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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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    Matt Berg 06-09-16
    Matt Berg 06-09-16
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    "Disappointing"

    The first book was moody and brooding but had a story that pulled it together. This one just feels like empty, meaningless depression. What is the point of it? No but *really*, what is he point of it X 1000. There were a few attempts at a plot but they all meandered and criss crossed and when they finally got to their conclusions they went off with not a bang but a meek and half-hearted whimper. The voice acting was superb, just couldn't save the material.

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    Sfowser 06-05-16
    Sfowser 06-05-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome"

    Just as the first, an amazing book. The narrator truly makes the story come alive, and during the while thing I never once wanted to stop listening.

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    C. Phillips 06-01-16
    C. Phillips 06-01-16
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    "it's really magical."

    i love this series. it keeps you plugged in and wanting more. i love urban fantasy.

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    Stephen Tansey 05-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Not as good as the first one."

    The narration was just as good as the first book.

    While the story thankfully lacked the desert of slow pacing and scarce dramatic relief which existed in the middle part of the first book, it introduced its own pacing issue. Alternating chapters would cover the backstory of a specific character. These chapters were rich with detail and interesting, but their impact was undermined by the fact that we know they were in the past and were interrupting the action. They were important, but every shift between past and present was jarring.

    I would feel cheated by the ending if I didn't know there was a third installment I the series.

    I really enjoyed the book, I don't have any specific things to say about what the book did right. That is only because the things I perceive as flaws stick out in a sea of things I like.

    I highly recommend the title.

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    Brandy Arana 05-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "loved it."

    the beginning was a little difficult to get through. but it was worth it. I really enjoyed this book. more the the first book.
    I would recommend it to a friend.

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    Lauren May 05-27-16
    Lauren May 05-27-16
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    "Mark Bramhal mispronounces things a lot"
    Where does The Magician King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Reasonably high. The story is pretty good. A little slow moving.


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

    There are quite a few twists. I appreciate when I cannot predict the ending of a story.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Mark Bramhall?

    No. He mispronounces so many things! Things as simple as "sloth" and "macchiato."


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

    Slohthe


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    belinda 05-25-16
    belinda 05-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "I love magician, this is my fantasy world! "

    Great book... loved the details to all the different worlds. I am now infatuated with magic, and wish it was real.

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    Maximus 05-23-16
    Maximus 05-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    WOW very loved it can't wait to continue this story on the next book 📖.

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    N. Evans 05-12-16
    N. Evans 05-12-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Sloth"

    The reader makes a few very consistent wrong pronunciations that annoyed the heck out of me but everything else was great.

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    Austin Budge 05-07-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    This series is so good and Bram hall has a better voice than freeman does

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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