Libriomancer : Magic ex Libris

  • by Jim C. Hines
  • Narrated by David DeVries
  • Series: Magic ex Libris
  • 10 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Isaac Vainio is a Libriomancer, a member of the secret organization founded five centuries ago by Johannes Gutenberg. Libriomancers are gifted with the ability to magically reach into books and draw forth objects. When Isaac is attacked by vampires that leaked from the pages of books into our world, he barely manages to escape. To his horror he discovers that vampires have been attacking other magic-users as well, and Gutenberg has been kidnapped.
With the help of a motorcycle-riding dryad who packs a pair of oak cudgels, Isaac finds himself hunting the unknown dark power that has been manipulating humans and vampires alike. And his search will uncover dangerous secrets about Libriomancy, Gutenberg, and the history of magic....


What the Critics Say

"This may be Jim Hines's best work. Libriomancer is smart, silly, and deadly serious, all at the same time. It's a book about loving books. This is the magic librarian and ass-kicking dryad adventure story we’ve all been waiting for." (Seanan McGuire, The New York Times best-selling author of Discount Armageddon)
"All writers believe in the magic of books; Jim Hines has created a system where that magic becomes real, usable, and very definitely not always safe." (Tanya Huff, best-selling author of the Blood Books)
"This funny and fast-paced series opener...will be sure to surprise and entertain urban fantasy fans.... Isaac is sure to be an instant fan favorite, and the secondary characters are vivid and multidimensional." (Publishers Weekly)


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Customer Reviews

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A reasonable start

Having read this book before in written format and enjoying it, I looked forward to this new version as audiobooks add something else to the story. What I got was about the same that I felt about the original book, that the concept and setup was a good one that promises to continue to get more interesting as things continue and I certainly craved more, but at the same time there wasn't quite enough to the substance of this one to fully satisfy me, which isn't entirely a bad thing since I'll likely leap upon the next book when it comes out.

As for the narrator, while I didn't quite find him a perfect match (this is the second narrator not the original which I wonder if the other reviewers do not realize they might have) he wasn't awful. He does a serviceable job of voicing Issac, but I felt his voicing of the female characters in the story were not quite as differentiated as one might have hoped for. I would have perhaps suggested Luke Daniels as a better match since he has a good mastery of a variety of character voices and his work on Iron Druid has impressed me every time. He could still provide the youthful enthusiasm that Issac's character requires while having enough flexibility to handle the rest of the cast better. Still the narrator didn't ruin the book for me at all, just didn't give to the story quite what I would have hoped for.

Overall it's a reasonable start to what promises to be a fun series and I'm looking forward to more.
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- Simon "Nerd, Gamer, Avid Doodler, SQA/Customer Service Engineer... need I say more?"

UGH with the voice!!!!

What did you love best about Libriomancer?

I could tell from the words (although not remotely from the way the words were spoken), that this was a good solid book. Interesting premise (although I usually find stories about "authors" and other "books" a bit lazy in a 'write what you know" category, I could live with this one) and I would have loved to have been more into the characters if at times I could even tell who was talking to whom!

When the voice acting is all you can think about in a book and you have to listen so carefully just to figure out who and what is speaking at the time, then there is an issue. I KNOW the story is good... I can tell that I could really enjoy this book... but I cant get passed the voice, which reminds me of a really tired John Hodgman. The voice cadence and natural sleepy tonal quality and lilt take you away from any action and there are technical issues that actually change the loudness of the words in mid sentence at times. Not only that, but the constant odd pronunciations are also an incredible distraction.

The book starts off with some interesting characters and action that should have been riveting, but the voice killed the momentum. There is a lot of action and backstory that I am interested in and that really takes you into the main characters life without feeling like you are starting from scratch - he has a rich history and is quite fleshed out from the start, which is a nice change from so many books.

I LOVE the sci-fi and fantasy nods and references throughout the story. Call it the big geek in me that loves all the Dr Who and HGttG that slips in and out, but it really adds to the character of the book itself as much as the actual protagonist in the book.

Im not sure the plot in the book all ties together yet (as I could not help but write this review in advance since the voice acting HAD to be addressed before I lost my mind), but I will edit the review after I get to the end to let you guys know.

I am working my way through the book, but am really hoping that the next book in the series will have a different voice... otherwise Ill just get the paper version. Yes, it makes that much of a difference.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Smudge :)

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of David DeVries?

Anyone! No, really... Im sorry, I hate to trash him, but it was not good.

How about the all incredible Jim Marsters or Bronson Pinchot... perhaps Oliver Wyman. Somebody who can do multiple voices and who doesn't use the same lilt in every single sentence.

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

Im sure i would have been more moved by many parts.

Any additional comments?

Looking forward to actually reading the book so I can really get the full effect of it.

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- Laura Medley "Livethakly"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-03-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios