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Crimes Against Magic Audiobook

Crimes Against Magic: The Hellequin Chronicles, Book 1

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How do you keep the people you care about safe from enemies you can’t remember? Ten years ago, Nate Garrett awoke on a cold warehouse floor with no memory of his past and the only clues to his identity were a piece of paper with his name on it and a propensity toward magic. Now he’s a powerful sorcerer and a successful thief for hire, but it turns out that those who stole his memories aren’t done with him yet. When they cause a job to go bad, threatening a sixteen-year-old girl, Nate swears to protect her. But with his enemies closing in and the barrier holding back his memories beginning to crumble, Nate is forced to confront his forgotten life in the hope of stopping an enemy he can’t remember. Crimes Against Magic is a dark, fast-paced urban fantasy torn between modern-day London and fifteenth-century France.

©2013 Steve McHugh (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 04-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "If you like the Dresden files you will like this"

    If you are waiting for Skin Game by Jim Butcher to come out and are looking for something to read, this is it. I have been looking for something like Dresden for years and I finally found it.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14
    DarthVal Hickory, NC, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great start to an interesting new UF series"
    Would you listen to Crimes Against Magic again? Why?

    Yes. The story was exciting and action packed. I liked the world building and the characters are interesting.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had great action without sacrificing plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    There was a scene where the main character is getting beat up and his instincts kick in from his forgotten life. It turns out that the is a bad @ss, but really had no idea where it came from.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I wish I had the time push through the entire book all at once. I had to make myself set it aside to go to bed.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    J Muscarella 06-22-14 Member Since 2010
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    "I have bought the second one"

    The fact that I bought the second one should speak for itself. The only thing I found odd was some of the dialogue. It was..simple?..over obvious? like a comic book dialogue. "Look what you've done to me you fiend!" kind of thing. I had visions of batman and those old balloons with "crash" "bang" "pow"! It was highly entertaining, I just hope it was on purpose. Looking forward to how they go forward with the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    plknj 01-18-14
    plknj 01-18-14 Member Since 2012

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    "An excellent series."

    If you are looking for a present day, action packed series, then look no further. Crimes Against Magic is an excellent book with my only complaint being that Steve has only two books in this series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 09-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great book. I love this author, I am addicted."

    I love this seriese I haven't stoped reading this series yet. Narrator was great as well.

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    DMA 07-05-16
    DMA 07-05-16
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    "A promising story, but pornographic"

    This book can't decide if it wants to be a good urban fantasy or porn. Porn seems to win. I just lost interest.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Texas 06-05-16
    Amazon Customer Texas 06-05-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just what I need..."

    (not).. A new Favorite author and narrator... If Someone is a fan of Kevin Hearne, Steve Mc Hugh should fit the bill ...

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    LoreneB East Troy, WI 04-23-16
    LoreneB East Troy, WI 04-23-16
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    "Unexpected, raw, captivating"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I passed over this book at least a dozen times, then needing something new to read and listen to, I downloaded it. The narrator is simply amazing. He brought this series to life for me. You need a good story and this book has a great story. The book and audio version is free on Kindle unlimited. Give it a try. I have now bought all the books and audio versions. It was that good.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Crimes Against Magic?

    The ingenious method he used to kill the gargoyle Achilles near the end of the book.


    What about James Langton’s performance did you like?

    His narration really brought the characters and story to life with voices, inflection and delivery. It was easy to tell who was the character in the book. He has so much talent! His ability to keep me focused throughout the book was incredible.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David 09-27-15
    David 09-27-15
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    "Fun listen. A mix of magic, mystery, tragedy & lust"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I'd recommend this book to any friend who enjoys mysteries, magic & fantasy, espionage or even grocery store check-out lane romance novels. Yep, in addition to good and dark mages, classic underlying themes of rough-the-edges good vs undeniable evil, morals lessons on not judging a book (or person) by the cover, the value of strength drawn upon from loyal friends, and the pains of loss, this book even has tidbits of 'trashy' romance novel-esque lines mixed in. I use the term "trashy" only as a reference point to a well-mocked genre, and not a comment on this author's story. That being said, use caution when listening to the book without headphones, Listening while doing outdoor chores, I was subjected to giggles and an over-the-fence judgmental stare from a neighbor or two when the main character/narrator described in PG-13 to maybe R level detail his sexual interludes. When I finally reached the pause button, one neighbor actually yelled out, "ahh come on, it was JUST getting good!" and demanded I let the scene finish playing. Not that I know his standards, but it obvioulsy wasn't too obscene to him... or to me.So, that being said and keeping the easily blushed out of ear shot, the story has a bit of everything for everyone and blends the elements together well. It's not so overly wrought with magic & fantasy that those who enjoy more the mystery and intrigue genres will be put off. I found myself drawn into the main character's absent backstory and his struggles to either embrace his absented past or to futilely run from anything which might bring him back to what he MIGHT have been. The author's choice to reveal backstory and plot developments at the same time as the main character discovers them creates a more intrigue filled listen than to have an omniscient, 3rd person narration which dryly clues in the audience before the characters. The latter would leave the audience pre-informed and bored while sitting through the characters' processing of details.My only 'con' of the book also falls in the 'pro' column for me. The narration jumps backs and forth between present day and the 1400s (all of it narrated in stylized, modern English, so comprehension isn't an issue). The frequent back & forth kept the story moving and somewhat contributed to the overall plot development. The con to that narration technique in this book (or maybe common to any audio book), is that if you let your attention drift at the wrong moment, you tune back in a bit confused by the sudden change in characters, dialogue, or current developments. More than once, I had to rewind to figure out how I transitioned from a scene in modern London to a seemingly random scene in the woods of 15th century France. I struggled to make some of the plot connections until the very end of the book. I don't know if that was the intended result of good writing or a negative side effect of back and forth flashback narration.A plot development or character development 'elitist' may find the story lacking, but taking it as just a piece of good entertainment and not imposing the literary analysis standards of an advanced English lit. professor dissecting like it were the last great work of a litertary golden age gone-by, one will find it to be a fun listen. I'm hooked into the series now.


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

    I have not listened to other performances by this narrator, but I found this one to be well done. His varying British accents (from a refined, well-schooled Brit to a backstreet criminal, and everything in between) helped bring the characters to life and added to the overall story telling rather than distracting from it...which can happen when a narrator can't or won't do voices or accents well.


    Any additional comments?

    It is by no means X rated or erotica, but a note to listeners to be mindful of secondary listeners taking offense (or an interest, like my neighbor) to the few and infrequent romantic interludes described by the main character. (He describes the physical or emotional intensity, positions, etc, but again, hardly classifies as erotica by modern standards. It was no more 'adult' than what one might see vissually depicted on broadcast TV in the U.S.. It think it just seemed more 'intense' since it was described aloud by a narrator rather than just shown on a TV screen which might suggestively fade to black or pan away to rustling sheets and way too many candles next to a bed to imply the intimacy occuring just off camera.

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    Think about this 07-25-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the listen"

    Nate Garrett is a very unique thief that lost his memory 10 years earlier. He doesn't know what happened to cause the loss, or even what he is. He knows he possess magic and is thought to be a sorcerer. This story tells us who, what, when, where and why, behind the memory loss. We jump back and forth 600 years to learn the story. It's an interesting story, with Nate getting back memories along with rescuing people he's become close to. You can quit with this book, if it's not to your liking. No cliffhangers and his mysterious past is disclosed. I think I will go forward with the next installment, though.

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  • mackemafc
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    7/26/15
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    "Modern Arthurian fantasy"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I originally found this series on ebook when I was having a trawl through amazon. I consider it to be one of my best finds. It's a very British update of one of the most classical fantasy stories and is really good read. I'm glad to say that the audiobook version is just as high quality.


    What other book might you compare Crimes Against Magic to, and why?

    The closest comparison for me would be the Desden Files by Jim Butcher


    Which character – as performed by James Langton – was your favourite?

    Nate is an engaging and interesting main character and you really want to find out about his past as the story progresses


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I cant comment too many spoilers :)


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Newton Abbot, United Kingdom
    7/11/15
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    "Worth a Listen but not Exceptional"
    What did you like most about Crimes Against Magic?

    I enjoyed the way the 15th Century story runs alongside the 21st century story. It really helps you understand why things are happening


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It has to be Nat Garrett - he is the hero who else would I choose.


    Any additional comments?

    I like the way the book does not take itself too seriously. It is a little dark in places and has a good mix of sarcasm. I wouldn't say its funny at any point but it was a little light hearted not gloom and doom all the way. I may even buy the next book in the series.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • mark
    enniskeane, Ireland
    4/27/15
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    "Brilliant story."

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters are engaging , the story is captivating and the narration is spot on.
    It's one of the better urban fantasy books I've read in a while.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    2/25/15
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    "Couldn't get past the narrator. ..."

    Regretfully I couldn't get into this due to a pathological reaction to robotic tone of the narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Reginald pelle
    Winchester, UK
    5/24/15
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    "Superb!"

    Superbly dark, a mixing of light sarcasm and possible satire. Full of mystery and deep amount of intrigue. Wonderful!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • greyhound
    Lincolnshire
    4/6/15
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    "tooo much swearing in this for me to enjoy"
    What disappointed you about Crimes Against Magic?

    the content had too much swearing in it


    What could Steve McHugh have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    the narrator was ok it was the content that was offensive


    Would you be willing to try another one of James Langton’s performances?

    yes but not by this author


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Crimes Against Magic?

    didn't listen to enough to make a judgement


    Any additional comments?

    should have a warning about the swearing and foul language

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • D. Deeks
    Ipswich, UK
    2/26/15
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    "Good start"

    As an opener to a series/world this wasn't half bad. I liked the dual stories and the detail of how the world works, and how there are still mysteries about our hero's origin to be uncovered despite all the revelations. Worth investing in I feel.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/3/15
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    "A great listen!"

    Have you read anything by Steve McHugh before?
    No but after listening to this book I will try the second.
    How was the narration?
    Great! I loved listening to James Langton!
    Would you recommend this book to others?
    Yes, if you like fantasy, history, time travel and action then this is a great choice!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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