Meet Quentin Coldwater, king of the bizarre and wonderful land of Fillory. But he is getting restless, even in heaven a man needs a little adventure. So when a steward is murdered on a morning's hunt Quentin gets exactly that. But this quest is like no other. What starts as a glorified cruise to faraway lands soon becomes the stuff of nightmares....
The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an extraordinary journey that allows the imagination to run riot and proves Grossman is the modern heir to C.S. Lewis.
This is a book like no other.
©2016 Lev Grossman (P)2016 Random House AudioBooks
Not quite as engaging as The Magicians, but nice to finally hear from Julia's perspective.
As an Australian I found Poppy's accent difficult to listen to otherwise an engaging narration.
I can't really explain why it isn't a 5 star without spoilers so I'll just say the positive stuff.
Some have commented on the narrator's boring voice and while I may have agreed to begin with (coming from a previously very animated narrator), it quickly became a non-issue. It's just a different style and probably quite suitable given the personality of the main character.
It's not a new thing but I love love love the Harry Potter meats Narnia theme. It's about time there were books with similar themes for adults!
I don't know if the author, or someone he knows, has a mental illness but one character in particular has thought patterns described that are almost identical to mine (I have Bipolar, predominantly depression). I felt very connected to this character and almost felt like the story was happening to me. If only I had the genius IQ and could be whisked off to a magical world everything would be dandy :)
I highly recommend listening to this at night, lights off, so you can completely lose yourself in the story and forget about the real world.
Much better than book 1. The characters have matured & are less whiney.
Exciting exploration of our secret inner fantasies from childhood. what if magic was real? What does being a hero really mean?
"a disappointing mess"
i found the first half of this book is mind numbingly boring, the second half picks up but ends on a downer.
It's such a good book. I loved it. Quentin makes some stupid decisions, and at times I really hate him and want to punch him in the face, but overall, I think it's fantastic
Elliott!! Any part with him.
He's great. My friend made me watch the first episode of the TV show and I couldn't do it, All their voices were wrong. He just adds something special to the characters.
Yes, but it's too long. It took a few days, and I couldn't stop listening to it.
"really great apart from the ridiculous Australian accent."
The story is fantastic; as good if not better than the first book. Well paced and unexpected. Bramhall is a brilliant reader up to the point where Poppy, an Australian central character, is introduced. Her accent on the reading is so grating that i quickly started hoping she'd turn mute.
"Great story & storytelling- terrible Australian Accent!"
I really enjoyed this book, the story was great and engaging, though I found the end came a bit quickly after a long build up.
In general, the reading was excellent. The diction was clear and there was the right level of emotion. However, I had up take 2 stars off for the abysmal Australian accent. It was so bad that it took you right out of the story and whenever I heard it coming I would wince.
Other than that, heartily recommended.
"Very very good"
Absolutely. Its so nice to have a bit of a twisted adult version of a fairy tale. It's got a sense of humour as well. The characters don't seem to take themselves as seriously as in most fantasy books.
So far, Julia. She's never what you expect.
This is the reason I gave 4 stars, Poppy, who is meant to be Australian has the WORST Australian accent I have ever heard. The narrator is great at everyone else, but wow, every time Poppy speaks it sets my teeth on edge.
Definitely better than the first book with far fewer Narnia references, I will persevere and read the third book now. I really enjoy the detail when he writes about the magic and spell casting.
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