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Stranger in the Wizard's Tower Audiobook

Stranger in the Wizard's Tower

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Poor bumbling Athin can't get anything right. Unlike his dazzling rival apprentice, Mir, his magic is flaccid and weak. When he sneaks into his master's forbidden study he sets in motion a series of events that spiral out of control.

Worlds away at a highway pit stop, Dustin is used as a pawn in a greater game and gets sucked into another world. The way home barred, his only way back is forward, with the help of a bewitching sorceress and a curious young apprentice.

The Land of Lenoran has stability under the rule of wizards, but that peace is threatened by the rising power of the warrior class. Their ruthless leader controls the land's dragons and will stop at nothing to gain every advantage in the coming war.

In this fun romp across worlds, a team of unlikely allies sets out on a journey of discovery. Over five mind-blowing days, Athin and Mir both set their sights on the handsome stranger from another world. Will the magic that brought them together now tear them apart?

©2015 Deric McNish (P)2015 Deric McNish

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    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-23-16
    Striker Atlanta, GA 09-23-16 Member Since 2016

    Sci-fi, Fantasy, Mystery, Adventure, and YA Novels. If it weren't for physics, law enforcement, and my medication, I'd be unstoppable!

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    "A Worthwhile Fantasy Tale"

    I thought this book was all-in-all a very good, very well thought out fantasy adventure. It had a little something in the story for just about everyone including magic, adventure, romance, and action. I will say that it took a little while to really get into the story, and there were a few dry areas, but I was impressed and pleased with the book by the time I was done. I'm really hoping for another story.

    The book begins with a young man who gets sucked into a magical world of wizards and dragons through a portal hidden away in a non-descript porn shop. While this concept was a little odd in the beginning, it really blended in well with the rest of the story. An interesting area of the book was the male/male relationship between the two main charters. While this might turn some people away, I would definitely recommend giving this one a shot.

    The narration was pretty good. There were a few areas where the quality wasn't the best, but they were few in number. It was good enough to earn 5 stars from me (though it might have been closer to a 4.5).

    Overall, I was very happy with this book and think that anyone who likes the fantasy genre will enjoy it.

    I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author, publisher, or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review. I was NOT required to write a positive review and this reflects my honest opinion of the work.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    PowderRiverRose 11-25-15 Member Since 2014

    Active lifestyle so audiobooks fit in with nearly everything I'm doing.

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    Stranger in the Wizard’s Tower begins with a young traveler gently lured to someplace other than his destination. I found it rather ingenious, who would think one would find a magic gate to an alternate universe in a porno shop; some kind of magic maybe but definitely not the wizardly type. The author superbly narrated his story and lent credibility to each character. Deric’s voice is clear and easy to listen to, his pace is steady and the story flows at an average speed. There were a few minor breathing or mouth noises (chapter 2 comes to mind)but they were very minor and didn’t distract me from the story.

    The alternate universe appears to be set up in similar style to that of the 11th to 15th century Europe with wizards of simple powers to those knowing how to make gates to Earth and who are mostly flawed like any human, then you have present day (or 2002) in the USA. The people and wizards of the old world meet the folks of modern America with our own bits of magic in the form of television, phones, glass buildings, etc. What a terrifying thrill that is for both sides.

    This is a good fantasy story with fairly equal amounts of magic, dragons, war, action, adventure, and romance. Young adults work together to save Lenoran from the warrior class and Earth. I really liked the characters in the story even the revolting and hideous Yensid whom I imagine has an even darker plot brewing next time. The descriptions of people, places and things were well done and I never felt lacking for information. I think I’d really like to live in Max’s castle with the scary “dog.”

    I was thoroughly impressed with the way the author handled the relationships in the book. This being my first time to read about a male/male relationship I was pleased to see it not dirty or cheapened as one tends to read in some books with the male/female relations. Dustin and Athin are well-suited for one another, both kind of bumbling guys finding their way through life. Hmmmm, I’m wondering if maybe passing through the gate doesn’t give Dustin a little power too which will help Athin in the future? I think the over-willing Mir is going to drive Erik crazy but keep him happy, though I must admit I find him lacking in….something….he’s a military man yet he doesn’t seem to have the strength or wits of a man of his background. I do see the young people playing vital roles in the next book and hope each new love blossoms. For me personally, the most endearing relationship was with the two gruff, crazy old wizards because they reminded me of the men in the movie “Secondhand Lions.” Also, I can’t wait to see how Murithniel (spelling may be incorrect due to hearing and not seeing the words) works her magic with the General and the rest of Earth, or at least the USA; hehehe, she’s going to be an amazing Ambassador.

    I enjoyed this audiobook and was happy to listen to the story twice, which I often do to make sure I don’t miss anything of importance. This book was given to me by Deric McNish and Audible.com in exchange for a fair and honest review. I look forward to listening to the second book in the series.

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    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Tony Bough 11-24-15
    Tony Bough 11-24-15
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    "Our world meets s fantasy world"
    Would you listen to Stranger in the Wizard's Tower again? Why?

    Absolutely. I liked the way the author brought a world of technology and world of magic together in the story. Good pace and plot and overall very enjoyable.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked both the world building and the very real and tangible characters. It was really good.


    What about Deric McNish’s performance did you like?

    Good narration with a personal connection to the work and an obvious feel for the emphasis of the characters strengths and faults and the worlds which they occupy.


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

    Worlds apart but brought together. Will the magic that brought them together tear them apart?


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica 10-29-15
    Jessica 10-29-15
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    "A great fantasy book."
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    I won't lie; when I first started listening to this book I thought I had loaded the wrong book or there was a mistake with the file. You don't expect a fantasy book to basically start in a porn shop. Personally, I think switching Athin's first scene with Dustin's would have made more sense. The world building is pretty spot on. The characters feel like real people with real faults and prejudices. I guess I didn't look at the description and the genres close enough, because I was not expecting the MM romance. That's not a bad thing and I thought it was handled well.

    McNish did a good job narrating. The pacing was good and the characterizations were great. I liked how each character felt distinct.

    **I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    philmorin 11-22-15
    philmorin 11-22-15
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    "enjoyable story with minimal angst"
    What did you love best about Stranger in the Wizard's Tower?

    This story is filled with youthful sexual energy without the usual angst of coming-out stories. The characters were just normal people with normal attractions in an extraordinary adventure that was exciting and fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was fast-paced and funny, though at times it moved too quickly, straining credulity or simply skipping too quickly to the next plot development.


    What about Deric McNish’s performance did you like?

    Mr. McNish developed a voice for several of the characters that was recognizable and unique, while a few characters seemed to change or be too similar to recognize without additional cues. His reading was unpolished, sometimes drawing attention to the reader rather than the story, but most of the time the story and characters were clear and entertaining. In the end I really enjoyed the story and Mr. McNish's performance. I will look forward to additional books and audiobooks by him.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 11-10-15
    Laura 11-10-15 Member Since 2014
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    "great book"

    "I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via AudiobookBlast dot com.”

    i really enjoyed this book and the story. i would like to read more if there is a,series. well writen and narrated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hollande Lawrence 10-30-15
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    "Fun Audiobook"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I wish there was a bit more of a break in between paragraphs- there were moments when the scene jumps were abrupt.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Deric McNish? Why or why not?

    I would like to find out what happens next!


    Could you see Stranger in the Wizard's Tower being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    There are some books which have enough action to be made into a movie. This is a movie I would watch, both for the action and to see the magic come to life.


    Any additional comments?

    Some of the most original and entertaining insults I have heard :)

    This audiobook was provided free of charge in return for an unbiased review via Audiobook Blast!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. Madden VA 12-29-15
    R. Madden VA 12-29-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stranger in the Wizard's Tower to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read the print version.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stranger in the Wizard's Tower?

    Eric and the dragons.


    What about Deric McNish’s performance did you like?

    He did a good job of portraying both women and men. He also brought out their specific characteristics.


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

    Possibly.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the narration. I'm not sure I'm invested enough to buy the next book bit we'll see. There was some sexual content so it may not be appropriate for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Harris USA 11-23-15
    Lisa Harris USA 11-23-15

    I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.

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    "This book was not for me"
    What made the experience of listening to Stranger in the Wizard's Tower the most enjoyable?

    How the narrator portrayed the characters. I kept thinking t myself; when isn this book gonna end. I found my mind wondering so I had to go back a few times in places and re-listen.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Stranger in the Wizard's Tower?

    When Eric fought the pregnant lady.


    What about Deric McNish’s performance did you like?

    I liked how he brought the characters to life. He was very good with the condescension.


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

    No it s too long.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was a little boring in places. I finally started getting into it as it started nearing the end.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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