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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:
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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.

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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.”


  • 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.”


  • “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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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