The Outsorcerer's Apprentice

  • by Tom Holt
  • Narrated by Ray Sawyer
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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- Lauren "Literature professor and lover of mystery books!"

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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- Margaret

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-15-2014
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio UK