• So You Want to Be a Wizard

  • Young Wizard Series, Book 1
  • By: Diane Duane
  • Narrated by: Christina Moore
  • Series: Young Wizards, Book 1
  • Length: 7 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 01-08-04
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Recorded Books
  • 4 out of 5 stars 4.0 (963 ratings)

Regular price: $23.95

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Editorial Reviews

Why You Should Download This Audiobook: The most famous young wizard of all time (who shall not be conjured here) has quite a few precursors: Ursula K. Le Guin's The Wizard of Earthsea is one, and Nita, in this delightful book, is another. If you appreciate fun fantasy filled with adventure and wonderment, we won't harry you. We simply and emphatically recommend you don Ms. Duane's brilliant gem.
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Publisher's Summary

Because she insists on fighting with words instead of her fists, 13-year-old Nita is regularly tormented by a gang of classmates. One day, running to escape their blows, she hides in the only safe place nearby: the library. When a book about wizardry catches her eye, Nita finds the help she needs in its pages. As she moves from chapter to chapter, Nita learns more sophisticated spells. Soon, stepping through a worldgate, she enters a shadowy city swirling with vicious taxicabs and carnivorous fireplugs. What begins as a simple quest quickly becomes a struggle to keep a powerful and ominous force from passing back into Nita's world. Ranked with the best of Madeleine L'Engle and Diana Wynne Jones, Diane Duane's magical tale of wizardry and wisdom has become a modern fantasy classic. Christina Moore's delightful narration captures all the excitement and danger in this thrilling fantasy adventure.
You can listen to Diane Duane's entire Young Wizard series.
©1983 Diane Duane (P)2002 Recorded Books, LLC
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dilo on 05-30-04

Not quite Harry Potter ... better

This series has been compared time and time again to the Harry Potter books, and, though I love HP, these series are NOT the same. You have a set of young friends, who are wizards, who fight against dark forces and deal with life's issues. But that is where the similarity ends. The wizardry books are more imaginative, filled with different beings, different worlds, creative and twist turning adventures that will leave readers wanting more and waiting impatiently to download the next edition. Not only is the story incredible but the narrarator is the best I've heard yet. Each character's voice is distinct and believable and allows you to immerse yourself completely in the story. This is a great series for for children and adults alike. I love it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Cather on 03-30-07

I'm hooked.

I'd have to say this is better than the first three Harry Potter books, but it seems to me that the comparison isn't a very good one. I'm a Potter addict, mind you, but where the HP books sometimes fall into silliness, in particular with the magic, this is more like one of the Heinlein Juveniles, except with fantasy instead of sci-fi. (And there's just a hint of sci-fi.)

The story is intelligent and well thought out, and the characters are convincing and endearing. Like the Heinlein Juveniles, it doesn't talk to the reader like a baby or stick to one-syllable words.

Oh, and the reader is superb to the point that when I finish this series, I will look at what else she has done to see if anything gets my attention.

High hopes for this series-- I bought the second and third immediately after finishing this one.

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