• The Warlock

  • The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel
  • By: Michael Scott
  • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (2,187 ratings)

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By: Michael Scott
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Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter - but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren't safe! Discover the truth in book five of Michael Scott’s New York Times best selling series the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel.

The Oaths: Many have made them. The Betrayals: Almost as many will undo them.

The twins of prophecy have been divided - the end has begun.

Josh Newman has chosen a side, and he will not stand with his sister, Sophie, or the Alchemyst, Nicholas Flamel. He will fight alongside Dee and the mysterious Virginia Dare.

With San Francisco on the bring of ruin at the hands of Machiavelli, and Billy the Kid, Scatty, and Joan of Arc in another dimension called the Shadowrealm, the world stands at the edge of destruction. It is up to Sophie alone to find her twin before the battle begins pr all is lost - forever.

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  • The Alchemyst
  • The Magician
  • The Sorceress
  • The Necromancer
  • The Warlock
  • The Enchantress
©2011 Listening Library; 2011 Michael Scott

Critic Reviews

“The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil.” (Bustle)

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Engaging story, sometimes crippled by repetition

The series "The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel" is probably the next Harry Potter. Taking historical characters, Michael Scott writes an interesting story of two twins, Josh and Sophie, who take different paths as predicted by Abraham the Mage, the writer of a codex that contains all the secrets of the world. If you expect historical accuracy, then this book might irritate you, especially Scott's knowledge of early human history (Sumerian and Greek history falls short. I also don't know what to think about the witch of Endor. Scott may use historical figures, but definitely not in character as discribed in early sources.) However, if you are ready for an interesting adventure with some New Age/ eastern religious concepts binding fun, adventure and expectation together, you might just like this series. One thing I find irritating of Scott's writing style is his repetition of certain ideas almost ad infinitum, as if someone is going to jump in at the last book and not listen or read the others, or as if you are putting the book aside to read for two or three years, just to pick is up and read it again. I am not sure if young people has such a short memory span, though I think that might be an insult. Yet, when you travel with Josh and Sophie up to this point where even their aunt doesn't seem to be who she was all along and time travel brings a new dimension to the story, you would be interested in how it is going to end. I recommend this book for its fun and adventure but not for its historicity and sometimes sloppish writing.

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  • 08-18-12

Cliff Hanger -- Batter Up for Book 6

Book five brings many changes and pieces of information to the immense puzzle. The role of the fifth book is to setup the sixth, which it does extraordinarily well. The best part of this book is how many of the loose ends are now becoming woven tighter and more directionally to a conclusion. Although by the last page, you may have some hypotheses about where things are going, I think there are many different possibilities that you cannot discount. On to the sixth and last novel – the final battle is coming.

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Dragging: may not finish series

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listened to the first books of the series; finishing 1 and immediately starting the next. I have been listening to this one on and off for about 2 months now. The storyline is getting bogged down with too many characters and simultaneous parts of the whole story that somehow are going to tie together. I planned to finish just cause I hoped to know the end, but after reading that this is only the beginning of the end, I may just scrap it. It is really dragging. I am no longer certain as to who is a protagonist and who is an antagonist. And honestly, right now important characters from the beginning are less important and minor characters have become important. At one point there were 6 different groups of people/ storylines to keep track of. I thought this was juvenile fiction, but I don't think my kid's could keep track of all of this. Even when I was listening regularly I kept wishing it was a book so I coul go back to remember,

Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Scott again?

Not sure, like someone else said, I think he is milking his cash cow and hoping to pull another few stories out of this series without a clear picture of where he is going.

What aspect of Paul Boehmer’s performance would you have changed?

The actor did a nice job. He has a nice voice to listen to.

Could you see The Warlock being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Unlike Potter where 7 books became 8 movies, this story would need to be 5 - 8 books becoming 1 - 2 movies. Too much repetition and not enough action. You know the movie people would cut out huge chunks of the back story and half of the characters. Really not even sure who to care about anymore.

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A good and bad report...

This series is interesting and fun. The writing skill of the author is unquestioned and the narrator was superb, but when does this saga end? I've invested in 5 books and there is no conclusion to the story in sight. It's time to stop milking this "cash cow" and move on. I'm finished! Enough, already!

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The Warlock: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas

I have read all the previous books, and they were pretty good, but, how this one ever got the rating it did I'll never know. Hoping that it would get better, I listened to the entire first half and, well, it never did. The narrator is very good which is probably the only saving grace. I feel cheated that I wasted a whole credit on this book and would not recommend it to anyone.

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A little disappointed in this one

I loved the first four books and assumed the 5th would be the last but no Michael Scott continues to milk this cash cow. I got the feeling from this book that when Michael started writing he did not know how the story would end and is now making it up as he goes along. I found following multiple story lines confusing and the ending was totally implusable given the rest of the story. I may listent the 6th book but am starting to lose patience.

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Awesome...

Better than potatoe chips...you can't stop at one! Exciting, engaging and entertaining from beginning to end.

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Great Series

A few mistakes in the narration, Hecate's name needs consistency, either "Hek-ut" as was apparently common around the time of Shakespeare, or the Anglicized Greek form "Hek-u-tee".

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And I thought the Rocky series was long....

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes - the story is good, but Paul reads it a little more slowly than I'd like

What was most disappointing about Michael Scott’s story?

That it repeats the details a little more than necessary in order to keep new readers in the loop. The story should have had an ending by now but it keeps going and going and....

Would you listen to another book narrated by Paul Boehmer?

Not unless it was the next (and hopefully the last) in this series. His reading style is too slow for me. His voices are excellent, though.

Was The Warlock worth the listening time?

I have to say no. Had it ended, then I would have said yes. I feel tricked.

Any additional comments?

I understand trying to make the series last and a good story isn't usually complete in one book. However, I think by book 5, I'm getting a little tired and will consider ending my listening with this book.

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Loved the ending

You have to read the first 4 books but I did love the ending. This series may or may not be intended for teenagers or the youth. It is a nice fun series. I am a seriously avid reader, and finish a novel per week. I picked up the first book in the series for my daughter. I ran out of books and picked it up. I have read all of them now. They are fun.
The series has characters that are well wrritten and believable. The goals and problems are very truthful. Michael Scott has to have or had a few teenagers because he has them down pretty well in the books.
Now don't think you are about to read a literary masterpiece but the stories have heart, soul, well planned themes and flow, and realistic well described characters. I love a good book and these are just that. GOOD BOOKS

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  • eadlew
  • 08-12-11

Difficult to follow and very slow

We have listened to this whole series and the books have become more and more convoluted as the series has proceeded. The books have progressively lost the storyline among many details, which are sometimes interesting, but cause the latter books to plod along with no real edge. This series is basically okay, but it is time the author tied things up and started something new.

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  • Zoe O’T
  • 02-22-19

Really enjoying this series

Great series. Enjoying it. My only very slight criticism is the change of accents for a few of the characters during the course of the series. Not enough to stop me enjoying this though. Fun, easy story and I’ve enjoyed listening to it on my daily commute. Last book about to start....

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  • Stepper
  • 02-17-20

Never lets up...

The story gallops on as exciting and fast paced as the ones before with a very surprising twist in the tail! The narrator done an excellent job except with the Irish accent which would jump in and out of Scottish and something else. I enjoyed the added explanation at the end about the flying machines. All in all a good book I am happy to recommend as I go quickly now to the next book.

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  • Richard
  • 11-18-16

Enthralling

Brilliant addition to the collection and love how it links historical figures in history throughout the story. cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Shin
  • 01-05-21

Harry Potter move over!

This is a great series and the narrator is fantastic with not only the accents but timing and diction. I have enjoyed these first 5 books and with 1 to go find myself debating about the last one. To listen immediately or after dinner!!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-13-20

So addicted to this series!

Such a great ending, can't wait to listen to the next book in the series!