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The World Walker Audiobook

The World Walker: The World Walker Series, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Just outside Los Angeles, a prisoner hidden away for 70 years sits up, gets off the bed and disappears through a solid wall.

In Australia, a magician impresses audiences by producing real elephants. Nobody realizes it's not an illusion.

Across the world, individuals and ancient organizations with supernatural power suddenly detect the presence of something even they can't understand.

At the center of it all, Seb Varden, a 32-year old musician with a secret in his past, slits his wrists, is shot dead and run over on the freeway. He's had better days.

Seb is about to discover the universe is a far more complicated place than he'd ever imagined.

©2016 Ian Sainsbury (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    DobieChuck Colorado 01-15-17
    DobieChuck Colorado 01-15-17 Member Since 2017

    Blind listener reading everything, especially mystery/thrillers and sf&f. Restricted to audio so picky where credits spent. #BooksRule

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    "Good Stuff"

    Very good read w/ some sneaky creativity... First you think SF, then you think fantasy, then you thin SF again... It literally is SF&F perfectly blended, w/ a strong influence of the Clark assertion that anything not sufficiently understood is indistinguishable from magic... Genre bending and fusing... Kinda urban/contemporary fantasy, but only slightly as the SF elements become more recognizable... Some really good characters, complete w/ a decidedly dastardly bad guy... The narration is adequate, but adds little to the experience... Which is fine, bc this story is where it's at and the narrator has it easy w/ such a smooth flowing yarn... Feels like there's a dash of Larry Niven's Magic universe influencing w/ better results imo...

    35 of 35 people found this review helpful
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    TJunk 02-08-17
    TJunk 02-08-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Decent read"

    Different plot direction that I initially assumed was happening. I liked the direction, was just blind sided by it. This doesn't happen often so I'm happy with the result. Can't wait for book 2.

    14 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 06-04-17
    kwdayboise (Kim Day) Boise, Idaho 06-04-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great series starter"

    This book was published spring of 2016 and two sequels have already hit the stands coming out about every six months. This first book features Sebastian "Seb" Varden, a 32-year-old musician who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is intent on suicide. Instead he's touched by an alien who heals him and gives him what appear to be magical powers. He becomes a World Walker. My movie pitch version: "Think Green Lantern meets Aleister Crowley."

    In the book we learn of a world of people with seemingly magical powers but we learn that these powers have a scientific source and that they can be recharged at special spots ("thin areas") of the earth. Over the centuries these powers have been interpreted as being religious, mystical, or satanic depending on the cultures where they appear. We also learn that there's a growing battle among the various recipients of these powers and there is even a secret government agency seeking to destroy many of the people who have received the powers. Some of these have a sense of their powers, others simply grow up thinking they're exceptionally lucky.

    As the story progresses Seb gets more control of the powers he's been given. As he does he becomes a target of different factions with the powers. But Seb is unique in that his powers seem to be above and beyond anything seen before.

    Sainsbury creates a very likeable character in Seb. He's intelligent, committed to fighting evil use of these powers by whoever misuses them, and shows a lot of humor despite the intensity of some of the action in the book. I haven't looked at the two follow-up volumes but I'm hoping there's more of the same. He also has help from wonderful friends who take on very important roles in what happens. The book makes use of some well-loved sci-fi tropes while managing to mix in some fantasy ones as well. It's a unique mix and well-written in the style of a thriller.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy Chilton-Kendrick 04-26-17 Member Since 2015

    I love Science Fiction, Mysteries, Thrillers & Werewolves & Vampires. I devour audiobooks. Driving, cleaning house & anytime.

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    "Good Start and Original"

    This is the 2nd time I have listened to this audiobook and it is very good Audiobook. Narration is wobbly at first but improves later. The story is different and very entertaining.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy 03-18-17
    Tommy 03-18-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book"

    Love this genre and this is def one of the better books in this genre. If your looking for the next book to read or series to start can't go wrong with this one!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    zzzspawn 04-05-17
    zzzspawn 04-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "very good, a little bit explainy"

    it was interesting and I wish it had been hinting more about a sequal.

    overall I loved the scifi, it fit with the characters knowledge, and because of this I didn't feel like I needed too much technobabble.

    the only thing I didn't like was that it seemed like the author believes the readers of sci-fi is just as clueless as a musician/hippie/dude, and not well versed in the typical tropes and ideas; so at times I found myself almost a little annoyed as I was being explained to like a 5 year old.

    other than that I only had one logical fallacy stick with me, and overall enjoyed the ride :)

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer 04-05-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Brain Candy for Nerds"

    This book instantly gets your blood pumping and kept me guessing which direction it would go in. The explanation of Seb's power is such brain candy and I thoroughly enjoyed it. looking forward to the next book.

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    roadmedic 03-10-17
    roadmedic 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "It was ok , but"

    It was a good book but would have been better without all the time spent trying to explain his world view. It was like the author was trying to preach to us.

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    Michael 03-31-17
    Michael 03-31-17
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    "Amazing"

    This book takes many turns and each of them were incredible. Definitely a good listen

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    frank 09-22-17
    frank 09-22-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome!!!"

    Very unexpected. Was refreshingly fun and couldn't wait to listen. Narrator did a fantastic job

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    2/24/17
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    "Great first book"

    Thought I would give this book a go and It didn't disappoint.
    Had no problems with the reader which is very important to me.
    Great twists and terns just hope the next book holds up to this great standard that's been set.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Cobb
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    "A Punt"

    Looking for something for my walk to work. I find authors I never heard of a gamble. But I really enjoyed it. Read well by Todd Boyce. I heartily recommend this really good story. Nicely finished too.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • JR Hartley
    7/12/17
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    "Not for English audiences"

    Quite how you get a job reading an audiobook with a key character from England, when you cannot do an English accent, is beyond me. It has made this book unbearable to listen to, however the story turns out. I'll buy a hard copy and hope the US accents in my head are better than this English one was in my ears.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    6/15/17
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    "Nope - I lost it"

    I'm not sure what happened here, but I've had to abandon the book mid-way through.
    I'm 12 chapters in and still really don't have any idea what's going on - I like the idea of setting up lots of little threads of this and that, to keep us guessing and weave them together artfully later on. But - 12 chapters in and I have just a handful of threads I don't understand.

    One more titchy niggle, not really worth mentioning but while I'm on the subject... ~ the reader's english accent really bugged me - it's not bad exactly, but it sounds like David Essex which I find massively confusing.

    The blurb seemed to promise a great story, and if anyone's minded to write the book I hoped for here I'm all ears. Until then sadly this book and I are not friends and will, with regret on my side at least, go our separate ways.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • J Blackmur
    6/7/17
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    "Great book...looking forward to the next in the series"

    This is the first time I have listened to anything by Mr Sainsbury, and I thoroughly enjoyed it...an innovative theme (for me at least) and I have already bought books 2 and 3. Looking forward to listening further.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • peardrop
    6/6/17
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    "Unusual concept"

    Intriguing idea woven into an interesting story. It certainly leaves you wanting to know what happens next.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    6/4/17
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    "Interesting Story"

    Good storyline. Keeps you wanting to know more. Can hardly wait to get started on book 2.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jem
    5/31/17
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    "best book I've heard for a long time!"

    Sainsbury is a fantastic and imaginative writer! Brilliant first part of a Trilogy. Off to listen to part 2!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • JAA
    9/11/17
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    "slow at first"

    struggled with the beginning of the book but as it went on the story develops and couldn't put it down

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MR JONATHON HOLLIS
    8/29/17
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    "Awesome."

    Best audio book to date and I'm very hard to please. 'Reads' like a David Gemmell in terms of addictiveness and 'page turning'. Story never felt stupid and I'm downloading the next one now.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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