The Magician King by Lev Grossman audiobook

The Magician King: A Novel

By Lev Grossman
Read by Mark Bramhall

Penguin Audio 9781611760255

The Magicians Trilogy: Book 2

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Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on Syfy, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

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Summary

Summary

A New York Times bestseller

A 2011 New York Times Editor’s Choice

A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction

A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction

A Publishers Weekly bestseller

Selected for the August 2011 Indie Next List

An Amazon Best Book of the Month, August 2011

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Return to Fillory in the riveting sequel to the New York Times bestseller and literary phenomenon, The Magicians, now an original series on Syfy, from the author of the #1 bestselling The Magician’s Land. Quentin Coldwater should be happy. He escaped a miserable Brooklyn childhood, matriculated at a secret college for magic, and graduated to discover that Fillory—a fictional utopia—was actually real. But even as a Fillorian king, Quentin finds little peace. His old restlessness returns, and he longs for the thrills a heroic quest can bring. Accompanied by his oldest friend, Julia, Quentin sets off—only to somehow wind up back in the real world and not in Fillory, as they’d hoped. As the pair struggle to find their way back to their lost kingdom, Quentin is forced to rely on Julia’s illicitly learned sorcery as they face a sinister threat in a world very far from the beloved fantasy novels of their youth.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

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
Grossman expands his magical world into a boundless enchanted universe, and his lively characters navigate it with aplomb. The New Yorker
The Magician King is a rare achievement, a book that simultaneously criticizes and celebrates our deep desire for fantasy. The Boston Globe
[The Magician King] is 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
[A] serious, heartfelt novel [that] turns the machinery of fantasy inside out. The New York Times (Editor’s Choice)
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. NPR.org
Grossman is brilliant at creating brainy, distinct, flawed, complex characters, and nearly as good at running them through narrative gauntlets that inventively tweak the stories that generations have grown up on. The Portland Oregonian
The Magician King, the immensely entertaining new novel by Lev Grossman, manages to be both deep and deeply enjoyable. Chicago Sun-Times
In this page-turning follow-up to his bestselling 2009 novel The Magicians, Grossman takes another dark, sarcastically sinister stab at fantasy, set in the Narnia-esque realm of Fillory. Entertainment Weekly
The Magician King is clearly the middle book in a trilogy, but it’s that rare creature that bridges the gap between tales and still stands on its own. And just as the first book showed that growing up is hard no matter how much power you have, it shows that becoming an adult involves far more than just reaching the right age. The A.V. Club
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 (a sloth who knows the path to the underworld, a dragon in the Grand Canal), and splendid set pieces in Venice, Provence, Cornwall, and Brooklyn. The Daily Beast
Now that Harry Potter is through in books and films, grown-up fans of the boy wizard might want to give this nimble fantasy series a try. New York Post
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. The Miami Herald
Fabulous fantasy spiked with bitter adult wisdom—not to be missed. Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“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
Fans of The Magicians will find this sequel a feast and will be delighted that a jaw-dropping denouement surely promises a third volume to come. Booklist
“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.” NPR
“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.” AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Lev Grossman

Author Bio: Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman is a senior writer and book critic for Time magazine. His books have been New York Times bestsellers, and in 2011, he was awarded the John W. Campbell Award from the World Science Fiction Society. A graduate of Harvard and Yale, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two daughters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Fantasy
Runtime: 15.80
Audience: Adult
Language: English