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Why You Should Download This Audiobook: The most famous young wizard of all time (who shall not be conjured here) has quite a few precursors: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wizard of Earthsea is one, and Nita, in this delightful book, is another. If you appreciate fun fantasy filled with adventure and wonderment, we won't harry you. We simply and emphatically recommend you don Ms. Duane's brilliant gem.

Publisher's Summary

Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs. What begins as a simple quest quickly becomes a struggle to keep a powerful and ominous force from passing back into Nita's world.

Ranked with the best of Madeleine L'Engle and Diana Wynne Jones, Diane Duane's magical tale of wizardry and wisdom has become a modern fantasy classic. Christina Moore's delightful narration captures all the excitement and danger in this thrilling fantasy adventure.

You can listen to Diane Duane's entire Young Wizard series.
©1983 Diane Duane; (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC

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I laughed. I cried.

I really enjoyed this book. It was a bit short, but the characters were decently developed and the action was good. The prose was excellent.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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a must read

What made the experience of listening to So You Want to Be a Wizard the most enjoyable?

I have read this book in paperback, and enjoyed listening to it to prepare myself to listen to the new book Diane has out in the series.

What other book might you compare So You Want to Be a Wizard to and why?

This book is commonly compared to Harry Potter in some aspects; however, the only common thing is magic. How Dianne explains how the magic works is worth the read.

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Excellent narration of one of my all-time faves

I've always loved this story. I read it first when I was a teenager and it stuck with me. I have long loved Nita and her bravery, her lessons about how to face some of the same struggles I did when I was her age. I loved Kit and the Lotus and Fred and all of their adventures. I was a little nervous about the audio book because the author's voice was so strong and so unique that I was worried the narrator wouldn't do it justice. I had nothing about which to worry! Christina Moore did an amazing job bringing the characters to life, not ignoring Kit's accent and adding a slight one to Nita that really broadened my conception of the character. The pacing was spot on and I enjoyed the phrasing the narrator chose that made me reexamine certain parts of the book. Very, very well done!

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  • Jennifer
  • Collingwood Corner, NS, Canada
  • 02-17-14

A welcome blast from my past

I remember reading this book back when I was in Junior High, a long time before Harry Potter was a glealm in Rowling's eye. I remembered that I absolutely loved it, and its sequel (that was all my local library had). But all I remembered was the basic premise.

I bought this title only for the purposes of nostalgia. I was not prepared for how much it appealed as an adult. This is an intelligent book that treats the reader - presumably a child - as if they were also intelligent, and that is a really rare and precious thing. It deals with some pretty complex theories, and it works.

It is also a wonderful and engaging story that, to my immense surprise, really appeals to me as a 38 year old adult. The narration is extremely well done, and so while I would suggest this title for your child, I also would suggest it for you, yourself, dear reader of reviews. Whether you have a child or not.

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  • Bonniejane
  • east syracuse, NY, United States
  • 01-25-14

The most memorable book of my pre teen years!

If you could sum up So You Want to Be a Wizard in three words, what would they be?

Better than Potter

Who was your favorite character and why?

In this book I'd have to say Kit. He compliments Nita in so many ways. Both are outcast, both need friends and both bond over wizardry where they may have spent years in the same school system never knowing eachother more than passing glances.

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

I have listened to her narrate other books in this series. I love a good Brooklyn accent and she hits Carl on the head perfectly as I imagined as a child.

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

I hope they never ruin the sanctity of this book with a movie, unless Diane writes and she and her husband have strict control over how it's made.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Always love

I have loved this book ever since I first came across it (about 20 years ago). It touched the wistful child in me (Oh! I WANT TO BE A WIZARD). To hear it read, helps me paint in my mind the adventures all over again.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Crystal City, MO, USA
  • 02-06-04

Magical!!!

This is my dad's computer,my name is Zane.This book is great. I love it!!! My favorite character is Kit. You should buy this book!!!

13 of 20 people found this review helpful

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My kids loved it, and so did I...

This is a wonderfully written story that I enjoyed read as a child. It is fast moving and stretches the imagination both fantastically and surprisingly scientifically. The reader is also very gifted with accents which made it a treat to listen to.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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I expected more

Based upon the strength of the reviews, I expected much more from this book. I downloaded it for a trip with the kids (ages 12 & 8). Not only did I find it boring, but so did they. In fact, we didn't finish the last 30 minutes or so of the book simply because none of us were interested enough.

All of us enjoy Harry Potter, but this book doesn't even come close to the quality of HP.

8 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • Ginger
  • Black Creek, WI, USA
  • 09-08-05

Couldn't stop

This is the first in her series. The person reading a book can make or break a good book. With this reader and the book everything kept me hooked. I didn't want to put it down.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful