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So You Want to Be a Wizard Audiobook

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

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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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    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.

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    David Landau Palo Alto, CA 01-20-17
    David Landau Palo Alto, CA 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    A lovely 1980s epic bringing our world's natural magic to life. Hearty thumbs, tentacles and paws up!

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    struggle to finish, entire story is spent trying to make you understand things most people don't care about

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    Morgan Franklin ALEXANDRIA, VA, US 10-03-16
    Morgan Franklin ALEXANDRIA, VA, US 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "can't believe I never heard of it before"

    I started this book without such great expectations but was happily proven wrong. thus is a great start to a series I look forward to completing.

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    Sydnee Wilson 05-09-16
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    "great experience"

    I read this book when I was a kid and spent some time a few years ago looking for it, but could never find the whole series. looking forward to listening to the whole thing, but for now this was a great performance of a great book.

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    Amazon Customer Virginia 04-27-16
    Amazon Customer Virginia 04-27-16 Member Since 2014

    An engineer who loves chemistry and science fiction

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    "The best of the young wizard series"

    Not my favorite narrator, but the story creates the universe and sets the tone for the entire series. Great reading.

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    Dean 05-26-15
    Dean 05-26-15 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Younger less mystical fantasy series."

    The writing of this is adequate, and plot lines are ok. This is a great alternative to vampires and zombies for the young reader. As an adult reader without young readers in my house I am mixed on whether I will complete the series.

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    mylois 01-06-15
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    "Love this series!"

    so empowered! the story is very involved I could see the it in my mind eye listening to her. I know it is a young persons book but I really enjoyed it! I hope you do too!

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    Ruth 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


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    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-20-13
    Kelly Whittier, CA, United States 02-20-13 Member Since 2012
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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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