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Magician Audiobook

Magician

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Publisher's Summary

Here starts an adventure that will span lifetimes and worlds. Discover where the story begins. Raymond E. Feist is an internationally best-selling author. My name is Pug. I was once an orphaned kitchen boy, with no family and no prospects, but I am destined to become a master magician….

War is coming to the Kingdom of the Isles from another world, bringing with it chaos and destruction. Pug yearns to train as a warrior and fight for his kingdom alongside his foster-brother, Tomas, but instead he is forced to follow a different path: a path that will lead him right into the heart of the enemy. And one that will change the course of the war - and two worlds - forever. So begins the most epic series in fantasy fiction, a tale that will cross worlds and generations. Magician is the first book in the Riftwar Saga. The trilogy continues with book two, Silverthorn.

©1982 Raymond E. Feist (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

What the Critics Say

"Totally gripping" (Washington Post)
"Epic scope…fast-moving action…vivid imagination" (Washington Post)
"Tons of intrigue and action" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jessica ROMA, Australia 27/08/2015
    Jessica ROMA, Australia 27/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "Finally!"

    It's been a long wait but we finally have this book on Audio. Overall, I don't mind Peter Joyce but he has no business attempting high-pitched feminine or elven voices. And I was a little disappointed in his choices for character accents. E.g. The Tsurani were Roman in my mind, but he gave them an oriental accent.
    There were some editing mishaps in the last couple of hours: pauses in dialogue that make you wonder if we've moved on to the next scene.
    As for the story, it's hardly as I recall but I enjoyed it none the less. I like the way it moves quickly, not dwelling unnecessarily. There might be a few too many characters, nothing that a handy character map couldn't assist with.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jarrod 20/09/2016
    Jarrod 20/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome story."

    Magician is a brilliant store and I really enjoyed listening to it. But the Narrator desperately needs to work on his pronunciation of names of characters and places. eg: Arutha has a 'th' in it and is pronounced A-ruth-a not Arooter.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chris 12/05/2017
    Chris 12/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Couldn't get into this"

    Oh dear . Where to start. The writing was clunky and forced... he said , she said started to wear after a while and the narrator made it really heavy going. Sorry but I am returning this one for an exchange

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Evie 29/08/2016
    Evie 29/08/2016
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    "great story narrator messes with key names"

    amazing story one of my time faves. Narrator messes with some of the key names which gets frustrating. otherwise great.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Gretta 08/10/2016
    Gretta 08/10/2016 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent narration, but......"

    The narrator is brilliant with characterisation and I enjoyed his reading, but he mispronounced the most basic main-character names. Tomas is pronounced Toe-mass; Liam: Lie-am; Arutha: A-root-a; and Guy: Gee. This really bugged me. Minus half a star for each name. I wouldn't not buy the book because of it and if I had never read the books I would have given 5 stars.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    13/09/2017
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    "Amazing book. Poor reading."

    Book was truly amazing. Story is well written and gripping. Very hard to stop listening. Narrator was poor. mispronouncing many names and words.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "great book"

    unfortunately the narrator pronounces various names and words in a weird way which distracts from a fantastic classic fantasy story

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Meeksi 24/08/2015
    Meeksi 24/08/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "One of my favourites!"

    Magician is one of my favourite books and the audiobook didn't disappoint! Though I was frustrated by the narrator pronouncing "Arutha" as "Aruta".

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Brendan 19/09/2017
    Brendan 19/09/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "great book"

    Narrotor was good but sometimes could not distinguish between voices of each character as he makes them all sound alot alike. But in his deffence there is alot of characters to follow in this book. The book reads well just a bit jump between chapters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rob 02/08/2017
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    "Still the greatest novel in history"

    I was gifted this book in my teenage years by my english teacher to encourage me to read more. The performance of this audio-book served my memory well and brilliantly delivers story of the orphan Pug of Crydee, his friend Tomas and their journey to mastery of their arts.

    This book is the first in a 30 book saga and is a gateway to wonderful world or two of adventure!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • R L Watson
    26/06/14
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    "My favourite book"

    Ive read the book many, many times. Listening to it was such a pleasure. An excellent performance.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sarah
    Hobart, Australia
    31/07/17
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    "Narrator is not best suited to this book."

    The story is an old favourite but the narrator has limited ability to produce believable characters. I was still able to enjoy it as long as I know the story and characters well, and know what they should sound like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Timothy Oxley
    Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    13/07/17
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    "fantastic story sullied by poor portrayal of women"

    A truly fantastic story uneccessarily sullied by a mostly shallow portrayal of women as vapid objects of desire. Cringeworthy in this regard at times, otherwise brilliant. Top performance by Peter Joyce.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Justin
    22/05/17
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    "Fantastic story and performance"

    Peter Joyce does an incredible job reading one of my favourite childhood stories. Thank you Peter for your wonderful voice. The story is of course essential reading for fans of fantasy fiction.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Narre Warren North, VIC Australia
    26/04/17
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    "Epic Story, Awful Narration!"

    Magician is an epic story with great characters and intriguing plot. Such a shame the narration is so poor. Narrator does not read with context in mind; does emotion poorly; makes teenagers sound like 70 year olds and learned men sound like farmers (though his accents are pretty good). Mistakes have not been corrected and the narrator's constant wet phlegmy voice is awful. If you can look past the dismal narration, it really is an excellent book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jacquie
    1/02/17
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    "Stunning and engaging"

    Excellent book and loved the narrative . listened avidly right to the end and can't wait for the next book

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    4/12/16
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    "Be transported to a fabulous place"

    Amazing to hear the characters I fell in love with 3 decades ago. I am thrilled to have this story enriched with voices that capture the individuals and spin their stories onto the rich and complex tapestry that is Magician . Wow. Play that again please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fredrik
    31/10/16
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    "Better than reading it myself"

    Engaging and immersive reading, with an excellent and fitting voice. Giving the characters more life than I could on my first read through many years ago.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Cyril
    16/10/16
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    "phenomenal"

    this was an amazing book. great narrator, and pug is just the best. totally recommend

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Rell
    18/06/16
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    "Hesitant at first"

    This was the first fantasy novel I read and fell in love with not only the book but the genre. I was very hesitant to listen as some other books I have read and then listened to have been terrible. This however did not disappoint. A lovey listen beginning to end. Really happy I gave this to go and will follow series after series

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Miss
    London, United Kingdom
    17/11/13
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    "Bizarre reading"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The narrator


    What didn’t you like about Peter Joyce’s performance?

    Mr Joyce makes incredibly strange choices in his reading. As another reviewer mentioned, I see no reason for his decision to pronounce "Arutha" as "Aruta". Nothing in the text or elsewhere suggests it.

    Then he seems to have decided not to distinguish between the various characters, just their races - most of the Midkemia men get more or less the same voices, as do the elves, the invaders from Kelewan etc. The only times he deviates from this, he chooses inappropriate voices (particularly Martin and Father Tully). And why did the voice he chose for the men have to be a rasping growl? How many people speak like that? It just sounds like somebody putting on a strange voice rather than the way someone would actually talk. I can see that he's attempting a kind of sing song quality for the elves, but... well... epic fail there.

    A good reader should distinguish between voices in a natural way. If a narrator is unable to think of a suitable accent, then it is better that he or she does nothing than something inappropriate. You only have to listen to Stephen Fry reading the Harry Potter novels for an example of how it should be done. Each character has their own 'voice', (a great achievement considering the number of characters), yet each one sounds completely natural. Masterly. Stephen Briggs is also brilliant in his readings of Terry Pratchett novels.

    What began to drive me mad though after a while (once I'd noticed it) was his habit of a long pause after saying "[someone] said". Why this huge pause? Continually during the course of ordinary dialogue, it was held up by an extra beat while we waited for what each character was going to say next.

    Having said all that, he did at least manage to sound relatively enthused by the whole thing, and Pug's and Tomas' voices were fine, so overall it remained an okay listen. It was just a shame that I had to struggle to screen out certain elements in order to enjoy it.


    Was Magician worth the listening time?

    Generally speaking, yes.


    Any additional comments?

    Due to the somewhat stilted narration, I'd head towards the kindle rather than audio version.

    26 of 27 people found this review helpful
  • Simon
    Somewhere between a pair of headphones.
    26/08/15
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    "A classic fantasy adventure"

    This was a thoroughly enjoyable return to my younger days and a genuine classic of the fantasy genre. It's the first of a three part series but reads very well as a book in its own right. That might be useful for anyone thinking 36 hours is commitment enough!

    The characters are well portrayed in not one but two richly detailed worlds as fate brings two very different civilizations into conflict.

    Highly recommended for anyone interested in the genre and Feist is more accessible that some of the authors that followed him.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    2/12/15
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    "ok but the names ... toemass and not tomas, hmm!"

    Great in paper back, always has been a favourite, read many times but the pronunciation of some of the names was just more than a little off putting for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Witney, United Kingdom
    22/11/13
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    "Brilliant Story, Average narrator!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is possibly the best book I have ever read. Brilliant characterisation, superb plot and paced in a way that leaves you desperate to keep turning the pages. I was so looking forward to the audiobook but I had my reservations as I has come across the narrator Peter Joyce before.Now don't get me wrong the story is still brilliant and Joyce's reading is enough to keep you engaged, however his performance is average at best. His accents are virtually non existent and some of the pronunciations leave you perplexed - Arutha being pronounce as Aruta being the most obvious (and annoying)! Some of it might be because the narration doesn't match up to what I already had in my head. If you are approaching Magician for the first time It will leave you spellbound, otherwise be prepared for some frustrations but an otherwise okay re-telling of a fantastic story.Oh by the way another annoying thing was that it downloaded in one big chunk of 36 hours rather than being split into four or five pieces. Very frustrating if you accidentally skip forward on your iPod!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Magician?

    There are so many but the one outstanding moment I would pick is Thomas striding into the clearing in Elvendar with madness in his eyes - the Valheru come again.


    What aspect of Peter Joyce’s performance might you have changed?

    His ability to define distinct characters is woefully lacking. Please think about a change of narrators.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Borrics dying scene is well written - finally acknowledging Martin!


    Any additional comments?

    I'll say it again. Please change narrators.

    15 of 17 people found this review helpful
  • Paul Butler
    29/06/16
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    "disappointing"
    What would have made Magician better?

    Narration is very poor. Stuck it through to end but between the clunky performance and some of cruder personality developments was disappointing


    Would you be willing to try another one of Peter Joyce’s performances?

    been said by other reviewers Peter does not do a very good job of the dialogue, distracting is nicest thing I can say.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • nicole
    United Kingdom
    16/12/13
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    "An enthralling story."

    Well worth the credit. It is in fact book 1 and 2 of the series and is incredibly good value, at over 36 hours long. I would rate the story as five stars, have already purchased the available sequels and will come back and listen to one this again and again.
    Without giving away more than in the synopsis, the initial story follows Pug a potential magician from the initial obscurity of being his keeps kitchen boy, to a journey spanning two beautifully realized and very different fantasy worlds.
    While there is quite a bit of action at the start of the story, I personally found it a little slow going at first, after the first dramatic sequence of events. It is well worth having some patience with this story however, as you are gradually introduced to fascinating characters and varying cultures and races in this complex plot. At first I thought the story was only going focus on Pug but as the novel goes on the story becomes even more interesting because it splits also following his companions on their own epic journeys.
    The only difficulty I had with the book was the narrator who to me was both a blessing and a curse. Peter Joyce has a pleasant if somewhat dry narrating voice and makes the story interesting by voicing the characters. He also disrupts the flow of the story by announcing he said in a dead pan voice then pausing, which is incredibly annoying and, in my opinion, gets the tone of voice wrong for many of the characters, like the elves.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rob
    16/09/15
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    "Really Dull"
    What would have made Magician better?

    The narration was not very good.


    Has Magician put you off other books in this genre?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Seemed like the author was trying to get every possible fantasy cliche in to the story. It started off well, but I couldn't finish it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • M
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    16/07/14
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    "Why is this story not on film!!?..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Have read of all of his books in paperback, now listening to them is another experience... makes plane journeys and long drives enjoyable to point of slowing down which improves the fuel economy.... have even got my very sceptical SFF kids hooked...


    What about Peter Joyce’s performance did you like?

    Peter Joyce reads well and gets the intonation just right, although some of the accents are not as I had them in my head when reading... but excellent


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    YORK, United Kingdom
    19/01/14
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    "Great story, not so much the narrator"

    I would like to mention that I'm from the US and I wanted to know if the UK narrator was any better than the US one. This book isn't on audible in the US yet and even if it was I wasn't sure about buying it because the narrator that the US usually gets is John Meagher and his voice just doesn't fit Magician or any of Feists books for that matter. Peter Joyce in some ways was a step up from John. John sounds like a teenager and can't seem to throw his voice completely away from that. Also even though the writer is from the US it just seems like a story that warrants someone from the UK to narrate it. Where Peter Joyce fails is his various mispronunciations and voice choice. As other reviewers mentioned, Arutha is not pronounced "Aruta", as he seems to pronounce anything with a "th" in it as just a "t" which was particularly annoying. Other reviewers have also mentioned the annoying tendency to leave random long pauses between statements that don't merit the pause, and I confirm this. The long pauses are as much a sign or poor editing in the audio as they are faults of the narrator. Lastly, the voices were done somewhat weird, though they aren't as atrocious as Roy Dotrice in the Song of Ice and Fire series. For some reason Father Tully has a light Scottish accent instead of just an elderly voice. Despite all this Magician is a great story and it was great to get to listen to it and catch little things I didn't with an actual read.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    HIGH WYCOMBE, United Kingdom
    14/12/13
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    "At Last!!! Shame about the narration"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Magician to be better than the print version?

    No, the written word is always better. It's a fantastic story and the audio book is worth listening to but the narration did slightly spoil it for me. The pronunciation of certain words just didn't make sense.


    What other book might you compare Magician to, and why?

    Silvertorn, in fact anything by Ray Feist


    Did Peter Joyce do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    No


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope way too long, but I did listen constantly over a week or so.


    Any additional comments?

    A great tale but let down by the narration, but if you are new to the books that shouldn't impact upon the enjoyment

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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