City of Dark Magic

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tyler on 01-19-13

So promising and yet...

Would you try another book from Magnus Flyte and/or Natalie Gold?


What do you think your next listen will be?


How could the performance have been better?

The narrator used poor at best, and offensive at worst, accents. Several of her pronuciations were very distracting, especially "muzam" for museum.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from City of Dark Magic?

The gratuitous sex scenes were completely out of place and only distracted from the narrative.

Any additional comments?

The premise was so promising that the poor execution was even more disappointing. The main character is a strange amalgamation of serious academic and 'party-girl' undergraduate with extremely questionable judgement.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Torsten Will on 11-05-13

Not fantasy

Is there anything you would change about this book?

The sprinked-in sex is not at all neccessary, nor does it add to the story. It makes the characters more flat.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The relations to actual history, especially music, is novel and believable. The description of prague is great and makes one feel really there. The romance is boring, the bad-guy in the story too simple.

What does Natalie Gold bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The characters are good and distinguishable, I really like the accents she manages to speak with.

Could you see City of Dark Magic being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

Well, Tom Hanks, if he were a woman -- it is sort of Da Vinci Codish...

Any additional comments?

The good guys are well drawn and get a character. The bad guys are a bit in contrast to that, more flat and a bit obvious. The story itself is build quite straight, too. The author lays out secrets in the beginning of the book and resolved them one by one in the end, more or less believable. Quite a straight story with few surprises.

From the title I somehow expected a bit more fantasy-style, but it is not much so. The Magic in the title relates more to what I would call Mysticism.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer on 03-22-14

Great hopes unfulfilled

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Definitely a better narrator, secondly, maybe I'm a prude but the story became more about a horny unprofessional woman than anything else. Not impressed

What was most disappointing about Magnus Flyte’s story?

There was no magic

How could the performance have been better?

A different, more intelligent sounding, better actress for a narrator

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment over wasting my credits on this book

Any additional comments?

I'd like my credits back

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By R. burnham on 09-22-13

Everything but the kitchen sink.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Perhaps a person who like really "quirky" books.

Has City of Dark Magic turned you off from other books in this genre?

Does this book have a genre? It was like 4 different books combined into one book. Almost like it was written by multiple authors. It was so....busy.There is a fairly weak version of the classic "search for a lost historical object" narrative at the center of this book. The subplots will make your head spin: a cold war spy story, a snarky immortal story, an American abroad story,"whodunnit," alchemy, time travel, and hell portal--just to name a few.

Would you be willing to try another one of Natalie Gold’s performances?

I usually shake my head at reviewers who complain about the performance. Some actors are definitely better than others, but I never believed that a poor performance could actually make a book less enjoyable. Until now. This performer often sounded like a computer generated voice--a robot. In addition, her accents were often so poor that I laughed out loud.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The book was audacious. I saw it through to the end because I just wanted to see what else the author was going to throw at me. In addition, it did all come together at the end--the author accounted for every piece.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Shelley J Speed on 09-16-15

confusing narration

never heard anyone pronounce "museum" like this narrator and it distracted from story. narrator also chose to use two very different sounding voices as there were 2 perspectives but both of those perspectives were in the 3rd person again this confused me. never really got into feeling for the main characters but the supporting characters were interesting.

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2 of 2 people found this review helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Michael on 04-08-13

What it could have been and what it was.

What this story could have been is exciting and far more entertaining than it was. The sex scenes were sometimes graphics and actually took away from the story, rather than adding to it. While the premise seemed entertaining, by the end of the book I was listening to it on triple speed.

Had some really interesting information on Beethoven, and I actually liked the historical intrigue. Where it failed was delivering on all of the sub-plots and MOST of the mystery.

Don't read if you don't want a major plot-point ripped apart.

So there is some sort of inter-dimensional hell portal that is brought up a number of times. And then is just used as a convenient dump. It was disappointing that there was more (poorly written) sex, for no apparent reason other than the heroine is possibly a victim of nymphomania, and very little on what would have been really interesting. It was not the worst book I have listened to, but I would not listen to it again.

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5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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