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.
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.
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.
I will listen to NO boring book. Old Fav's,Card, King , Hobb. New Fav's, Hill, Scalzi, Sawyer, Interested in Lansdale, Crouch, Konrath
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.
Dr. Nils Rasmussen
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
for a while anyway
I've not read that much fantasy so I thought I would try this. I just couldn't get into the story.
Could not hold my attention. Some very light writing that would probably attract much younger audience. And I enjoy many YA books.
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!
I like Phillip! He's intelligent, really mature while having really immature moments, and he's extremely sarcastic. Love!
He does a great job at the different voices.
I could not stop listening to this book! The second one even moreso.
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.
Spell or High Water is the second book - and it is really good.
I am not a hugh fan of the narrator but the books really drew me in.
This book has a very fun story with a lot of geeky references and belly laughs. The narrator does a great job as well.
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.
Fun. Inventive. Witty.
I can't tell you that or else I would ruin the story!
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.
Because reality bytes...
Just get the audio and listen... so good.
"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.
"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.
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.
"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.
"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
"Don’t Make The Obvious Joke!"
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
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!
I ahven't but this one was very good
It was, but in the end I just listend for longer than I originally intended
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)
"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.
"Really enjoyed this!"
A cross between the Matrix and Harry Potter. Nice idea and really well read. I would and have recommended to others.
"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.
"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.
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