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The Magician King Audiobook

The Magician King: A Novel

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.
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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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    George 02-09-16
    George 02-09-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic"

    Great wrap up to the series. The story pulls everything together and finishes the series in a way that doesn't leave you hanging.

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    gilberto 02-07-16
    gilberto 02-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Typical sequel"
    Any additional comments?

    The book is a sequel and like all sequels it suffers the curse of the success of the first book. in comparison, this one lacked a stable story structure and is a bit confusing as to where its going but the ending saved it with a satisfying conclusion.

    The fresh secondary characters were great but the book's pacing suffered about halfway through and near the end. It had a rough start but the plot path was believable and logical. The dark and romantic themes were a bit more subdued as well as the focus on most of the characters, which is fine for the pacing and main focus of the book, but i felt a little wanting because what was focused isn't touched on well at the ending. The conclusion was bitter-sweet because of this but was very appropriate.

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    Preston Salt Lake City, UT 01-30-16
    Preston Salt Lake City, UT 01-30-16 Member Since 2010
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    "Highly recommended, and not just for young readers"
    Where does The Magician King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of my favorite audiobooks, and one I might listen to again.


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

    When Quentin and Poppy used the Sixth Gold Key to open a door to the NeitherLands and were trapped there, I thought they were cooked. Excellent suspense, and a good resolution to the tension followed.


    Which character – as performed by Mark Bramhall – was your favorite?

    He did a fabulous job with Poppy.


    Any additional comments?

    Mark Bramhall performed marvelously, creating a uniquely expressive voice for the narrator as well as every character, major and minor.

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    David Marston 01-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book i"

    Amazing story keeps you entertained . The book ends and keeps you wanting more. The narration is top notch as well.

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    Christina Lewis 01-25-16
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    "Mixed feelings"

    Starts off very strong but becomes both gruesome and uninteresting towards the end. Dissapointing ending. Should come with a trigger warning for rape. I wanted a magical story with a logic twist and for a while it was, but it still goes full "because magic" in the end.

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    Pam 01-13-16
    Pam 01-13-16
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    "Great sequel"

    I don't know what age group this is intended for, I don't recommend for young readers but it is good. As another reviewer said, it's better than the first.

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    Brian 01-11-16
    Brian 01-11-16

    Choose your audiobook by the narrator with best being Guidall, Tull, Case/Davidson, Muller, Lee, Franklyn-Robbins, Dotrice, (no Brick)

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    "Excellent"

    Great second installment to this trilogy. Quinten learns yet again that curiosity can kill a cat. Julia's thirst for magic grows more insatiable as she recounts what was happening with her informal magic education while Q undertook more formal study at Breakbills. And oh yea, there are gods and there are gods. Grossman delivers some excellent writing and doesn't hit the reader over the head with the lessons his tale provides, not the least of which is being a hero may not be all it us cracked up to be. Excellent book.

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    Ashley C Webb 01-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Can't wait to read the next one..."

    Amazing book unlike any other story I've read in this genre
    - well drawn characters, easy to connect and feel the struggles and obstacles Quentin faces as he travels down the magical rabbit hole
    - love a fantasy that consumes you and the narrator did a great job of keeping me drawn to the story, almost as closely as I would if I was reading it myself.

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    Jason 12-29-15
    Jason 12-29-15 Member Since 2014
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    "XspiracyX"

    loved it great read got hooked after book one now on to book three awesome

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    Preston 12-22-15
    Preston 12-22-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Good book series ruined from the start."

    The performance was good. No complaints really there. The overall story is interesting. The setting is one I would like to explore. The plots are intriguing. I want to like the characters, and I guess I do. But the tone of the books is constantly depressing. The characters are always in a bad mood, and it gave me a bad mood. I hoped it would get better after the first book, but it did not. As much as I did enjoy reading this series, I would not recommend it, and will never read it again.

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