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The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2 | [Michael Scott]

The Magician: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 2

After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights. Home of Nicholas Flamel. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and art collector, is after them, and time is running. For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.
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After fleeing Ojai, Nicholas, Sophie, Josh, and Scatty emerge in Paris, the City of Lights - and home of Nicholas Flamel. Only this homecoming is anything but sweet. Perenell is still locked up back in Alcatraz, and Paris is teeming with enemies. Niccolò Machiavelli, immortal author and celebrated art collector, is working for Dee. He's after them, and time is running out for Nicholas and Perenell.

For every day spent without the Book of Abraham the Mage, they age one year, their magic becoming weaker and their bodies more frail. For Flamel, the Prophecy is becoming more and more clear.

It's time for Sophie to learn the second elemental magic: Fire Magic. And there's only one man who can teach it to her: Flamel's old student, the Comte de Saint-Germain - alchemist, magician, and rock star. Josh and Sophie Newman are the world's only hope.

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©2008 Michael Scott; (P)2008 Listening Library

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    Robert albuquerque, NM, United States 03-28-10
    Robert albuquerque, NM, United States 03-28-10 Member Since 2005
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    "recommended though narrator was switched"

    If Someone is looking into getting this book, I would go say for it as is the whole series. I am a very picky fantasy reader. I like coherent metaphysics and people you can genuinely care about or dislike. My one HUGE issue in the 2nd book is the narrator change. To be fair, I did not look to see if this was in response to any bad reactions to the first one, but I would be shocked it that was the case. Also, to be fair it can be said that the replacement is not bad. He is not even close to the other voice actor but I could listen to him. I voice my opinion because I listen to books on audio all the time and I thought book one's reader was truly gifted and he acted out all of the main parts with proper accents, adroitly. So I felt I had to posit my frustration at his loss when the series is so clearly a hit and can afford a quality voice actor. A really dumb mistake made in audio publishing all the time. I have dropped series altogether because 3 books into a series they bring on a horrible narrator. I simply find it appalling that they do not work harder to prevent such things from happening. At least in this book, you can deal with both narrators, or at least I could. So I would say if you liked book one, jump on in the water is fine. I just had to mention the switch of readers because I know that Audible knows the difference. They have made some amazing book on audio. I read "Tales of the Otori" and it was stellar and even more so on audio via audible. And my taste must be somewhat on as I am sure that "Tales of the Otori" series won several awards. Many actors truly do act out each voice and do it well. A good example is the first book in this series with Denis O'Hare. In short this is a good book well done in and it is good for older children meaning 14 and up 12 if your child is precocious There are great cultura references to real places in people that are great at stimulating interest in history.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Boronia, Australia 01-01-11
    Anne Boronia, Australia 01-01-11 Member Since 2009
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    "disappointed that I can't bear the NEXT narrator"

    This series took a little getting into, and a few suspensions of disbelief - one of the most pivotal being the teenagers mistrust of their guide and guardian, Flamel - but if the more obvious literary devices are forgiven, the characterisation and action are fun - especially those centred on "the bad guys", who are given somewhat more than the typical 1.5 dimensions usually accorded those on their side. But all of the books' listenability and likeability hinge on the remarkable skill with which the first two narrators delivered the work. Both deftly delivered nuance and sincerity within rapid shifts of pleasantly believable accents - so WHY on earth were they dumped for the inconceivably AWFUL third narrator? He cannot manage a single complete sentence in a consistent accent, let alone a convincing one. I am deeply disappointed to have to leave my new found immortal, elder and humani friends hanging at the end of the second book, because from there on their adventures are intolerable to listen to. I would love to hear the rest of the series re-recorded if at all possible. Until then, I will have to - shock, horror - go and buy the remaining books and read them to myself. Very disappointed Audible, I would have expected better.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-30-12
    G. House Sr. Sherborn, MA, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

    I am an avid listener. I listen between 75-100 hours per month on my iPhone: 60% fiction to 40% non-fiction.

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    "A Twist a Turn and a Web -- Must Read"

    If you love and hate suspense and bristle when foreshadowing goes against your desires, you’ll love this second installment of the series. I love the monsters and creatures and of course who can like Machiavelli? The novels so far have used trust as a central method for creating tension and conflict. I hope that that transmutes to something else in the future. The book was even better than the first because you feel like the good guys are at least trying to fight back instead of running around in shouts of exclamations. The number of characters in this book you like and hate grows in proportion to each other. My recommendation, start reading book three immediately – I have.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 09-01-11
    Craig Bellbrook, OH, United States 09-01-11 Member Since 2007
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    "Least favorite of the 5 but still enjoyable."

    This series may or may not be intended for teenagers or the youth. It is a nice fun series. I am a seriously avid reader, and finish a novel per week. I picked up the first book in the series for my daughter. I ran out of books and picked it up. I have read all of them now. They are fun.
    The series has characters that are well wrritten and believable. The goals and problems are very truthful. Michael Scott has to have or had a few teenagers because he has them down pretty well in the books.
    Now don't think you are about to read a literary masterpiece but the stories have heart, soul, well planned themes and flow, and realistic well described characters. I love a good book and these are just that. GOOD BOOKS

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
    Richard phoenix, AZ, United States 02-26-11
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    "great book"

    great book, very good narration, never gets boring, very creative author, its a teen book but i am in my 30's and i enjoyed it just fine.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Mocksville, NC, USA 06-29-09
    Richard Mocksville, NC, USA 06-29-09 Member Since 2007
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    "I wish this was real!"

    This is a worthy sequel to book 1 of The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. Good character developement and the wild pace continues. Wonderful setting in Paris, past and present. Too bad Denis O'Hare didn't continue the narration.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Orthodork USA 03-20-13
    Orthodork USA 03-20-13 Member Since 2012
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    "The Nicholas Flamel series continues"
    What made the experience of listening to The Magician the most enjoyable?

    The way the narrator, Eric Singer, used different accents and timbres in his voice.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    St. Germaine


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The voice of Mars Alto. He didn't terrify me or make me think of scary, all-powerful Elders.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sue West Leederville, Australia 03-17-13
    Sue West Leederville, Australia 03-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Holding us spellbound"

    There is quite a bit of repetition in these tales - so I can tune in and out as my son listens to it. I wouldn't have the patience to listen to the whole thing, but it is keeping him hooked.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Patricia M. Mansson USA 01-02-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Love the series! Good listen."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, great series.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of them, I can't wait to get back to it.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book just brings you in and time flys by. I listen on the treadmill and I almost forget what I am doing!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Merrill YIGO, GUAM, United States 11-01-12
    Merrill YIGO, GUAM, United States 11-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    "a great read"
    What did you love best about The Magician?

    The way the author use people from legends like Gilgamesh and Odin.


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

    When Josh was awakened by Mars Altor.


    Which character – as performed by Erik Singer – was your favorite?

    My favorite character was Dr. John Dee.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I didn't have a strong reaction having read others in the series like The Necromancer.


    Any additional comments?

    I am Max, Merrill's younger brother.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Keith
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    10/3/08
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    "Even better than The Alchemyst"

    The story of Nicholas Flammel and the twins continues in this fast paced follow up. This time introducing even more scary and wonderful characters. Set in the back drop of the great city of Paris. I decided to give these books a go based on the recommendations of my children. They are clearly aimed at older children, but they are so good, that much like the brilliant Potter stories I'm sure they will appeal to adults just as much. The other thing that can make or break an audio book is the narration. In this case although the narrator is American he is perfectly suited to the story and does a great job. Highly recomended listening!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    12/25/12
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    "Magical Tale"

    The second book in the series. It's full of magical twists and turns that will keep you entertained from beginning to the end. It's suitable for teens and adults and is packed with science an magic that make sense and follows the story of the twins magical development. Well worth a listen I highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ann
    tralee Ireland
    3/16/09
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    "Truly Magical"

    Truly one of the best books I have listened to or read in a long time, i just couldn't get enough of it, a livley book that has plenty of twists in yet keeps you guessing right to the end. I can't wait until the next book in the series is released.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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