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Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1 | [Terry Brooks]

Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!: Magic Kingdom of Landover, Book 1

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope.

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Book One in the Magic Kingdom of Landover Series

Landover was a genuine magic kingdom, with fairy folk and wizardry, just as the advertisement promised. But after he purchased it, Ben Holiday learned that there were a few details the ad had failed to mention.

The kingdom was in ruin. The Barons refused to recognize the king, and the peasants were without hope. A dragon was laying waste the countryside, while an evil witch plotted to destroy everything.

Ben's only followers were the incompetent Court Magician; Abernathy, the talking dog who served as Court Scribe; and the lovely Willow - but she had a habit of putting down roots in the moonlight and turning into a tree. The Paladin, legendary champion of the Kings of Landover, seemed to be only a myth and an empty suit of armor.

To put a final touch on the whole affair, Ben soon learned that the Iron Mark, terrible lord of the demons, had challenged all prospective Kings of Landover to a duel to the death - a duel which no human could hope to win.

The task of proving his right to be King seemed hopeless. But Ben Holiday was stubborn.

Pay another visit to The Magic Kingdom of Landover.

©1986 Terry Brooks; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

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    Al East Windsor, NJ, USA 12-05-09
    Al East Windsor, NJ, USA 12-05-09 Member Since 2009
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    "If you're looking for Tolkein...."

    This is not it! This is light hearted, easy to follow, and will still suck you in.... if you let it. I wanted something that wasn't mired in so much detail it would put me to sleep (Tolkein) while I drove! I got exactly what I wanted with this book.

    I listen in a car and occasionally get distracted, this did not impact the enjoyment I had listening to this book. I will continue to listen to the rest of the series.

    At first listen, I wasn't sure I was going to like the narrator, but now... surprisingly, I am a fan as others have also written.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11
    Bryan J. Peterson Twin Falls, Idaho United States 09-03-11 Listener Since 2006

    I'm not blind drunk, I'm just blind.

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    "A great start to a great series."

    I read the first two books of this series back in Junior High and picked the rest up over the next few years. Then I discovered the Brilliance Audio versions, though at the time they only had abridged versions available. Fortunately they had and still have an excellent narrator. Dick Hill narrates both the abridged and unabridged versions and does an excellent job on both. His deep, rich baritone lends itself well to narration, although I agree with those who say his characterization of Abernathy sounds disturbingly like the Geico Gecko. One thing I do wish he'd kept up with from the abridged versions was how when a character was talking on the telephone, the enginneers would add an appropriate effect to one side of the conversation so that it sounded as though it were in fact coming through a phone receiver.
    The story opens as Ben Holiday, a trial lawyer from Chicago, receives a Christmas catalog from a New York department store where his wife Annie, dead two years, loved to shop. While thumbing through the catalog, Ben discovers that a fantasy kingdom called Landover is being offered for sale, and that the byer will rule the realm as king. Having become disillusioned with his life since the death of Annie, Ben takes a leap of faith and makes the purchase. Upon arrival in Landover however,Ben discovers the kingdom in shambles. Taxes have not been collected in years, the monarchy has fallen apart and the people refuse to recognize him as king, and a dragon, Strabo, has been ravaging the countryside unchecked for twenty years. There is also the threat of the evil sorceress Nightshade to contend with. Also, the lack of a permanent king has caused the magic to fade from the land, taking with it its life. On top of all this, Ben learns he must soon do battle with the Iron Mark, a demon lord from the netherworld of Abaddon, who himself has claimed the kingship. Only time will tell whether or not Ben will be able to pull through and save the land from ruin.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Constance Milford, CT, United States 01-23-10
    Constance Milford, CT, United States 01-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Dick Hill does it again!"

    This kind of fantasy story is not really my cup of tea-or so I thought~ Sometimes I select books to listen to on the basis of the narrator. Same thing here.

    When I saw that Dick Hill was narrating I decided to give it a shot. After all, if he can make mysteries and thrillers come to life, why not dragons, fairies, and other creatures of the like? The book met all my expectations. It was great fun. A wonderful grown up fairy tale with some good messages for all human kind creatures. There were so many interesting characters and Dick Hill made them all come alive. When he talks about a dragon "hissing", you really feel like a dragon is hissing. Neat!

    It was good for me to take a little escape from reality. I just didn't realize how much fun I would have. I really hated to see it end. I want to see what happens to these characters in the future. Who would have thought? You just never know!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dave Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-19-08
    Dave Calgary, Alberta, Canada 09-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Great series."

    This is just a fantastic series.

    While I had read the series as a trilogy (there is now a forth book I was not even aware existed until searching today), the narration given by Dick Hill just is amazing. At this point he is one of my favorite narrators. I had first heard him on Shooter: The Autobiography of the Top-Ranked Marine Sniper, and his voice moving to the science fiction genre was a little hard for me to get used too. That being said, I did and his narrative of Terry Brooks work is amazing.

    The series itself is a tale that will allow you to step into the shoes of Ben Holiday, the main character. I felt at times that the character was speaking about life in general in our times. Fast paced, full of life stresses, etc. Leaving to the land of Landover leaves us all with something to dream of.

    Hope you like it as much as I.

    Dave...

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 10-03-13
    Karen Glen Gardner, NJ, United States 10-03-13 Member Since 2008

    Likes: Cozy mysteries, esp w/cats, books on workings of the brain/autism, not-too-dark fantasy. Dislikes: Animal cruelty, torture scenes.

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    "Not Serious Fantasy"
    Would you be willing to try another book from Terry Brooks? Why or why not?

    Let me preface this review with the fact that I love Terry Brooks and that I am a big fan of many of his books. People should just know if they are fans of his Shannara books, or the Word and Void books, or any of his other series that these are not like those books. I have read this book a number of times because I like the set up that leads to Ben Holliday becoming the king of Landover. But the adventures in Landover are not serious fantasy. They are more on the sillier side ie inept mages suddenly shower the enemy with flowers instead of something deadly. So know that going in and read it if you like that sort of thing. Like any book where someone basically ends up in another world there is that frustrating part of the book where our main character doesn't believe in the situation - the "this can't be real" part. I always hate that but plotwise I suppose there is no way around it. Narrator was good too.


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    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 04-12-10
    Jonathan indianapolis, IN, United States 04-12-10 Member Since 2007
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    "fun listen"

    fairly vanilla as fantasy goes, though there are some nice twists and the characters are intresting. i just wish the narrator would use shorter___________________dramatic_____________________pauses. the first coupe of times he did it i thought my mp3 player had died on me. but the story is good enough to save the narrator, so 4 stars.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberly Allday Slidell, La USA 04-27-14
    Kimberly Allday Slidell, La USA 04-27-14 Member Since 2014

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    "An Enjoyable Introduction to the Landover Kingdom"
    What made the experience of listening to Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! the most enjoyable?

    There is nothing like reading a book and escaping into a new world. When you are unable to sit and read then it is great to be able to listen to a great storyteller entrance you with his tale. The Magic KingdomFor Sale - Sold! is wonderfully written and wonderfully told.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!?

    I refuse to drop spoilers, this is simply a journey you must take to truly enjoy the adventure. A great start to a wonderful series!


    Which character – as performed by Dick Hill – was your favorite?

    I can't pick a favorite character and I'd never ask anyone else too either! I will tell you this, Dick Hill does a fine job of telling the tale and you can listen along and get the sense of the world unfolding.


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

    Once the story started you won't want to walk away! The story is well told and quite engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an adventure that is sure to entertain. It's fun, it's different, and it is a true Terry Brooks creation. Enjoy the journey!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Serena West Jordan, UT, United States 12-31-13
    Serena West Jordan, UT, United States 12-31-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing!!!"
    What did you love best about Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!?

    Terry Brooks is a great go to author!!! He is amazingly detailed and his stories are absolutely enthralling!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold!?

    The story as a whole is great! You have to finish in order to fully appreciate the book.


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

    This is the first and I really liked the way that it was read. There were many different accents and voices that were perceived in the dictation.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    None the movie would not be as good! They never are.


    Any additional comments?

    I know that there are other comments on Dick Hill's dictation not being a very good dictation of the book. I feel that he has done a great job on the book. The characters had the right amount of surprise, excitement, sadness, etc... Each character carried it's own accent and sound which made it easy to differentiate between the characters while listening to the book. I have read this book many times on my own and will now listen to it over and over again. Great job to everyone involved.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    David COSTA MESA, CA, United States 08-01-13
    David COSTA MESA, CA, United States 08-01-13 Member Since 2009

    Love a good sci-fi audiobook or Buddhist lecture.

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    "Hugely enjoyable"
    If you could sum up Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! in three words, what would they be?

    Just pure fun


    What about Dick Hill’s performance did you like?

    He was very versatile, able to do a wide range of emotions and voices


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of the best pieces of light entertainment I've heard in ages. The narration is first class, and the story amidst the adventure and flashes of genuinely funny humor has moments of great humanity, especially in those areas that deal with Ben Holiday grieving over his lost wife and his diminished passion for life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Nandy Ekle Amarillo, TX 05-10-13
    Nandy Ekle Amarillo, TX 05-10-13 Member Since 2013

    I love books.

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    "Great Story"
    Would you listen to Magic Kingdom for Sale - Sold! again? Why?

    I will listen to it again because I have loved this story for a long time.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Obviously, Ben Holiday is a great character because of his love of challenge and law. Quester Thews is also a good character as a flawed hero. In fact, there isn't a character in this story I don't like.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I wasn't extremely fond of Mr. Hill's reading of the story. He seemed to read slowly and haltingly, and actually cutting off the ends of words. I will listen to the other books in the series, but more for the story than Mr. Hill's performance.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think the title is a great tag line. It might be enhanced with something like, "can a person buy a throne?"


    Any additional comments?

    Wonderful fairy tale story! I've loved the whole series for a lot of years.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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