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The Magician King Audiobook

The Magician King: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times best-seller and literary phenomenon of 2009: The Magicians.

The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges.

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. It also introduces a powerful new voice, that of Julia, whose angry genius is thrilling. Once again Grossman proves that he is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis and at the cutting edge of literary fantasy.

©2011 Lev Grossman (P)2011 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out." (The New York Times Editor's Choice)

"The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy." (The Boston Globe)

"Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary lift that positions The Magician King well above the standard fantasy fare." (The New Yorker)

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    Aphonic 07-30-16
    Aphonic 07-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Extremely boring second book."

    I was on the fence after first book as to whether I'd continue. But as I bought the trilogy I figured why not. What a waste of time. The overall activity in this book could literally be a 20 page short story. The amount of meaningless drivel just banging on and on is mind bending. Aside from sbout two points you could I'm sure skip this.

    If you were not sold on the first. Definitely don't continue. If you lean to more then read a summary. If you loved the first. Well. I guess get this.

    So far this series has been a huge disappointment. It took me five times longer to get through this than other books of the same length. It was painful.

    The performance is intelligible. Horrible accent work. Devoid of any sense of character. It's literally someone just reading s book. No wouldn't I consider it s performance in the least.

    Unfortunately a boring story read wth boring voice makes this s brutal title to get through. I may push on to the book onky because I can't imagine there's be another one in the series where almost nothing happens. And this "character development" must be going somewhere.

    If you haven't bought he series. Don't. It's really overrated.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia 10-04-11
    Claudia 10-04-11

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    "A great series"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician King to be better than the print version?

    Because of the narrator, Mark Bramhall, I have recommended listening to the book and NOT reading it. Mr. Bramhall gives the book extra dimension and allows the subtlety to shine through.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King?

    There are so many memorable moments it will just have to suffice when I say...read the book or rather LISTEN to this book. Can't say I have enjoyed a series like this as much since The Golden Compass.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Thompson Ottawa, Ontario Canada 10-28-11
    Andrew Thompson Ottawa, Ontario Canada 10-28-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Dreary and Slow"

    Once again, the critics love a book and it leaves me completely cold. A seemingly endless journey where characters change little and spend more time talking about it instead of doing.

    Pass.

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    Dana 11-07-12
    Dana 11-07-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Couldn't finish!"
    What would have made The Magician King better?

    Nothing. This book was so bad. The characters were shallow and although they were supposed to be elite genius's... their vocabular was lacking and dull. I expected that the characters would have grown enormously from the first book... considering all they had been through. It seemed as though they regressed into a bunch of shallow, lazy, morons.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Lev Grossman again?

    Probably not


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    His voices for the characters... especially Josh... made them sound like 12 year old boys. At this point, these characters should have been mature men and women.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Magician King?

    No comment


    Any additional comments?

    I really really wanted to like this book. I was so hoping that it would be better than the first one as the characters aged... it wasn't. I could not even finish the book... the characters were just so spoiled and shallow and silly.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    JPaladin 06-23-15
    JPaladin 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Better than the first..."


    I enjoyed, but didn't love the first book. I'm not sure if this book is better than the first or if I just knew what type of experience to expect from Grossman, but I enjoyed this book even more than the first.

    It is a similar experience with a somewhat similar story-arc and similar lesson/internal-conflict for the main characters.

    It still had some brutally painful (and in this case disturbing; warning there is a rape scene) moments. But they punctuate the story and are used very purposefully to develop the characters and explain their motivations.

    I just bought the next book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 07-28-14
    Phebe Joppa, MD, United States 07-28-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant reading, brilliant novel"

    Magician King is the second volume in the Magicians trilogy. Mark Bramhall does a perfect reading, getting the tone of mildly exasperated irony exactly right. This volume indulges fully in the Narnia knock-off, Fillory; the first one, The Magicians, starts as a Hogwarts and Harry Potter pastiche populated by young adults but segues into what the characters really want: they want Narnia, and they get it. The references to all the C.S. Lewis Narnia stories are deft and delightful and thought-provoking: this work is deeper than it looks and for someone who has read all the Narnia stories over and over, there is only one thing to do when reaching the end of the Magician King: start over again.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-01-13
    Katie Lolo, MT, United States 04-01-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Deja Vu - but twisted"

    A twisted up journey to Narnia, er Fillory, er... Well, just find out for yourself. I do think having read C.S. Lewis should be a prerequisite, though.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-11-13
    Royce LEESBURG, VA, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent continuation of Grossman's story"
    Any additional comments?

    The Magician King is in some ways superior to The Magicians--the main character has his sh*t together a little more, leading to a more fun atmosphere, as with the first book, the Narnia references are splendid and everywhere. The narration is great, each character has a distinct voice, female characters are done well, and accents--especially the Australian, are done with skill.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 07-10-12
    Christopher Denny Rancho Cucamonga, CA USA 07-10-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story....Didn't Want It To End"
    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King?

    I think one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King was the final few chapters of the book where you finally get closure on why certain things have happened throughout the book. It also ties up loose ends in regards to some of the earlier characters.


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

    Sometimes wanting things too much blinds you from seeing what you already have.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a great book and I am glad that I listened to it not long after listening to The Magicians. When I got to the end of the book, I was sad and disappointed. Not by the ending itself but by the physical end to the story. I recall looking at my phone (from which I listen) and thinking, "That's it?!??!"

    I was so involved in the story that I found myself feeling sad for different characters throughout the book. Grossman's writing evoked emotions and experiences that I once had when I was younger and felt left out of the crowd, only to find a new group of people (not necessarily as deviant as Julia's group, but family nonetheless) to call friends.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Sparks, MD, United States 01-30-12
    Lisa Sparks, MD, United States 01-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Great storyline, Fabulous reader!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician King to be better than the print version?

    Yes, absolutely. I did enjoy the storyline of Grossmans series however I believe the reader made it even better. For the first time


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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