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Editorial Reviews

In the first audiobook of Pierce's Circle of Magic quartet, the mage Niklaren Goldeye gathers four children and takes them to Winding Circle temple. They possess powers they do not understand, which leads to their being moved to Discipline cottage and which may end up making them a family. Full Cast Audio used almost 30 actors in this presentation, and the result is an exceptional match between the voices and the character descriptions, including children's characters being voiced by children. The resulting authenticity helps bring the world of Emelan to life. High production values are also seen in the musical accents and sound quality.

Publisher's Summary

This is a story about craft, about work, about magic, and most of all about the pleasure and difficulty of friendship. It begins when four young misfits with a talent for magic (and trouble!) arrive at Winding Circle Temple. Despite their differences, Sandry (the noble), Tris (the merchant girl), Daji (the trader), and Briar (the "street rat") find themselves bound together in a Circle of Magic - a circle they will need when they face crushing danger in a white-knuckle climax that will have listeners glued to the edges of their seats.
Follow the adventures of all the young mages-in-training with Tamora Pierce's Circle of Magic series.
©1997 Tamora Pierce; (P)2002 Full Cast Audio

Critic Reviews

"Sandry's Book is a wonderful fantasy story and the Full Cast Audio presentation puts listeners right in the middle of the action." (The Shy Librarian)

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Excellent production of a great book

I am a fan of Full Cast Audio (and their predecessor Words Take Wing). I am also a fan of the Circle of Magic books, of which this is the first. The combination is truly excellent; I have listened to this audiobook several times already. This is a great book for girls of any age, and my brothers love it too. I am crossing my fingers that Audible will get the other books in this series as they are released. Note: for those who may have concerns about the morals in Tamora Pierce's other series, these books shouldn't be a problem.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Paul
  • Mesa, AZ, USA
  • 07-28-03

Excellent Read

I have long enjoyed Tamora Piece's novels. This one continues in the tradition of excellence that she has set out in her previous work. This book with its new take on magic, and its intensely interesting four young characters kept me interested from the moment I began to listen. This the first novel of the quartet describes how the four come to be togethor and details their trials in learning their own unique abilities and talents, and becoming more of a group and less individuals despite their different backgrounds. Also of note is the high quality of voice acting, w/ multiples actors for the different characters making the transitions in dialog smooth and keeping the flow of the story both interesting and pleasant.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Samson
  • Newcastle, WA, USA
  • 06-02-09

A children's book coupled with bad narration

I loved the Lioness and Trickster books but this one is not in the same league. The writing is more of a children's book than young adult. I believe this is one of Pierce's earlier books so that might explain the simplistic writing. It could've been saved by some decent narration but as the other reviewers have stated, narration was horrendous.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Fitchburg, WI, USA
  • 04-12-05

Childrens book

I think the author should have hired someone else to read her book. Most of the voice acting was mediocre at best. I very much liked the story, and would consider reading the paper version, but as an audio book this book does poorly. Do yourself a favor and check this one out at a library instead and read it to your child. It will be a much better experience.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Perfect for anyone over 7

I read these books when the first came out in the 4 book set. I was 8. I'm 26 now as having a nostalgia trip. 100/10.

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Great story and good overall performance

Some of the voices were a little annoying, but it actually captured the characters well in that sense. Overall great sort and good overall performance.

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loved it

My daughter is a great tamora pierce fan, and has been ever since she was little (I used to read the "wild magic series to her). Since she is still very young she cant read that well yet but is thrilled at being able to listen to books on the bus to school. I am thrilled that my daughter can enjoy he wonders of books when she cant read yet.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Story, Well Performed

The Circle of Magic is still just as enjoyable to me as an adult as it was when I first found it as a teenager, and as usual, Full Cast Audio has done a good job presenting it. I think it's really cool that Tamora Pierce herself is the narrator - and there's a bonus: the last 5 minutes are her talking about where the ideas for the series came from!

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Movie material

I love these books so much! They really need to make them into a movie already.

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Wonderful use of full-cast narration

It's no surprise to people that know me that I love the Tamora Pierce books, and have for over 20 years. However, I have not always enjoyed the audiobooks, especially the choice of narrators (I'm thinking of the Protector of the Small books in particular here). However, the use of the Full Cast Family to portray each character was brilliantly done. I have always loved listening to this book in particular, because the different voice actors bring so much to these characters, right from the beginning. I highly recommend the Circle books in particular in audio form, to anyone who wants to hear well written fantasy!