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The Magicians, Book 1

Lu par : Mark Bramhall
Série : The Magicians, Volume 1
Durée : 17 h et 24 min
4,8 out of 5 stars (12 notations)

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In a secret world of forbidden knowledge, power comes at a terrible price....

Quentin Coldwater's life is changed forever by an apparently chance encounter: when he turns up for his entrance interview to Princeton, he finds his interviewer dead - but a strange envelope bearing Quentin's name leads him down a path very different from any he'd ever imagined.

The envelope, and the mysterious manuscript it contains, leads to a secret world of obsession and privilege, a world of freedom and power; and, for a while, it's a world that seems to answer all Quentin's desires. But the idyll cannot last - and when it's finally shattered, Quentin is drawn into something darker and far more dangerous than anything he could ever have expected....

©2016 Lev Grossman (P)2016 Penguin Books Limited

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A r'wholesome story of depression

Loved every second of it. Thanks for curing my grief from the TV series. Can't help but shiver at the narrator's pronounciation of words in W, like R'white haha

  • Global
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My Favourite Universe

I love how this book does not hide from reality's imperfection. This book isn't trying to wow everyone, it just tells the story of reality managed to get in a fantasy world. I'm attached to that lesson.

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Fantastic and depressing

A must read/listem. But don't listen to it while drinking. The book itself is already Narnia on Prozac, don't make it any more powerfull or it will swallow you hole.

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  • Simon
  • 15/11/2016

Didn't cast a spell on me

I get that Grossman is trying to create a three-dimensional protagonist with weaknesses and problems. In doing so the character is probably supposed to be easier to identify with. But I never identified with Quentin, and I lost my interest in him throughout the book. I want to read something that inspires me, but reading about Quentin's self-pity and his poor view on life and people in general is just depressing.

Along with this I must say the plot is not intriguing enough and it seems like the novel is missing some editing. Loose plot ends are thrown out now and again without being picked up which made me think the author forgot about them. And for an "adult fantasy" it just doesn't seem to be intelligent enough. You never understand what is the agenda of influential off-screen characters (Fogg, Mayakovsky), which makes me think there are none. The only way this fantasy novel is adult is in the frequent occurrence of drugs, sex and alcohol, I was hoping there would a more sophisticated side to the story than that but I did't find it.

Grossman's language and imagination is good enough for a good fantasy novel, but "The Magician's" misses out on too many other things.

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  • Asaf
  • 19/03/2018

Don't Understand the Appeal

Is there anything you would change about this book?

So many people have recommended this book to me, more often than not with the line "it's like a grown-up version of Harry Potter". It's not. It lacks the sense of wonder I've come to expect from fantasy novels, and all characters are irredeemable sociopaths who meander around being mopey despite the fact they command limitless magical powers. If that sounds fun to you, this is the book for you.

What could Lev Grossman have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The story takes forever to get going, to the point I was over three-quarters in and was still unsure what, if anything, is the overarching plot. Then someone comes in, gives our "heroes" some magical thingy, and kickstarts something resembling a plot. THIS IS NOT GOOD WRITING.

The book is in dire need of an editor's touch. An editor would have convinced Grosman to hurry up with the plot and not spend chapter after chapter on meaningless events that don't come to any fruition. The same editor might have also convinced Grosman not to put a Scarface impression in the middle of what is supposed to be a tense action scene, or to use weird, illogical wording such as "a silent gust of roaring wind." Unfortunately, since all of the above happen in the book, it seems that Grosman's only editor was his left hand inside a sock puppet.

Any additional comments?

The biggest shame is that it's clear that Grosman can write, and there are areas of the book that are compelling enough that you want to go on just to see where this is going. Spoiler alert: it goes nowhere. The book is less Harry Potter for adults, and more like Stoner with magic. I'm sure some people will find that appealing. Personally, I think I'd rather watch paint dry.

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  • Jessica Simonetti
  • 01/08/2020

Fine, but don't let the tag line fool you

This isn't anything like 'Harry Potter for adults' if you're looking for anything more than Magic performed by ignorant young men with drinking problems. The world building isn't on par. The story could use some heavy editing. There are too many unnecessary references to irrelevant other big franchises. The sex and alcohol is plentily available but random and forced and also very unnecessary to aid the story. If it didn't try to harp onto Harry Potter fame it would have been great fun, but in the forced comparison it doesn't hold up. The narration however is perfect.

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  • Joao Taborda
  • 10/02/2020

Nice Adult Magicians Story

I found The Magicians through a search of stories similar to Harry Potter and I found it quite entertaining. It’s not Harry Potter but it has magic in it, it’s not Narnia but it has different realms in it. It’s all of that combined with lots of swearing, lots of wine and some sex! The story is well written and the performance is very good! Can’t wait to start the second book!

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  • bermudaful2
  • 07/08/2019

The Show was better

It was a bit of a struggle to get through at times. I like the way the show revealed some information about characters better than the book which just sort of haphazardly plopped things in.

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  • Allen
  • 26/05/2019

A disfunctional Harry Potter wannabe

It had so much potential but ultimately was too focused on chasing a sad soul's journey of self discovery, only to find he was not worthy. A missed opportunity.

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  • Elaye Karstadt
  • 27/04/2019

great story, poorly written

the story is amazing, the main character is really bad. the author has a great idea and no clue

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  • Preslav S.
  • 25/04/2019

Amazing!

Got hooked up after the show. Can't wait to get ahead to the next ones.

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  • Sean
  • 14/02/2019

‘The affected teenage sociopaths’ might be more apt

This book may have appealed to me when I was younger and assumed being perpetually disinterested with the world was somehow an admirable trait. It makes magic seem painfully dry, almost as dry as the interpersonal relationships of the characters themselves. The narrator has chosen to or was instructed to replicate the same monotonous, disinterested tone of the characters making it doubly painful. If you always wished Harry Potter was set in the world of Cruel Intentions, this book is for you.

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  • Chris
  • 31/07/2018

Was awesome don't listen to the crap reviews

This book was surprisingly awesome. Good fun, good magic good characters and nice and rough around the edges

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  • Verena
  • 13/04/2016

Great story but uninspired narrator

Was hat Ihnen am allerbesten an The Magicians, Book 1 gefallen?

I wanted to have the book as I recently became hooked to the SyFy Series... anyways, the story only loosely resembles that of the TV Series, and that means I get two stories set in a similar world, which I quiet enjoy. Both are equally gripping.

Würden Sie es noch mal mit einem anderen Hörbuch mit Mark Bramhall versuchen?

Rather not. The narrator reads passages that are filled with tension in a very sleepy, anticlimactic manner. I will probably buy and read the other books, as this lethargic tone is annoying.

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  • Martin Stennert
  • 30/12/2018

Easily most loathsome book I ever suffered through

I don't know whether Grossman considers his deeply unlikable characters "realistic", but if he does he must be pitied for his own character as well as that of all of his friends (and enemies, and teachers, and casual acquaintance, and pretty much anybody he seems to know.) I've certainly never read any book about magic that was as un-magical as this one, nor any book about friends as unfriendly, nor many books with as little plot, or story, or indeed anything happening - let alone originality - as this. What an utter waste of time and money. The narrator was okay, I guess, but since the story is only (literally *only*) about ennui, the narrator was pretty much forced to sound bored throughout almost the entire reading.

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  • Sebastian Stüber
  • 24/02/2017

interesting

Really dark story - not your average coming-of-age magic. But there are some non realistic twists which diminish the fun.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 24/05/2019

Fast paced, surprisingly dirty

The story is very fast paced, but protagonist is a dirty teenager and it shows

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  • Laura Lynee Wilber
  • 19/09/2018

Narnia + Harry Potter, for adults only

Stumbled across the TV series on Prime, loved it immediately and downloaded the books right after I finished the first two seasons. Really enjoyed the story, in both formats!

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  • Pascal
  • 28/01/2017

ok but not much more

not nearly as good as other fantasy books.
story is quite shallow and not very thrilling. quite a straight forward plot. not a lot of unforseen twists.

but ok for just some hours distraction

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  • Frauke
  • 16/09/2016

Nothing is happening

Great voice but the story is rather anticlimactic. I got soo bored so many times despite the potential.