Extended Audio Sample

Download The Magician Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Magician Audiobook, by Sol Stein Click for printable size audiobook cover
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (68 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sol Stein Narrator: Grover Gardner Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2006 ISBN: 9781455179527
Regular Price: $16.95 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $12.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

The Magician is the now famous story of two sixteen-year-old antagonists locked in the crucible of their high school from which neither can escape.

Ed Japhet gives a skillful performance of magic at the school prom. After the prom, Ed and his girlfriend are beset by Urek, the leader of a school gang that extracts extortion money by “renting” kids their own lockers. Ed is the only student who refuses to pay extortion money. Urek’s fury at Japhet’s defiance results in an attempted murder, a criminal trial, and death, with a shocker of an ending.

Selected by the Book-of-the-Month Club and widely taught in American schools, this book has sold over a million copies and has been published all over the world, including Britain, France, Germany, and as far away as Russia and Japan.

Download and start listening now!

BK_BLAK_000478

Quotes & Awards

  • “Beautiful and gripping. I cannot recall a novel of this type with greater pleasure.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “If you bury yourself in a Sol Stein book while walking, you’ll walk into a wall.”

    New York Times

  • “Irresistible! It would not be fair to reveal the shocking ironic outcome, but I promise you that the story will grip you from start to finish.”

    New York Times

  • “[Gardner’s] expert narration is a great match for this novel…straightforward and, fitting this novel, a bit acerbic. His pacing is excellent, and emotional colorings fit the prose perfectly. This deserves to be widely heard.”

    Kliatt

  • The Magician is one of those rare books that, once you read it, you will never forget…Gardner’s voice and style fit the teenaged naïveté and bravado that inhabit the book’s main characters, and he paces the story beautifully, particularly the climactic courtroom scenes.”

    AudioFile

  • “A sharklike bite that won’t be easily forgotten. Fast moving, incisive, angry, fine, and dramatic!”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 George | 11/14/2012

    " Disturbing. It kept me up all night after I read it. The ending is infuriating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rich Hoffman | 9/14/2012

    " This is my favorite courtroom drama novel. It is an honest, revealing classic that is shockingly well-written. The character depth is excellent, the twists and turns are unforseen, and the picture it paints of humanity is all-too real. Every 8th grade student should be required to read this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 9/13/2012

    " I listened to this as audiobook, but loved the flavor and fervor reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andy | 6/26/2012

    " When I finished this book it kind of seemed like the whole thing was a long set-up to a clever ending. I liked the writing and the atypical storyline keeps you guessing as it evolves in an enjoyably frustrating way. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 8/18/2011

    " Engaging story, over the top and disappointing ending. The story deals with class, cultural and ethnic tensions, bullying and cliques in high school and legal machinations. Up to the last few pages I'd have rated the book 4 or 4.5 stars, but the ending felt like a contrivance to me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Holly | 6/14/2011

    " Wow, this has not aged well. Archaic & indigestible racial politics, a key plot point involving a karate chop & deadly dull towards the finish. Stay away. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Katja | 3/13/2011

    " I love Maugham but this one is so weak, a good read for teenage girls, perhaps. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Margaret | 3/6/2011

    " This is all melodrama, little characterization, and overwritten (which Maugham himself acknowledges in his introduction). There's magnetism to the title character, based on Aleister Crowley, but the other characters are so cardboardish that I didn't much care what happened to them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurele | 3/2/2011

    " I never would have guessed this Faustian novel (the woman ruined by the antagonist is even named Margaret) to be written by Maugham. Quite the fascinating book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Isabella | 1/8/2011

    " W.Somerset Maugham ,1908) English version.I hated it, it's overloaded !Oliver Haddo trying to create life using black magic...He throw a magic charm into Margaret, marry her and kill her.It was Arthur whom she was engaged to,that killed Oliver.. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark | 11/14/2010

    " Still pretty cool (a 3.5 really, but couldn't give it a 4), but other Maughm books are better... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sharon | 11/3/2010

    " The writing is excellent. Vivid characters and wonderfully-written scenes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K.B. | 10/31/2010

    " Brilliantly done, and I would have given it 5 stars if the end didn't feel so abrupt. As I was reading, it came to me that if this were a movie, I'd cast Oliver Platt as Haddo. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Phil | 9/19/2010

    " Maugham's study of virtue perverted is as horrific, mesmerising and compelling as the eponymous magician himself. The, at times, heavy handed imagery does nothing to detract from a thoroughly enjoyable piece of traditional gothic fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 8/30/2010

    " An absolutely fantastic, mind-boggling read. I loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sunday | 7/15/2010

    " Maugham unbunched his frilly panties and wrote a man's man monster story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dianah | 6/8/2010

    " An unsettling contrast of sweet ordinariness and unhinged evil. Creepy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katharine | 2/19/2010

    " The last few pages are among the creepiest I've ever read. "

Write a Review
What is FlexPass?
  • Your first audiobook is just $5.95
  • Over 90% are at or below $12.95
  • "LOVE IT" guarantee
  • No time limits or expirations
About the Author
Author Sol Stein

Sol Stein is a prizewinning playwright produced on Broadway, an anthologized poet, the author of nine novels, and an award-winning teacher of writers. He has edited some of the most successful writers of the century. He is the author of Stein on Writing and How to Grow a Novel and creator of the computer programs WritePro®, FictionMaster®, and FirstAid for Writers®.

About the Narrator

Grover Gardner (a.k.a. Tom Parker) is an award-winning narrator with over eight hundred titles to his credit. Named one of the “Best Voices of the Century” and a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine, he has won three prestigious Audie Awards, was chosen Narrator of the Year for 2005 by Publishers Weekly, and has earned thirty-seven Earphones Awards.