaging"

    Really enjoyed this. Excellent narration and plenty of things to smile and laugh at, wonderful language and concepts (especially for the scientifically gadget-conscious).

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    leicester, United Kingdom
    7/24/15
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    "Strangely Awesome"
    Where does The Outsorcerer's Apprentice rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This has to be on the top 3 books i have heard yet. Brilliant Book & Brilliantly read


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    TBH. I cant Decide


    What does Ray Sawyer bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    I always have problems differentiating between characters when reading, Ray Makes each character different and keep it within the theme of the book


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book kept me entertained from start to finish, many sections in the story had my laughing whilst not knowing what to think about what i have just heard


    Any additional comments?

    Just give it a try, and i also recommend Tom Holts other books

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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