When Marcus's grandparents decide it would be good for him and his twin sister, Ellie, to tend the family business, a magic shop, the children are thrown into a world that they never knew existed. Not only is the family business a front, but Marcus learns that he has been marked as a dead man from the time he was born.
Marcus tries to develop his powers before the Dun-Bahr find him and assimilate the magic he was born with. Will he and his sister survive? Will they find their parents? First they must discover the secret his grandparents have been keeping from them all these years. It all comes down to what's hidden at the magic shop.
©2016 Justin Swapp (P)2016 Justin Swapp
In a sense this is two reviews, one of the story and one of my first time experience with an audible book.
First, the story. As I started listening to the story of Marcus and Ellie I wondered if I had chosen a book from the teen-reader section. A couple of chapters into the book reassured me that Justin had indeed created a new world of wonder and adventure that was well suited to more mature readers of fantasy. The book starts as the two hero's are leaving high school and finding their place in the grown-up world of their caregivers - their grandparents. They are quickly, and innocently thrust into the world of real magic - disguised as mundane trickery and slight-of-hand. Their journey takes them into a very well developed universe of good and not so good where magic is currency and is spent as such - sometimes to dark means. Be forewarned, the story is not finished as it comes to the end.
Second, this is the first audible book I've listened to, my thanks to Justin for the experience. The story is well narrated by Steven Barnes, he captures the spirit of the story and it is hard to believe there are not a dozen people reading for the different characters. To listen to the story being read takes around 9 hours (I didn't find out I could speed it up a bit until I was 8 hours into it - duh), and I kept thinking that I could likely read the story myself in 2 or 3 - but I certainly couldn't have read it while driving to work and it did make the commute go very quickly. This will not be my last audible book - thanks for the heads up and the experience!
This was such a great book. The characters really came alive through the narration of the Audible audio version narrated by Steve Barnes. I wish I had listened to this one with my kids because I know they would have enjoyed it immensely. I'll have to play it again on a car trip. This book has a great story line, lots of action, and lots of twists. It kept me engaged to the end. The narrator was wonderful. I hope to listen to more book read by Steve Barnes, and I can't wait until the next book in this series is available.
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Twins Marcus and Ellie are old enough to start learning the family business from their grandparents. Marcus is less than enthused at the thought of running the magic shop, but that’s not the family business Gramps and Granny are talking about! Marcus discovers he has a special gift and there are others who’d like to harness his gift for their own use.
The Magic Shop is an exciting listen, it has action, adventure, and thrills. The audiobook is geared towards older adolescence. I found The Magic Shop to be in the vein of the Chronicles of Narnia or Harry Potter, by that I mean all ages will find this book a good listen.
Steve Barnes narrates and what a delight he is! His delivery and pacing is perfect for this genre. He has different voices for each and every character. I always knew which character was speaking and there are a lot of characters to keep track of. Steve added so much energy to this production and made a good story even better. Narrators like Steve Barnes are the reason I continue to say to anyone who will listen, narrators ARE actors! The production quality in this nearly 12-hour audiobook is top-notch.
I'm so glad this book is the beginning of a series because there is so much more to explore in the world created by Justin Swapp.
This audiobook was gifted to me in exchange for an unbiased review!
an interesting story with magic and secrets and a lot of twists. The narrator also made a good job with the story.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author for a honest and unbiased review
This was a fun listening until the middle when it darkens in the middle. Adventure, magic, suspense, danger, mystery - all the things you need in a story are there. I think this story is geared closers to late teens than to tweens.
There were several great plot twists that actually kept me guessing until the end!
I RECOMMEND this book for lovers of adventure and the paranormal
A story containing magic, wizardry, betrayal and coming of age in the magic world. Marcus and Ellie are two children born into the magic world without knowing it. When things start to go awry in their world, they soon discover the truth piece by piece. They must go through several challenges including rescuing their beloved grandfather, Marcus discovering his true powers, saving their uncle and many others. Well written story easy for adults and young adults to enjoy. Note: there is music intertwined throughout the storytelling in the beginning of the chapters.
Steve Barnes gives a strong performance with clear, articulate characters. He easily captures the listeners' ear and engages the audience.
It's Pretty High On The List...The Magic Shop Is In A League Of Its Own...
The Twists And Turns Of The Story... You Never Knew What To Expect...
My First Time Listening To This Narrator...He Is Phenomenal!!! I Thought It Was More Than One Narrator!
Nothing To Make An Extreme Emotion But It Was Entertaining All The Same...
“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”
I'm in my 20s from Seattle, WA. I love reading and knitting in my free time.
The action, magic and the plot.
He was good with all of the characters, and did a flawless job with the action
every cliff hanger, they moved me to keep reading
I was shocked to find I really liked this book, its a bit dark but Worth the read. The plot is deep and has so many layers I can't wait to read the following books. I received this title for free, in exchange for an unbiased review
I enjoyed this audio book very much. I like audio books because my eyesight isn't what it use to be and I tire easily when reading the printed word..This book enabled me to enjoy many hours of listening pleasure and I didn't get one bit of eye strain.
The narration was good, The change in voices made the characters more real. Sometimes when reading a book, and the conversation changes from one character to another, it isn't always clear who is talking. With an audio book and the different voices, you know right away who is saying what. I like that a lot.
Justin Swapp has a nack for spinning a good yarn. I enjoy his works very much and more so when they are in audio form.
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