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"He thinks he's a wizard," they said.

For five grand a month and a million-dollar chaser, Roger Mulligan didn't care how crazy the old geezer was. All he had to do was keep Joseph Perry Shackleford alive and keep him from squandering the estate for a year.

But they didn't tell him about the pixies.

©2021 Nathan Lowell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Dull

I gave this book a solid 4 hours listen, and all it did was detail, in excruciating detail, the extremely minor challenges of getting internet connected to an old house. What pushed me over the edge was when I was told exactly which wire went into which socket of the modem, and why the rubbish was all put into the computer monitor's cardboard box (it was the biggest).

If there is a story, then I pray somebody is able to hear it at some point.

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Wonderful !

Great to hear something different in the Fantasy Genre. I hope book 2 isn’t far away.

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great easy listening

enjoyed it thoroughly. great story. I am hoping for a book 2. thank you for

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A meandering dull walk through endless pointless dialogue. Narrator was good though. Would listen to his work again, not the author though.

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wonderful surprise

I had no idea about this book before it popped up in my scrolling. it is heartwarming and wonderful to listen to. well narrated and the perfect length and detail.

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Need book 2

So nice to listen to a story that gets you in right from the start, no great magic feats, not swamped by a lot of characters just a wonderful easy to listen to story. Looking forward to book 2 and where it might lead me.

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Started off with promise, but went nowhere. Story was slow, uneventful and not worth the money.

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can't qwait

was wierd very little magic yet it kept me interested the whole way threw can't wait for more

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I need a 6th star

I really enjoyed this excellent narration of just a really fun story very original I was totally expecting magical Batman and Alfred this is not that. I don’t really know how to described it other then really good but

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kind of boring

Nicely written, but not a lot happens. Very little magic. A lot of mundane stuff like setting up internet, choosing which car to buy, discussing whether a bed and breakfast would be profitable.

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  • Kristin Butner
  • 24-04-2021

I LOVED this book!

I was searching for a book to keep my mind occupied during a rough patch. This book has an engrossing story, wonderful characters and a light mood which didn’t add to my stress levels. I cherish this type of book which is a pleasure to read/listen from beginning to end. It will be one that I listen to repeatedly. Looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Josh hughes
  • 26-04-2021

One man's nothing is another's everything.

I had read several reviews before listening to this book, one struck me as odd. It had said that their was no plot or storyline. That it was just a day to day account. I don't see that, I see a detailed introduction to a series that Nathan Lowell has just begun. That introduction includes the story, the characters and the world itself. In all of Lowell's works he seems to create an entire world to explore and his books if lacking anything is lacking the time to explore it in its intirety. I love to get lost in these places and feel as though I'm making new friends with every book.

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  • Reft
  • 04-05-2021

Angst is not the only force that turns pages

Little action, little excitement, lots of beverages served; somehow my interest was glued the entire duration. Fantasy readers who are used to having their nerves strung out by rollercoaster plots and catastrophic stakes might enjoy this restful read that feels as good as a hot cup of tea.

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  • JHK
  • 26-04-2021

Delightful

I enjoy books about people finding their "place" in the world. Not every book has to be a breathless adventure. Sometimes just living is enough. There is enough complexity and mystery and wonder to keep a reader/listener interested. But a peacefulness also prevails. I also wish I could live in Shackelford House. Perhaps when they need a cook. :)

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  • Joakim
  • 24-04-2021

Just amazing

I might suspect that this audiobook was warded against putting it down as from the moment I picked it up I simply could not put it down again, until the end.

Magically written and performed.

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  • Christopher Alligood
  • 21-04-2021

Wonderful characters!

I truly enjoyed this audiobook! The narrator did a fantastic job and gave a performance worthy of the author’s story. The characterization of the principals in the story was fantastic. I like for a planned multi-volumed work to spend the extra time in book one to give the back stories and build relationships. You will enjoy this book!!
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  • Christina H.
  • 28-04-2021

Soothing to read, gripping to follow...

... and Excellent in Execution.
Strangely enough, reading this reminded me of some of the American Gothic classics, like with Poe that I read in school. the vibe is orderly and understated, rather than decrepit and sinister. the book takes place in a mansion who's story is "old wealth in America," empty, but NOT lifeless or lonely.
our MC, Robert Mulligan, describes himself as having come off multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, and one "tour" as an EMT stateside, that came to an abrupt end.
Cue the Nosey Niece of Mr. Moneybags with a gilded job offer in hand. At a loss for finding work (and seemingly still somewhat reeling from both of his former occupations,) he reluctantly interviews for the butler position to a man quite advanced in years and supposedly a little bit sideways.
"He thinks he's a Wizard."

***SPOILER WARNING (MINOR)***

Unsuprisingly, the most attractive and delightful part of Nathan Nathan Lowells latest work is his talent for finding the human and mundane side of the incredible and extraordinary. I came to this author through the "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" series, which charmed me by taking the fantastical "space opera sci-fi" setting and highliting human pleasures and working class delimas, illuminating the genre's staples more startlingly by making the operation of such scientifical fantasticism somebody's daily routine.

He has done much the same here. incredible magical reality humming along understatedly, with and in the routine of an *admitidly* ostentatious setting. Every quiet glimpse of magic is heart-thudding for its unobtrusiveness, and its almost unthinkable-- almost *more* beyond the pale for all that-- to realize that at least one quiet, kind, and cunning practitioner is wrestling with the dark backlash that threatens those who take shortcuts to power.

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  • Jeanne in VT
  • 25-04-2021

A delight!

Nathan Lowell always delivers. While outside of the worlds I’m fond of, this has the same gentle and incisive scalpel into humanity, and silent topics, that I’ve come to expect.
Butler feels like a cozy / fantasy crossover, and I think you’ll be happy with the results. By Chapter 4 I was excited to notice the #1 in the corner, and I’m hoping for more. Sooner rather than later, if you please!
Tom Taylorson was an excellent choice for narration, and did a wonderful job with the work. He kept it clipping along at a nice pace, and the voices were distinct.
I don’t know what the editors did, but they certainly didn’t hurt. Well done!
An unexpected joy of a book.

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  • Randy
  • 21-04-2021

Interrupted

I actually stopped an excellent book when this came out. Nathan Lowell is one of if not my favorite author. This is (I think), my first experience with Tom Taylorson and he was excellent. I look forward to the future experiences of Mulligan.

I strongly recommend this book, you owe it to yourself. Only one criticism, the second book isn't out yet.

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  • Gwen
  • 21-04-2021

The Wizard’s Butler, beautifully done storytelling and narration.!

Served as a treat in the midsts of it all right now,,,more please..Bravos to the author and especially to the narrator for the sparkle..Thanks Audible,,,Gwen S.

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  • klarzy
  • 10-06-2021

Mr Lowell at his usual brilliance...

An interesting off angle view of the world of magic....
Not as fanciful as Rowling or as quirky as the Discworld, but a well structured set of believable characters with an intelligent, well paced and entertaining storyline throughout.

Nathan has created yet another compelling universe to explore..

I look forward to the next installment...

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  • BarbaraM
  • 10-06-2021

Satisfying fantasy

I am so pleased to have tried this author. I like fantasy that fits in with reality and avoid monsters and crude fantasy literature. I like the civilised and honourable pace and style of this tale, and look forward to the next in the series. The narrator is good, and his accent pleasant to non US ears.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-2021

unique in my experience

although this appears typical of this authors style of loyal and honourable characters. The contemporary setting and unusual job at this time was a delight to listen to. looking forward to further books. highly recommended for those who love urban fantasy.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-05-2021

Loved it

Excellent innovative story line. The narrator was good . Waiting impatiently for the next one.

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  • S. Smith
  • 07-05-2021

Unsure.

I have listened to Nathan Lowell’s previous books, more science fiction than fantasy. However I am familiar with his story style. I enjoy his books so I thought even though this story doesn’t have space ships I’ll give it a go.

I did enjoy it. Really I did. I just can’t give you a storyline without it sounding boring, I don’t know how Nathan does it, he tells stories that aren’t constant battles, people in danger or cliffhangers. He gives a story that is great that keeps you engaged and wanting more but when you try to explain it to someone else it doesn’t come across the same.

This is the first time I have heard Tom Taylorson as a narrator, I enjoyed his voice and would consider a book if it’s read by him.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-05-2021

what a brilliant universe, and truly satisfying

I can't recommend Nathan Lowell enough, I just wish I could get his audiobooks directly from him.
I think you're really like this book

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  • matthew brooke
  • 26-04-2021

Warm and comforting modern fantasy

It’s a little difficult to say why I enjoyed this audiobook so much.
It kept me wanting more all the way through, though the storyline was more sedate than my usual experience with paranormal fantasy. warm and comforting, slow but engaging.
There’s little ‘action’ and the use of magic in the book, whilst there throughout, is almost subtle, a flavour to the story rather than perhaps driving it. The characters were engaging and well performed and I was pulled in. I found myself halfway through a little bemused as to why I was enjoying it so much when so little had seemingly happened.

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  • kian
  • 24-04-2021

Surprised!

I don't usually like this kind of book, without action, adventure, twist and turns and there's not much magic involved, BUT I was happy while reading this. It's beautifully written and wonderfully narrated. I felt warmth in this book, I was engaged from the beginning. It might not be to everyone's liking but I will be looking out for book 2.

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