Extended Audio Sample

Download The Magician King: A Novel Audiobook

Extended Audio Sample The Magician King: A Novel, by Lev Grossman Click for printable size audiobook cover
3.00012197353174 out of 53.00012197353174 out of 53.00012197353174 out of 53.00012197353174 out of 53.00012197353174 out of 5 3.00 (16,397 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lev Grossman Narrator: Mark Bramhall Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
Regular Price: $25.00 Add to Cart
— or —
FlexPass™ Price: $20.95$5.95$5.95 for new members!
Add to Cart learn more )

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon of 2009—The Magicians.

The Magicians was praised as a triumph by readers and critics of both mainstream and fantasy literature. Now Grossman takes us back to Fillory, where the Brakebills graduates have fled the sorrows of the mundane world—only to face terrifying new challenges.

Quentin and his friends are now the kings and queens of Fillory, but the days and nights of royal luxury are starting to pall. After a morning hunt takes a sinister turn, Quentin and his old friend Julia charter a magical sailing ship and set out on an errand to the wild outer reaches of their kingdom.

Their pleasure cruise becomes an adventure when the two are unceremoniously dumped back into the last place Quentin ever wants to see: his parent’s house in Chesterton, Massachusetts. And only the black, twisted magic that Julia learned on the streets can save them.

The Magician King is a grand voyage into the dark, glittering heart of magic, an epic quest for the Harry Potter generation. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “In this page-turning follow-up to…The Magicians, Grossman takes another dark, sarcastically sinister stab at fantasy, set in the Narnia-esque realm of Fillory.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Grossman expands his magical world into a boundless enchanted universe, and his lively characters navigate it with aplomb.”

    New Yorker

  • “A serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out.”

    New York Times

  • “Quentin is no Harry Potter. The other humans in Fillory are not the Pevensie children. This isn’t a book for the kids. It’s not your father’s Narnia or your older sister’s Hogwarts. Something sadder and more sinister has entered this fantasy: the modern world.”

    Washington Post

  • The Catcher in the Rye for devotees of alternative universes. It’s dazzling and devil-may-care…Grossman has created a rare, strange, and scintillating novel.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Grossman has devised an enchanted milieu brimming with possibility, and his sly authorial voice gives it a literary life that positions The Magician King well above the standard fantasy fare.”

    San Francisco Chronicle

  • The Magician King, the immensely entertaining novel by Lev Grossman, manages to be both deep and deeply enjoyable.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “Readers who have already enjoyed The Magicians should lose no time in picking up The Magician King. For those who haven’t, read both books: Grossman’s work is solid, smart, and engaging adult fantasy.”

    Miami Herald

  • “A funny and innovative follow-up.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “A spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about privilege, power, and the limits of being human. The Magician King is a triumphant sequel.”


  • “Lev Grossman’s The Magician King is a fresh take on the fantasy-quest novel—dark, austere, featuring characters with considerable psychological complexity, a collection of idiosyncratic talking animals, and splendid set pieces in Venice, Provence, Cornwall, and Brooklyn.”

    Daily Beast

  • “Grossman’s stylish sequel to The Magicians smoothly fuses adventure fantasy, magic realism, and mythic fiction…Grossman effortlessly injects innumerable pop culture and literary references into the fantastical storyline. Mainstream fiction and fantasy fans alike will find this fairy tale for adults rewarding.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom—not to be missed.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “Mark Bramhall—who read the previous installment—is back, picking up where he left off with breathy, sonorous narration that will delight listeners.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “Mark Bramhall’s gruff narration suits this fantasy, the sequel to The Magicians…Bramhall’s characterizations animate both the light and dark sides of the characters. His judicious use of accents and his empathy for the characters enhance their relationships and intensify their adventures.. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2011
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A 2011 New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Kyle | 2/16/2014

    " I read this back to back with The Magician, and I was a little sad with the ending of this one - after the first book takes such care to wrap up the story and show you Quentin's next steps, the ending here feels abrupt. Still a fun read and a great successor to a (hopefully growing) fantasy series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jen | 2/7/2014

    " I wasn't sure what to expect from this second book, and it definitely went in some unexpected directions. I enjoyed it very much. Again, I'm left with the feeling that, if I say anything, it'll be too much and spoil things for other readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Mairzi | 1/29/2014

    " Much better then the first one but still way too long and oh so deriviative of so many better books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Drew Newquist | 1/25/2014

    " So much better then the first. "

  • > Show All
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