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Off to Be the Wizard | [Scott Meyer]

Off to Be the Wizard

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble. Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.
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Publisher's Summary

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble.

Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

Off to Be the Wizard is a light, comedic novel about computers, time travel, and human stupidity, written by Scott Meyer, the creator of the internationally known comic strip Basic Instructions.

Magic will be made! Legends will be created! Stew will be eaten!

©2013 Scott Meyer (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-27-14
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 09-27-14 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Meyer Can Tell A Story"

    I can imagine a dad reading this to his child, and enjoying it at least as much as the listener. Of course there are the required dense paragraphs of double-talking scientific gobbledygook that modern sic-fi authors need to numb the reader into suspending disbelief. And of course I don't pay attention to any of it. Why not just employ a shortcut like warp-drive oe whatever to move us into the plot? Hey, I paid for this thing to be amused, entertained, maybe even awed. Not distracted by a magician's trick.

    Ah well, everyone's doing it today. In fact I even gave up Neal Stephenson who eventually gave up writing plot for just so much "look at how smart I am" blather. But Meyer gets over that stuff and tells a fun Harry-Potter kind of story.

    I liked it. Definitely because of the great job that Luke Daniels did in reading to me.

    13 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-16-15
    Jim "The Impatient" Springfield, MO, United States 04-16-15 Member Since 2015

    I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath

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    "IT WOULD BE IDYLLIC, IF NOT FOR THE CORPSES"

    JUST BECAUSE YOU CALL SOMETHING, SOMETHING, DOESN'T MAKE IT, IT.
    If you like John Scalzi and Wil Wheaton, then you will love this. During the first hour, I thought this is cute, but it is going to grow old. Over nine hours later, I am still laughing. As the story grows, it gets funnier and more interesting. If you are driving be careful, you may miss your exit, it is that engaging.

    TECHNICALLY I AM OLDER THEN YOU, I WAS JUST BORN LATER
    I am 56 and barely understand computers, so this was not aimed at me, but I loved it anyway. It was a fun light book, with plenty of surprises. After a while some of the jokes become predictable, but they are still funny. There is a little Connecticut Yankee in here, an updated version. This has time travel, wizards, Lord of the Rings, orcs, etc...

    SILENCE SO THICK, YOU COULD LEAN ON IT.
    I can not say enough about Luke Daniels. His performance is above and beyond. This would be a great book to read, but I believe that Daniels makes it so much more. Don't miss out on this experience.

    HAVE YOU EVER SEEN ME EAT ANY OF THAT STEW?
    I will be getting the sequels.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 12-01-14 Member Since 2015

    Dr. Nils Rasmussen

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    "Wonderful Premise - Horrible Writing"
    Any additional comments?

    It's REALLY a shame that this book turned out the way it did. It has a fantastic plot and wonderful ideas but its execution is extremely lacking. Considering how great of an idea this book had, it could have been a new favorite of mine. What I found instead was corny narrative, poor dialogue, and obvious plot holes in what should have been a slam dunk.

    I listened to the first 6 hours of this book, then just couldn't take it anymore.

    I know how brilliant this book sounds, but pass on this one.

    6.85 / 10.0

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    EAA Rochester, NY United States 11-13-14
    EAA Rochester, NY United States 11-13-14 Member Since 2010
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    "not my cup of tea"
    Has Off to Be the Wizard turned you off from other books in this genre?

    for a while anyway


    Any additional comments?

    I've not read that much fantasy so I thought I would try this. I just couldn't get into the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 10-27-14
    Bill Browder Ocala, Fl USA 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Younger audience"

    Could not hold my attention. Some very light writing that would probably attract much younger audience. And I enjoy many YA books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer Lujan 08-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Hilarious, Nerdy, Fun!"
    Where does Off to Be the Wizard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is honestly one of the best books I've ever read. I love the nerdy references and the comical way it's written. I rushed to read the second one and am anxiously waiting for the third one to be released!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I like Phillip! He's intelligent, really mature while having really immature moments, and he's extremely sarcastic. Love!


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He does a great job at the different voices.


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

    I could not stop listening to this book! The second one even moreso.


    Any additional comments?

    LOVED it!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 08-11-14
    Amy 08-11-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Please Listen to Spell or High Water"
    Would you listen to Off to Be the Wizard again? Why?

    I accidentally listened to Spell or High Water first - and I am actually glad for that accident (although I would not recommend that approach). I think the second book is better than the Off to be the Wizard but I really enjoyed them both and I was very disappointed when they were both over.


    What other book might you compare Off to Be the Wizard to and why?

    Spell or High Water is the second book - and it is really good.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I am not a hugh fan of the narrator but the books really drew me in.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Lawrenceville, GA, United States 08-06-14
    Eric Lawrenceville, GA, United States 08-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Delightfully Geeky"

    This book has a very fun story with a lot of geeky references and belly laughs. The narrator does a great job as well.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matt Daphne, AL 07-31-14
    Matt Daphne, AL 07-31-14 Listener Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly good"

    I don't normally enjoy humor-fantasy. e.g. Try as I might, Terry Pratchett, as much as I appreciate his talent, doesn't do much for me. But I enjoyed this one from beginning to end. Equal parts funny, original and engaging. I look forward to the next one.

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    TheOpinion 07-23-14
    TheOpinion 07-23-14

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    "«╢:D Fantabulistastic!"
    If you could sum up Off to Be the Wizard in three words, what would they be?

    Fun. Inventive. Witty.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off to Be the Wizard?

    I can't tell you that or else I would ruin the story!


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

    Performance is off the chart! Some people complained that Mr. Daniels yelled too loud in certain parts but honestly it wasn't an issue if you didn't have the audio blasting. I tried to imagine those parts with him speaking in a normal tone and it just would have been terrible.


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

    Because reality bytes...


    Any additional comments?

    Just get the audio and listen... so good.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    1/29/15
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    "Gum and geeky-ness"

    An enjoyable tale which made me laugh several times, while being quite clever. Very light and extremely enjoyable even if your not a fan of wizard stories.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    5/23/15
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    "Very good listen"

    I wasn't sure about this at first but about half way through o bought the second book because I was that engrossed by it. The narrator Like Daniels was brilliant. I can honestly say he was the best narrator I have heard.

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  • Emmeline Brown
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    "Quietly amusing"

    Not the best book, nor the most well written, however throughly enjoyably and a rather unique little story. Great for a little escapism and quite chuckle worthy on occasions. Only element that spoilt it slightly was the narrators performance. Sometimes the characters were hard to tell apart and the main protagonists voice was a little grating. Overall though I'd recommend if you're a little geeky at heart and want to listen to something different to the norm.

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  • Stug
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    "Witty & Adventurous Fiction"

    Brilliant narration! I really enjoyed this book and look forward to getting the rest of the trilogy. Most reminded me of Douglas Adams work as I actually laughed out loud a few times! Great stuff from Scott Meyer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Oliver Laws
    4/13/15
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    "An intriguing and hilarious take on wizards!"

    This is a great series, with amazing narration and memorable moments throughout. I found myself laughing out loud a ton xD

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    4/10/15
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    "Don’t Make The Obvious Joke!"
    Where does Off to Be the Wizard rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Once of the most enjoyable & best performed. The plot is a little light but still enjoyable for an “origin” story & magic/computers/time travel being explained quickly & simply for the context of the book. There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Off to Be the Wizard?

    I wouldn’t say any particular moment was better than the others but there are lots of little nods to geek culture & the dialog between characters actually sounds like a conversation, not a device for moving the plot form one point to another. Whilst I hate to use the word “banter” it “sounds” like the characters actually know each other!


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I ahven't but this one was very good


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

    It was, but in the end I just listend for longer than I originally intended


    Any additional comments?

    I’ve yet to finish this audio book but have already purchased books 2 & 3. This is something I promised myself I’d never do again after the awful sequels to Robert Evert’s “Riddle in Stone” (Book 2, “Betrayal in the Highlands” is without doubt the worst audiobook I have ever listened to)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Funny time travel yarn of geek"

    This was on an Audible offer, and was recommended by the NABCC goodreads club that I frequent. I am so glad I did. This book is spot on for my humour and I liked the general principle of the story. The cover is also great, and reminds me of my early computer RPG playing.

    In essence, this is a about a guy who finds a file that amends reality. After the usual blow out, he draws the attention of the government. A plan is devised to escape the Feds to Medieval England - and earn a trade as a Wizard.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    Turns out a fair bit. Mainly because there are other Wizards.

    This book is character focused with a sense of humour. The story is fairly basic, but it does have a fun modern day pop culture reference about it. I loved that the other wizards came from different time periods, and one had a C64 computer.

    It doesn't get too soppy, doesn't go too slow and introduces a lot of Geek culture references. All in all, this is a great book.

    Luke Daniels did this Audible version as he was brilliant. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the second book from audible straight away.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alan
    3/2/15
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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    A cross between the Matrix and Harry Potter. Nice idea and really well read. I would and have recommended to others.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kev
    2/22/15
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    "loved this book , found the sense of humour great"

    This was a great book and narrated brilliantly, easy to listen to, I have opted straight for the second book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Icewraithuk
    2/9/15
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    "Couldn't stop listening to it!"

    What an excellent yarn, enjoyed every minute of it! Literally listened to it in one sitting thanks to the enjoyable voice acting. Light hearted and fun.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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