The tiny kingdom of Yurt is the perfect place - or so it seems - for someone who barely managed to graduate from the wizards' school, especially after all that embarrassment with the frogs. But Daimbert, newly hired Royal Wizard of Yurt, senses an evil spell at work. But who could be responsible? The beautiful young queen? Her flighty aunt? The dour chaplain? The old, retired Royal Wizard, who seems to know more than he's saying? Or someone from out of the castle's past? Daimbert quickly realizes that finding out and saving his kingdom may take all the magic he never learned properly in the first place, with his life the price of failure - good thing he knows how to improvise!
©1991 C. Dale Brittain (P)2013 C. Dale Brittain
I'm the author, and it seems sort of odd to be "ranking" my book, but I wanted to give Eric Vincent a shout-out for doing a great job of narrating Daimbert. (And the form demands that I choose "stars" before writing comments.)
Especially I wanted to comment, if anyone is worried about glitches in the second file--any problems have been taken care of. Enjoy the listening experience!
--C. Dale Brittain
Imaginative, witty, fantasical.
Daimbert. He is a slightly in competent wizard who strives to do the best to his ability. His first person narrative, is witty, charming, and down right endearing.
I have listened to hundreds upon hundreds of audio books. Eric Vincent is EASILY in the top 3 narrators I have EVER heard. His voice of Daimbert(and the other characters) is absolutely FLAWLESS. I found myself just snuggled up on my couch and following along with the audiobook to my paperback copy of the book.
It is about time this ingenious series has been put to audio, and the narrator could not possibly be better!!
We could only be so lucky if Hollywood actually made the Yurt books into big budget movies.
The World of Yurt books by C. Dale Brittain, are by far one of the best series of fantasy I have ever read. I have read thousands of fantasy books. I would never get tired of the world of Yurt, and the character of Daimbert. I wish there were 50 of these books to the series. Sadly there are only 6...hopefully the series will always continue.
This is light hearted fanatsy--it is very whimsical, witty, and colorful. With each page, you can FEEL the world that Brittain has created. You simply don't read these books--you SEE them. Each novel is FUN, and you are saddened when the story ends because you persistently want MORE.
If you ever get tired of reading the darker gritty stuff(which I do), 'The World of Yurt' books are the PERFECT escapism. You will not regret it.
A Bad Spell in Yurt is an absolute breath of fresh air. The story, the characters, and the reader were all perfect. So much SciFi has gone the way of dark stories of atrocities, not this book. You'll laugh (while not being over the top) and the story really pulls you in.
If you like this book Audible has the next two books in the series too.
I've been a fan of the Wizard of Yurt books since first they appeared, so I was delighted to see the first three books available in audio. And then I took a listen. Eric Vincent has the perfect voice for Daimbert. He did a wonderful job of voicing the characters, and gave each its own characterisation. My only regret is that only the first three books are available at this time.
Ms. Brittain does an excellent job of world building. It feels like a real world in its own right, not just medieval Europe with magic thrown in. In addition, each novel is almost a mystery story, as well. Daimbert confronts a series of seemingly unrelated problems, and gradually uncovers the connection between them. She does a nice job of keeping us guessing, but never makes you feel that she cheated when the truth is revealed.
So the two of them together bring us magic, and bring the magic! I definitely recommend this series to any who enjoyed the books, or even those who are looking for good fantasy.
This was an entertaining book. I really enjoyed the main character's personality. I just wish some of the female characters were not so stereotyped. To me, the reader's voice would have worked better in a western. But overall, I still enjoyed the book.
I am looking forward to the next book.
A better narrator. The second audio file not skipping a number of chapters
It's an interesting take on detective fantasy
The narrator does not have a good voice for characters nor for audiobook narration as a whole.
2nd file possibly corrupt
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