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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Peter Straub Narrator: Phil Gigante Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2012 ISBN:
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First setting: an all-male prep school in Arizona, where two sensitive freshmen form a bond based on their interest in magic tricks. Second setting: the labyrinthine house of a weird magician uncle in New England, where the two boys spend a memorable summer being trained in the art of illusion. Or is it real magic? Third setting: an alternate world where dark forces are at play - forces that first show up at the school, but intensify their power the summer. Shadowland is a superb, under-recognized, early novel from a master of literary terror.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lara | 2/7/2014

    " This is one of the best dark magic novels I've ever read. Perfect combination of horror and fantasy. It made me put Grimm's Fairy Tales on the reread pile, too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Oldmanj716 | 1/31/2014

    " The story is very disjointed. The protagonists are weak, whiny, and boring. The book is broken up into two parts that each take place in seperate universes. The first half of the book is all character development and backstory that seems like it should have a lot to do with the second half...but it doesn't. As far as this being a horror story, I found one 2-5 page part creepy. The rest was slow, boring, and seemingly unorganized. It is not the worst horror novel I've read, but certainly not the best. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Urban | 1/26/2014

    " During the extremely unsatisfying experience of reading Lev Grossman's "The Magicians", I kept thinking of how much better Straub's treatment of similar themes was, so literally the minute I finished "The Magicians" I went to my bookshelf and picked out this book to re-read. With it's nods to everything from Grimm's Fairy Tales to Hans Christian Andersen to John Fowles' The Magus, this is both a literate homage to the art of storytelling and a gripping story in its own right. The tale of two boarding school best friends, one of whom is destined to be the greatest magician in the world, and the malevolent wizard who seeks to keep the mantle for himself, this is a mournful story filled with melancholy, violence and tragedy. The journey from innocence through temptation to self-awareness provides the backbone for these characters, and the layered narratives and "realities" are skillfully wrought. A perfectly crafted gem. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Larry | 1/25/2014

    " Found this book really hard to get into but stuck with it and it scared the bejeezus out of me "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jackmillis | 1/21/2014

    " Unfortunately I was hoping to like this book. However, like the other Straub books I couldn't get into it "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Glenn | 1/17/2014

    " I've enjoyed other Straub books, but gave up after 100 pages on this one, couldn't even discern what the main story plot was and didn't get at all interested in the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 1/14/2014

    " I love this book and have read it many times. I really like the idea of real magic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kymmee | 1/11/2014

    " I first read this book when it was published, and it scared the crap out of me then, and still does today. This is probably one of the creepiest books I've read, and I still have aspects of it show up in my rare nightmares. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Waven | 1/7/2014

    " As another reviewer noted, I was glad when this book ended. It had some good parts but I just didn't enjoy it. It might be an okay read for someone in their early teens but it would fall desperately low on my list of recommendations. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 12/31/2013

    " Read this book after Ghost Story, which I found very spine tingling but the events in this tale just seemed a little overdone---like how much horror can the bad guy inflict on a teenage boy!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 12/26/2013

    " Passing good story. It is slow to get going and the narrative framing is a little annoying. Clearly not Straub's best. Perhaps he will never reach the heights he did in Ghost Story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tawnee | 12/16/2013

    " I lost myself in this book. I think you will too. Holy crap, its so bad ass. :o) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Willem Van Kalsbeek | 12/9/2013

    " Wel heel vaag op zijn tijd. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Blake Bowen | 9/18/2013

    " It started out really good,but deteriorated as it went. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Evan Morris | 7/14/2013

    " Not as good as I had hoped after reading Mystery and The Throat. But entertaining enough if you're in the mood for a solidly written horror novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 7/5/2013

    " All I can say is it's definitely easy to see where alot of the nonsense babble came from in The Talisman. I enjoyed this book regardless. It was a little slow but very engaging. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 C | 11/30/2012

    " Eh, could've been better. Another William lent to me. I think King works better with the teenage boy horror/drama. Straub's got some very strange pacing issues and his images leave me feeling like I just got clobbered in the head, but it was okay. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ralph McEwen | 10/25/2012

    " A new author for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 M.m. Garcia | 8/26/2012

    " There is something utterly terrifying to me about the villian of this book. I have certainly read scarier books in my time, but few have stayed with me as long as this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alita | 8/4/2012

    " Peter Straub always provides a fun read, and this was no different. If you enjoy his buddy Stephen King, you'll enjoy Straub's work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cindy | 7/7/2012

    " To this day I have not read a book that put me on edge the way Shadowland did. I read it when I was 15, and I can still remember clearly the creepy feeling it gave. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joyce Jellison | 6/27/2012

    " read it in ninth grade and loved it for years.... "

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About the Author
Author Peter Straub

Peter Straub is the New York Times bestselling author of more than a dozen novels. He has won the Bram Stoker Award for his two of his novels and a short story collection, 5 Stories; he has also won a World Fantasy Award and an International Horror Guild Award. He received a BA in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MA from Columbia University.

About the Narrator

Phil Gigante has narrated more than two hundred audiobooks, earning ten AudioFile Earphones Awards and three of the prestigious Audie Awards for best narration. An actor, director, and producer with over twenty years of experience in theater, film, television, and radio, he is currently the artistic director of Gigantic Productions and Little Giant Children’s Theatre.