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The world is changing - the government has seized control of almost everything, and kids are disappearing. For 15-year-old Wisty and her older brother, Whit, life turns upside-down when they are hauled out of bed one night, separated from their parents, and thrown into a secret compound for no reason they can comprehend, except that the new government is clearly trying to suppress Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.

Imprisoned together in a decrepit cell, Wisty and Whit cling to the only things they have left - a blank book, a drum stick, and each other. While searching for ways to escape, both begin exhibiting strange abilities. Maybe there is a reason they were singled out!

Can Wisty and Whit, a witch and a wizard, master their skills in time to save themselves, their parents - and maybe the world?

From James Patterson, the creator of the best-selling Maximum Ride and Daniel X novels, comes Witch and Wizard, his most terrifying and awe-inspiring series yet.

©2009 James Patterson; (P)2009 Hachette

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  • Slim
  • Lexington, Virginia
  • 04-12-16

Liked It

I thought this book was a bit interesting. This the first book I've listen to by James Patterson, even though I own one book by him. But I do like thew Witch and Wizard book. Had my attention from beginning to end. I never listen to books a like this before. I thought it was good, to be honest.

20 of 22 people found this review helpful

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not the best cook but it wasn't horrible

it wasn't the best book I hope the unabridged version is better. have a good day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Calling all Harry Potter fans!

If you are a Harry Potter fan, you may be very interested in this story. If you are not, you will still appreciate the good writing and fine narration.

This excerpt was a detailed introduction to a series of books about a brother and sister who have newly discovered magical abilities. At the beginning of the story, Whit and Wisty believe they are ordinary teenagers. When their home is raided at night by people intent on their capture they learn they will be tried - and possibly executed - for practicing witchcraft. This seems absurd, until they begin to discover that they do have powers that ordinary teens don't have. Imprisoned, they must rely on each other, a few mysterious objects given to them by their parents, and their unfamiliar powers to try to escape.

While this hour long excerpt held my attention, I wouldn't say that it hooked me. I am not going to rush out and buy the series because I'm just dying to know what happens. I would probably listen to the series if it went on sale, but it is not at the top of my list of books to purchase. Others who really enjoy stories of magic teens will feel differently, since this story has the potential to evolve into a modern day Harry Potter series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dani
  • Melbourne, FL, United States
  • 03-28-10

disappointing

I ended up listening to the whole book and although it had some interesting parts, it did not do it for me. The ending was so hurried, lots of things were not explained enough. Unless it is going to be a series, I would not waste a credit on the whole book. The narration was excellent, though.

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Where does Witch & Wizard - Book One (Excerpt) rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

It rank at a 5 I liked this story

Who was your favorite character and why?

I don't have a favorite character from this story

What does Spencer Locke and Elijah Wood bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Not sure

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

SMile

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • Corona, CA, USA
  • 04-01-10

Short but Not So Sweet

The story had interesting elements, but after 1 hr and 15 minutes, the narrative ended with a bit of a cliffhanger. Had I known, I would not have invested a credit in the first part of a serial novel. Next time I'll pay more attention to the details so I don't get tricked into buying half the story.

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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interesting

modern take on Salem. Knew what was coming but it was still an interesting bit. Always enjoy hearing a familiar voice like Elijah Wood!

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Was expecting more

Thought it would be interesting, but really just seemed like a regurgitation of Nazi-like behaviors leading up to WW2. The readers did well, but the text seemed to be written in the manner my 13 year old daughter speaks. Almost had a valley girl flashback. I also thought this was an unabridged short story, but apparently it's just an intro to the series. I'll pay more attention to the fine print before I chose something for a quick ride home.

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Bad, simplistic writing. Unrealistic characters.

The words and actions of these characters are so stereotypical and uninspired I barely made it through this 65 minute sample. If this is representative of the series, I wouldn't let my kids read this. The idea that these kids and parents would live through very obviously life changing political events, but say and do nothing in regards to them is unforgivably unbelievable.

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Caution, this is an Excerpt

My mistake was not noticing this was just an excerpt . I enjoyed it though and ended up buying the full book.