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So You Want to Be a Wizard Audiobook

So You Want to Be a Wizard: Young Wizard Series, Book 1

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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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    Ginger Black Creek, WI, USA 09-08-05
    Ginger Black Creek, WI, USA 09-08-05
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    "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
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    Nathaniel D. Hensley 04-14-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great!"

    One of my favorite stories, the narration is well done. If you haven't read this series; do!

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    Heather COLORADO 04-05-17
    Heather COLORADO 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    I was really enjoying this book and laughing out loud with it, thinking that my son would love it too even if the white hole concept may be a little difficult for him. Then, during what should have been the most exciting part of the book........it totally lost my interest. I came back for the end, but the spark was gone for me. Maybe it was just me, I'm willing to give it another shot later, and by no means will I call this a boring book, for some reason it just lost me.

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    Christopher 03-26-17
    Christopher 03-26-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing start to a story you will miss at the end!"

    If you haven't read this or the others that follow you're missing something special in the Magical World!

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    Jeffrey 03-07-17
    Jeffrey 03-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "A Little scary, a lot of science"

    For a book about magic there is an awful lot of real science in this book. That is not a bad thing at all.

    I read this book when I was a freshman in high school and didn't remember how creepy some parts of the book are. There is a little bit of a Cthulhu mythos vibe to the story which i loved. I am glad i bought this through audible and got to listen to it. Christina Moore is the perfect narrator for this book and makes everything come alive.

    Even though the the original publish date for this book in the early 80s the story holds up really well. I highly recommend this book.

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    Tabithia Holman 01-28-17
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    "One Word: AWESOME!!"

    This was my first adult audio book experience. I found it more addicting than reading the book. I suppose this is props for the orator. Nice job. The story itself is aweosme. It is like a mix of Harry Potter and Narnia. I never could get into the book by reading it so I thought I would try listening to it. It worked.

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    David Landau Palo Alto, CA 01-20-17
    David Landau Palo Alto, CA 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Epic and delightful! "

    A lovely 1980s epic bringing our world's natural magic to life. Hearty thumbs, tentacles and paws up!

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    Amazon Customer 01-04-17
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    "hole purpose of story is needing to find a pen"

    struggle to finish, entire story is spent trying to make you understand things most people don't care about

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    Morgan Franklin ALEXANDRIA, VA, US 10-03-16
    Morgan Franklin ALEXANDRIA, VA, US 10-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "can't believe I never heard of it before"

    I started this book without such great expectations but was happily proven wrong. thus is a great start to a series I look forward to completing.

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    Sydnee Wilson 05-09-16
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    "great experience"

    I read this book when I was a kid and spent some time a few years ago looking for it, but could never find the whole series. looking forward to listening to the whole thing, but for now this was a great performance of a great book.

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