Witch & Wizard - Book One (Excerpt)

Narrated by: Spencer Locke, Elijah Wood
Length: 1 hr and 4 mins
Categories: Teen & Young Adult
3.5 out of 5 stars (643 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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.

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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.

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Only 1 chapter

If you want to read a book, this isn't it. Only 1 Chapter and no ending.

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Childish

I normally love teen books but this one felt like it had no “meat” to it. The narrators were ok the maritime of the book was from a guy and girls point which was hard to follow and the woman who spoke just didn’t do it for me. Unfortunately I wasn’t intrigued enough to finish the series.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Fantasy and Beyond

This short audio presentation is a teaser to James Patterson's Science Fiction Magical Fantasy series about witchcraft and wizards, young adult heroes, and a new societal take-over by a tyrannical New Order. In the course of a day or two, the young teenagers, Wisty and Whit, discover their burgeoning powers, they are under arrest and face probable death for practicing magic, and discover that their parents are not dead but on the lam, guilty of the same charges. Patterson's characters are likable. The protagonists are challenged to draw upon inner strength and fortitude to get through their ordeal. The plot is set for anyone to explore this imaginative world by the author's craftsmanship.

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Great Story

Loved the storyline. Hated the fact 2 ppl shared the speaking for the whole excerpt.