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Publisher's Summary

Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares....

The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.

This is a book like no other.

©2016 Lev Grossman (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks

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a disappointing mess

i found the first half of this book is mind numbingly boring, the second half picks up but ends on a downer.

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Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The Magician King, Book 2 the most enjoyable?

It's such a good book. I loved it. Quentin makes some stupid decisions, and at times I really hate him and want to punch him in the face, but overall, I think it's fantastic

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King, Book 2?

Elliott!! Any part with him.

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

He's great. My friend made me watch the first episode of the TV show and I couldn't do it, All their voices were wrong. He just adds something special to the characters.

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

Yes, but it's too long. It took a few days, and I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Mr. P. S. Gale
  • 03-10-17

Really dull

I kind of liked the first book although I found it depressing in places. This book continues in the same way - lack of a real story and focus. I got pretty annoyed with it and just about finished it.

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  • Samuel
  • 03-10-17

Amazing story

great story, the way lev has melded the two storys of Julia & Quentin was done beautifully couldn't stop listening and I'm hard to please when it comes to audiobooks. The Australian accent isn't as bad as people say, (I think people like being dramatic in their reviews a little too much. a truly great story and narrator.

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  • Barnaby
  • 08-01-16

really great apart from the ridiculous Australian accent.

The story is fantastic; as good if not better than the first book. Well paced and unexpected. Bramhall is a brilliant reader up to the point where Poppy, an Australian central character, is introduced. Her accent on the reading is so grating that i quickly started hoping she'd turn mute.

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  • Mr T.
  • 06-01-16

Great story & storytelling- terrible Australian Accent!

I really enjoyed this book, the story was great and engaging, though I found the end came a bit quickly after a long build up.

In general, the reading was excellent. The diction was clear and there was the right level of emotion. However, I had up take 2 stars off for the abysmal Australian accent. It was so bad that it took you right out of the story and whenever I heard it coming I would wince.

Other than that, heartily recommended.

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  • Elayne Donaldson
  • 03-24-16

Better

Definitely better than the first book with far fewer Narnia references, I will persevere and read the third book now. I really enjoy the detail when he writes about the magic and spell casting.

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  • 02-01-18

Marginally better than the first one...

If Quentin is a Mary Sue character, then Lev Grossman must be a childish, misogynistic, boring, ass. His journey to becomung a 'hero' is so unbelivable because his character is so virtueless, right to the end. This story is mildly more entertaining than the last for it's focus on Julia, but as in the last, characters are 1D, promising worlds and scenarios feel limply described and underutilised. I toughed it out out of blind optimism, but it kept me sighing with annoyance until the very end.

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  • Adrian Muckley
  • 01-30-18

Another excellent magicians book

Even better than the original, an excellent read. Far superior to many of the same genre.

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  • George
  • 04-25-17

Good book, mostly well read, but strewth...

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Enjoyable 2nd dose of this "what if Narnia (Fillory in this book) were real".

The magic system is a little self-contradictory for my tastes. Lots of talking about how difficult it all is when they are learning, but it all seems to be very easy and convenient when they need it.

A few of the characters do pretty stupid things occasionally - but on the upside, there were some good plot-twists.

Narration was mostly excellent, but Poppy's Australian accent really was as bad as everyone else makes out. I suspect Mark Bramhall can never have met or heard an actual Australian person.

Imagine Dick van Dyke's cockney chimney sweep Bert trying to impersonate a South African accent and you'll be about there...

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  • Mark Mcdonald
  • 03-09-17

a bad childish patronising Narnia rip off

really bad story, patronising comments and not enough originality. feels far too childish for me

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  • Rebecca
  • 03-28-16

Very very good

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Absolutely. Its so nice to have a bit of a twisted adult version of a fairy tale. It's got a sense of humour as well. The characters don't seem to take themselves as seriously as in most fantasy books.

Who was your favorite character and why?

So far, Julia. She's never what you expect.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

This is the reason I gave 4 stars, Poppy, who is meant to be Australian has the WORST Australian accent I have ever heard. The narrator is great at everyone else, but wow, every time Poppy speaks it sets my teeth on edge.

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  • phoebe
  • 05-28-16

realises and explores childhood fantasies.

Much better than book 1. The characters have matured & are less whiney.
Exciting exploration of our secret inner fantasies from childhood. what if magic was real? What does being a hero really mean?

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  • 01-06-18

Compelling

It ticked all the boxes. Love the different style of writing that Lev uses and the complexity of the characters and their magical universe.
The narrative was brilliant and it was very easy to listen to. I'm downloading the third and final book now.

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  • craig
  • 10-08-16

More Julia Please

Not quite as engaging as The Magicians, but nice to finally hear from Julia's perspective.
As an Australian I found Poppy's accent difficult to listen to otherwise an engaging narration.

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  • Liv
  • 06-29-16

Loved it

I can't really explain why it isn't a 5 star without spoilers so I'll just say the positive stuff.

Some have commented on the narrator's boring voice and while I may have agreed to begin with (coming from a previously very animated narrator), it quickly became a non-issue. It's just a different style and probably quite suitable given the personality of the main character.

It's not a new thing but I love love love the Harry Potter meats Narnia theme. It's about time there were books with similar themes for adults!

I don't know if the author, or someone he knows, has a mental illness but one character in particular has thought patterns described that are almost identical to mine (I have Bipolar, predominantly depression). I felt very connected to this character and almost felt like the story was happening to me. If only I had the genius IQ and could be whisked off to a magical world everything would be dandy :)

I highly recommend listening to this at night, lights off, so you can completely lose yourself in the story and forget about the real world.