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  • The Magicians

  • A Novel
  • By: Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
  • Length: 17 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 15,744
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 13,898
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 13,919

Quentin Coldwater is brilliant but miserable. A senior in high school, he's still secretly preoccupied with a series of fantasy novels he read as a child, set in a magical land called Fillory. Imagine his surprise when he finds himself unexpectedly admitted to a very secret, very exclusive college of magic in upstate New York, where he receives a thorough and rigorous education in the craft of modern sorcery.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Not an average book

  • By Kyle on 04-30-11

Wanted to like this book

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-12

The performance was really quite good, though I did find the tone to be sometimes a bit boring... but for what Bramhall was working with, he did a phenomenal job.

I wanted to like this book, so much. I like the IDEA behind the book, a disaffected teenager finds that magic doesn't solve all of his problems, and how that fits into the real world. I even like the excessive nods to Narnia. I wanted to know how it ended, which is why I gave it two stars, though it's probably more a 1.5.

But my god this book was boring. I kept waiting for something to happen and when something finally WOULD happen it would pass by quickly leaving several more pages of nothing to follow. Despite all this nothingness, most of the characters were undeveloped, unlikable, and unsympathetic.

Also, good god Grossman - enough with the similes. It's like he took the English language and threw it in the washing machine and it bled all over everything. I would have liked this book if he had skipped all the boring nothingness and focused on the interesting.

9 of 11 people found this review helpful

  • Like Water for Chocolate

  • By: Laura Esquivel
  • Narrated by: Yareli Arizmendi
  • Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
  • Abridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 73
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 52
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 52

The last of 3 daughters, Tita is saddled with a terrible responsibility that tradition carries down: in well-born Mexican families, the youngest daughter must remain unmarried and stay at home to care for her mother in old age. When she falls in love, Mama Elena refuses to bend the rules, and forces Tita to reject her suitor and assume to role of family cook. The result is a clash of wills that brings magic, love, sex, and fabulously good food to a previously unknown level of enjoyment.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sublime

  • By Amanvari on 03-17-15

Great story, sound quality not so much.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-01-11

I loved the story; magical without being too out there. I also really liked Yareli Arizmendi's voice - she gave the characters real lives and feelings. The problem with the book is that the sound quality is poor. It's distorted and the background music and sound effects sometimes makes the narrator hard to hear.

I'd recommend this book, but only if it's on sale. The quality just isn't quite there.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful