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Off to Be the Wizard Audiobook

Off to Be the Wizard

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Publisher's Summary

It's a simple story. Boy finds proof that reality is a computer program. Boy uses program to manipulate time and space. Boy gets in trouble. Boy flees back in time to Medieval England to live as a wizard while he tries to think of a way to fix things. Boy gets in more trouble.

Oh, and boy meets girl at some point.

Off to Be the Wizard is a light, comedic novel about computers, time travel, and human stupidity, written by Scott Meyer, the creator of the internationally known comic strip Basic Instructions.

Magic will be made! Legends will be created! Stew will be eaten!

©2013 Scott Meyer (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-13-14
    Nothing really matters Ottawa, Ontario, Canada 10-13-14 Member Since 2016

    Rob Thomas

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    "Middle-aged male nerd humour. A+"

    Recently I listened to "The Death of Ivan Ilych" and "Siddhartha" as well as a number of intense non-fiction titles ("Beyond Anger" and some Great Courses titles). All very serious, all very deep. This book is light fare, but is very funny, well done, and aimed at middle-aged male nerds like me. It's just the antidote I needed.

    I enjoyed every second of this story. I even tortured my family by insisting on listening to the last few chapters non-stop through breakfast the rest of the morning and lunch until the book was done.

    [SPOILER ALERT] The premise of the book is a fun take on the idea that humanity are the white mice in someone else's science experiment or game. The fun starts when a few learn how to game the game. The characters are all geeky and likable. The basic conflict in the story is a classic. A Machiavellian narcissist psychopath wants power and doesn't give a hoot about those he must crush in the process (just like your bosses at work!). And the good guys are determined to stop him. The catch is they are all very powerful wizards in mediaeval England.

    I can't wait to listen to the next installment.

    Highly recommended for middle aged male nerds looking for funny, light reading/listening.

    15 of 24 people found this review helpful
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    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 03-25-16
    Claudia H Philadelphia, PA 03-25-16 Member Since 2014
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    "I could listen again and again"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole story line was fun, I didn't think I would enjoy it as much as I did, but my boyfriend loved it, so I thought I'd give it a try. Excellent story, left my laughing my whole way home in traffic, while getting stared out by the grumpy folks stuck in gridlock.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    I loved Luke Daniels performance, he really is fantastic, I can't explain in words what a great job he does; even doing the voices of women. Listen to a sample, and I'm sure you won't be disappointed!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not only did I want to listen to this in one sitting, I probably would listen to this story again.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Chicago, Illinois, United States 03-31-14
    Brian Chicago, Illinois, United States 03-31-14 Member Since 2013
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    "An enjoyable surprise!"
    What made the experience of listening to Off to Be the Wizard the most enjoyable?

    I already knew this would be at least half way decent with Luke Daniels narrating. He does an incredible of job of bringing life to the characters. But when I started getting into it, I realized this was a very smart and well written in terms of blending the modern day with magic. I thoroughly enjoyed the Matrix-esque ideas that were presented in a fun way.


    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14
    Scott Santa Clara, CA, United States 05-09-14 Member Since 2011

    No B.S. reviews. I'll never soft-pedal bad writing or inept narration.

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    "It would be hard to do better!"

    This book is delightful, and a really fun listen. Not too serious, but entertaining, well thought out, charming, intelligent, and nicely-written. Overall, it exceeded my expectations in every way.

    As to the narration—Luke Daniels was unknown to me prior to this book, but I'm an instant fan. He reads like he's telling—rather than reading—the story, and his characterizations are great!
    No—not just great, actually remarkable and amazing! For example, there are very few narrators who can even approximate sarcasm, but for Mr. Daniels, getting it perfect is no problem at all. His portrayal of Phillip, the hero's mentor, is energetic and hilarious. His portrayal of Martin, the hero, is humble, articulate, and spot-on. And he manages female characters without any of the annoying squeakiness or nasal affectations that so many narrators resort to. This guy truly understands his craft.

    If you're looking for a diverting listen that bridges the gap between fantasy and sci-fi in a really fun way, it would be hard to do better.

    17 of 29 people found this review helpful
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    Schrek jr 09-22-16
    Schrek jr 09-22-16 Member Since 2017
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    "very fun escape."

    love Luke Daniels voice. he tells (reads) the story very well. CLEAN and enjoyable experience for all ages

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sugarpucker 08-04-14
    Sugarpucker 08-04-14 Member Since 2012

    I listen to many audiobooks and review the ones I find most notable.

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    "Hilarious"

    This book was hilarious. It was fun and funny. And Luke Daniels, as always, nails it. I was worried it was going to be ridiculous (in a bad way), but it turns out it was ridiculous (in a good way).

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-11-16
    AudioBook Reviewer Madison, WI, United States 02-11-16 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "This story was a complete joy to listen to"

    When I picked this book up, it was on a whim. I wanted something light and fun in the midst of a sea filled with dark fantasy and zombie thrillers. Upon seeing the cover, it seemed to fit that bill. After reading the summary, I knew it was exactly what I was looking for.

    Martin Banks isn't a hacker. He was just surfing around the internet one day and finds a random file, opens it up, stumbles across his name, and changes a few numbers; total happenstance. Martin continues to manipulate this file and ends up getting into some trouble. Having discovered he could travel through time with his new favorite app, he sets his sights on Medieval England with a ploy to become a powerful wizard! Upon his arrival, a very entertaining series of events unfold and bring to light something Martin had never considered; he's not the only person to have discovered the mysterious file. On his journey to becoming a master wizard Martin makes a lot of new friends, all of them very unique and extremely entertaining. He does however make an enemy or two, one of whom you may recognize; The legendary wizard of Camelot, Merlin. Not only does he does he ascertain that the fictional kingdom of Camelot is real and Merlin is serving them, he also goes on to unearth Merlin's dark plans to create a perfect world.

    Prior to listening to this, I had only seen Luke Daniels' name. He's most well-known for his work on The Iron Druid Chronicles, which I have never read and is actually the narrator on a couple of other audio books in my library. After hearing this, they were definitely moved up on my list. The production quality was great, there were no background noises or sounds, and Luke delivered a fantastic performance. His impressive range and solid performance will keep him at the top of any audio book fan.

    This story was a complete joy to listen to. It snagged my attention from the beginning and I could not pull away. Scott has built an interesting world filled with surprisingly deep characters that I think everyone would enjoy. He definitely has a knack for character building and a very good understanding of relationships and how people would genuinely interact. Not to mention how funny this book was. It had me laughing out loud at parts. It's mostly silly, slapstick humor but like I said before; I wanted a light, fun read. That is what this story is, blended with some characters you can't help but care about world where the possibilities are quite literally, limitless.

    Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

    Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog

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    16 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Niels J. Rasmussen 12-01-14 Member Since 2017

    That idiot from the Canadian electro-post-genre punk band, Uncle Outrage. Hey. How's it going?

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    "Wonderful Premise - Horrible Writing"
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    It's REALLY a shame that this book turned out the way it did. It has a fantastic plot and wonderful ideas but its execution is extremely lacking. Considering how great of an idea this book had, it could have been a new favorite of mine. What I found instead was corny narrative, poor dialogue, and obvious plot holes in what should have been a slam dunk.

    I listened to the first 6 hours of this book, then just couldn't take it anymore.

    I know how brilliant this book sounds, but pass on this one.

    6.85 / 10.0

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    Glenn 08-18-14
    Glenn 08-18-14
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    "Young (white male geek) adult fiction"
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    I would have enjoyed this book quite a bit when I was a pre-teen/teenage geek. If you are one now, then feel free to stop reading this review and go ahead and read & enjoy this series as light fiction. But as an adult I found the main character (and other characters), setting, and plot all disappointing. Has such a limited view of people, society, etc. that it is almost offensive in how insular and unaware it is (and yes, I am a white male geek!). As humorous SF/Fantasy it is supposed to be light, but falls short and just feels flat and contrived. My memory tells me that even Piers Anthony was better, and certainly this book is not even a pale echo of humor/parody as written by Terry Pratchett, John Scalzi, Connie Willis, Douglas Adams, Steven Brust, etc. Read those authors first, then don't come back to this book. (As for the narration -- it was good; light in tone befitting the materials. I would listen to other books read by Luke Daniels).

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    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 10-27-14
    Amazon Customer Ocala, Fl USA 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Younger audience"

    Could not hold my attention. Some very light writing that would probably attract much younger audience. And I enjoy many YA books.

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    "Very good listen"

    I wasn't sure about this at first but about half way through o bought the second book because I was that engrossed by it. The narrator Like Daniels was brilliant. I can honestly say he was the best narrator I have heard.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    3/19/15
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    "Funny time travel yarn of geek"

    This was on an Audible offer, and was recommended by the NABCC goodreads club that I frequent. I am so glad I did. This book is spot on for my humour and I liked the general principle of the story. The cover is also great, and reminds me of my early computer RPG playing.

    In essence, this is a about a guy who finds a file that amends reality. After the usual blow out, he draws the attention of the government. A plan is devised to escape the Feds to Medieval England - and earn a trade as a Wizard.
    What could possibly go wrong?

    Turns out a fair bit. Mainly because there are other Wizards.

    This book is character focused with a sense of humour. The story is fairly basic, but it does have a fun modern day pop culture reference about it. I loved that the other wizards came from different time periods, and one had a C64 computer.

    It doesn't get too soppy, doesn't go too slow and introduces a lot of Geek culture references. All in all, this is a great book.

    Luke Daniels did this Audible version as he was brilliant. In fact, I enjoyed this book so much that I bought the second book from audible straight away.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ryan
    St. Helier, United Kingdom
    7/25/15
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    "The start of a brilliantly funny series"
    If you could sum up Off to Be the Wizard in three words, what would they be?

    Funny, engaging characters


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

    The geeks will inherit the earth


    Any additional comments?

    The reading of this well written, funny and engaging book with strong characters is brilliant. In what is fairly rare, the narrater is an American who can do a good range of British accents. In fact the voice range is as good as the story itself.

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • ElloryP
    9/3/15
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    "Very enjoyable"

    Was a little skeptical about whether I'd enjoy this or not, pleased to say my skepticism was entirely unfounded.
    A witty and entertaining story, Luke Daniels does a fantastic job with character voices although his English accent is unfortunately not very good and as an Englishman myself is quite annoying, I can look past it and still enjoy the book because he is able to read in such a way that you know which character is which and get drawn in to the narrative. Very well done,.
    I look forward to the second book and hope this gets picked up and turned into a TV comedy series or film franchise.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • thomas lepora
    5/24/17
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    "poor all round"

    The narrator was a terrible story teller and his voices sounded like characters from scooby doo.
    The general story was weak.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Asbjørn
    5/24/17
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    "Best Computer Magic Ever Created!"

    I love this series!

    It's a great story and as much fun as it is inventive. Highly recommended for any nerd with a sense of humour. Or anyone really.

    Unfortunately Luke Daniels needs to have a sensitive part of his anatomy stroked by a cheese grater for making a Norwegian accent that sounds like a mix between an Indian and a Slav.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mandy
    liverpool
    5/19/17
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    "very funny"

    this is miles from my usual genre but had me laughing out loud in places i liked it a lot

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Keen F
    Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom
    5/18/17
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    "Excellent"

    This audio book has particularly good voice acting and an amusing storyline. I really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • m s ambler
    5/15/17
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    "Excellent"

    What unique and novel story, great premise.i thoroughly enjoyed it and it was funny too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Michael J Grady
    4/24/17
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    "Just some silly fun."

    Don't expect anything highbrow or serious. Characters and stereotypes are forced and seem out off kilter, but it is not too distracting from the fun premise, a 'what if' fantasy and threadbare ill-reverential story presented.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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