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The Magician's Guild Audiobook
The Magician's Guild
Written by: 
Trudi Canavan
Narrated by: 
Richard Aspel
The Magician's Guild Audiobook

The Magician's Guild: The Black Magician Trilogy: Book One

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Publisher's Summary

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

©2004 Trudi Canavan; (P)2004 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd.

What the Critics Say

"The first part of the Black Magician Trilogy, this captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy'." (Marie Claire)

What Members Say

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    Carrie E Sullivan 01-03-15
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    "The story and character's pull you in!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician's Guild to be better than the print version?

    No. I am a highly imaginative person. So whenever I read a book, I am sucked into it's pages and transported into the vibrant world behind the pen and ink! An audio book is somewhat limiting in the respect that you are at the mercy of the spell woven by someone else. In this case, I do not generally care for the person that vocally spins the tale of the Magician's Guild. However, it does not put one of so much as to make you stop listening all together. Because I love the story and the characters that much, I am still able to enjoy the audio version. Especially when I do not have time to sit and read it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The most intoxicating thing about this book is the characters and the character development. The first book may start out just a bit slow, but the next thing you know, you're compelled to know more about each and every character, most especially the High Lord. I think this character most draws me in and wraps me in a cloak of intrigue and anticipation!


    Have you listened to any of Richard Aspel’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I'd listened to Richard Aspel. He does try to bring you in and make each voice unique. But I find his voice to be whiney and nasally, and not at all how I envisioned any of the character's voices.


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

    Oh, I have been wishing and hoping for a film from this trilogy so badly!! I'm not even sure how to begin to come up with a tag line. There's just so much to say and a tag line just seems to not be able to pull you in to everything you'll be amazed by! Maybe something like, "One lone vagrant, stirred by the Purge, sets in motion the path to a great battle and the potential downfall of the mighty Guild."


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, it's amazing!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yette Spokane, WA USA 08-05-14
    Yette Spokane, WA USA 08-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Proceed with Caution"
    What did you like best about The Magician's Guild? What did you like least?

    It's fantasy.
    The slow pace - it takes a long time for the main character to move on from her initial setting.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Trudi Canavan again?

    Possibly, but would definitely read reviews (here & Amazon) to determine if it's worth another try.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Richard Aspel?

    Sure.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    As before, the plot moves very slowly & it seems chapters are repetitive action. I have felt more engaged with the "slum/ underground" settings in other series (i.e. Fiest). I listened through, hoping the rest of the series would have more action & expand the world the story is set in.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Aven 08-01-14
    Aven 08-01-14 Member Since 2014

    cmnuts

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    "Completely sucked in..."
    Where does The Magician's Guild rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the top 5.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This book completely sucked me in, I listened to it while walking, late at night, in the car...loved it!


    What about Richard Aspel’s performance did you like?

    His voices were wonderful.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Snohomish, WA, United States 06-03-13
    Jesse Snohomish, WA, United States 06-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Thought

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    "Okay story; very hard to relate to the characters"
    Any additional comments?

    The plot was decent but slow at many points, and the characters were shallow and hard to relate to. They felt more puppets, jerking without consistency to the pre-determined plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Linda 05-17-13
    Linda 05-17-13
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    "Began slowly"

    I had to force myself through the first half of this book, but honestly the second half caught my attention and made me willing to try the second one. I have read / listened to other series that are similar and became some of my favorite stories.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sean United States 04-22-13
    Sean United States 04-22-13
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    "Excellent!!!"
    What did you love best about The Magician's Guild?

    This book started out kind of slow but when it picked up, it took me on a whirl wind and hooked me. As soon as I realized the book was nearly over, I had immediately purchased the next two so I could continue the series without delay.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sonea, because she was the proverbial underdog. She went from rags to riches and learned that she has an important role to play to protect the ones she cared for.


    What does Richard Aspel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    An accent that brought the feeling of old-time and even other-landly feel.


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

    This I would be unable to answer without enough time to think. It would have to be something thorough and befitting such an experience.


    Any additional comments?

    This was beautifully written and narrated. I have already recommended this book to a close friend of mine. He doesn't read science fiction but is interested from my suggestion since I mainly stick to science and educational material.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra HAMILTON, MT, United States 04-08-13
    Cassandra HAMILTON, MT, United States 04-08-13 Member Since 2014

    I'm a photographer who spends way too many hours in front of my computer. Audiobook save me from throwing the computer out the window.

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    "Could have been better..."

    The ideas behind the story are good, however the writing just fell short. There is essentially very little plot development that happens in the book. I feel like many authors could have fit this entire novel into 4 chapters and then continued onto a more robust story. There is so much, relatively tedious and repetitive dialogue that many things are left out as well. Character descriptions are limited. I found myself unable to picture many important characters clearly by the end of the novel. For how little happened in the plot of the story I would have expected much more fleshed out descriptions. Overall I enjoyed to story but found the pace frustrating. I am a relatively patient reader/listener I often ignore reviews that complain about pace because I don't mind an author taking their time in order to set the stage but I definitely found this book frustrating. I will probably still listen to the other books in the series because I am curious about the characters and hope that the pace might pick up some in the following books. But I wont be going into them expecting anything extraordinary.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 04-03-13
    Susan Sunland, CA, United States 04-03-13
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    "Enjoyable Story."

    I was entertained by the story and did finally get emotionally caught up in Sonea's welfare. But it took a long time before the story really exposed any emotion from Sonea for me to connect with. And many parts of the story seemed to go on forever, instead of moving to the event that the story was leading up to.
    The narrator did an excellent job. I could easily differentiate between characters, and enjoyed the smooth, entertaining narration. I probably will eventually invest in the sequel.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Gwen 03-30-13
    Gwen 03-30-13
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    "It's like reading anime, characters and all."

    It put's me in an anime world. It's very dark. Distinct character groups. Good story line.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 03-22-13
    Mirna Woodburn, OR, United States 03-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Ok I guess, sorry"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not sure, started a little slow and the only reason that I finish this book is bc of the narrator.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Trudi Canavan? Why or why not?

    Probably not, maybe is for young people.


    Do you think The Magician's Guild needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    I guess, for the ppl that like the book. The book have some unfinished business and I believe those need closure.


    Any additional comments?

    Slow start, there was a few good parts in the middle, but the last 2 1/2 hours were really good. The end was disappointing. What Fergun did was bad, I was expecting a big reaction from the guild. but nothing came out of it???Easy to guess that is on the second book, but it felt unfinished.Sorry, I feel bad to give a not so good review:(

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Pringle9984
    Cardiff, UK
    4/13/13
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    "Excellent Fantasy Novel"

    The first of Trudi Canavan's books that I read, I have since purchased and read all of The Magician's Guild books (including the spin offs) as well as some of her other series. This novel in particular gives you a good two sided view of Imardin from the slum dwellers and thieves as well as from those within the Magician's Guild. Through Sonea we learn that neither side is perfect and begin to get involved in the politics of the city (or at least of the guild).



    This works well as a self contained story with an 'antagonist' who is dealt with by the end of the book, but also has plenty of hooks and direct ties into the continuation in rest of the Black Magician books.



    Overall one of my favourite fantasy novels, my only problem was that I read the book version first and they pronounce some of the names differently to how I imagined them - but I guess that's my own fault.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lilian Crossley
    4/13/13
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    "The Magician's Guild: book 1"

    I listen to audiobooks whilst quilting, so like to have a book that draws me into a different world. This is not the kind of story I would usually read in book form, but I enjoyed the atmosphere created by the narrator. The characters and their experiences held my interest and I look forward to listening to the rest of the Trilogy to find out how it all ends. Will definitely look for more Trudi Canavan books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Carlin
    paarl, South Africa
    4/7/13
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    "entertaining!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book. The narrator has a nice voice and he is easy to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    UK
    12/23/12
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    "Predicable and dull"

    I don't understand the good reviews given to this series of books. I wanted to like them and managed to force my way through the trilogy in the hope of finally seeing them in a positive light.



    It never happened. I found them terribly formulaic and uninteresting. I couldn't care less about any of the characters and found the magic and world boring and insipid. The ending in the third book just left me irritated and slightly angry.



    So my advice is to try this first book and hopefully you will agree with the majority and have a great new trilogy to enjoy listening to. If, like me, you hate this from the start then just give up and try something else because it doesn't get any better in the next couple of books!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Dave
    Merthyr Tydfil, United Kingdom
    12/23/12
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    "A Magical and Exciting Sorry"

    The book is written develop the characters a gripping story where you get drawn into the world of the magicians and how the class structures effects the lives of everyone.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Nicola
    aberdare, rct, United Kingdom
    2/4/10
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    "The Magician's Guild"

    This is an amazing book. Full of all the magic you could want, adventure and action. Absolutely loved listening to this book. would highly recommend. Voice is pleasant to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Iain McCorkindale
    Mid-Devon, UK
    2/3/10
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    "Difficult to listen to"

    AGAINST: Nasal, high-pitched voice, occasional mispronounced words, making this very difficult for me to listen to - I only managed to listen to about a quarter of the book.

    FOR: Excellent book (I've read it on paper). To give the narrator credit, he has plenty of varied intonation, and if you can live with the nasal quality, I'm sure this will make an excellent listen for you.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Frances
    Fareham, Hampshire, United Kingdom
    5/18/10
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    "Good adaptation"

    I had read the book previously and had the same problem as before. Both times i found the first half of the book hard to get into but again I found the second half absolutely fascinating. The series overall is brilliant and is one of my favourites, but it is slow to start.
    The narrator is good and worth listening to but it is difficult to tell when the narrative has shifted to another character's point of view sometimes.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • J.E.A.S
    8/4/09
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    "Boring"

    This was my first Audible audio book and I'm sorry to say that I was very dissapointed. The narration is ok, but his character acting wasn't particulary convincing, and his voice for the main character was just annoying. He made her sound like a whinging child. It was the story that let the book down, however. The author simply failed to create any atmosphere. While I accept that going overboard with descriptive narrative is unnecessary, there has to be some description of characters and surroundings. I just don't have a convincing mental picture of the world or characters the author is writing about. The plot is equally shallow. The plot just bumbles along until the books ends. Nothing interesting happens until the last 30 minutes of the book! I didn't care about any of the characters or the plot and found myself mentally drifting off. In a word - boring.

    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • suzie
    6/18/16
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    "An enjoyable read"

    The story took a while to get into. Some of it was hard to follow. Some parts of the story seemed to lead to a dead end. Why was he asked to buy jewellery and what was he doing in a brothel.

    I'm sorry I did not care for the narrator. He used an odd mix of Australian & cockney. His accent changed often. There were parts where a magician could have used magic to get out of trouble but did not.

    I did get into it eventually and wanted to know what would happen next. I would probably recommend it to an older teen or 20 year old.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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