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Out of Spite, Out of Mind

Magic 2.0, Book 5
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Length: 7 hrs and 34 mins
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Publisher's Summary

When you discover the world is a computer program, and you figure out that by altering the code you can time travel and perform acts that seem like magic, what can possibly go wrong?

Pretty much everything.

Just ask Brit, who has jumped around in time with such abandon that she has to coexist with multiple versions of herself. Now, Brit the Elder finds that her memories don't match Brit the Younger's. And there's the small matter of a glitch that's making Brit the Elder's body fritz out. Brit the Elder's ex-boyfriend Phillip wants to help her, but he'll have to keep it secret from his current girlfriend, Brit the Younger, who can't stand her future self.

Meanwhile, Martin is trying to protect Phillip from a relentless attacker he somehow hasn't noticed; Gwen is angry because Martin accidentally proposed to her; Gary tries to help the less fortunate, with predictably disastrous results; and an old nemesis might have to be the one to save them all.

In Out of Spite, Out of Mind, our fearless wizards discover the biggest glitch in their world's program may well be themselves.

©2018 Scott Meyer (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

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It was OK...

I find the fact that most of the main characters act obtuse and stupid most of the time to be very off-putting.

And the idea that fate is fixed not because of fate itself but because of the hard work put forth by the main characters to recreate all the things they experienced in different time lines is crazy.

Brit actually spends 2 months working out a set of dance moves just because she saw her older self come back in time and do it. Stupid and frustrating.

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simple fun.

stays true to the tone and standard of this series. good for some simple fun and entertainment.

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Nicely recovered

Still love the concept though it was starting to lose its way a bit in the last books. This is a good recovery back to firmer footing. I especially like the run around for the agents. Nicely done.

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Worst book in a series I absolutely love.

Like the rest of the books it's a fun ride but the ending is awful nonsense. This series is at it's best whenever it deconstructs the classic tropes of certain genres, and for the most part this book is the same as the rest except that it more directly tackles the idea of time travel more than the others.
It's a good concept that could work if the ending hadn't come across so poorly. With the characters, especially Brit, coming across as genuinely stupid at a point.

*Spoilers*
The basic reason as to why Brit brakes up with Phillip makes sense on a spur of the moment emotional level BUT it is shown that she had eight years to think about it. No matter what he says he lied to her because he genuinely thought she would die if he didn't. The only reason he thought that was because she, unwilling to do anything against the timeline, wouldn't put into practice exactly what he was trying to tell her to do. None of this was his fault, it was all her.
She seems like an intelligent enough character to understand this, or a conversation about it with Gwen would force her to.
This makes the writing for the female characters come off as poor since it makes them seem like emotional messes rather than the intelligent women that they are.

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hated it

i really liked the previous books and this one started well but ended up focusing on the stupidest parts of the last books, people doing things they dont want to do, wouldn't normaly do, or just dont make sense cause that's what past/future them did.
the logic or lack thereof was incredibly frustrating
doubt I'll be getting the next book

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Another brilliant performance by Luke Daniels

Another brilliant performance by Luke Daniels. Thrilling and his performanceakes me love the characters. If I would ever read the books I can't imagine any other voice.

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good<br />

good good good glitch phillip and brit break up! guen and martin get married omg!?!?!?!?!!!??? da flip

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brilliant book but beyond brilliant storytelling

Luke Daniels makes these books come alive through his fabulous voice acting. start with the first book and you'll never look back.

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Unsatisfying but fun

The story alluded to the purpose of the simulation, and to how it works. Ultimately it was just another pointless lark using already defined events, lore and characters.

Its a shame the series has stagnated like this. A new wizard would have been nice. Even better would be access to another simulation, or solutions to the lead church paradox.

Meh.

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Great addition to the series

Great book with good narration, it is a bit short though, can't wait for the next book

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  • Doug
  • 09-07-2018

Least Favorite of the series so far

I guess maybe this book was written to set up future plots, but it really didn't seem to have much of a point. it didn't seem to me to flow very well or hold my interest nearly as much as the first four books of the series.

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  • ♡Louise♡
  • 21-06-2018

Not what I was hoping for.

Excellent narration by Luke Daniels as always.

This book in the series was not as light hearted and fun as the previous books.

Seeing the cover (honestly, I didn’t even read the synopsis before buying it - Magic 2.0 books are an auto buy for me) - I was expecting some fun interactions with many multiple versions of Brit.
Yes, there were multiple versions of Brit interacting together, but it wasn’t fun. Snooty, bitchy, grumpy... but not fun.

We know from previous books that future Brit and and future Philip are not a couple, but this is the book we find out why...... and well, Brit is a spiteful bitch.

Sounds like the next book should be interesting from the way this one ended. I just hope Mr. Meyer’s gives Philip a better happier storyline than what it looks like the future holds for him.

Looking forward to book 6 !

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-07-2018

Disappointing

This book was like a dog turd on a golf course. I feel like the author was going for a Empire Strikes Back feel and ended up with an unhappy ending and a big screw you to a couple main characters, turning one into a putz and the other into a villian.

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  • Joel
  • 01-07-2018

Scott, how do you think women are supposed to act?

Seriously, though. Gwen? She's angry until suddenly without context she's not and all Martin does is be honest and forthright with her. The Brits? They're normal until Philip tries his best to save them all and has to keep things from them/her. All be ever did was his very best to help and was forced to lie. The resolution is deeply unfair and unsatisfying on all sides and NOBODY else in the cast calls out Brit for being a bitch or being irrational. Honestly, this would have been a better resolution if Brit had died. The book is a slow, downhill slide into yet another unsatisfying resolution and a little lead in to another story where I'm sure it will be yet another downhill slide into mediocrity. Scott, please. You can do better than this. the first book proved that. your characters have gone from goofy and lovable to increasingly one dimensional and rigid.

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  • Chris Hauber
  • 07-07-2018

Don't read this one.

The title of this book describes Brits motivation and mental status perfectly. Seriously, if you have any love for these characters then do not listen to this book at all. Just pretend there was no foreshadowing problem at the end of the last book, and that all of the characters continue to live their lives the in their goofy but charming way. You'll be much happier.

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  • harbinger
  • 11-07-2018

A Philip to Remember / A Britt To Forget

**MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD!**

I adore the Magic 2.0 series - I fell in love with the world, the characters and their adventures through medieval England, Atlantis, and the rest. Luke Daniels is an absolute wizard in bringing these characters to life, and I applaud Scott Meyers for never resting on his laurels, and taking chances with books 3 (fun!), 4 (Honor fail) and 5.

With Out of Spite, Out of Mind, the Phillip//Britt pairing is the main event, representing fatalism vs. free will. And that's interesting! Where it quickly falls apart is 1) how condescending (at best) and spiteful (hence the title???) Britt becomes and 2) how idiotic she behaves. It's the second part that I take issue with Meyer, because Britt was a pretty awesome character until recently.

So, to recap: Britt is two people; younger Britt resents older Britt; elder Britt notices a glitch caused by the two co-existing; elder Britt enlists Phillip to help her solve the problem and keep it a secret from Phillip, lest they destroy everyone/everything; younger Britt finds out and accuses Phillip of cheating on him; not-so-young Britt "saves the day" by fixing elder Britt, but not before encoding fake memories of Phillip cheating on her, thereby preserving the time loop and fulfilling her (elder Britt's) destiny of not being with Phillip.

To my first point, the characters in the book show little to no sympathy toward Phillip, with the main character Martin being unhelpful at best. Britt absolutely brutalizes Phillip, accusing him of cheating (with herself???) and then implanting her future self with false memories to ensure this becomes elder Britt's reality. How horrific. How sadistic.

But the fact that Phillip is posterized by Britt is a quibble compared to point numero dos - Britt's logic is completely faulty. If she allows herself to love Phillip, believing in HIS idea that free will exists (that each person can make decisions independently), and that determinism is false, she completely screws the pooch by essentially acting toward self-sabotage and preserving the timeline (i.e., free will doesn't exist, so I'm just going to do what I was going to do anyway).

Do you see the problem there? The Brit I know is way, way smarter than that. She is essentially acting OUT OF CHARACTER to push this plot forward. Phillip is not collaborating with elder Brit to save elder Brit - he is, at the end of the day, trying desperately to save younger Brit. Younger Brit somehow interprets this to be tantamount to cheating, and then acts to ensure the miserable outcome that is this book, which doesn't really prove her point (that what will be will be) since she ultimately decided the resolution of elder Brit's fate. And decides to cover her tracks by erasing the truth and replacing it with a falsehood about Phillip's infidelity...uhhh, good job Brit!

I can see where this is all going, but it just pains me when characters act of our character in order for the plot to work in certain ways. Gwen is no charmer, either, and I'm puzzled at how little chemistry both couples have with one another. Mr. Meyer - most of us are ride-or-die fans, and we're too invested to give up on these characters. I'm certain that Phillip and to a lesser extent Martin will get their comeuppance (for essentially being good, normal guys), but the fact that I'm expecting this comeuppance against the loves of their lives is really weird, mean-spirited, bizarre, out of character, etc.

Thank you for taking some chances, and taking us to some unexplored territory, but please hide the puppet strings a bit better when having the characters do what they need to do in service of the entire story. Characters by their nature are in service to the story, but maybe the story should be in service to them, as well (ooh! story/determinism vs. character/free will!)

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  • Keela
  • 13-07-2018

A nonsensically funny story becomes nonsense

By the end of the story, Scott Meyer has taken his goofy and likable cast of characters and reduced them to one-dimensional cardboard cutouts of sheep. He strips them of any sense of depth, uniqueness, or meaning. If you have enjoyed the series for it’s sense of fraternal camaraderie, hijinx, and sophomoric charm set within a world built on an intriguing mystery, stop before this book. He ruined every good thing about the series in the latter half of this disaster. I think he was collecting a paycheck he didn’t fully earn.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-06-2018

Dont Bother

Small spoilers ahead:
Rather than listen to this, just read the last chapter and move on. It's literally the only thing that adds to the plot. Everything else in the story adds nothing and destroys any depth that anyone but Philip had. Outside of a few funny side-stories, the main story is literally just Brit ruining Philip's life because a future version of her did it to her; so, she has to do it because.... idk... no free will? That's it. That's her only reasoning, and everyone aside from Philip seems to accept this as a valid argument. Don't waste your money. Absolutely no development or growth here.

Props to the narrator, though. 10/10

Huge Spoilers after:

Philip listens to Old Brit when she tells him not to tell young Brit about what was going in with Old Brit FOR HER OWN SAFETY. Young Brit (despite believing she will one day be old Brit) decides that it's all Philip's fault for listening to old Brit and he should have ignored Old Brit's warning and told her. She breaks up with him, and to top it off she changes her own memories of the events to believe that Philip cheated on her; so, that way she'll never forgive him.... for trying to protect her(?). That's it. that's the entire plot, and EVERYONE sides with Brit. No one even questions it. Like... come on. What an awful story. How could anyone honestly believe she's in the right. What a completely garbage human being.
Complete letdown. Was really hoping the cliffhanger from Book 4 actually meant something, butttt.... NOPE

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  • M. E. Halstead
  • 05-07-2018

The title is the story.

Kind of defeats the feminist bent of the overall series by writing a story where a woman is so ruled by emotion she almost glitches the universe into oblivion just because her boyfriend secretly talked to other women (I don't think that's a spoiler).

I don't know, I enjoy the series but I wish the author wouldn't write every single character as if they're complete morons.

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  • Blake Jones
  • 02-07-2018

Brit is a sedistic monster.

The amount of damage she inflicts on others and the univers is amazing. She's good enough to be a Lovecraft monster. Yet she gets away with it all.

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  • J Breckenridge
  • 21-06-2018

Better than 4 not as good as 1,2 or 3.

SoI love these books - just going to say that first. They are all great in there own ways.

For me books 1 and 2 were really well done and book 3 was a smart way to incorporate new/old people in to the mix, book 4 was the odd one out but book 5 does tie in to it.

The entire book just felt very angry and shouty, they are all friends but just constantly shout at each other like they hate each other. Im starting to get sick of gwen and her constantly beating martin up (so to speak), i dont really get what he sees in her!

The Brits stuff got even more silly and complicated and found myself thinking when is this going to end. Some parts of the stroy just felt they were there for the sake of being there and did feel like they dragged on.

Having said all that, the last 5/6 chapters were funny and a bit more mystic as per the first books and i really enjoyed that, i am excited for the next set of books based on the end, but i did see the plot twist coming. (still a good twist)

There are some really laugh out loud parts of the story and some really silly parts that make it a magic 2.0 book. I think the references to more modern day stuff got a little out of in some places but thats no biggie! As per usual Luke does a fantastic job with the story telling and plays the parts very well, he is 50% of the reasons for coming back.

Scott did a great job on make another fun adventure to the series and i am still very much a fan and eager to listen to the next one.

For me this was very much make or break based on the last book, and currently i feel like its a make.. but just.

My advice is, if you have a credit and you like the series it wont feel like a waste of a credit. its still fun and part of the series, its anther silly adventure that gets out of hand and thats great. Like what i said about the last book, not sure i would pay full price to listen to this.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 29-07-2018

Mostly good but infuriating at points

I liked the set-up and mystery in this and enjoyed most of the book, even having sympathy at one point for Brit the elder when she expresses distaste at the way she deels she has to act (up until then she always seemed to me unlikeable and unpleasant).

Then the end came.

Firstly it felt like a dissapointing cop-out and so much less interesting than it could have been and it undermined everything leading up to it.

Secondly (and for me the worst thing in the book), Brit makes a truly horrible and manipulative decision/action which almost all the other characters accept without pointing out how wrong it is, or calling her to account. It makes zero sense to me and I find the whole thing so infuriating, not only because it is terribly unjust to a good person, but because it makes me think less of almost all the other characters.

I found Brit (the elder) hard to take in book 2, and felt then it was weird that other characters were not judging her appalling behaviour but this book manages to take it up a notch. To be honest I have never understood how Brit the younger (who mostly seemed fine) could suddenly become someone who is so horrible, nor why anyone likes her when she does.

Despite enjoying most of the book I'm not sure if I can listen to any future magic 2.0 books as the end of this one made me so infuriated. In a way I wish I hadn't listened to this one, though mostly I just wish it had a different ending.

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  • Steph H
  • 28-11-2018

Another great installment

How brilliant this book is!! It really takes the time travel aspect of this series to extremes and manages to have some great story lines, humour, romance and 'tragedy'.

I'm only gutted that I've now got to wait for the next one as I'm all caught up now.

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  • Aslanenlisted
  • 18-09-2018

Out of the park.

I have really enjoyed getting to spend more time with these brilliant and well developed characters. This particular story is somewhat bittersweet but incredibly fun.

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  • B.Nesbit
  • 23-07-2018

Good.. But

Enjoyed it but not as much as the earlier one.
Still fun though but 😁

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  • Gary
  • 07-07-2018

I had high hopes

I really liked the first three books in this series, I laughed, I thought and I enjoyed. But this one...

I think Scott Meyers is running out of ideas, like Daniels was brilliant as always and the quality of the sound is audible’s high standard but the plot...without giving anything away, could have been a lot more, it was pointless. Unfortunately this is not dissimilar to book 4 on level of “where is the story?”.

Seriously, if you liked books 1,2,3. Stop there.

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  • Slane
  • 27-06-2018

Why?

I loved the previous books but this one for me missed to mark. I'm sure the writer believed he was being clever with the story line but it drones on with no real substantial point, so much so that I'm left feeling cheated. One of the best characters was treated with utter contempt as to just alianate the audiance. As for the 'plot twist' if you didn't have to guess at who the two assistants were defore the end of the book even told you. As for being friends with Martin's and Quen's enemy at the time of their wedding I'd be pleasantly surprised if it didn't turn out to be Phillip.

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  • Richard
  • 25-06-2018

I loved 1,2 and 3 and kind of enjoyed 4.But...

... this was by far the weakest so far.

The idea of getting to know more about the world really had me interested. But by the second half I had given up any hope and realised that this was nothing more than a weak, character destroying, overly exaggerated and at sometimes quite sexist story.

The performance however, as always, was amazing.

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  • James Oates
  • 24-06-2018

Don't know what happened

Was really looking forward to another magic 2.0 but didn't enjoy this at all. The story is convoluted with a lot of plot holes and introduced another cliffhanger to see the next book.

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  • Kyle Griffiths
  • 11-07-2018

The End of a Great Series

This might be a little spoiler-y, I'll try to minimise it as much as possible.

Not as weak story-wise as the 4th, but the worst novel of the bunch. Why?

A genuinely interesting logic hole was created at the end of the 4th, allowing for some truly interesting character developing and perhaps a chance to learn more about the mysterious program. No. Slammed shut with a really uninspired "you can't change what's going to happen!" approach. Which is fair enough, but out of the many, many times that showed up in the book, only one of those had a reasoning other than "it happened in the future, so we have to!" which is quite honestly the weakest way that the author could have done it.

You're telling me that nobody even considered not doing it, even when Philip, as established in previous books, would've insisted they didn't and would've told them to "SHUT UP" if they mentioned it?

The Brit sequence was massively overdone, way too complicated and full of the same ridiculousness as previously mentioned. I was hoping for it to end about halfway through. The author has managed to take one of the most interesting characters, completely dilute what made them interesting through repetition to the point where it's honestly just tedious and annoying, and then give a daft justification for a super-cruel act which just results in the reader REALLY disliking that character.

The point of this book seems just to make you dislike certain characters in order to drive drama that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. The previous 4 books established that the characters were smart (in their own way) and makes you able to expect what they'd say. This one throws that all out of the window with the "you can't change it!" and forces everyone to make really stupid decisions. Again, without justification.

There are some good laughs in here, like all the books, but they're so overshadowed by, just, well, the actual story itself.

The narrator, Luke Daniels, did a fantastic performance as always. Consistent (mostly) over five audiobooks, great voices and a lot of character. Great job.

Unsatisfying. (The ending is practically a Deus Ex Machina for crying out loud.) Unfun. There were so many options open to this series for more fun romps like 1-3, (4 was a bit dumb, quite filler-y, but it at least fit the core idea) but instead the author is more interested in writing a not-even-geeky-anymore reality show focused on the hollow corpses of the characters we've grown to love. I very much doubt that Meyer will be able to fix the damage done to this series with the next book.

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