Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.
Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards - and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another's company if they want to see Medieval England - and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS - ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?
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As was the case with Book 2, still great characters with funny and emotional interactions, but the story does not live up to the pace and content of Book 1. I thought it was a good take on the whole RPG angle but a lot of the story felt very repetitive, given the different points of view between the groups on the quest. Despite this, parts of the story were quite enjoyable and overall it was worth listening to. Looking forward to Book 4!
I really enjoyed the storey and I love the whole concept of a computer generated world. I am looking everywhere for the code.
Let the Wookiee win.
This is You The Elder.
You've just read this whole series and loved it, so go back to Off To Be The Wizard and start listening so I can write this flowing review.
"A Pleasant Listen"
Anyone who has read the reviews section of the previous two books knows I am a tremendous fan of this series. I think it is incredibly original, entertaining, light, and funny. The characters are engaging and show depth. That being said, I was not as happy with this installment.
I can't tell whether Scott was trying to bang out another book too fast, or whether he was trying to mix things up and explore different aspects of the character's relationships. Probably a mixture of both if I'm being fair. Much of the book seemed repetitive and without the plethora of geek culture references that made books 1 and 2 so very enjoyable. Don't get me wrong, there are still references. Just not anywhere near as nuanced or plentiful. I do understand that the repetitive nature of aspects of the book is potentially a commentary/reference in and of itself.
Another aspect to note is Scott took on some *much* deeper concepts in this book than previously. I think he did a fine job with them, but it was slightly jolting in comparison to the tone of the series as a whole.
Daniels' narration was great as always.
I love this series and will absolutely continue to look forward to book 4. This one just wasn't as strong. However, if you are into this series, it's absolutely worth a listen and a credit.
"I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,"
YOU LIKED EACH OTHER LESS.
Their is some science fiction in this, but it is mostly about having fun. There is some fantasy, but is more about fun. There is a lot of gaming, but also a lot of fun. This whole series was a blast. I liked this book better then number 2, but not as good as number 1 and that is the way most trilogies go. One ironic situation, that I am not sure the author realized, was when he as making fun of movies these days and how they are all sequels. He complains about it in his third book of a trilogy.
This book was more about gaming than the others. The whole story is a game within a game. Similar to Player One.
Luke Daniels is to Scott Meyer, as Frank Muller is to Stephen King, Ray Porter is to Jonathan Maberry, Wil Wheaton is to John Scalzi. He is great.
"takes on serious premise while keeping it light"
I loved the previous two installments of Wizard 2.0; Off to be the Wizard and Spell or High Water. The storytelling is great, they are packed with thoughtful, (mostly) likable characters with great chemistry, and they’re hilarious. Plus, Luke Daniels is fantastic in his performances. Listening to this was a no-brainer and I was thrilled when I saw it was next on my to-read list. Now, I’m just upset I didn’t give it a listen sooner. In my opinion, this is the best of the three. Scott Meyer hit a home run.
It’s movie night in 12th century England and the Wizards are about to start their second feature. Suddenly, four of the wizards disappear in a blink, leaving Martin and Roy dumbstruck. Phillip, Tyler, Jeff, and Gary along with Jimmy was who was not present for movie night, are teleported to the peak of a mountain. The first wizard that was ever exiled is back and he wants revenge. He has created a deadly game in which the wizards must overcome “perilous” obstacles, complete quests, and journey to their destination: The Chasm of Certain Doom (insert thunder and lightning here). Meanwhile, after discovering their friends have had there powers stripped, Martin and Roy seek advice from Gwen and the Brits. Assuming the worst they teleport to the same location as Phillip and the others hoping to help them. Both groups set off on the same adventure taking on the same hazards, overcoming the hurdles in different and extremely entertaining ways.
As with the first two, this volume takes on serious premise while keeping it’s trademark humor. It’s still a lighthearted read, poking fun at the tedious mechanics of a bad game you inexplicably must finish, or not so subtly pointing out, and living up to, cliches you see in so many novels and video games. As always, the dialogue between the characters is fantastic; complete with witty banter and serious conversation, it adds depth to the characters. Which is key because this is definitely a character driven story, and those characters drive a Porsche. Characters brought to life and made even better thanks to the performance.
Luke Daniels takes the helm again as the narrator or, more accurately, performer. His range is incredible, whether it’s a man, woman, or child the voice is always distinctive and fitting for the character. His delivery is phenomenal nailing emotion and emphasis uniquely for everyone. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a couple other of his works and have been impressed every time.
This humorous series is well worth your time if you’re in the mood for something fun and lighthearted. Scott Meyer and Luke Daniels have a great rapport that shines through every sentence, leaving you involved and immersed throughout the entire series.
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"I welcomed this quest"
I was happy for another book, and especially happy that we still had the same narrator. I wish this wasn't the end of the series, but I really enjoyed it, and I would strongly recommend the whole series to anyone
"please sir, I don't want anymore"
I decided to listen to this book for two reasons; it was free with my kindle unlimited account and I had already listened to books 1 and 2. This book is similar to book 2. I was hoping for something new and fresh but that isn't going to happen. There's no growth in the characters. There isn't much that was funny. Time travel and file manipulation has worn thin. This could have gone the way of the matrix in trying to break free of the file or trying to go forward in time like back to the future but, alas, we're stuck with the same old stuff.
Luke Daniels is a pleasure to listen to with his variety of voices. He is a truly talented actor.
Summary: Do yourself a favor. Listen to book 1 ASAP and skip books 2 and 3.
"A middling entry in a very fun series"
Firstly, while the author had only been signed on for a three book deal, it is my sincere hope that they sign him up for another three as soon as possible, as I thoroughly enjoy this series.
The audio books are especially enjoyable, and the narrator's performance has a great range, and comedic timing to support the story.
This entry had a few systemic problems, in that the cast of protagonists spends almost the entire novel seperated into a few groups, which caused me to miss some of the enjoyable banter, especially between Phillip and Martin. Secondly, These groups are chasing each other, which sometimes leads to some enjoyable differing takes on situations and misunderstood aftermath, but too often feels repetitive. Thirdly, the villain is rather bland despite being hyped and foreshadowed in the previous two books. Finally, this entry had a more somber subjects than the previous volumes, with less gee-whiz wonderment, and more ruminations on loss of trust, the many faces of sexism, and toiling labor, which sometimes was at odds with the tone of the writing.
Overall, I still enjoyed Unwelcome Quest. The secondary cast gets more time to shine, especially Tyler, who became very enjoyable. The changeups are not unwelcome, the characters remain enjoyably true to who they are, and the writing is still amusing.
Please continue this series, I look forward to seeing what comes next.
"Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two"
Good laughs, GREAT narration, just not as enjoyable as the first two. I'm sure it's hard to recreate the wonder of discovery when the file is first discovered, but that, and the cultural comparisons are what I enjoyed the most in this series, and those elements were a little thin in this one. Still looking forward to more!
"Luke Daniels really makes this book come alive"
I love this series of books. You can tell that behind every smirk and expression is an uber geek wanting to be heard. It hits all facets of life and culture and keeps you laughing the entire way through.
But this book would really be lacking if it weren't for the extreme talents of Luke Daniels. There are very few voice actors who can pull off doing an entire series with so many different characters as consistently and creatively as he does. Not to mention, his comic timing is perfect.
I recommend listening to this book at 1.25 speed. It makes the jokes funnier, and makes Phillips' quips that much more bruising and hilarious. (BTW, you can totally tell that Philip is Luke's favorite character. And who can blame him)
"Please tell me there will be more"
Yes, it if fun and dose not take it's self serious, just a good book to listen too and the characters are people we all know
None I have not listened to anything or read anything like it
Made me laugh
I would like to request more on this and you can just sign me up for the pre-order for all of them.
"Another great book by Scott Meyer"
Luke Daniels does another great performance in book three of magic 2 point 0. Highly recommended hysterical can't wait to listen to it again anxious for the fourth book of the Magic series
"Still as funny as the previous"
I absolutely love the narration of these books. Each character is ready with a unique pazazz which is really engaging. The story was fun, nonsense yet again - although I enjoyed the "real-world" element of the 2nd book a little more than this "in game" world.
I would recommend this series to others.
Love this series of books, I really hope there are more to come. Well written, very funny. Great characters read excellently. "We will gloss over Philips English accent"
"The wizards play old style RPG game - for real"
The third part in the Magic 2.0 series sees our heroes being abducted and forced to complete a quest by an arch enemy.
This continues on from the amazing first two books. If you have ever played some classic adventure games, then you will appreciate some of the scenes (such as the quest giver repeating himself until he receives a satisfactory response).
Some elements of the quest were a little off. One such area was the blacksmith - which lasted a little too long in my opinion. Nothing that will ruin the story for you.
The book has been set up to have a sequel, which is good news and I hope there is one - as there is no reason why this series should stay as a trilogy.
"Still good but weakest of the trio"
Still enjoyed this one but the format is becoming a bit stretched by this point. Listen to it you'll enjoy it but you'll be pleased there isn't a fourth book as that would become a drag.
"good but not the best"
enjoyed but the worst of the 3 so far. I liked it due to character details and performance was brilliant but story was a little lacking
I have all 3 in the series so far, best audio books out there! I would say this one is the best in the series followed by the first book.
"The "least best" of the three, but still worth it"
Not as amusing, nor as interesting a storyline as the first two books, but still executed brilliantly.
"CRASH AND BURN!!! AWFUL."
What the hell was that all about!! It’s like its written by another author, who read the previous books and decided he/she didn’t like the direction, but wanted to use the characters. What an awful episode in the series. I honestly struggled to LISTEN to the end, god only knows how Luke Daniels managed to READ to the end. It’s so bad I feel like I want to go back and edit my reviews of the other books.
I could sit here and lambaste it all day but the biggest criticism of all is as soon as I’ve written this review I’m returning it for a refund of my credit. Very disappointed.
I’m off to listen to River of London.
Still a good listen but it was always going to be hard to maintain such a high standard over all three books and this is probably the weakest although still fun. Great narration and some real laugh out loud moments punctuate the plot, recommended.
"The best book yet"
Are you a nerd? Do you dream about playing a game with maximum immersion? Then this book will show you how it could be! Like the protagonists in this story you might regret to have no quick saves before the boss fights though.
This book is clearly the best one of this series and putting it back on the track after the mediocre performance in the last book. There are still some flaws in the narrative if you are bothered to look for them but on the other hand you should be ready to be amazed by Scotts ideas!
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