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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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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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    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 07-31-11
    sharon wallingford, PA, United States 07-31-11 Member Since 2016
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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!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Bohanick 01-22-10 Member Since 2015
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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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    Ciona 05-11-08
    Ciona 05-11-08
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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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    YaYoGa 11-11-15
    YaYoGa 11-11-15 Member Since 2013
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    "not as good as I thought"
    What made the experience of listening to So You Want to Be a Wizard the most enjoyable?

    Actually never finished


    What was most disappointing about Diane Duane’s story?

    It started off great; then went into so much detail about nothing we got lost; I read a review that stated it was as good as Harry Potter, "not so", not even close.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jenn 04-25-07
    Jenn 04-25-07
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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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    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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    Steve W 12-06-04
    Steve W 12-06-04 Listener Since 2001
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    "Random & Flat"

    My family and I tried to listen to this story on a long car drive. Despite being a captive audience, we just couldn't get into the story. The plot development seemed random and unbelievable, and odd terminology was presented without introduction.

    2 of 7 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.

    3 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 10-18-11
    David Port Lavaca, TX, United States 10-18-11

    i love storys about magic with adult humor in the storys like Piers Anthony and Orson Scott Card i also like some sci-fi storys. The storys i like best is : On a Pale Horse, The Lost Gate, Ender's Game, Split Infinity. i do not like short storys.

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    "i kinda like this one"

    i found it to be a enjoyable story.
    its hard for me to find a good story i like and got lucky with this one.
    try the simple and see if that will help you any.
    everyone has there own likes and dislikes.
    i always read the reviews and then try the simple to try and get a good ideal what its like.
    hope this help you... enjoy.. :)

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff 07-08-08
    Jeff 07-08-08
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    "Confusing"

    I forced myself to finish the book, hoping it would get better, but did not enjoy it.

    I thought the terminology was not so much childish, but jibberish.

    A previous review referred to HP books 1 to 3 being silly, but nowhere in HP does a star show up belching jets...

    Very few books do I delete from my library... this is only the second one. Don't waste your credits.

    2 of 11 people found this review helpful

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