The Magicians, Book 1 : The Magicians

  • by Lev Grossman
  • Narrated by Mark Bramhall
  • Series: The Magicians
  • 17 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price....
Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.
The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power; and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected....

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Narnia and Harry Potter combination for adults

Where does The Magicians, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This story was certainly entertaining. I would suggest that if you grew up with Harry Potter and found that you were never invited to Hogwarts, then your sense of disillusion with the world can be sorted out with this original, if not ground-breaking tale. I liked the concept and the characters were quite well formed, although as the story progressed it got a little bit too referential - Narnia "Magician's Nephew". However, I do like books that refer back to the earlier genre works, and Grossman has certainly wrought something new from children's fantasy fiction. When the next one comes out on audio (only available currently in the US audible site) I shall probably download it and continue listening, but I wasn't left with a desperation to continue to the story. The protagonist, Quentin, was that rather in vogue mixture of brilliance tinged with flaws and issues. I have to say though, that I was increasingly unsympathetic towards him, which could arguably be Grossman's plan with the whole 'disillusionment' thing. Mark Bramhall was a brilliant reader, well paced with good characterisation.


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- Lottie

The Magicians - absolute magic

What did you like most about The Magicians, Book 1?

It isn't often that you listen to the first in a trilogy and actually want to be bothered to listen to the others, but in this case - you will. Give it a little time to warm up I would say, the first third of the book sets the characters. It is an adults book, similar to 'The Kingkiller chronicles' by Patrick Rothfuss, but with a little more sex and adult language. I am certainly going to use my precious monthly credit to read the second book. Mark Bramhall is easy to listen to, which isn't always the case with American accents if you are British. I would recommend this book.


Who was your favorite character and why?

I found that dealing with 'magic' can sometimes give a book a childish slant, but in this case not. It is matter of fact and deals with magic as if it were a science for those with a natural give. You accept it as such.


What about Mark Bramhall’s performance did you like?

The introduces this magical land Phillory, which they all read as a child in much the same way as 'The lion, the witch and the wardrobe'. However, it isn't all candyfloss and lemon trees, and allows the adults to experience it in an adult way, which is quite enchanting.


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

Absolutely nothing. Easy listening - but be careful you don't fall asleep in the bath as I did and then have to try to find your place again. He reads so nicely, it's very relaxing.


Any additional comments?

If you are looking for fairytale book, perhaps this isn't for you. The language and sexual references could be offensive for some, although this doesn't take over the book, it is only in a few parts.

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- gepocock

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-02-2016
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Limited