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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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    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 04-07-15
    Stephanie Lynn, MA, United States 04-07-15 Member Since 2010
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    "I enjoyed it even if I'm not the intended audience"

    Amazing narration enriched this audiobook. The story is unique, if a little juvenile at times, but took some turns and in general kept my attention! I would recommend it for keeping your mind off the hideous Boston traffic that you're stuck in on a daily basis.

    2 of 3 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 2017
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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
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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
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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
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    "Wonderful Premise - Horrible Writing"
    Any additional comments?

    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

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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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.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Dubi New York, NY 06-27-14
    Dubi New York, NY 06-27-14
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    "Wizard Just a Little Off"
    What did you like best about Off to Be the Wizard? What did you like least?

    Audiobooks that are fun and funny are my favorites. Off to Be the Wizard is definitely fun and definitely funny. That's why I chose to listen to it, even though I knew nothing else about it or its first-time author. And that's what I liked about it.

    But is was off the mark, not in the same league as its nearest relatives -- Mr. Penumbra, Ready Player One, Year Zero. There were too many logical inconsistencies within its internal logic, the voices were over the top -- in the end, a great premise somewhat squandered.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Most importantly, and I hope this isn't a spoiler (it is revealed early on), this is a time travel story in which nothing anyone does can affect the future outcome. Kind of pointless, no? I would definitely have found a way to make the future part of what was at stake. In addition, with time travelers arriving from different points in time, there is another missed opportunity in not setting more of the story in those times rather than mostly in medieval England.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Subtle voicings. Philip could have just been given an English accent, not an annoying over the top English accent. Jimmy is supposed to be smart, why does he sound so much like Ratso Rizzo? Thankfully, Martin sounds normal enough, otherwise the book would have been unlistenable no matter how good the writing.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes. It would still be fun and funny. And perhaps the filmmakers would make the proper changes to improve the story.


    Any additional comments?

    While the story definitely comes to a conclusion, the final minute or two unmistakably hints at a sequel. Hopefully the author himself can improve the story line in the next segment, and hopefully a new narrator can be found.

    9 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Jones Austin, Texas, USA 05-03-14
    Jonathan Jones Austin, Texas, USA 05-03-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Not a great book, but a funny one"
    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The story is mildly intriguing, not very believable, and predictable. There were several laugh-out-loud moments that made it worth it to me, though. The humor in this performance is about half due to the author, and half due to the great voice-acting job done by the reader. He really did a spectactular job with his over-the-top rendition of Philip the Wizard, among others. I'll definitely be on the lookout for other titles of his.


    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • Joseph
    5/23/15
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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
  • Anonymous
    10/15/17
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    "feel good retro geek wizarding adventure"

    fun, light hearted with good sprinkling of humour. has a feeling of geek and retro pop culture. if the disk world, ready player one or hitchhikers guide to the galaxy was a hit for you. try it out.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • D. Oxford
    UK
    10/13/17
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    "Totally awesome!"

    ...as one of the characters might say.
    Exceptionally well performed and entertaining throughout, a mix of Pratchett and Adams certainly, but with a twist of Matrix and with large dollops of sarcasm.
    My one beef is with the philosophy of having the opening 30mins of Book 2 included in the advertised timing: I feel this should be stated - perhaps in brackets - ie, 'Length: 10hrs15mins + 30mins Sample of Book 2' - along those lines. Still, that's not a deal- breaker. I loved it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Nina
    UK
    9/9/17
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    "Off to the silly escapism. Just OK."

    This book is a perfect choice if you're looking for a light and effortless listen to accompany you throughout a busy week. The author has thrown everything into the pot: time travel, computer programming, medieval England and heated it up with a battle of good versus evil.

    Although the story is hugely entertaining, it is also more of the same that we have seen before in books and movies, and the surprise effect is not a thing.

    Luke Daniels narration is fun-tastic and makes this book worth spending a credit for. He wonderfully gives all the characters their own disquintive voices and adds dynamics to the main story line, making this book an enjoyable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mathew B.
    9/6/17
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    "Wizards a plenty."

    Absolutely loved it, I finished listening to this over a couple of days, where usually I'd full my spare time with watching something or a physical book I just couldn't stop this, it took preference over other forms of procrastination. I recommend this for anyone who is in to fantasy the tongue in cheek writing style just adds to the charm.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Vikid Truth
    8/27/17
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    "Lighthearted and fun"

    I've been struggling to get back into sci-fi and fiction, tending to go for things based in reality. Glad to say this book a good start to converting me back to just listening to a good story. It's light, it's interesting and it leaves you with a smile. I really did enjoy this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kevin Boone
    London
    8/26/17
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    "Witty but rather silly story, expertly told"
    Any additional comments?

    This is an amusing, but rather silly story, about a young man who discovers that the world is just a computer simulation, and a simulation whose parameters can be changed to imbue him with awesome powers. This idea is not a particularly original one -- Stephen King, for example, uses it to much darker effect in Word Processor of the Gods -- and the existential implications are not really worked out as logic suggests they should be. Still, as a prop to hang a silly story about a feckless youth being given sudden magical powers on, it works reasonably well.

    The story is sufficiently engaging, and sufficiently well narrated, that I was not too irritated by the rather glaring logical inconsistencies. To be fair, some of the philosophical implications of the plot premise are explored, but probably not as thoroughly as they would be in a serious book on the same sort of theme.

    What really makes the book work is Luke Daniels' narration. He gives each character a convincing voice and individual vocal mannerisms. Despite the silliness of the plot, the characters come across as three-dimensional.

    All in all, an enjoyable bit of harmless silliness, and I have no hesitation in buying the other books in the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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