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Dumpstermancer Series, Book 1
Narrated by: David S. Dear
Series: Dumpstermancer, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Magic has been franchised. Magical conveniences are sold everywhere like designer coffee. Everyday life is filled with technical and magical wonders. Only, the magic is murdering people.  

Thoth Corp's hot new spell is turning people into ravening monsters. Their only hope to quietly rectify the situation before the epidemic spreads is the spell architect they framed and sent to prison.   

El's response to his former partners wasn't polite.  

Homeless, forbidden to use government-regulated magic, and barely surviving out of dumpsters, Eli struggles to rebuild his life. Fairytale rats thought long extinct with the rest of the fey rescue Eli from murderous vigilantes, but at a cost. They force him to save fairy matrons stolen away by Thoth's monsters, thrusting Eli between his old company and a shadow war waged against humanity.  

To stop the war, cure Thoth's victims, and rescue the city, Eli need only find some way to make magic out of trash.

©2018 Michael J. Allen (P)2018 Michael J. Allen

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Started a bit rough but hit an awesome stride

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was a little worried when I started this one, the Narrator took a couple of chapters to really hit his stride with the characters. Once he did and the story got going this was great.

It's a pretty standard wronged underdog VS major power doing a bad thing plot, but I particularly enjoyed this telling of it. The main character loses his place in society and gets dragged around, by his sense of duty, saving the world. The author does a great job with some background world-building, there's a whole hidden world under the surface of this one, which leaves a lot of space for the continued story. The only real issue I had with the book was the cliff-hanger, it comes across as cutting off mid-sentence. It's not a world ending thing but left me more annoyed than curious about the next book.

Overall, it's a fun, gritty, R-rated (for violence), story that will keep you wondering what will come next. I'm looking forward to the next book and will probably pick it up once it comes to audible.

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Interesting Urban Fantasy

I received this book for free. I am voluntarily leaving this review and all opinions expressed herein are mine.

Here, Eli used to be huge in the magic world as a spell architect but his sorld and bank account collapsed when he was wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Freshly released, he cannot practice magic or he will be returned to prison and he must register with his address, so he chooses not to live anywhere. He survives by dumpster diving and homeless shelters. Eli is bitter about everything [and who can blame him, he got a raw deal]. He is approached for help from his former apprentice to architect a some magic which will counteract a magic spell which is supposed to beautify someone but instead turns them into magical creatures. Eli refuses but eventually does acquiesce.

My favorite character in this book was not Eli - he was angry [understandable], surly [I get it] and just unempathetic. But, I absolutely loved Sunny, the woman who runs the homeless shelter. She exudes sunshine in contrast to Eli and is very charming. I enjoyed the world building and the positive uses for magic [helping burn victims, etc.]. At times, the story was a bit slow moving and I did not care the cliffhanger ending but overall, I liked it and would be interested in seeing how it continues.

The narrator did a very good job and kept the story engaging.

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  • TU
  • 04-15-19

A great start

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was an intersting urban fantasy story. I loved how the author's magic system works and how magic was woven into a modern world we are familiar with. The narration was a little rocky at first but he quickly finds his groove and does a great job the rest of the book. The world-building and character development is very well done. All in all, this is a new series I would definitely want to continue.

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misleading synopsis

i received this book free of charge for an honest review. main character gets out of a prison term and sees magic as a drug he has broken free from but accepts that it's still there. he is drug into a situation that requires him to use it and save the day essentially. it's a decent book and a little out of the ordinary but worth a try

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It's an interesting start to a series.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is an interesting story about a man who feels betrayed by society because of his skin color and abandoned by God when all he tries to do is help.
I'd love to see this story develop more and where it goes.

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Audible Gold

First let me say that this book was given to me for an honest review, but I always leave honest reviews so this doesn't change how I review the book.

This was an amazing read. The author connects us with the characters and the performance by the narrator was perfect.

I look forward to seeing more books by this author.

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Magic has been marketed and made expensive

A mans life is ruined when he is framed and locked in a magical prison. He served his time and now he’s out, a free man...except he has nothing and just continue to answer to the powers that be, but that’s not in his plans. Instead he drops off the grid to be a homeless man who does no magic. Magic is now pre manufactured spell boards and spells with the components made almost 300 times more expensive then they were. One of the greatest spells he designed to help burn victims has been altered to provide beauty to those who can afford it...only Something has gone wrong and people are being transformed into hideous magical creatures....he is being enlisted by creatures of the Fae, long thought extinct, to help them survive this league of beasts...can he do it? Can he become the magus he was always destined to be? Or will he just be the bum behind the dumpster? Listen and find out. Learn for yourself what my father always knew. One mans trash is another mans treasure, I mean spell component. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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when Magic goes dark

It's A Beautiful World where Magic is the factor of life but everything changes when Magic starts to kill it's a very very good story I liked it a lot it was enjoyable and the world was very very interesting the story had a very good complicity that I liked a lot and overall it's a great listen

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Magically Good

The way the story combines magic and the modern world is amazing. Magic has become the latest iPhone, just a tool being mass produced and for the mindless masses. The main character is scored towards those whom betrayed him and angry with the world. He just want to be left alone and not relying or owing anything to anyone. But his past can't escape him and he is the only one whom can save innocent people caught in the crossfire. I was thoroughly entertained and binged listen.

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Very well done

I was very pleasantly surprised by this book, The world and characters were very well done and took on a life of their own as the story progressed. David Dear did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life and keeping you engaged with the story. Very much looking forward to the next book even though I'm not a fan of cliffhangers. I was given a free copy of this audio in return for an unbiased review.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 04-22-19

Corporate controlled magic

The setting for this book is an interesting one, most magic has gone corporate, widely used in products and with access to it regulated in a similar manner to the electricity supply.

It is into this world that Eli returns, having been framed for a death by his former partners in the magical business because he was more interested in the magic itself than the potential to profit from it, while he tries to keep himself isolated he ends up being dragged into problems with his old company after he is saved by some non-human magical creatures.

The performance of the narrator served to nicely enhance the overall story, tones for the various characters were suitably distinctive and he managed to portray the honourable but world-weary nature of the main character well too.

Overall, an enjoyable first book in the series, I would be interested to see the direction that the author takes things in subsequent books and how he fleshes out the magical systems of this world.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Taylor
  • 03-31-19

Good urban fantasy

I read the synopsis and was intrigued by the urban fantasy setting and how big companies are promoting and selling magic to the ‘muggles’.

On listening to this audiobook I had a bit of a Dresden Files vibe (the only other urban fantasy I've read), which isn’t a bad thing as I really enjoyed that series. The main protagonist is a bit cantankerous but has a high sense of honour which gets him in some dangerous situations where he has to repay perceived debts with various magic creatures and avoid death. The magic systems were interesting and hopefully fleshed out more in future books.

It was a little bit of a slow start but once the ride got going it was fun. This book was well written and will probably give the next one a try. The narrator was very good. He used distinct voices to the numerous characters and didn’t distract from the story.

Be warned though the series name implies there is no dumpster divination or manipulator. It is more used in the way a concierge might be called a hotelmancer (said no one ever). Though, it is probably quite hard to come up with catchy names that haven’t already been taken.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]