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So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1 | [Diane Duane]

So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: The most famous young wizard of all time (who shall not be conjured here) has quite a few precursors: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wizard of Earthsea is one, and Nita, in this delightful book, is another. If you appreciate fun fantasy filled with adventure and wonderment, we won't harry you. We simply and emphatically recommend you don Ms. Duane's brilliant gem.

Publisher's Summary

Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs. What begins as a simple quest quickly becomes a struggle to keep a powerful and ominous force from passing back into Nita's world.

Ranked with the best of Madeleine L'Engle and Diana Wynne Jones, Diane Duane's magical tale of wizardry and wisdom has become a modern fantasy classic. Christina Moore's delightful narration captures all the excitement and danger in this thrilling fantasy adventure.

You can listen to Diane Duane's entire Young Wizard series.

©1983 Diane Duane; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Book reader Boynton Beach, FL 11-16-05
    Book reader Boynton Beach, FL 11-16-05 Member Since 2004

    Learned to love audiobooks when I was commuting two to three hour a day. I still love listening to a good book, even when I prefer a printed version.

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    "Wonderful beginning to a great series"

    This book, and the others in the series, pose interesting challenges to young people (or middle-aged adults!) about power, good and evil and lots of ethical questions. Because the writing is so good, and the characters so real -- the two heroes are a young teen-aged boy and girl -- you're drawn into the story without realizing that all along, you're wondering "what would I do? do I agree with this?". There's humor and sadness. There are well-drawn human characters and others which are, er, unusual... The reader, Christina Moore, is one of the best interpreters of books I've ever encountered -- she's great in other things I've listened to, but in this book, and the subsequent books in the series (all of which she reads), she brings nuances to the comments and descriptions and events that enhances an already terrific book.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Garden Grove, CA, USA 10-23-04
    Jean Garden Grove, CA, USA 10-23-04
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    "A book to spark the Love Of Reading!"

    Not every child likes to sit down and pick up a book as a Freetime activity.
    Infact, those parents who have a child like that, feel blessed. This book though is one of the few books I have found that get my reluctant readers to want to open a book and read ahead. I can tell you it is a real delight to see 10 copies of this in the laps of children at recess, independent reading time, and before/after school waiting for parents.

    This is delightfully read and well written. (Written much better than any review I could give it).

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 06-06-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent narration of one of my all-time faves"

    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada 02-17-14
    Jennifer Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada 02-17-14 Member Since 2011
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    "A welcome blast from my past"

    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.

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    Bonniejane east syracuse, NY, United States 01-25-14
    Bonniejane east syracuse, NY, United States 01-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "The most memorable book of my pre teen years!"
    If you could sum up So You Want to Be a Wizard in three words, what would they be?

    Better than Potter


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Christina Moore’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-18-13
    Rebecca Chula Vista, CA, United States 08-18-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Diane Duane again?

    Based on this story I would not be interested in any of Diane Duane's other books.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    We felt the narrator made a boring and uninspired book even more boring and uninspired.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    We mainly felt disappointment, the story had potential that was unrealized.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ruth grenada, CA, United States 03-13-13
    Ruth grenada, CA, United States 03-13-13
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    "love this book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of So You Want to Be a Wizard to be better than the print version?

    I never read the printed version of the book so I can not say which is better


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I would have to say nita was my favorite character in the story she reminds me of myself as a young girl I was always picked on and singled out.


    What does Christina Moore bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Christina Moore brought the book to life in my opinion and you could practicaly feel the emotion in the storie


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

    The part that moved me was when she gave it a choice in what it could do and it could change for the better


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-20-13
    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Great for Wizards of all ages!"
    Would you listen to So You Want to Be a Wizard again? Why?

    I think I would, it was well acted, and an engaging story, I'd love to share the story with someone younger.


    What other book might you compare So You Want to Be a Wizard to and why?

    Harry Potter, and other children fantasy books that aren't afraid to be dark as well as whimsical.


    Which character – as performed by Christina Moore – was your favorite?

    Nita, the primary narrator, she just seemed like such a normal young girl, Kit in kind like a a boy of his age, but I enjoyed getting to know her and her family. Though for secondary cast I'd give it to the mystical being 'Fred' though I won't be spoiling exactly what 'Fred' is.


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

    No, not really, it was just very easy to listen to, enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    though it was clearly meant for kids, I found as a young adult of 23, really getting into it myself.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Hilary Palmer Denver, CO, USA 01-01-13
    Hilary Palmer Denver, CO, USA 01-01-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great Beginning to a Great Series"

    The Teen Wizard books have been among my yearly reads since I was the ages of the charactes. In this first installment, Diane Duane introduces us to the world of her Wizards -- people of every species who are given the power to join the ultimate battle against entropy and death. From the first moment that Nita's hand gets caught by a strange book in the library, we readers want everything for Nita that she wants for herself: the small desires that drive the plot, and the large desires that pull her and her friends into the fight in Life's name.

    So You Want to be A Wizard is one of my favorites of this series. The beginning draws you in almost immediately, the characters are likeable, the premise is fascinating and surprising. There is a section in the middle that has a few too many consecutive action scenes for my taste, but the heart of the story comes back quickly. The ending is satisfying and poingant, the sort for which the clues have been laid all along, so you get to it and know that it couldn't have gone any other way.

    I read this series before I listened to it, and I remember the shock when I first heard Christina Moore's voice -- it didn't match the voice in my head, and it was strange to hear it saying the same words I'd read so many times. But now, I always listen to these books rather than read them. Moore's narration brings the story to life. The main characters' personalities shine through their voices, and the skill with which she reads the climax makes it much more powerful than when I've read it silently.

    One of the basic premises of the whole universe in these books is that words -- particularly spoken words -- have enormous power. The books themselves become the magic they contain when read aloud and heard.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terrell Yutzie Aumsville, OR, US 12-11-12
    Terrell Yutzie Aumsville, OR, US 12-11-12
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    What did you love best about So You Want to Be a Wizard?

    You get immersed into the story right from the beginning as Nita is running from her bullies, jumping into the library, and proceeding to the 'Young Adults' section where this story unravels. This was a book I read when I was younger and had to run through it another time. Well worth it, too.


    What other book might you compare So You Want to Be a Wizard to and why?

    The "Uglies" series is another well put together series that younger and older people alike can delve into. Both of these series really put your social awareness, or how you perceive social situations, through the ringer and make you rethink who we are as a humanity.


    What about Christina Moore’s performance did you like?

    Ms. Moore's performance was pretty well acted out. I especially enjoyed her accent for Kit's persona. Very good.


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

    This read makes you laugh and cry, smile and furrow your brow, giggle and cringe all throughout (especially if you go on in the series). This story is very well constructed and you feel like you are a part of the adventure the whole way through.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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