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The Magician King Audiobook

The Magician King: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to The New York Times best-seller and literary phenomenon of 2009: The Magicians.

The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world, only to face terrifying new challenges.

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom. Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent's house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. It also introduces a powerful new voice, that of Julia, whose angry genius is thrilling. Once again Grossman proves that he is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis and at the cutting edge of literary fantasy.

©2011 Lev Grossman (P)2011 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out." (The New York Times Editor's Choice)

"The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy." (The Boston Globe)

"Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary lift that positions The Magician King well above the standard fantasy fare." (The New Yorker)

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    "Great book"

    Not as good as the first but still a very entertaining read. You will enjoy.

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    Matthew headland, AL, United States 03-27-17
    Matthew headland, AL, United States 03-27-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Great series. Can't wait to start on the last one."

    Loved it. Book series is much different than the tv show. Better IMO. If you like modern day magic then this series is worth reading.

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    sean w. 03-16-17
    sean w. 03-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome book 2"

    it was definitely way better than the show was by far plus the author's descriptions make the book which the show can't

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    Amazon Customer 03-09-17 Member Since 2017

    New to audible. Looking forward to some good stories. I'm a fan of Science Fiction and Fanatsy

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    "Better than the first book!"

    Much better than the first book. Leave you wanting to go right to the next book, which I will start on. Same guy voiced the first book and this one so you were able to easily relate to each character and know which one is speaking. The story unlike the first book never has a dull moment.

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    Lisa 03-04-17
    Lisa 03-04-17
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    "A profound fantasy that mirrors depth of life"

    The first book lays the foundation for this profound fantasy that mirrors the exploration of our common quest to understand what gives our lives purpose and significance. Read it to find the answers to some of your own lifetime questions.

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    doug 02-28-17
    doug 02-28-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Comparable to the First"

    I really like the first book (hated the after college part but the rest was good). This one did not have the highest highs of the first, but it was not as much of a let down in other spots. There is an unneeded rape scene, but it can be skipped by going ahead 30 second and honestly you don't miss much of the story.

    I would recommend this story to anyone that read the first. I am excited to start reading the third.

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    Thomas 02-27-17
    Thomas 02-27-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Story, Horrible Characters"
    Where does The Magician King rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 20 - great story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Josh - hes the only character in the book who isnt beyond pretentious and arrogant.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scene with the Dragon in the River


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book is quite funny at times and I did laugh out loud on several occasions


    Any additional comments?

    I cannot stress enough how much I dislike these characters. This book is even worse than book 1 mainly because Julia and FreeTrader Beowolf is in it. Almost all of the characters are beyond arrogant and pretentious, I spent the first and second book waiting for the characters to be put in their place.

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    Katie 02-26-17
    Katie 02-26-17 Member Since 2014
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    "the magicians was better"

    sadly for me this book fell under the curse many second books in a trilogy fall into, out dragged out longer than I felt necessary and while overall I liked the book, I just want as impressed or into it as I was for the first

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    Eric Lindhardt 02-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I really enjoy this storyline and the characters.."

    Again the Netflix show was where I first learned of this story. I am very happy to have found these audible versions...

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    Landry Smith 02-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great sequel"

    if you fell in love with part 1 do not hesitate to read this book.

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