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The Magician King, Book 2

Narrated by: Mark Bramhall
Series: The Magicians, Book 2
Length: 15 hrs and 48 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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realises and explores childhood fantasies.

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?

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Pretty good - dodgy Aussie accent though

Great story and well narrated for the most part. The Aussie accent was god awful though. It was like the mutant offspring of a Kiwi, a Cockney, and an impersonation of Steve Irwin by someone who'd only heard dodgy impressions of Steve Irwin. It was distracting at best.

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messy audio

loved the story. but the audio quality is strange. you can hear the edits between phrases and different recording sessions. strange shifts in tone and volume

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Bored

I finished book 1 and wasn't impressed, I thought I'd give the series the benefit of the doubt and purchase the 2nd book. A few chapters in I regretted it. The characters are extremely annoying and I don't like how the author skips through so many years in a few pages without explaining what is happening. Not for me.

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interesting read.. I do recommend

i feel like I have connected with the characters in the book quite well and each is very developed in their own way, it's a strange twist to magical world but we'll worth your time

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The Magic continues...

In book two we see Quentin and the gang in Fillory becoming Kings and going on quests.
For me these following books in the series have been somewhat of a quest of my own. I am too stubborn to let them go yet my interest is waining and the going is tough.
Grossman is a borrower, borrowing from everything from your childhood and most popular fantasy ideas you've read. The most original thing in his books were the magic, and now they have left Breakbills that is nothing but secondary info in the stories.
Yet I continue because these damned characters keep calling to me to keep reading. To finish their story.
If you don't mind a book of borrowed concepts from your childhood, with mostly unlikeable and deeply flawed characters then keep reading. If book one started to piss you off then leave it.

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Compelling

It ticked all the boxes. Love the different style of writing that Lev uses and the complexity of the characters and their magical universe.
The narrative was brilliant and it was very easy to listen to. I'm downloading the third and final book now.

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More Julia Please

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.

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Loved it

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.

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  • Veronica
  • 01-04-2016

Loved it!

What made the experience of listening to The Magician King, Book 2 the most enjoyable?

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

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Magician King, Book 2?

Elliott!! Any part with him.

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

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.

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

Yes, but it's too long. It took a few days, and I couldn't stop listening to it.

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  • Xander
  • 05-08-2016

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.

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  • Paul
  • 10-03-2017

Really dull

I kind of liked the first book although I found it depressing in places. This book continues in the same way - lack of a real story and focus. I got pretty annoyed with it and just about finished it.

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  • Samuel
  • 10-03-2017

Amazing story

great story, the way lev has melded the two storys of Julia & Quentin was done beautifully couldn't stop listening and I'm hard to please when it comes to audiobooks. The Australian accent isn't as bad as people say, (I think people like being dramatic in their reviews a little too much. a truly great story and narrator.

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  • Elayne Donaldson
  • 24-03-2016

Better

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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  • Barnaby
  • 01-08-2016

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.

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  • Mr T.
  • 01-06-2016

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.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-12-2018

Average

listened to the first book wasn’t overly impressed! this follows suit really everything is a mix of other books all messed up and doesn’t really work for me.

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  • Maya Connell
  • 09-06-2018

Trigger warning

I just wanted to let those know who may be triggered that there is a rape in this book. Please take care of your metal health.

I like the philosophical nature of these books thought often find something lacking . I never feel fully satisfied- maybe that’s where the philosophical part comes in. I want more prolonged fantasy that doesn’t end quickly or seem to easy...

Still an enjoyable listen

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  • L. Palmer
  • 04-06-2018

Great but

I've marked the performance down, purely for the Australian accent bordering on being offensive. Very distracting. 😂

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  • Donal
  • 17-05-2018

Quinton gets lost and found in world's of magic

An eclectic bunch wander the states of being found in the meandering realms with a wannabe hero to the fore. Enjoyable

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  • George
  • 25-04-2017

Good book, mostly well read, but strewth...

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Enjoyable 2nd dose of this "what if Narnia (Fillory in this book) were real".

The magic system is a little self-contradictory for my tastes. Lots of talking about how difficult it all is when they are learning, but it all seems to be very easy and convenient when they need it.

A few of the characters do pretty stupid things occasionally - but on the upside, there were some good plot-twists.

Narration was mostly excellent, but Poppy's Australian accent really was as bad as everyone else makes out. I suspect Mark Bramhall can never have met or heard an actual Australian person.

Imagine Dick van Dyke's cockney chimney sweep Bert trying to impersonate a South African accent and you'll be about there...

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