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The arch-villain is not a dragon, wizard or overlord. The evil one is a charismatic woman who knows what people need. By masterfully playing to everyone's need for approval and their need to feel important, she inspires fanatic devotion and gains the throne of a large nation. Even those with great magical power or deadly skill with a sword have needs. As a result, they too are played like puppets by her deft hand.
Listeners should be wary that they will hear an echo of their own needs and maybe even a bit of magic they can bring into their own world. Need for Magic is also an exploration of social psychology. Indeed, the magic of Need for Magic is based on documented psychological studies gone awry. Conformity, persuasion and obedience are powerful forces that few can resist. Cults, the Stanford Prison Experiment, Stanley Milgram's work, and the Stockholm Syndrome are examples of power more dangerous than any magic spell or dragon's fire. Magic and Social Psychology, like all forms of power, can be used for good or ill. History is filled with leaders, dictators, and heroes who seem to have had a magical hold over others. There are few things more powerful than a group sacrificing for a common goal. The magic of Need for Magic is alive and well today. It can be practiced by anyone who listens to and watches what needs people seek to fill.
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By Heather on 12-13-10
Draws you in and makes you believe
The story drew me in right from the start and kept me immersed. I never wanted to hit pause to go back to real life. I could see that the psychological aspect of the magic could work in real life and it was fun to imagine how I could use the magic in my job. The characters were fun and fascinating and I don't know which sub plot I liked more.
The readers were good. I liked how they did not simply read but performed it. At times it soundled like a read through for a play, but it definitely works. There were a few rough spots in the sound quality and production, but the story more than made up for it.
I wish there was a sequel as the end leaves the reader hanging. It is strange to think I acutally miss the characters and wish them well.
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