Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares....
The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.
This is a book like no other.
©2016 Lev Grossman (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
It's such a good book. I loved it. Quentin makes some stupid decisions, and at times I really hate him and want to punch him in the face, but overall, I think it's fantastic
Elliott!! Any part with him.
He's great. My friend made me watch the first episode of the TV show and I couldn't do it, All their voices were wrong. He just adds something special to the characters.
Yes, but it's too long. It took a few days, and I couldn't stop listening to it.
"Good book, mostly well read, but strewth..."
Enjoyable 2nd dose of this "what if Narnia (Fillory in this book) were real".
The magic system is a little self-contradictory for my tastes. Lots of talking about how difficult it all is when they are learning, but it all seems to be very easy and convenient when they need it.
A few of the characters do pretty stupid things occasionally - but on the upside, there were some good plot-twists.
Narration was mostly excellent, but Poppy's Australian accent really was as bad as everyone else makes out. I suspect Mark Bramhall can never have met or heard an actual Australian person.
Imagine Dick van Dyke's cockney chimney sweep Bert trying to impersonate a South African accent and you'll be about there...
I kind of liked the first book although I found it depressing in places. This book continues in the same way - lack of a real story and focus. I got pretty annoyed with it and just about finished it.
great story, the way lev has melded the two storys of Julia & Quentin was done beautifully couldn't stop listening and I'm hard to please when it comes to audiobooks. The Australian accent isn't as bad as people say, (I think people like being dramatic in their reviews a little too much. a truly great story and narrator.
"a bad childish patronising Narnia rip off"
really bad story, patronising comments and not enough originality. feels far too childish for me
"really great apart from the ridiculous Australian accent."
The story is fantastic; as good if not better than the first book. Well paced and unexpected. Bramhall is a brilliant reader up to the point where Poppy, an Australian central character, is introduced. Her accent on the reading is so grating that i quickly started hoping she'd turn mute.
"Great story & storytelling- terrible Australian Accent!"
I really enjoyed this book, the story was great and engaging, though I found the end came a bit quickly after a long build up.
In general, the reading was excellent. The diction was clear and there was the right level of emotion. However, I had up take 2 stars off for the abysmal Australian accent. It was so bad that it took you right out of the story and whenever I heard it coming I would wince.
Other than that, heartily recommended.
"Very very good"
Absolutely. Its so nice to have a bit of a twisted adult version of a fairy tale. It's got a sense of humour as well. The characters don't seem to take themselves as seriously as in most fantasy books.
So far, Julia. She's never what you expect.
This is the reason I gave 4 stars, Poppy, who is meant to be Australian has the WORST Australian accent I have ever heard. The narrator is great at everyone else, but wow, every time Poppy speaks it sets my teeth on edge.
Definitely better than the first book with far fewer Narnia references, I will persevere and read the third book now. I really enjoy the detail when he writes about the magic and spell casting.
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