©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesis begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.
This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.
As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.
I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.
Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.
I can't wait for book three. Hurry up, Scott.
Inostrancevia - the uber Gorgonopsian.
Yes, but I'll give it a few. Got to keep the story fresh. This is an easy listen with a funny storyline and likeable characters.
The whole Atlantis thing - 100:1 male to female ratio and the whole women wear the pants scene while the guys are fired up to clean and get their hair done. Different take on roles makes the story funny in a kooky way.
Luke Daniels is a flat out pro. He made this book flow. I bought Spell or High Water this morning and just finished it - almost 11 hours of audiobook and I feel refreshed. The author made the right choice in hooking up with Luke Daniels.
Is Martin up to the challenge of winning Gwen's heart? Stay tuned to see what gets stuck in Martin's mouth - Gwen's tongue or his foot!
Get this book. The price is right, Luke Daniels comes up strong and Philip wakes up next to an "untraditional" vixen and doesn't even think about pulling a coyote.
Post apocalyptic listener with some thrillers mixed in. Follow me on twitter at @drewsant
Another great offering from the Magic 2.0 series. While not quite as funny as the first (that would be a tall order) it still delivers plenty of laughs and fun for the computer nerd in all of us. Well written, witty and full of surprises “Spell or High Water” is a fun listen.
Mr Daniels makes this book so much more enjoyable with his performance. He really brings it to life.
I like to read books, but sometimes it's more convenient to listen to them. Just don't say you "read" a book when you really listened to it.
Like the first book, Luke Daniels produces a great narration. If I were reading this book I would have set it down and forgotten it, but add good narration and it makes for a good listen.
I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed this audiobook and the first one in the series - Off to Be the Wizard. It's smart, funny, clever, and stimulating without being the least bit depressing or dour. I realize that some people are convinced that quality in writing can only be attained with deep, dark, soul clenching grit and human misery, but they're wrong. There is a huge value to something that engages your mind, AND makes you smile. On top of that, the narration is brilliant and adds so much color and humor it ought to be classified in its own category. Luke Daniels is an elite level audiobook narrator. I just bought book 3, and will eventually purchase Meyer's latest book too.
I felt the first book had a lot of flaws for me. Primarily it was too cartoonish with simplistic characters. The voice acting aligned with this as well with over the top inflections and accents. However I really liked the premise and there were some laugh out loud lines for me such that I purchased this second book in the series. Well, the story this time was weaker and the voice acting grew incredibly annoying. I finished the book but overall did not enjoy it and will not continue with this series.
movie reviewer maven
Great story. I feel like the narrator was just 1 degree TOO animated... like, hearing a story told by Shaggy from Scooby Doo... After a while, the mewling, whiny voice/character impersonations took on a prepubescent tone—like hearing adults talk in a "but I don't wanna go to bed" voice ALL the time.
Still, it's quite enjoyable.
The least helpful reviewer on audible.
It's funny you should ask.
I think in this installment my favorite character is Jimmy. He seems to have changed a lot since the first book without really changing at all. You get to see his inner workings and you realize his motivations, and that makes him the most thought out and realistic character in this book.
Look, when it comes to these books you either get it or you don't. If you haven't listened to the first book then you need to do so before listening to this one. If you have listened to the first one then you probably won't be reading the reviews for this one, because you'll know if you're the kind of person who "gets it" or not. This book is more of the same... That is to say, awesomeness!
There's a lot more ado about time travel in this installment, and it gets so convoluted, crazy and confusing that it's just great!
Once again, Luke Daniels gives a brilliant performance.
That's really all that needs to be said.
Second book in the series, very funny and I'm no expert but think they are well written.
Luke Daniels does such a good job, his English accent could do with some work but he really does do an excellent job at helping you to visualise all these characters. He injects light and shade into the reading and I'm really impressed.
The concept behind this book is just great.
When Martin first looks in the mirror and realizes what is happening
"Excellent funny book"
Loved the story, and the narrator was one of the best I have heard. Reminds me of early Pratchett. Now going to listen to book 3.
"Back to being a professional wizard"
The second book in the Magic 2.0 series sees our Wizards moving to Atlantis. Atlantis is a place run by women, who are called sorceresses. Males are relegated to servants who live the good life in return for sexual favours (or, that's how it came across to me).
This follows the similar style of writing and humour from the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two story threads. The first are the Wizards in England/Atlantis and then there is Jimmy's story (the same one from the first book). Both are enjoyable, but Jimmy's is a little predictable.
Atlantis has Brit the Elder and Brit the younger - basically the same person occupying the same time. This then leads on to a lot of Time Travel story lines, which is the main plot for this book.
The reason for the plot was a little weak to me, but the journey was fun so I can let that fall.
The audio again was brilliant.
The way this story unfolds was great for me. I love this type of story and the reading was as good as the first and I can not wait to get the next one.
"A worthy sequel"
Another good yarn, some interesting twists and turns with a few surprises for good measure. Enjoyed it immensely and am actively recommending it to friends and family
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