Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic....
©2012 Jim C. Hines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"This may be Jim Hines's best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for." (Seanan McGuire, The New York Times best-selling author of Discount Armageddon)
"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe." (Tanya Huff, best-selling author of the Blood Books)
"This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans.... Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional." (Publishers Weekly)
on par with Dresden book 1. not good but the idea was. butcher has something this author lacks a great narrator that gives you a reason to stick it out till the books get good. I don't think I'll be giving this guy the room to grow.
I love the book. Cool idea. Neat execution. Bad narration.
Whiny voice, annoying accents, and the strangest pronunciation of automaton I've ever heard. It is not "otto-mah-tun"
Still well worth getting if you can get past the narrator. Otherwise, buy the book.
I was a 'readaholic' for most of my life. I started crochet and other hobbies. That took away from my reading time. I discovered audio books at the library. That set me off. now, that I am older my eyes make it too difficult to read. So I now am a very diligent audio book listener!
I enjoyed this audiobook. David DeVries voice fits as a slightly 'nerdy' librarian thrust into an adventure. I liked the concept of this audiobook. I do complain that it gets a little confusing at times. I hope that the next books in the series are as good or better then book 1.
Yes, it was a new spin on the genre
Shadow of Night
A fun and quirky edge to characters
Adventurous fantasy fun
Compulsive reader, compulsive listener.
The narration of Libromancer was spot-on. While the narrator had a very pleasant voice, he gave it a the clearly nerdy quality that the main character would almost certainly have in real life.
Libromancer is on par with a lot of urban fantasy being done today, but that's not to say it isn't quite original, but in that way you'll have of slapping your forehead and thinking, "Of course it's like that!"
If you like Seanan McGuire, I highly recommend you check this out. Of course, different writers are different, but the same understanding of the way folklore and story shape Nerd Culture is very much present and in an entertaining and just plain delightful way.
The scenes where the main character is trying to analyze the morality of a decision was incredibly refreshing, especially from a male author. It was well-done.
And his action scenes feel very "real."
I guess I am not really on board with the premise of this book. I am a big fan of butcher and sandman slim, Peter Grant style books. This one just fell flat to me and I really couldn't finish it.
Character development was flat on this first book. Three hours in and I have no interest in seeing what happens to the characters.
As someone else mentioned the female voices are pretty bad.
Over all was bored tuning this book out.
I don't know that I'd re-listen - the narrator does a poor job with the main female character as well as some others, and it grates
This is a light, fun story. The magic is interesting but not elaborate, though the ending makes me wonder if this will change in the future. The main characters were pleasant and there was a lot of action - not sure what I'd compare it with however
For the most part the narration matched the story's pace - it has a lot of action, some of which I zoned out for as I don't particularly care for drawn out fight scenes
The writing was good and the story flowed well. Overall I enjoyed it. I just found the premise just too much of "writers convenience". By being able to pull things out of books it seemed just a bit to easy.
I have sadly had to abandon the audible version and will return to print to finish this novel. The narrator sounded so wrong for the part (look at the guy on the cover- he doesn't sound like this!!) and relentlessly mispronounces words (autoMAYton), but the killer for me was the female voices! Must they all sound so 'ditzy'?? I just couldn't get past it- I envisioned them all as candy floss haired drag queens bitching about their high heels....
I would not recommend this audible edition. Should always listen to a sample first.
Disappointment. Received a good recommendation.
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