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The ABCs of Spellcraft Collection, Volume 1

Narrated by: Nick Hudson
Series: The ABCs of Spellcraft, Book 1-4
Length: 13 hrs and 46 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Dixon Penn’s family wasn’t terribly shocked when he announced he was gay, but they were devastated to learn he’s the only one without the gift of spellcraft. Fortunately, that doesn’t stop spellcraft from reaching out to him.

Dixon’s prospects have gone from bad to worse, but a contest at the biggest greeting card company in the tri-state area would be just the thing to turn his luck around. So what if he’s not technically a Spellcrafter - he’s been scribing pretty words and phrases all his life. How could anyone possibly write a better verse than him?

Yuri Volnikov, the taciturn Russian security guard at Precious Greetings, is determined to keep the charming contestant out. But Dixon has always been a sucker for big guys with exotic accents, and he won’t take no for an answer.

Whether or not Dixon wins the prize he hopes for, when he and Yuri work their magic together, it’s clear that luck is on their side.

The ABCs of Spellcraft is a series filled with bad jokes and good magic, where M/M romance meets paranormal cozy. A perky hero, a brooding love interest, and delightfully twisty-turny stories that never end up quite where you’d expect.

This collection contains the first five stories in The ABCs of Spellcraft series: Quill Me Now, All that Glitters, Trouble in Taco Town, Something Stinks at the Spa, and Dead Man's Quill.

©2019 Jordan Castillo Price (P)2019 Jordan Castillo Price

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  • Clau
  • 19-11-2019

Scrivener and Seers and magic, oh, my!

Quill Me Now
This first came out as a Valentine's story, although is not your usual Valentine's story, far from it. But it has it all: humour, magic, romance, and adventure, and I loved it.
Dixon is such a wonderful character, even when everything in his world is going wrong he keeps trying. And yet, when he sees someone who needs help, he won't hesitate, he would go head first straight into danger. The fact that who needs help is a handsome Russian, tattooed and muscled and a Seer on top of all that just... happens :P
And it sets the rules of this new, wonderful Universe in which we can believe that goodness and love will win, always :)

All That Glitters
Meeting the family can be... challenging. Particularly when your take on strangers is please, no! :P And Dixon's overprotective and tight-knit family doesn't help. But, let's be honest, who could resist Dixon enthusiasm and joy?
And let's not forget the mystery of the red spatula!

Trouble in Taco Town
After the events in the first book, Dixon and Yuri are decided to find Dixon's uncle, Fonso. With that in mind, they go to Taco Town... and from then on you won't be able to stop laughing. The characters they find there are eccentric and simply delightful, the plot great, and Dixon and Yuri are quickly becoming a favourite pairing. Watching how Dixon is managing to melt Yuri's rocky surface is pure joy. And the thoughts of Yuri at the end? Awwww! So, so sweet!

Something Stinks at the Spa
Uncle Fonzo must be stopped!
Well, okay, maybe they just need to find him, but c'mon! The man leaves a trail of disasters wherever he goes! And, of course, Yuri and Dixon are the ones who have to deal with the consequences.
I love this series. I love the way in which Yuri and Dixon's relationship is evolving, the way in which Yuri is opening his heart to Dixon's light. He's so worried about the whole Fonzo debacle and so protective of Dixon's feelings...
In this book we get to see how the magic works from Yuri's side, and it's such a different way to create a spell!
I love the fun! No, really, there is so much fun in this book (Yuri's treatments, anybody?) that you'll spend most of the time laughing, or, at the very least giggling.
The story ends on a sort of abrupt mini-cliffhanger, which provides the perfect set-up for the fourth book. :P

Dead Man's Quill
Filled with weird characters, crazy adventures and the cutest couple ever, this book is a joy to read.
We get to (FINALLY!) meet uncle Fonzo, and oh, he was absolutely worth the wait :P Although I must say it: I wasn't really fond of him at first, and sided with Yuri on my distrust of the man.
Dixon and Yuri's relationship keeps growing and deepening, and Yuri is getting used to being part of a big family which sometimes is not as great as he was made to believe :P
And, as if that was not enough, we also get a twisty, darkly funny plot. And curses. And twins, one of which Dixon dated as a teen *laughs*

This is a fabulous Universe, the way the magic works there and the societal views about the practitioners and their work, the whole Scrivener and Seer thing; I love its.originality and the logic in its madness, and I have enjoyed it every single bit of it. I really, really hope that having closure in this arc won't mean that we won't get more of it.
And I Iove Jordan Castillo Price's writing, she can submerge you into a story from the first paragraph, compelling you to keep reading with her characters and the worlds she imagines.
And Nick Hudson's narrative? OMG! He is simply fabulous! His range of voices, the way he manages to give individuality and personality to each of the voices is something marvellous. Yuri's accent! That's a thing of beauty =D
A new favourite narrator, no doubt about it ♥

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  • Shelley D Chastagner
  • 02-12-2019

Dixon and Yuri

QUILL ME NOW Super cute Valentine's story. Dixon made me giggle with his ramblings when he got nervous. I liked Yuri and his attempts at protecting Dixon. Together these two undo a lot of wrongs and fit together just perfectly. I'm excited that the author intends to add more adventures for these two.

ALL THAT GLITTERS Poor Yuri! Being introduced to Dixon's parents is a bit unsettling. Dixon is his usual effervescent self the perfect counterpoint to Yuri's stoicism. The dinner with the parents is something interesting. It tickled me that Yuri's 'seeing' was scrutinized by Dixon's mom.

TROUBLE IN TACO TOWN This second book in the ABSs of Spellcraft follows Quill Me Now. We get to see Yuri and Dixon further along in their relationship. Dixon is his usual bubbly self, seeing the joy in everything. Yuri is the definition of stoic, but Dixon is managing to melt that. Chasing after Dixon's wayward Uncle Fonzo they happen to encounter all kinds of people and problems in Taco Town. The domino effect of situations bordered on the absurd. It was all great fun. I loved the sweet sentiment that Yuri added to the guest book.

SOMETHING STINKS AT THE SPA I'm so loving this series! Tons of laughs and cute moments. Dixon is his usual effervescent self; bright, sunny and always looking for the best in everything. Yuri gets a chance to open up a little as he softens from his usual stoic self. The stories are best read in order and so much fun.

DEAD MAN'S QUILL The trek to find Uncle Fanzo comes to fruition only to be fraught with more peril. Dixon remains his true chipper self, seeing only the good in everyone and every situation. Yuri is still stoic and still deeply in love with Dixon. He indulges all of Dixon's hairbrained ideas and tries his best to be gracious to Uncle Fanzo. The storyline is great with a bit of cloak and dagger, a creepy carnival owner, a bitter rival and a nasty curse. Loved every minute.

Highly recommended author and series

Audiobook: I really enjoyed the narrator. He occasionally loses Yuri's 'Russian' accent but it almost makes it more enjoyable.

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  • silvia
  • 02-12-2019

Loved!

I previously read the ebooks and rated the series 5*. I was delighted and thankful to be gifted the audible version by the author. This is my first fiction audible book and I loved it. Wow, Nick Hudson did a great job narrating. He gave a whole new dimension to these beloved characters and brought them to life before my very ears, lol. It amazed me how he was able to jump from from one character to the next, each one with their own distinct way of talking, without skipping a beat. I found myself literally squealing with delight as I got to hear the voices of Dixon and Yuri as they went through all sorts of trials on their madcap trek to find Uncle Fonzo. Jordan Castillo Price is one of my fave authors and I don’t know if Nick Hudson has narrated any of her other books but he’s a gem. I’m rating this series 5* for the plot, the characters, the all around uniqueness that I’ve come to expect from this author and last but not least, the superb narration.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 01-12-2019

Amazing listen!!

Now I have read all these books and I absolutely love them so much. Dixon and Yuri are so perfect for each other and I just love how funny they are together. Even when Yuri isn't trying to be. Just all the things they get into has me laughing out loud. So I am so happy that Nick Hudson has brought these stories to life. He is absolutely amazing in his narration. I love how he does the voices and all the sound effects. I also couldn't stop laughing with how he brings the characters even more to life. Just everything he did is so perfect for this story!

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  • Jacki Perrette
  • 23-11-2019

So Much Fun!

I adored this reading by Nick Hudson! His performance brought the characters to life - each with his or her unique personality shining through. There are the main characters, Yuri with his serious nature and swoon-worthy Russian accent and Dixon with his unstoppable optimism and energy. But just as memorable were a host of secondary characters who all emerged as individuals with their own quirks. One of my favorites is Liza, the jilted bride, who is on an emotional roller-coaster that careens further downhill with each subsequent scene, until finally she comes face-to-face with the unexpected. It's definitely a moment that Nick optimized, bringing out the nuances of JCP's humor. I will be looking for more narration by Nick Hudson!

I also adore this new series by JCP! It has a lighter tone and reveals Jordan's sense of humor, but its characters have no less depth for it. The Spellcraft world with its scriveners and seers is unique and I read with curiosity to find out how it works. In this volume, there is one mystery that runs through, but each episode/novella has its own puzzles to solve. Over the course of the mystery arc, the main characters get to know one another and experience growth as they navigate the events of the stories. More than once, JCP brought tears to my eyes as she portrayed the characters' inner journeys and steered them toward their happily-ever-after. I can't wait to read more as they continue to navigate a life together.

I highly recommend this series - whether you read it to yourself, or you let Nick read it to you. It's so much fun!

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  • SassiKassi
  • 17-11-2019

Entertaining

Light and sweet cozy type paranormal mysteries. The characters are lovable and if there are future volumes, I’ll listen to those as well. I just can’t give 5 stars because I give 5 stars to the psycop books. These are good and made even better by the narration by Nick Hudson. I’ve never listened to him before and I was amazed. He gets Yuri’s accent like it’s natural to him. He does fantastic work distinguishing all the different voices. I will definitely look for more by him.

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  • DMF
  • 09-02-2020

So Fun!!

This is so fun! I am really enjoying this series. Keep them coming Jordan! Nick Hudson was a perfect choice for the narration of this story. He did such an awesome job with all the character's voices but most especially the two main characters. When I think of them I always have a smile on my face and I giggle a little to myself. :-)

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  • Cfoster00
  • 06-02-2020

A truly enjoyable story! I’m loving this series!

The ABC’s of Spellcraft collection was an absolute pleasure to read and now listen to! I loved Dixion’s happy go lucky attitude, always going full blast surrounding everything he’s thinking about and doing and jabbering the entire time! He’s hilariously funny and kept me laughing throughout the entire story! Yuri who’s from Russia is totally opposite and not used to being so open and up front with people and instead is always very reserved. However he seems to trust Dixion from the very beginning and isn’t at all put off by his outlandish behavior but instead drawn to him because of it! Opposites do attract and these guys are perfect for each other and make a truly magical couple! You just absolutely love them as their relationship grows along with their magic as their story continues to evolve! You really never know what’s coming next with the adventures these two takes you on! It’s such a fun story packed full of shenanigans and you just never want it to end!
Narrator Nick Hudson does a fantastic job with his animation really bringing even more life into this already amazing story! I’ll enjoy listening to this audio collection all over again! It’s just that good!

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  • James
  • 31-01-2020

IT'S ALL ABOUT the VOICE of NARRATOR NICK HUDSON!


In a brief search of other works narrated by Nick Husdon I found that “The ABCs of Spellcraft” appears to be Mr. Hudson’s first and, at the time of this review, only audio book narration credit. The author, Jordan Castillo Price, hit the jackpot with this paring of Mr. Hudson’s vocal talent with his witty and charming fantasy story about magic through written spellcasting. There is romance through the interaction a Seer named Yuri, our self-doubting hero Dixon, and their quest to find missing Uncle Fonzo while overcoming the evil villains.

Other reviewers have done a great job reviewing this story and author Price has a well-established stable of books. For me to repeat others praise of Price’s work would be redundant. So my review is focusing and the narrator Nick Hudson. The two love protagonists, Dixon and Yuri required two voices. Dixon’s needed to be an American light-hearted voice and Yuri’s voice need’s a base register Russian accent that can be subtitle. Mission accomplished! Mr. Hudson also does credible voices for women, children and takes on a sinister tone for the villain character. He projects emotional tone and drama appropriate to the story’s action and plot twists. Also during descriptive passages he modulates his voice just enough to keep the material fresh and interesting. He captures the fumbling novice conflicted motor-mouth of Dixon perfectly. Yuri’s accent is steady measured stoic yet lightened a wry sense of humor. A lessor narrator would not have captured this subtlety. Uncle Fonzo’s character is crazy; he’s slightly immoral, well-meaning, but secretive; his voice is a delicate balance between trustworthy and deceitful. Mr. Hudson pulls off this tour de force of vocal requirements brilliantly.

Not once in the 13 hours 46 minutes of narration did Mr. Hudson fail to live up to the quality of the story. The story and the narrator are match made Audible publishing heaven. Mr. Hudson packs the range of voice to simulate a whole cast of different and unique voices for the various characters. I look forward to listening to many, many, more audio books narrated by Nick Hudson. He is one of a very small handful of narrators that would entice me to give an unfamiliar author a try. Keep your ear tuned for more works by what I predict will become a popular audio book recording giant.

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  • Jen C.
  • 21-01-2020

It was worth the wait!

I was saving this book to listen to over my holiday break and I’m glad I did as I couldn’t stop listening to it! I laughed out loud...A LOT!! As a long time listener of audiobooks I’m super picky about the narrator of a book. Their take on the character’s voices can make or break a book for me. Nick Hudson did an excellent job with Dixon’s and Yuri’s voices as well as the rest of the cast of characters. This is a “re-read” for me. I have to say I much preferred listening to The ABCs of Spellcraft Collection than reading it. I did miss the “About This Story” feature that shows up at the end of each of the ebooks. JCP’s writing has just the right amount of light heartedness to make this enjoyable to listen to while doing other tasks.

Quill Me Now-Jordan Castillo Price’s stories always make me a bit anxious even though I know in the end the main characters will come together. She is great at suspenseful prose. This story was no exception. Dixon, the main character of this Valentine’s Day story, also has a way with words and a great desire to help others with the unrealized magical power of his gift. Yuri just wants a better life and to protect Dixon from his boss. Fate or maybe it’s magic that brings them together! I can’t wait for more Spellcrafting adventures with Dixon and Yuri!

Trouble in Taco Town-I was very excited to learn that the new installment for the Spellcraft series had come out much sooner than expected. YAY! I found Trouble in Taco Town to be much sillier, lighter read than Quill Me Now. I had a subtle smile on my face the whole way through the story! Dixon is such an optimistic crack up and Yuri is well, Yuri, I just want to give him a squeeze. Once again, I was amazed by JCP’s writing in that there were multiple plot pieces to this story that she managed to pull together for one satisfying ending. “About This Story” at the end of Trouble in Taco Town gives an excellent explanation of what JCP was trying to do with the Rube Goldberg type plot she successfully pulled off. There is also a short, short story All That Glitters (1.5) out there. If you can get your hands on a copy it is worth a read too as it’s pretty hilarious and sweet!

Something Stinks at the Spa-Yuri as a massage therapist/new age guru and Dixon in his role as an esthetician...cracked me up!!! The plot pieces to this story weren’t quite as intricate as in Trouble in Taco Town but the characters, their interactions and the spa setting are what made this book. I have to say one of my favorite parts in this series of books are the “About This Story” chapters at the end. I love getting insight into how these stories came about. I can’t wait until for the next installment!!

Dead Man’s Quill-OK...I have to admit I was hoping for a scary clown at the Big Fun Traveling Carnival but instead I got Uncle Fonzo! He manages to lead Dixon and Yuri into a CRAZY adventure in an attempt to right his wrong of “borrowing” a quill from another Scrivener. Dead Man’s Quill is another exciting installment in the Spellcraft series. There is a dinner scene that takes place in which JCP’s food descriptions, once again, provoke a very visceral gut reaction in me. Sometimes this is a good thing and sometimes, as in the case of this dinner scene, it’s not a good thing! My favorite feature, “About This Story”, at the end of the book gives us some insight into this dinner at Strange Manor.

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  • AshPenny37
  • 03-02-2020

A Great Way to Spend a Few Hours!

The ABCs of Spellcraft is an entertaining journey with Dixon & Yuri over the course of 5 stories narrated perfectly by Nick Hudson. He did a great job with Yuri's accent & I absolutely loved his performance of Dixon...fabulous!

This series of books had been on my TBR for a while but I'm glad I got to experience Dixon & Yuri's developing relationship & their adventures (or misadventures) with crafting spells together whilst trying to solve the mystery of Uncle Fonzo's disappearance in this format first. The quality of the narration really brought the magic (pun totally intended) of 'cosy mystery meets sweet romance' to life. Bring on the next installment!!

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  • Geraldine
  • 18-11-2019

Hilarious

Anything by JCP is brilliant, dry, and wonderfully written, but Nick Hudson makes this hilarious! His Yuri is simply perfect. Want pure entertainment? Buy this (and if you haven’t got the Psycop series by the same author? These are also must have listens).