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Spell or High Water Audiobook

Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

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Publisher's Summary

The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we're talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer's Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can't control rotten luck.

©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    Matt 25/09/2015
    Matt 25/09/2015 Member Since 2015

    I listens to the books. I writes the reviews. I uses present tense and plurals when I shouldn't...s.

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    "A decent sequel"

    Whilst all the great characters and nerdy pop culture references were back in this sequel, it lacked the pace of the first book. Lots of required scene building meant that the speed of the action was slow at time. However, I did enjoy this sequel and continue to thoroughly enjoy the performance. Daniels brings ALL the characters to life. I will definitely listen to the last book in the series!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Putters 02/06/2016
    Putters 02/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a really fun series"

    I love the narration, very expressive. Clever story as well. Can't wait for the next one!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 16/03/2015 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome!!"

    So cool to hear all the pop culture references. Definitely aimed at geeks of my generation... a child of the 80's.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey 28/06/2017
    Jeffrey 28/06/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "not as good as the first in the series. "

    great for kids. I found it ok for a light listen while driving. Too many plot devises.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    phoebe 04/06/2017
    phoebe 04/06/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "fun. easy listening"

    the male characters are all kind of jerks. a simple tale. enjoyable though and inventive in areas.

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    Matthew 31/03/2017
    Matthew 31/03/2017
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    "Awesome sequel."

    This is a good listen. Funnier than the first one. Very enjoyable. Can't wait for the 3rd book.

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    Liam 18/12/2016
    Liam 18/12/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastically funny fantasy"

    Energetic performance & a great book. Instantly bought the third. The humour is on par if not surpassing the first book and there is a bit of intrigue and who-dun-it, which really engages the reader. Recommended the series to a friend and we've both thoroughly enjoyed the series thus far.

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    bob 26/10/2016
    bob 26/10/2016
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    "gr8 story"

    this is an excellent continuation from the first book. I can wait to start book three!

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    Jim 25/10/2016
    Jim 25/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Funnier than the first one"

    I quite enjoyed this book; Looking to read the next one immediately. I can't wait.

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    16/10/15
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    "SQUID PRO QUO"

    KILL ABILITY
    IF I SAY IT, AND YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, THAN IT'S A WORD
    In the introduction, we are told that this is to be considered funny and light hearted and not to be taken serious. Which I believe is a great intro to this series. If your looking for some serious Science Fiction or Fantasy, for something dark or mentally challenging, than your in the wrong place. This is the second book in the series and you will be lost if you do not start with the first most excellent book (OFF TO BE THE WIZARD).

    SMART PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS
    While I did not enjoy this as well as the first book, (which is not unusual for any series), I still enjoyed it and it was well worth my credit. In places it is extremely funny. Most of the book takes place in Atlantis, which is a pretty cool place to begin with, especially since it is a society run by women. The male attendants are especially funny. I will say that they stayed in Atlantis too long and the whole plot there started to wear thin. That is after several very funny chapters, though. The whole thing with the Brits also got a little old.

    ARGUING WITH A DUMB PERSON NEVER WORKS
    The side story involving an exiled magician and the FBI agents, turned out to be some of the funniest stuff in the book. Agent Miller is hilarious. I already have book three in my library and I am looking forward to listening to it.

    Luke Daniels does a fantastic job. He makes the listening of this ten times better than the reading of this.


    43 of 47 people found this review helpful
  • Carolina
    Montreal, QC, Canada
    2/06/15
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    "Very dissapointing"

    Spell or High Water was a big disappointment; Martin and Phillip are invited to go to Atlantis, where most of the female users of the Shell program have relocated. Martin is excite to see Gwen and I was excited to see more than one female character...which, ok, I did see more female characters, but they were all such a caricature of women. I am afraid that Scott Meyer did a horrendous job with character building on this one. Even Gwen, who I liked on the first book, turns to this "women-are-complicated" cliché. Interestingly the best part of this book was hearing to Jimmy's side of the story (yes he is back, but you knew that) 2/5 for this one.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • D. Murdock
    Al USA
    13/03/17
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    "Narrator!"

    Luke Daniels is prolly one of the best voice actors I have heard. His voices make this series even better than it already is.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • shalte
    san jose, CA, United States
    18/06/14
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    "Martin and Philip's Atlantis Adventure"
    Would you listen to Spell or High Water again? Why?

    Yes, but I'll give it a few. Got to keep the story fresh. This is an easy listen with a funny storyline and likeable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole Atlantis thing - 100:1 male to female ratio and the whole women wear the pants scene while the guys are fired up to clean and get their hair done. Different take on roles makes the story funny in a kooky way.


    What does Luke Daniels bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Luke Daniels is a flat out pro. He made this book flow. I bought Spell or High Water this morning and just finished it - almost 11 hours of audiobook and I feel refreshed. The author made the right choice in hooking up with Luke Daniels.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Is Martin up to the challenge of winning Gwen's heart? Stay tuned to see what gets stuck in Martin's mouth - Gwen's tongue or his foot!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. The price is right, Luke Daniels comes up strong and Philip wakes up next to an "untraditional" vixen and doesn't even think about pulling a coyote.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
  • SCM
    San Francisco, CA
    18/08/15
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    "ENTERTAINING and SMART!"

    I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed this audiobook and the first one in the series - Off to Be the Wizard. It's smart, funny, clever, and stimulating without being the least bit depressing or dour. I realize that some people are convinced that quality in writing can only be attained with deep, dark, soul clenching grit and human misery, but they're wrong. There is a huge value to something that engages your mind, AND makes you smile. On top of that, the narration is brilliant and adds so much color and humor it ought to be classified in its own category. Luke Daniels is an elite level audiobook narrator. I just bought book 3, and will eventually purchase Meyer's latest book too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Drew (@drewsant)
    Watertown, MA, United States
    22/06/15
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    "Geeky fun!"

    Another great offering from the Magic 2.0 series. While not quite as funny as the first (that would be a tall order) it still delivers plenty of laughs and fun for the computer nerd in all of us. Well written, witty and full of surprises “Spell or High Water” is a fun listen.

    Mr Daniels makes this book so much more enjoyable with his performance. He really brings it to life.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gomer
    AUBURN, WA, United States
    16/07/17
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    "Must Buy!"
    Any additional comments?

    Author takes a very unrealistic idea and creates a world based on it and does a very good job at it.<br/><br/>I like that the author did not go in to the weeds as to the hows and whys of the world as that would have ruined the story with unneeded details<br/><br/>Characters grow and develop from book to book and each book it still a complete story al by itself with just enough flashbacks to refresh your memory<br/>

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Software Engineer
    19/03/17
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    "Hilarious even more than the first"

    Could not stop listening to this book. The story is pretty funny even though it a bit expected but the arguments that the characters made and the reasoning is hilarious.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ashley
    20/02/17
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    "A must read!"

    Excellent all the way around. Great for all ages. And it doesn't give me nightmares like the majority of books put out these days with violence, gore, and sex. This is exciting, entertaining, funny, and intellectual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia H
    Philadelphia, PA
    25/03/16
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    "Another greatone"
    What did you love best about Spell or High Water?

    I was thrilled there was already a second story in this series after I finished "Off to be the Wizard"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Philip is still one of my favorite characters, he gets so passionate about everything, and then Luke Daniels does a great job of getting that point across.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The fact that I could tell just from his performance if Brit the Elder or Brit the Younger was the one talking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, a lot, and often.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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  • Asbjørn
    26/05/17
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    "Keeps the computer magic going!"

    Fantastic and Funny Fantasy!
    Meyer's intriguing concept and enjoyable writing makes this second installment as great an experience as the first.

    Luke Daniels attempt at a Norwegian accent still hurts my ears and my national pride. :-)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Suzanne
    Innsbruck, Austria
    3/12/15
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    "A less intense, more fun take on the Matrix..."

    Loved the first book and have enjoyed the second in the series, although the story line was less appealing to me in the second book. Easy listening with a few laughs and a good dose of cleverness. If you're after something heavy and wrinkle-inducing, it won't be this, but hey, we all need some levity from time to time and this fits the bill for me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • ElloryP
    13/09/15
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    "Just fantastic"

    Second book in the series, very funny and I'm no expert but think they are well written.
    Luke Daniels does such a good job, his English accent could do with some work but he really does do an excellent job at helping you to visualise all these characters. He injects light and shade into the reading and I'm really impressed.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • GhostMuppet
    Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom
    19/03/15
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    "Back to being a professional wizard"

    The second book in the Magic 2.0 series sees our Wizards moving to Atlantis. Atlantis is a place run by women, who are called sorceresses. Males are relegated to servants who live the good life in return for sexual favours (or, that's how it came across to me).

    This follows the similar style of writing and humour from the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two story threads. The first are the Wizards in England/Atlantis and then there is Jimmy's story (the same one from the first book). Both are enjoyable, but Jimmy's is a little predictable.

    Atlantis has Brit the Elder and Brit the younger - basically the same person occupying the same time. This then leads on to a lot of Time Travel story lines, which is the main plot for this book.
    The reason for the plot was a little weak to me, but the journey was fun so I can let that fall.

    The audio again was brilliant.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Taylor's
    23/05/16
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    "love it!"

    2nd in series, 1st is stronger IMHO but it's great to meet up with old characters that feel like old friends and hear more about there world, very enjoyable nonsense. Heading for book 3 right now :)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dabocrack
    20/05/16
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    "more of the same "

    ...but that's a good thing. Excellent narration as usual and a decent plot (though Jimmy's arc felt like a bit of a misfire). It's not as strong as the first in the series but it is fun, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Diz
    Birmingham
    9/03/16
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    "perfection"

    I must have listen to this series at least 8-9 times anytime I want entertaining this is the book I turn to.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    26/07/15
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    "Great concept"
    What did you like most about Spell or High Water?

    The concept behind this book is just great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    When Martin first looks in the mirror and realizes what is happening


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • stu65
    7/05/17
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    "Great second book"
    If you could sum up Spell or High Water in three words, what would they be?

    A really interesting story with lots of humor. Well written and well read. A surprising theme and I'm surprised I enjoyed this so series so much. I do like some of the concepts / engineered solutions


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    First rate


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

    That would be a waste to sip at it to make it last longer, in my view is the best approach.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Lucy
    3/05/17
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    "brilliant fun!"

    I love the humour of this series. The narration is fantastic. looking forward to the next book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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