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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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    Lee philomath, OR, United States 06-01-12
    Lee philomath, OR, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "so you want to be a wizard review"
    If you could sum up So You Want to Be a Wizard in three words, what would they be?

    Over coming challenges.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of So You Want to Be a Wizard?

    The reading of the book of night moon


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

    No I have not.


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

    I would not make a movie of this book I do not believe film the ultimate media.


    Any additional comments?

    Is one of the most serious fantasies i have come across and still had a fun time reading it. I've thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. there have been times that have brought me to tears, and time to like so your point but has come together and made this a great read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 07-31-11
    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Please don't waste of a credit"

    1) it was boring. I finally gave up on it -- it kept putting me to sleep (so buy it if you have insomnia!!). I finally gave up on it - and I finish basically all books I buy.
    2) it is NOT like Harry Potter books, other than its about a couple of kid wizards
    3) its not funny. its not 'riveting'. its not interesting.
    4) normally I don't comment on narrators, but this one didn't do it for me at all.
    Please don't waste a credit!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    01-22-10
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    "Good plot....bad voice actors."

    The story line of this book is really intriguing. It is a really interesting story, built well, but a little hard to follow. However, the voice actors or narrator is really bad, which makes the book seem worse than the story actually is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Darla A. Middlebrook Moose Jaw, SK - Canada 05-16-09
    Darla A. Middlebrook Moose Jaw, SK - Canada 05-16-09
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    "Always love"

    I have loved this book ever since I first came across it (about 20 years ago). It touched the wistful child in me (Oh! I WANT TO BE A WIZARD). To hear it read, helps me paint in my mind the adventures all over again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David P Jones 07-16-08 Member Since 2008
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    "My kids loved it, and so did I..."

    This is a wonderfully written story that I enjoyed read as a child. It is fast moving and stretches the imagination both fantastically and surprisingly scientifically. The reader is also very gifted with accents which made it a treat to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ciona Vars, ontario, Canada 05-11-08
    Ciona Vars, ontario, Canada 05-11-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Very Childish"

    Knowing it is a children/young adult book, I read the reviews before buying this. I do not agree that it can be read by adults. It is VERY childish. Perhaps good for children- but adults... beware! I can not even finish listening to it. And it has nothing on Harry Potter- the first books anyway.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger Black Creek, WI, USA 09-08-05
    Ginger Black Creek, WI, USA 09-08-05
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    "Couldn't stop"

    This is the first in her series. The person reading a book can make or break a good book. With this reader and the book everything kept me hooked. I didn't want to put it down.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 04-25-07
    Jenn Smithville, GA, United States 04-25-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Great for kids and adults"

    Loved this book! It was an entertaining adventure. I'm sure my son will like it too.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dee berea , KY, USA 03-07-07
    Dee berea , KY, USA 03-07-07
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    "Not so magical."

    I had high hopes for this series but after listening to them I was highly disappointed. I'm amazed that anyone could make magic this boring.

    The author also uses this book to insert her own Darwinian views that neither add to, nor improve the slow moving storyline.

    2 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Ginger West Babylon, NY, USA 02-03-07
    Ginger West Babylon, NY, USA 02-03-07
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    "Read this book!"

    This wizard is as good as Harry Potter!! Great characters..interesting adventure..all kids young and old will enjoy this book

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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