We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
A Darkening of Magic Audiobook

A Darkening of Magic: Chosen Saga, Book 0.5

Regular Price:$6.95
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Publisher's Summary

Have you ever wondered what made Crispin so wicked - why his heart is so black? What drives his hunger for total control, and his need to cause such horror and pain to others? Was he born this way, or did something horrific happen to him as a child? What goes on behind those dark, hauntingly beautiful, blue eyes?

Step into the mind of a killer. He is charming, cunning, and his velvet voice will enchant you. Is Crispin really as evil as he is portrayed, or is there more hidden beneath the skin? Now you can find out all about Crispin, and what makes him tick.

Warning: This audiobook is very addictive. It also has sexual content, bad language, violence, and the most malevolent man you will hate to love.

©2016 J. L. Clayton (P)2017 J.L.Clayton

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (18 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (1)
1 star
 (0)
Overall
4.3 (17 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (6)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (1)
Story
4.5 (17 )
5 star
 (9)
4 star
 (7)
3 star
 (1)
2 star
 (0)
1 star
 (0)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Amazon Customer N. Bartle 09-12-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    175
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    49
    42
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great start!!"

    This is the first book in the series that I have listen to. It will definitely not be the last. Crispin, I can tell just from the backstory that he will be evil and all because of his evil father. This is definitely a story where nature versus nurture is obvious. It makes you realize how dearly people need their mother's love and their fathers approval and growing up without one and never getting the other, definitely plays a huge role in the person your going to be. I can only imagine what this series has in store. Sarah Puckett, the narrator did a fabulous job. She kept me engaged and the emotion and nuances in her voice were spot on. I hope they keep her on for the remainder of the series. I would recommend to grab this short story and get started on what is sure to be a great series.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Heather North Indiana 09-24-17
    Heather North Indiana 09-24-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    64
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    175
    169
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Excellent"

    Short but packs a punch. Gives a great deal of insight into Crispin's character and sets up neatly for the next book in the series. Dark, intense, and highly entertaining. The narrator was amazing! Highly recommend giving this one a listen! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Sairaika 09-22-17
    Sairaika 09-22-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    32
    32
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A dark, evil and vicious read!"

    Xen is cunning and ruthless as seen in the prologue, which definitely caught my attention, making me curious as to what will happen in the upcoming chapters.

    An emotionally charged read - I feel so sorry for Rain. Xen is so cruel and vicious! Such a vile creature Xen is - utterly cruel!

    Overall, a deliciously dark and sexy read!

    Full of magic, betrayal, lies, darkness, demons and in the freedom from a tyrant.

    Perfect for readers of dark fantasy.

    An enjoyable listen made worthwhile by the narrator.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Donna Owens Savoy, Texas And 09-19-17
    Donna Owens Savoy, Texas And 09-19-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Loved it "

    I loved when I read this book but it was simply wonderful listening to it to me it brought the book to life
    Truly an amazing book by such a talented author

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tracy Gonzalez 09-18-17 Member Since 2016
    HELPFUL VOTES
    46
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    58
    57
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great story and narration!"

    I felt so bad for Crispin. He was used as a pawn by his father to be molded into his father's expectations. His mother was such a gentle soul. And she would've given anything to have her son. Great story that had me so emotional. First time heading this narrator and I really enjoyed her work !

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 09-18-17
    Trisha Arkansas, USA 09-18-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    50
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    81
    80
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Leading to nowhere"

    With this book being .5 of the series, I know it wasn't meant to tell a full story; however, the story that was given jumped around in time so much that not much was accomplished for me. We get to see 3 or 4 periods of the main character, Crispin's life. This gave what I'm sure is meant to be character development for the later books, but didn't resonate with me in the present.

    Also, with the 1 hour 44 minutes that the audiobook version is, I would estimate that half an hour was devoted to the author's recommendations for other books by other authors (having pages from the other books being read). Personally, I would rather have had more of the story and its development made rather than hearing books that wasn't what was purchased.

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Claire America 09-17-17
    Claire America 09-17-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    83
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    743
    289
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A taste of what's to come"

    This book was a very effective way to get me to want to know what happens next.

    It was very interesting to see how someone can be influenced as they grow from child to adult. There was just enough information to be informative without overloading me on information that wasn't needed.

    Well planned, beautifully written.

    The narration was excellent, particularly the character voices, but the overall delivery was also very appropriate for the story.

    I received this book free from the narrator/publisher/author in exchange for an honest review.

    If you found this review helpful would you please take a moment to click yes below, thanks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Bikram Agarwal 09-10-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    65
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    249
    246
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    6
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Prequel of a future book"

    I received this book for free from the author / narrator / publisher, in exchange for an unbiased review.

    From the synopsis, it sounded like the character is already well established in previous book and this book is a prequel of that series, giving us the origin story. But nope. Turns out this is the first book of the series. (well, technically "Book 0.5"). So, the series is starting with a prequel??

    Anyway, as you would expect, it gives us the origin story of the character that is going to play the main role in the books yet to come. The character is written in an interesting way and looks like it is going to get a lot darker and intriguing. But this book felt quite short and the story sounded unfinished, I guess the author is using this book as a starter pack for the main books of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Emily Cargile 09-10-17
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Bold and action packed! "
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! I loved the story. It was action packed and exciting, but it was short enough to listen to in just a couple of hours!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Crispin was the main character. I found his character evolution fascinating. He starts out as a small child who is learning to use his magic. He is totally controlled by his father, and he spends many years thinking that his mother tried to kill him. He is steeped in evil for so long, but it seems that he might choose differently in the end.


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

    No, I have not listened to any others.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I was definitely moved when Crispin's mother saw him when he was 5 years old. As a mother, I found that whole situation just totally heart-wrenching. It would (as his father did say about Crispin's mother) turn me into a shell of a person to be away from my child for so long. Then when she was killed, that was just despicable. Another moment that moved me was when Crispin actually did kill his father. He was so totally evil, it seemed just to me. However, I have a feeling it only served to set Crispin down a dark path.


    Any additional comments?

    I did feel like the narration was a little slow, but I just found out that there is a way to speed it up. I also really enjoyed the excerpts that were included at the end. What a great idea!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ShanCol19 09-09-17
    ShanCol19 09-09-17
    HELPFUL VOTES
    21
    RATINGS
    REVIEWS
    56
    56
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Interesting Prequel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of A Darkening of Magic to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed the narrator, so I'd say go for the audio over the print. She has a good voice that fits nicely with the feel of the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Darkening of Magic?

    The sex scene is memorable because I just felt skeevy about it! It's not something to be enjoyed.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Crispin having a bit of clarity about his father.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Crispin with his mother. I feel so bad for Crispin's mom!


    Any additional comments?

    This is a great prequel! Loved the writing, and this story definitely makes me want to see where this story is going to go. This book is rather sad, and I like getting to see why someone has turned towards the dark side. It's good when bad guys have depth. Crispin's father is an evil man, who is power hungry, and wants to make Crispin into a magically powerful person. Although, Crispin has had a terrible upbringing, I still think he has the intelligence and knowledge to be a better person than he is, so I was hoping to see a bit more humility from him, but I get that he wouldn't be a villain if that were the case. I don't know why I was thinking this was a YA story, but let me tell you it's not, there's sex, murder, and some dark images. I enjoyed the macabre sort of feeling to the story, so I'd definitely like to read more in this series and from JL Clayton! I listened to the audio version of this story, and the narrator did an excellent job! She has a clear, smooth voice, and I enjoyed her reading, so I'd recommend the audio version of this book if you have the option.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.