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The Dao of Magic

The Dao of Magic, Book 1
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Series: The Dao of Magic, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (506 ratings)

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Cultivation. Magic. Empowering unwitting animals! 

A thousand-year-old cultivator, Drew, is about to ascend to a higher existence. As he begins the process, he finds out he has pissed off one too many demigods. Though he manages to fight off the concerted effort of sect elders and patriarchs...he is slapped away from the higher realms by something. 

After an instant or an eternity, he awakens on a lower realm! The air is filled with garbage energy, and his emotions of all things are allowing him to control it. For a cultivator that has spent his existence absolutely controlling his thoughts...that won’t do at all. To regain his place in the cosmos, he will need to create the energy his is familiar with once more...even if it might poison the entire world. 

Then again...he could just take it easy and leave all the hard work to his "willing" apprentices.  

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Really close to a 5-star book... and funny.

I have listened to quite a few audiobooks whose reviewers claimed were hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. Of all those books I think only one or two actually lived up to those claims. Keeping that in mind, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person at least once every couple of chapters. So if a fat, old curmudgeon like me was giggling all the way through this book, most other people should not have to worry that the claims are exaggerated.

Sadly, I was very close to skipping over this book based on the description. It sounded like another “over-powered, over-ego’d MC” book whose jokes were more likely to make me cringe than laugh, but based on a couple of the positive reviews which sounded like they were written by thinking adults, I took a chance...

The plot to this book mostly hangs in the background, and gives center-stage to a more slice-of-life flow. In spite of this, the book remains engaging and doesn’t have that pointless feeling that other books like it tend to engender. Really, you can feel the plot swirling around the bubble of ignorance that the MC is traveling inside and I fully expect the two to come crashing together in subsequent books.

This book isn’t for kids but that’s more due to language and attitude. Thankfully, in spite of sometimes being a little crass this novel doesn’t have any of the cringe-inducing, 13-year-old sex fantasies or completely unbelievable harem BS that seem to pollute every third fantasy title on Audible these days.

Lastly, although this is a story about a cultivator, it spends more time making light of the tropes of your typical Xianxia cultivation novel than it does adhering to the common tenants of that genre. Which I found extremely refreshing.

I honestly can’t imagine that anyone who has read this review and come away thinking they might enjoy this book will be disappointed after spending the credit.

I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but I try not to hand those out just because a book is really really good. They have to be amazing. But I’m still torn about my decision.

30 of 35 people found this review helpful

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A bohemian cultivator.

From his thwarted ascension to godhood our hero is plunged into a lower realm of moody mages and grimdark overtones. He brings a thousand years of cultivation knowledge to a new world and uses it to knock it out and rifle through it's pockets.
Such a fun approach to the genre, hands down in my top three wuxia novels. Humorous and playful on every level, if you're on the fence give this one a chance. I really can't imagine anyone regretting it.

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The Dao of Magic

This was definitely a fun take on the Wuxia/LITRPG genre. Pavi does a fantastic job narrating and made me laugh out loud countless times. The magic/cultivation is explained in detail and relates the idea to modern concepts in places.

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Author needs a better editor

Honestly. Theres only about 11 hours worth of story in this 17 hour book.

I dont know who is in charge of telling him "No, dont waste 50 words on explaining something that can be done with 10".
But, I do know they're not doing their job.

The amount of time I felt like I needed to skip forward in the story are too many to count. Not to mention
the times where I just kinda zoned out without realising it because once more the main character spent
10 minutes explaining something that could be explained in 2 minutes.

I would honestly say this book is good, but the main character is boring as fuck, he reminds me of that guy
that insists on explaining something to you that you have no interest in or that you already understand.

I had been wanting to buy this authors other book for a while, but frankly, if THIS book is wasting 5-7 hours
worth of the book explaining boring things that you already understand, then I dont know how much book
there is left if he does the same in the other book he wrote since that book is only about 9 hours long.

Overall, I'd say get this book if you have nothing better to do, otherwise just get something else.

Voice actor does a splendid job however.

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Good but

A bit too meandering and a bit too explainy. I liked it though. I'll buy the next one.

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Not Enough Agency

There was no actual drive for the Protaganist's action. There was no growth in chracter.

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Could not have enjoyed it less

I'm really shocked that this book has as high reviews as it does. I do not see what others see. The best thing I can say about the writing is that it is consistent and grammatically correct.

This story has no conflict. The main character is arrogant and hard to like. It is a constant stream of "look how smart I am", even though the things discussed are often inaccurately portrayed. I could continue with similar criticisms for quite a while.

The narrator does a good job with the material. I feel bad for him having to read through it, but at least he was getting paid.

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Excellent world, no plot

I love the fact that physics is incorporated into the magic system. The characters are interesting. Aside from growing in power at ridiculous rates, I'm not seeing a narrative in this book. It was still a fun read though

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im happy with this book

this one got me sucked in quick what a great book hoping the next will be here soon bc I'll be buying it

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Relies a bit much on foul language

Good book. I think swear words were used too much as a comedic crutch, though.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 09-21-19

Good unusual book

Narrator is very good.

Story and idea are unusual but I couldn't stop listening and waiting for the usual. And then I realised it was about the journey.

I however definitely enjoy author's storytelling and mastery of the language

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  • Alexander
  • 09-18-19

Good story, loads of detail

Looking forward to the next book. Really enjoyed the technical detail that went into it.

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  • Dean
  • 09-06-19

seriously?

This is a damn mess. I would only call it cultivation because he uses chi as mana. That's it. Maybe he only read a little cultivation novels? That said the title isn't too far off, seeking the dao is to seek the truth, so I can understand where he was going with this book, maybe...

It's a 1000 yr old person reincarnated into his 3rd life, who talk's like a try hard teenager using words like SHIZZNIT. I've never heard anyone use it outside of 13-14 yr old teenage boys playing online games. The author tries really hard to be funny, but just comes across as stupid rambling.

Honestly I wonder if people listened to another book, this is a bloody mess.

THAT SAID, there are a good amount of the book that is truly enjoyable and its just ruined by literally JUST the MC, the world and everything else. EVEN the cultivation style is decent, its just all twisted by the MC and his attitude.

Same book written differently would be so much better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-03-19

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book.
Something a bit different for me but really got into the story and liked the perspective of an over powered hero.
very funny in places and kept me intrigued the whole way through. will defiantly getting book number two.