The Magician's Guild : The Black Magician Trilogy

  • by Trudi Canavan
  • Narrated by Richard Aspel
  • Series: The Black Magician Trilogy
  • 15 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Sonea is caught up in a confrontation between the hated Guild magicians and the angry youth of the slums. To her dismay, she discovers that she possesses the same powers as the reviled magicians. To avoid capture, she must seek protection from the city's feared underworld, The Thieves. In return, she must use her powers for them, but her magic never seems to do quite what she intends it to.

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What the Critics Say

"The first part of the Black Magician Trilogy, this captivating tale has already been hailed by critics as a 'must for lovers of good fantasy'." (Marie Claire)

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Customer Reviews

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Good book - shame about the narrator

I believe this audiobook is let down by the narrator, Richard Aspel. His timing is poor, he uses inappropriate emphasis on sentences and his odd accents distract from the story rather than adding to it.

The book itself is fun and interesting. Some points were repeated too often and I found myself thinking: "yes, I realised that was important the first 5 times it was mentioned". However, the pace of the book picks up in the final third and I am very interested to find out how the lead character, Sonea, develops in the next book.

Thank you Trudi :)
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- Brighton UK Customer

Fantastic book - terrible narrator

What did you like best about this story?

Fantastic story - all of the books by trudi canavan have captivated and held my attention through reading and re-reading!


What didn’t you like about Richard Aspel’s performance?

If you don't mind heavy breathing and continuous gulping you will like this audio book - when listening I find the heaving breathing and the additional mouth noises incredible irritating to a fantastic story


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

For the story yes but with a different narrator


Any additional comments?

With a female lead character a female narrator would be better and one who was not so annoying in the recording - a male narrator like Stephen fry would not produce so many irritating additional noises in the recording - I wish the audio book was one I could enjoy as many times as harry potter - the story should allow all the books to be - but the choice of narrator is very poor

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 20-12-2007
  • Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd