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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)

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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

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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 Member Since 2014
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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.

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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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  • Brighton UK Customer
    Brighton UK
    8/16/09
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    "Good book - shame about the narrator"

    I believe this audiobook is let down by the narrator, Richard Aspel. His timing is poor, he uses inappropriate emphasis on sentences and his odd accents distract from the story rather than adding to it.

    The book itself is fun and interesting. Some points were repeated too often and I found myself thinking: "yes, I realised that was important the first 5 times it was mentioned". However, the pace of the book picks up in the final third and I am very interested to find out how the lead character, Sonea, develops in the next book.

    Thank you Trudi :)

    21 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Sparks
    elham, United Kingdom
    9/17/11
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    "Awful narrator"

    This is the first audio book that I have had to stop listening to because the narrator aggravated me so much,
    I will buy the books and read them instead

    23 of 24 people found this review helpful
  • Miss
    York, United Kingdom
    7/22/13
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    "Fantastic book - terrible narrator"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Fantastic story - all of the books by trudi canavan have captivated and held my attention through reading and re-reading!


    What didn’t you like about Richard Aspel’s performance?

    If you don't mind heavy breathing and continuous gulping you will like this audio book - when listening I find the heaving breathing and the additional mouth noises incredible irritating to a fantastic story


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    For the story yes but with a different narrator


    Any additional comments?

    With a female lead character a female narrator would be better and one who was not so annoying in the recording - a male narrator like Stephen fry would not produce so many irritating additional noises in the recording - I wish the audio book was one I could enjoy as many times as harry potter - the story should allow all the books to be - but the choice of narrator is very poor

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Corazie
    UK
    8/30/13
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    "Worst Narrator Ever"

    I love the Black Magician's Trilogy. I've read it (and all other Trudi Canavan books) countless times. So when I had a lot of walking-to-work coming up I thought that rather than read the series again, I'd listen to it, and so downloaded The Magician's Guild.

    What a mistake. Don't bother with this.

    The narrator has a voice like a petulant, spoilt brat and I couldn't stand her whining.

    That I even "listened" to a whole hour of this boils down to the fact that I left the room and watched the news to escape the awful sound.

    This was my first Audible purchase and it put me off so much that I deactivated my account as soon as I could get back online. I've only just come back now after a friend convinced me that not all books were so terrible as this one.

    But this audio book was a waste of time and money for me.

    16 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Steffiwinkle
    3/19/15
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    "Awesome story - bad narrating"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician's Guild to be better than the print version?

    I would definitely not, the books are very well written, and whilst some people think that the beginning of this first book is slow, I don't think that it is so slow that it puts anyone off. It sets the scene and has some very good character development. I have the paper version of these books, and downloaded the audio as I have started listening to stories to send me to sleep... though it is almost hard to sleep listening to these as the stories are sooo good!! Personally, I prefer reading as I can then give the characters my own voices and personality parts, I was not a fan of how they were portrayed in this audio book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    In the written version, Sonea. In the narrated by Richard Aspel version - I will say the whole story, despite how much i disliked the narrator. I found it very difficult to appreciate the weird voices that Richard put on, especially his version of Sonea which I found very annoying. She is supposed to be a proud, brave young girl and Richard voiced her as a pathetic weakling which i found awful!


    Any additional comments?

    As annoying as I found Richard Aspel, I have downloaded the second book in the series 'The Novice' and will also get the third. This series is one of my favourite sets of books and I refuse to let the narrator put me off! I hope there is a different narrator for the 'Age of The Five' books as by then it may have become too much, and I don't want to risk Richard Aspel ruining Auraya for me too!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Adam Buckley
    3/2/09
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    "Brilliant Story...."

    however the guy reading it pauses for around 4 seconds at the end of every sentence it makes it so hard to listen too! I've been making my way through the Terry Goodkind books and so far they have been brilliant and I fancied something new. Ive read the book and loved it, but this is unlistenable

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
  • Emily
    Lossiemouth, Moray, United Kingdom
    6/22/10
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    "Fantastic Fantasy"

    I love fantasy, and the level of detail Canavan puts into Sonea's world is brilliant.

    It is beautifully written, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it after having read it back at the start of high school!

    Anyone who likes Rowling, Tolkien, C.S. Lewis' Narnia and Gaiman will appreciate this series!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Miss JA Seagrave
    Milton Keynes, England
    3/8/15
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    "Great story, narrator takes some getting used to"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Magician's Guild to be better than the print version?

    No, print books are always best but audio is good for while doing other stuff.


    What three words best describe Richard Aspel’s performance?

    Takes some getting used to


    Any additional comments?

    Narrators voice is annoying , he uses corny accents for the characters and the accents he uses are inconsistent (particularly between books in the trilogy) meaning he takes a while to get used to.

    Book itself is excellent.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mr
    2/26/09
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    "Great Audio Book"

    I really enjoyed this audio book and I'm not really a fan of the Genre. It takes a little while to warm to the story but stick at it as very soon you'll be enthralled. The second book is possibly even better, and I?m really looking forward to when audible to have the 3rd unabridged book in the trilogy.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Cheryl
    Hornsea, United Kingdom
    4/16/11
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    "A book suitable for adults and children"

    This is a great fantasy/sc fi book, which is suitable for all ages. The narrator was brilliant....he helped me to visualize the individual characters. The story is about Sonea who has magic but doesn't realise it. When she accidently uses it, the Magicians Guild start to look for her, and suddenly she becomes the most wanted person in town. I highly recommend this especially to younger readers...it is a great start into this genre.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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