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Libriomancer Audiobook

Libriomancer: Magic ex Libris, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.

With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic....

©2012 Jim C. Hines (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"This may be Jim Hines's best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for." (Seanan McGuire, The New York Times best-selling author of Discount Armageddon)

"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe." (Tanya Huff, best-selling author of the Blood Books)

"This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans.... Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Laura Medley NYC, NY United States 03-26-13
    Laura Medley NYC, NY United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2005

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    "UGH with the voice!!!!"
    What did you love best about Libriomancer?

    I could tell from the words (although not remotely from the way the words were spoken), that this was a good solid book. Interesting premise (although I usually find stories about "authors" and other "books" a bit lazy in a 'write what you know" category, I could live with this one) and I would have loved to have been more into the characters if at times I could even tell who was talking to whom!

    When the voice acting is all you can think about in a book and you have to listen so carefully just to figure out who and what is speaking at the time, then there is an issue. I KNOW the story is good... I can tell that I could really enjoy this book... but I cant get passed the voice, which reminds me of a really tired John Hodgman. The voice cadence and natural sleepy tonal quality and lilt take you away from any action and there are technical issues that actually change the loudness of the words in mid sentence at times. Not only that, but the constant odd pronunciations are also an incredible distraction.

    The book starts off with some interesting characters and action that should have been riveting, but the voice killed the momentum. There is a lot of action and backstory that I am interested in and that really takes you into the main characters life without feeling like you are starting from scratch - he has a rich history and is quite fleshed out from the start, which is a nice change from so many books.

    I LOVE the sci-fi and fantasy nods and references throughout the story. Call it the big geek in me that loves all the Dr Who and HGttG that slips in and out, but it really adds to the character of the book itself as much as the actual protagonist in the book.

    Im not sure the plot in the book all ties together yet (as I could not help but write this review in advance since the voice acting HAD to be addressed before I lost my mind), but I will edit the review after I get to the end to let you guys know.

    I am working my way through the book, but am really hoping that the next book in the series will have a different voice... otherwise Ill just get the paper version. Yes, it makes that much of a difference.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Smudge :)


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    Anyone! No, really... Im sorry, I hate to trash him, but it was not good.

    How about the all incredible Jim Marsters or Bronson Pinchot... perhaps Oliver Wyman. Somebody who can do multiple voices and who doesn't use the same lilt in every single sentence.


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

    Im sure i would have been more moved by many parts.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to actually reading the book so I can really get the full effect of it.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Dena 07-29-13
    Dena 07-29-13
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    "narrator ruined story for me"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, I kept getting irritated with the narrator. I bought the Kindle version so I could read the story. I understood that this book was actually removed from the store and would be replaced later after some problems were taken care of. When I noticed the sequel was ready for pre-order I went back and checked out this one again. I checked the last part of the book where I had to stop reading and there was still the mispronunciation of automaton which is used extensively in the last half of the book. I'm not willing to listen to the whole thing again to see if anything at all has improved.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    anyone who could properly pronounce automaton!


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jade CARY, NC, United States 03-30-13
    Jade CARY, NC, United States 03-30-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Narrator harms story"
    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was unfamilar with the pronunciation of many words, which made me cringe. I swear that he said "liberry", which seems ironic somehow. Other missteps: "construct" (pronouncing the noun like the verb), "automaton", "Hermes". Also the quality of the recording was uneven, as though the narrator did many takes in different recording studios. Because of the narration, I could not enjoy the story.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Katy L. 06-24-17
    Katy L. 06-24-17
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    "Ok story, pretty bad reader"

    This story is interesting- a new world and a new way of looking at magic. But I found the reader's voice for the main female character to be hideous. She sounded like an airhead, when in reality she's an awesome, smart warrior.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Sheppard Ypsilanti, Michigan United States 05-26-17
    Ann Sheppard Ypsilanti, Michigan United States 05-26-17 Member Since 2003

    suchprettycolors

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    "Automaton"

    I spend a lot of time wondering about the production of audiobooks and how it is that mispronunciations occur so often. I wonder how many people listened to the constant mispronunciation of automaton in this book, apparently all of them thought this was the correct way? Maybe it's only like 2 people? Maybe no one actually listens to it before it's published. I wonder why the actual author of the book doesn't get to listen to it one time, to catch mistakes. Or maybe it's too expensive to fix mistakes so they don't bother. I wonder why someone doesn't take 5 minutes to call the author beforehand and ask how to pronounce unusual character and place names. I wonder why someone whose job is to read audiobooks doesn't have an awareness of which words they aren't sure how to pronounce correctly. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and I spend a lot of time wondering about these mysteries. Automaton is mispronounced approximately 5347 times in this book, so unless you have no idea how to pronounce it or you're really easy going, read the print book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    M. Kelley Tucson, AZ 04-08-17
    M. Kelley Tucson, AZ 04-08-17 Member Since 2011

    Peggy

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    "Libriomancer"

    Well written. Good characters and good plotting. Creative and love the use of my alma mater MSU! Reminiscent of Jim Butcher and Kevin Hearne with a book twist. Not too many books begin in the MI UP. Fun!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    S Jones 03-09-17
    S Jones 03-09-17 Member Since 2002
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    "Really fun read"

    I was not expecting such a well written fun read but there you have it.
    There were unexpected - but not totally unbaked surprises, just not what I *thought* would happen, really nice to find a new author to read who doesn't cheat to make the ending work.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-05-17
    Joanne Scottsdale, AZ, United States 03-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Creative book with the wrong narrator"
    Would you try another book from Jim C. Hines and/or David DeVries?

    I hadn't read Jim Hines before but I liked the idea of pulling magical objects out of books--as an ex-librarian, I appreciate all the book references. And I would like to continue with the series but I don't know if I can take the narrator for one more book. His voice is a little flat but can portray wry humor, but his female characters are so annoying. Lena, the dryad, sounds nasal and adenoidal. There's not a lot of differences between the characters' voices except for the over the top ones, like the villain at the end. His take on Isaac's sexual attraction to Lena is a cross between cringe-worthy and listening to a 16 year old virgin. And is that the correct pronunciation of "automaton"?
    Sigh! I'd like to continue with the series, and I'm kind of invested in the characters' fates but I'm going to need to take a break from the narrator first.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great concept, clever backstory. Interesting main character in Issac.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

    Luke Daniels. My dream narrator---James Marston, but that's not going to happen! Despite the fact the lead character is maile, a good woman narrator like the brilliant Amanda Ronconi could put the right snarky spin on it.


    Do you think Libriomancer needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    You want to hear more about Issac and his work with the Porters, and his relationship/threesome with Lena and Nidhi. There are 3 more books in the series. I'm just not ready for the narrator yet.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    zachary m orr Richmond, TX United States 08-07-16
    zachary m orr Richmond, TX United States 08-07-16 Member Since 2010
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    "fun action urban fantasy but bad female voices"

    read more books enjoy the magic more. the narrator's good overall, except for female voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    melbrook 12-23-15
    melbrook 12-23-15
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    "Horrible narrator"
    Any additional comments?

    Seems like a decent enough story, but the narrator is absolutely horrible. His pacing is too fast, like he's rushing through the story. The characters are delivered in a near monotone voice no matter what character he's reading. Can't tell the women from the men, and there's no change in intonation to clue you in to whether a line was spoken out loud or was a thought in the character's head. I'm returning this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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