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3.0000358879578 out of 53.0000358879578 out of 53.0000358879578 out of 53.0000358879578 out of 53.0000358879578 out of 5 3.00 (55,729 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:
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The New York Times bestselling novel about a young man practicing magic in the real world

Like everyone else, precocious high school senior Quentin Coldwater assumes that magic isn’t real—until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York. But magic doesn't bring the happiness and adventure Quentin thought it would. After graduation, he and his friends stumble upon a secret that sets them on a remarkable journey that may just fulfill Quentin’s yearning—but their journey turns out to be darker and more dangerous than they’d imagined.

Psychologically piercing and dazzlingly inventive, The Magicians, the prequel to the New York Times bestselling book The Magician King, is an enthralling coming-of-age tale about magic practiced in the real world, where good and evil aren't black and white—and power comes at a terrible price.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Sly and lyrical, [The Magicians] captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “An irresistible storytelling momentum makes The Magicians a great summer book, both thoughtful and enchanting.”


  • “While this story invariably echoes a whole body of romantic coming-of-age tales, Grossman's American variation is fresh and compelling.”

    Washington Post

  • “Grossman skillfully moves us through four years of school and a postgraduate adventure, never letting the pace slacken...beguiling.”

    Seattle Times

  • “This is a book for grown-up fans of children’s fantasy...Highly recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided—fantasy for grown-ups...Very satisfying indeed.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Mark Bramhall, a smooth baritone with a supple speaking voice, reads carefully, with a slight air of heaviness and sorrow. He pauses frequently and freights the silences with a tenderness well befitting a coming-of-age novel.”

    Publishers Weekly (audio review)

  • “As Bramhall depicts this Narnia-like land, he fully portrays the heroes, villains, even the secondary characters such as the cruel mage, a drunken bear, and a timid tree person. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Selected for the August 2009 Indie Next List
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • Winner of the 2010 YALSA Alex Award

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Scott Holland | 2/15/2014

    " As a previous said, too pessimistic for a main character. Made the book very painful to get through. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Erica O'Shea | 1/17/2014

    " The story is engaging, though slow to start; I'm 3/4 through and it's just now starting to pick up. I've heard the second book is better so I will persevere "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Dinsdale | 1/11/2014

    " I gave up. Awful, awful book. I hated everyone and everything in it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Kirsty | 12/29/2013

    " an interesting concept , several of them actually, are shoehorned into this book with an extremely unlikable lead character and scarcely fleshed out secondary characters. ugh could have been so much better. didn't live up to the hype. at all. "

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