• The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

  • By: Tom Holt
  • Narrated by: Ray Sawyer
  • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 07-15-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (305 ratings)

Regular price: $19.18

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Publisher's Summary

A happy workforce is a productive workforce. At the moment, the Wizard's employees are neither. The goblins are upset with their working conditions, the dragonslayer has thrown a hissy fit over his medical insurance (or lack thereof) and everyone is upset about the terrible canteen coffee.
Yet the Wizard hasn't got time to worry about revolution in the workplace - he's about to see his brilliant business plan (based on entrepreneurial flair and involving one or two parallel worlds) disrupted by a clueless young man. Side effects may include a huge hole in the fabric of reality. This is almost certainly going to be a bad day at the office.
©2014 One Reluctant Lemming Company, Ltd (P)2014 Hachette Audio
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5 out of 5 stars
By Lauren on 08-05-14

Very clever and new

Would you listen to The Outsorcerer's Apprentice again? Why?

I would and have done so. I listened it to it twice in a row.

What other book might you compare The Outsorcerer's Apprentice to and why?

Kind of like Jasper Fforde but more cerebral and sharp; a lot like the Johannes Cabal series; Outside of this, hard to compare because it is rather unusual.

Which character – as performed by Ray Sawyer – was your favorite?

The King of the Goblins was funny, and I loved when Sawyer performed any cockney or lower-class British character--his accent is dead-on and incredibly timed.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed a lot and chuckled at some of the sly jokes. Throughout, it was funny and entertaining--you can easily miss some of the references if you aren't paying attention.

Any additional comments?

This is an extremely clever and fresh book. The elements of the narrative are too outlandish to try to explain here, but somehow, the author makes them work together. The writing is sharp and funny and tongue-in-cheek. It is sort of a meta-fairytale in that it constantly plays on its own references to traditional fairytale tropes; in one moment, a character wonders if the fairytale land makes money from a "four percent leverage on traditional narrative tropes." You may find the narration a little slow at first, but Sawyer knows exactly what he is doing. As the story unfolds, he voices additional characters perfectly and sets the pace well. One thing about this book: it requires your attention. There are so many little things going on, and if you are not listening attentively, you may miss them. I found myself rewinding it again and again just to catch small stuff. However, it is totally worth it because the dialogue and narration are so funny and, at times, quite smart and thought-provoking. This is the only book I've listened to twice in a row, in addition to the thousand rewinds in between. I recommend it if you like stories that collapse genres, make you think, and are a bit silly and unconventional. By the way, I think Tom Holt did some brilliant writing and storytelling here. I hope he writes more like this. It reminded me of Jasper Fforde with a bit more gravitas and slyness and subtlety. I teach literature and plan on teaching this in an Ethics and Values in Lit course. It brings up many philosophical and ethical issues that would get college students thinking. If you are a person who would prefer not to think of such things, you will still like the book--they are woven into the narrative so strategically that you can overlook them and just enjoy the silly goings on. Either way, I highly recommend.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Margaret on 03-17-16

Good for a laugh, but third in a series

I enjoyed The Outsorcerer's Apprentice. I was looking for something light and funny and it fit the bill. There was some stuff that I didn't follow immediately, and came to find out this is the third book in a series of four. Grrrr. I wish I'd known that. Still, Tom Holt is a gem and I'm glad I found him. Back to book one...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Barbara Pritchard on 11-30-14

Don't listen at bedtime! It's too funny !

What did you like most about The Outsorcerer's Apprentice?

I have been a big fan of Tom Holt's quirky novels for many years, but this is the first one I have tried as an audiobook.

What did you like best about this story?

His way of turning the most mundane of scenarios totally on it's head yet making them so believable is nothing short of amazing.

What about Ray Sawyer’s performance did you like?

I don't know why, but Ray Sawyer's voice is the one that's always been in my head whenever I've read one of Tom Holt's books, so it's perfect for the audiobooks.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Therer were lots of moments that moved me to laugh out loud, embarrasing when in a hospital waiting room !

Any additional comments?

After listening to The Outsourcerer's Apprentice I'm now going to order several of Tom Holts other novels on audio too. Perfect for cheering up the approaching long winter.

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3 out of 5 stars
By W on 09-04-14

A little disappointing

I had really high hopes for this - I always do with Tom Holt's books. I am always hopeful that his next book will be as good as his Portable Door/Wells & Co trilogy; unfortunately nothing so far has topped it and this is no exception. It's not terrible - it was funny in places and had a reasonable plot, but I was expecting more depth and development with regards to the characters (especially Buttercup and Florizel) and the place, but that never happened. Overall, it felt like an overspill from another story and I was never sure whose story it was. I'm wavering between a 2 and 3 star rating for the story. The narrator, Ray Sawyer, is always perfect.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Stuart Scowcroft on 01-02-15

brilliant i

soaring imagination and beautifully drawn characters. this is a yarn for a long drive which you won't even notice. be prepared to spend extra time in the car if it is not finished by the time you arrive.

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