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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

  • Fantasy fans can't afford to miss the darkly comic and unforgettably queasy experience of reading this book-and be glad for reality. Booklist (Starred Review)
  • This is a book for grown-up fans of children's fantasy and would appeal to those who loved Donna Tartt's The Secret History. Highly recommended. Library Journal (Starred Review)
  • Remember the last time you ran home to finish a book? This is it, folks. The Magicians is the most dazzling, erudite and thoughtful fantasy novel to date. Gary Shteyngart, author of Absurdistan and The Russian Debutante's Handbook
  • The Magicians brilliantly explores the hidden underbelly of fantasy and easy magic ... It's like seeing the worlds of Narnia and Harry Potter through a 3-D magnifying glass. Naomi Novik, author of His Majesty's Dragon
  • Grossman clearly has read his POtter and much more. While this story invariably echoes a whole body of romantic coming-of-age tales, Grossman's American variation is fresh and compelling. Like a jazz musician, he riffs on Potter and Narnia, but makes it his own. Washington Post
  • Grossman skillfully moves us through four years of school and a postgraduate adventure, never letting the pace slacken...beguiling. Seattle Times
  • An irresistible storytelling momentum makes The Magicians a great summer book, both thoughtful and enchanting. Salon
  • Very dark and very scary, with no simple answers provided-fantasy for grown- ups, in other words, and very satisfying indeed. Kirkus Reviews
  • The Magicians reimagines modern-day fantasy for grownups. [It] breathes life into a cast of characters you want to know...and does what [some] claim books never really manage to do: 'get you out, really out, of where you were and into somewhere better. Louisville Courier-Journal
  • ... provocative, unput-downable ... one of the best fantasies I've read in ages. Fantasy & Science Fiction
  • The Magicians is to Harry Potter as a shot of Irish whiskey is to a glass of weak tea. George R.R. Martin, bestselling author of A Game of Thrones
  • Stirring, complex, adventurous ... from the life of Quentin Coldwater, his slacker Park Slope Harry Potter, Lev Grossman delivers superb coming of age fantasy. Junot Diaz, Pulitzer-prize winning author of The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
  • The Magicians ought to be required reading for anyone who has ever fallen in love with a fantasy series, or wished they went to a school for wizards. Kelly Link, author of Magic for Beginners and Stranger Things Happen
  • The Magicians is a spellbinding, fast-moving, dark fantasy book for grownups that feels like an instant classic. Kate Christensen, PEN/Faulkner award winning author of The Great Man and The Epicure's Lament
  • The Magicians is fantastic. It's strange, fanciful, extravagant, eccentric, and truly remarkable-a great story, masterfully told. Scott Smith, bestselling author of The Ruins and A Simple Plan
  • Sly and lyrical, [The Magicians] captures the magic of childhood and the sobering years beyond. Entertainment Weekly
  • ...no doubt that this book is inventive storytelling and Grossman is at the height of his powers. Chicago Sun-Times
  • “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.”

    Salon

  • “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.”

    AudioFile

  • 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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