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The (Sort of) Dark Mage Audiobook

The (Sort of) Dark Mage: Waldo Rabbit Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The (Sort of) Dark Mage is the story of a young man named Waldo who grows up in a world where monsters, the undead, and dark magic are part of everyday life. He is forced to go on a journey to prove himself and soon discovers that his beliefs don't fit into the wider world.

©2013 Nelson Chereta (P)2017 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"A fantastic book...Nelson Chereta has a unique talent at writing witty dialogue and engaging characters. He also has that rare gift that manages to successfully infuse humor into the story, without cheapening it." (Fantasy Muse)

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    Arthur 05-11-17
    Arthur 05-11-17 Member Since 2016

    I simply love to read and listen to a fantastic story.

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    "Truly Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about The (Sort of) Dark Mage?

    The book genuinely made me burst out laughing any times


    Any additional comments?

    I listened to this entire title in one go. I have never felt confident in abridging words to describe a fantastic book. It was a very fun read and more of a comedy than anything else. The world building was good, the comedy fantastic, and the casual graphic violence was very entertaining in its context.

    The narrator of this story did a wonderful job and I hope he continues to be a fantastic combination with this author and series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    tim 05-06-17
    tim 05-06-17 Member Since 2014
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    "similar to kel kades kingdom of darkness"

    for all of you patiently waiting for your next fix of resken, this book will sate your hunger. fantastic portrayal of the main character, he tries so hard to be bad and evil but some roles are not meant to be. all of the characters are rich and easily likable.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 04-12-17
    Robert 04-12-17 Member Since 2007
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    "Awesome book all around"

    I don't do reviews very often, besides rating then by stars. But this was a great book, great narrative , storyline and characters . Can't wait to read the next one .

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jared N 03-29-17
    Jared N 03-29-17
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    "awesome"

    i love this book and this was a good audiobook. I'm looking forward to the next audiobook and can't wait for the third book to come out.

    9 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-13-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Funny and a Little twisted"

    There is some real humor here but what makes this worthwhile is the performance. The story gets a little juvenile in places but the performance makes it work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 04-13-17
    Robert 04-13-17 Member Since 2016
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    "If nothing else catches your ear..."

    The premise of this story was great. But the actual story did not live up to it. Many parts were really enjoyable, no laugh out loud humor but a few chuckles and number of smiles. Lilith was a great character. Conflicted, tortured of soul. Ruthless and yet loving and in a way tender with regards to her youngest son, Waldo. We're it not for her environment and some tragic flaws, Lilith would have been a powerful force for good. Perhaps a benevolent ruler in a different land, one who would be lauded and remembered with fondness by her faithful subjects rather than the conniving and murderous head of a treacherous family in an equally treacherous land.
    And that's where the major screw up of the author comes in. Yes, Waldo was raised and protected within the confines of his family castle and really had no idea what the outside world was like. But he would have learned cunning and deception by sheer observance of his family. Instead, Waldo is clueless. He boldly proclaims his eeeveeeellness to all within earshot as well as his intent to rob, deceive, murder, steal, etc. etc. but and has no idea of how to really do any of those things. He is like a teenager who read a bunch of books about how to be eeeveeeell written by an Austin Powers arch villain. And Alice overdoes it with the whole Darling thing a few too many times.
    Yet the book is nevertheless fairly enjoyable and has its bright moments. Hopefully the 2nd book will be better written.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    G. Bishop typing 04-09-17
    G. Bishop typing 04-09-17 Member Since 2014

    Mitski

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    "Absule best and funny :)"
    Where does The (Sort of) Dark Mage rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    As a comedy it is far beyond all other books I have listen too. As far as all other books it is 4 stars.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Waldo Rabbit of course.


    What about Gary Furlong’s performance did you like?

    He was ok


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Evil has a new face but it is not Waldo.


    Any additional comments?

    Want more

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer NV USA 05-26-17
    Kindle Customer NV USA 05-26-17 Member Since 2008

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    "o so good 😀"

    Loved it. A very nice and good story that is both warm and interesting. simply delightful.

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    Terry G 05-22-17
    Terry G 05-22-17 Member Since 2010
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    "fun, but flawed"
    What disappointed you about The (Sort of) Dark Mage?

    While the protagonist and setting was a pleasant departure from the norm, and the humor was top notch, there were several gaping flaws that ruined the story for me.

    First: Only minuscule character growth for the protagonist and their love interest. I have no issue with characters coming from disparate backgrounds and having problems communicating at first. It makes for some great jokes at their expense. But when those situations are shown to be emotionally painful to their supposed love interest, and the main character makes no discernible effort to stop getting into them (or explain themselves when they do). That is what bothers me.

    Second: acting stupid for the lulz. When the main character has flaws and motivations that drive them to make stupid and shortsighted choices, this I have no problem with. They are supposedly from a society that stresses social manipulation, and other people in the setting are shown as surviving by heavily leaning on those skills. Yet the character is oblivious about how the other people are reacting (because it's funny for the reader), that breaks my immersion.

    Third: The ending. There are things that happen at the end that come completely out of left field. I don't know what the author was aiming for, but I found it far more disrespectful than humorous. And it has killed any interest I had in listening to the second book.


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  • Simon
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    "Who Framed Waldo Rabbit?"

    Funniest thing since Pratchett as one Amazon reviewer has said? Well I’m not so sure about that but this one did make me chuckle quite a good few times. It did take me a little while to get in tune with the humour as the book almost seemed to be veering off into something serious at times. I think that was possibly more my mood than the book because Waldo’s family the Corpselovers are set up in a very amusing fashion. As it progresses though and Waldo journeys onwards it resolves into real comedic episodes. Waldo declaring his family name in an effort to placate an angry crowd was probably when I realised just how much I was enjoying the ride. The following battle of the sexes that ensues right up to a genuinely laugh out loud ending to this first book of the series is particularly well done.

    The narration by Gary Furlong is bright and breezy so the book never seems never seemed to drag at any point.

    In summary this is a light-hearted fantasy road-trip with a slightly different “battle of the sexes” and set of rather fascinating family relationships at its heart. Waldo’s grandfather and his first familiar are the real highlights and his continued utter failure to understand the world around him after his isolated upbringing provides a lot of the laughs.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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