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Fight and Flight Audiobook

Fight and Flight: Magic 2.0, Book 4

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Martin and his friends discovered that their world is computer generated and that by altering the code, they could alter reality. They traveled back in time to Medieval England to live as wizards. Almost everything they've done since then has, in one way or another, blown up in their faces.

So of course they decide to make dragons. It does not go well.

As the wizards struggle to control their creations and protect innocent citizens, they try new things (most of which they don't enjoy), meet new people (most of who are angry at them), and fight epic battles (most of which they lose).

But their biggest challenge may be a young girl who knows that the wizards created the dragons and is determined to make them pay. On her side she has powerful allies, a magical artifact, and a faithful if not particularly helpful dog.

Fight and Flight is a rollicking tale of bravery, wonder, love, revenge, greed, discovery, deception, and animal husbandry.

©2017 Scott Meyer (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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    Virgil 05-11-17
    Virgil 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Major stumble in a great series"

    I love this series and have been looking forward to reading this book, but what a let down. No risk to anyone in the book, no real foreshadowing of danger, and no conflict other than some petty arguments. But what about the dragons? Oh, they can't actually do any damage. What about the incredibly dangerous solution to the dragons? Ya, we made everyone safe from being harmed by it and the risk never comes into play anyway. the book ends up wrapping things into a quasi morality lesson. The cliff hanger at the very end and the previous 3 books will bring me back after this miss.
    I listened a second time just to make sure I wasn't to critical. There is some foreshadowing of the cliffhanger at the end, but it's very minimal. if you really strain you can read into some of the subtext which seems like a plan for the next book to explore the dichotomy of reality being true no matter how much you disagree with it and wizards who seem to have the power to alter reality, dealing with unintended consequences, and the fact the wizards aren't always conscious of how their time traveling ability can be used. Meyer has a great short story with the first few chapters, a couple of pages in the middle, and the ending. The rest just feels like filler, and was repeatedly frustrating to see how the wizards were trying to solve their problems. This book feels as if Meyer has a great plan for book 5 and he wanted Fight and Flight to set it up, thought, "hey, dragons are cool" but didn't put enough focus in book 4.

    94 of 103 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Castle Rock 05-25-17
    Chris Castle Rock 05-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Magic filler 2.0"

    SKIP this book. It's 10hrs of wasted rambling. I wish I wouldn't have preordered it and read the reviews. The first three books were good and this was terrible. No real danger. No real story advancement. Did the author just want more $$? the last 2 minutes of the book had the only real intrigue and it was mediocre at best. Do your self a favor and wait for the next book. You won't be missing anything. Actually here I'll save you time(spoiler): the whole book is about killing dragons that can't hurt anyone or do anything interesting. The end.

    65 of 80 people found this review helpful
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    Tim 05-21-17
    Tim 05-21-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Disappointing entry in wonderful series"

    I truly enjoy this series and have looked forward for each book as they were released. As usual, the narration by Luke Daniels was very well done and is what saves this audiobook from being a trudge to get through. While this story carries much of what we know and love about the series, particularly the cast of characters, what were minor errors or oversights in previous books become glaring plot holes and frustrations to the listener in this. The entire book feels like it could have been one to two chapters in another entry and reminds you of those episodes of tv shows that don't particularly advance the plot but are needed to pad the number of episodes for the season. Overall, I was disappointed but obviously still purchased and enjoyed parts of the audiobook - for fans of the series, I'd recommend it as you at least get to spend a little time with the characters we love, but know that it can be plodding at times.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Kevin 05-12-17
    Kevin 05-12-17
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    "Should have been a short story."

    Let me start by saying this is one of the best series I have ever listened to! While this is a fun story, this would probably have been better as a short story or sub-plot. Its just not at the same level as the previous books and feels like more of a setup for the next book than a stand-alone story.

    44 of 55 people found this review helpful
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    Cullen 05-13-17
    Cullen 05-13-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Not nearly as good as the prior 3 books"

    This entire book feels like they've stretched out the conflict from one of the chapters of the other books to fill 8 hours. The dragons are lame and boring and way too much time is spent on town folk. Way too much of the book is characters I don't care about and not enough about characters I like from the original books like Jimmy "Merlin" and agents Murphy and Miller. If this were the first book I would never have read any of the others, and now I will be gone shy if a fifth book is released.

    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    John G Forester 05-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "meh"

    I feel like this should of been a short story. the content is stretched making the story a little 2d. hopefully the next book will expand on the magic universe. I would like to see the faults of the female character's flushed out a little more, I think scott makes them a little to all knowing and infalable.

    36 of 46 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan JA 05-12-17
    Ryan JA 05-12-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Seems like 'filler' for the next book & a let down"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Sadly, no. I've had friends recommend other books that sound much more entertaining, but this book sadly let me down. Can't win them all, I suppose.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I'll likely listen to 'For We Are Many' (Bobiverse volume 2) again. That is a much deeper book, and far more entertaining.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The narration of the book, as with the rest of the series, is superb. Just wait until you get to the Scots. It will deliver the best (and sadly, the only) genuine smile and laughs in this book.


    Was Fight and Flight worth the listening time?

    Unfortunately not.


    Any additional comments?

    This book was seriously disappointing. There was ZERO character development, no witty twists or clever plot lines, no danger or antagonist, and overall felt like a sub-plot for another book. The plot had many loopholes, and the characters felt like they were not written according to their established personalities or traits. Not one character felt 'unique' among the others, and without the excellent narration of Luke Daniels, nothing they did or said made them stand out from the others. Trust me when I say that even if you are a fan of the series, SKIP THIS. Aside from the characters learning a bit of humility at the end (that despite being enjoyable, is really shoe-horned in and feels completely disconnected from the rest of the book), absolutely nothing happens that progresses the overall series.

    22 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    J. Jensen Ogden, UT USA 05-12-17
    J. Jensen Ogden, UT USA 05-12-17 Member Since 2011
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    "4th in the series missee"

    I loved the first three and was dying to listen to this one. Overall it felt like it was missing some of the magic of the previous 3. Story was repetitive, and jumped around a lot. Felt like the author was just trying to get something out there rather than bringing a new story. In a word, it was predictable.

    15 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    D. P. Chicago 06-28-17
    D. P. Chicago 06-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Totally lost me."

    I was a fan of the series. But this is just a tedious listen. Meanders around about a just ridiculous plot. I can't even force myself through it. Maybe it gets better. Made it about six hours in.

    7 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 06-27-17
    Mike 06-27-17
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    "This book would make an interesting first chapter"
    What was most disappointing about Scott Meyer’s story?

    The concept for this book was far too drawn out. No real conflict, no sense of danger, and no new interesting characters. This book could have been the introductory chapter setting up a new (or old) antagonist.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    Another excellent performance. His voicings give each character a unique flavour. The audio performance was the highlight of this instalment.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Fight and Flight?

    Chapters 2 - 40 could be dropped with little impact to the entire story or the continuity of the series.


    Any additional comments?

    If you enjoyed the other instalments of this series skip this one. Fingers crossed that book five will be back to the standard of the rest of the series.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • J Breckenridge
    5/17/17
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    "Disappointed"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    where are all the past characters from the last 3 books? The story line was built up loads and could go in loads of ways but it all just stopped. The time line made no sense? how long after the events of Todd did this book happen?

    For me it just seemed really out of place, like a short story that was rushed to fill a gap.


    Has Fight and Flight put you off other books in this genre?

    I am bu no means put off this genre or the Magic series, i was just disappointed by this story.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Everything, he makes this book what it is.


    Was Fight and Flight worth the listening time?

    I have to say no. I was very annoyed this was 3 times the amount of the past books and they were FAR better. this story just seemed very out of place.


    Any additional comments?

    I love the magic 2.0 series. the idea of the world being a simulation that only a few people have found out about is great. there are so many things that could have happened in this book to follow on from the past.

    The book felt like it should have been 2/3 chapters and then the story with todd/jimmy was going to continue with other people from book 2 or something like that. Maybe this is what is going to happen but I did just feel odd.

    The best part was the last paragraph... Brit and Brit... need i say more?

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Mr C.
    5/18/17
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    "The weakest in the series so far."

    Very much enjoyed the previous books, but this one far less so. There was no actual threat or peril throughout the story and some sections dragged on far too long. The performance was as good as ever though.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Victoria Elizabeth
    6/3/17
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    "Disappointed"
    Any additional comments?

    Really not good. So very disappointed - I had this on preorder as I loved the rest of the series (particularly book 1) which I've listened to 3 times. Literally the only thing I've liked about this book is hearing the characters again - but with a very limited, one-dimensional, storyline, it's boring. I've realised now that for me I think Jimmy makes it - but he's not in book 4 at all. This one is just about the gang dealing with some dragons they've created. With a lot of dramatic shouting by Luke Daniels that also became very grating. I've invested 3.5 hours (a third of the book, so think I've given it a good shot) and intend to return it.
    :-(

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Kagford
    5/19/17
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    "Enjoyable, but not the best of the series"
    What did you like most about Fight and Flight?

    The guy who narrates it was spectacular as always.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It all felt a little flat. The Wizards are a bit overpowered, and (avoiding spoilers) came to the decision that they needed to amp up the drama for various reasons. They always felt too in control, and too "great".


    Have you listened to any of Luke Daniels’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I've listened to other books in the series, and he's fantastic. Brings out the humour well, and does some great voices.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    You'll never look at sheep the same way again.


    Any additional comments?

    There's still some great humour (Phillip still has many of the best lines), and it's nice to catch up with the characters, but I suspect when the series ends, people will consider this a book that needn't have been there. It didn't really add anything new. Like Atlantis or the CGI challenge world thingy. I missed Jimmy too.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • JV
    Tromsø
    6/4/17
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    "Disappointing"

    I really liked the first three books in the series. This one however barely has a plot, and is mostly made up of drawn out and trite banter between the wizards. We are constantly and explicitly reminded that there are no stakes at all, so there is little or no tension. Narrator Luke Daniels is as always flawless.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/3/17
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    "Did not enjoy as much as previous magic 2.0 titles"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the first three titles and I must say that this one was the weakest of the lot. it is still fun to listen to, but the story started to bore me after the first half of the book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    7/3/17
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    "Usual shenanigans and enjoyment - just don't don't go anywhere"

    Great to be back with the gang again. The comedy is there but the adventure is not. It just surrounded on issue where previous books would have solved and moved on. It just felt like they had run out of ideas.

    Enjoyable, but weakest book in series

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Davey
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    6/20/17
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    "Not the best of the Series"

    Not the best of the books but it feels like a set up piece for the next book. I can't wait and hope it will give the pay off and the Drama that this seemed to be lacking.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcus
    5/19/17
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    "You already know you love this series"

    You're already invested by this point. Roll on book 5. Only downside was that this one felt too short

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • David T-Rex
    5/11/17
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    "Its a good continuation of the story"
    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I cant imagine anyone else other than Luke Daniels doing the story. He is just awesome at it.


    Any additional comments?

    Its great to be back in the company of Martin, Phillip, Brit, Gwen and the gang, I have listened to the first 3 so many times I have lost count. This story was not an epic adventure, and that is fine. Its a group of friends with magic powers getting into a spot of trouble.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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