Wizard : Gaean Trilogy

  • by John Varley
  • Narrated by Allyson Johnson
  • Series: Gaean Trilogy
  • 15 hrs and 1 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

One of the greatest science-fiction epics ever written, John Varley's Titan, Wizard, and Demon comprise a groundbreaking trilogy that will live forever. Human explorers have entered the sprawling mind of the alien Gaea. Now they must fight her will. For she is much too powerful. And definitely insane....

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The Whole Series is Great

Would you listen to Wizard again? Why?

I don't really re-listen to books, but that doesn't diminish the fact that this book was fantastic.


Who was your favorite character and why?

Robin was very cool. I grew to like her a lot.


What does Allyson Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

She is in my top 3 audible readers. Scott Brick and Victor Bevine also doing an outstanding job. I am certainly not a critic but at some point an excellent reader is essentially an actor. I believed she was the characters. It's amazing to me.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A movie would ruin this great book. Sci Fi books have more imagination than any movie ever made. This book will keep you interested and invested every step of the way.


Any additional comments?

This is really an adult book.It deals with sexual roles, norms, violence, culture, mass media, acceptance...it does so in a non-heavy handed manner. Its entertaining, funny and exciting. I cannot understand why Varley is not held in higher esteem. I read this on the recommendation of Michael (Audible Reviewer) and I am very happy I did. Wildly entertaining!

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- thomas "I focus mainly on History, Endurance Sports and Science/Speculative Fiction books."

Circumnavigator’s Club Sets the Stage

After the introduction that is the novel TITAN this second volume in the trilogy widens the scope of the story into a vast playground. WIZARD lets us foray into the inner workings of the living artificial world that calls herself Gaea. She is insane, and that is the basis for all the fun. In this volume we learn the true lay of the land through what amounts to a travelogue of the wheel. There is much that much be laid out and put in place before we can feel we know our way around the place. This necessary tour sets the stage for the main event. This story unfolds and we are allowed to see the nature of the conflict that is brewing; never mind that it is a struggle that Gaea has carefully orchestrated to suit her sense of celluloid drama, she is, after all, crazy. When reading this for the first time I felt the ever widening sense of wonder that I had come to love from Science Fiction, and even now, twenty-five years later, I still enjoy this story for that amazing rollicking appreciation of strangeness. Varley has invented a scenario where almost anything can happen and still remain in the preview of Science Fiction. The being Gaea is so significantly advanced in her technology for her works to seem like magic. This is a fun book and a grand adventure on its own. But when you are done with this one realize that the next one, DEMON, escalates the conflict to Hollywood Epic proportions. I labeled TITAN the prolog. WIZARD can be thought of as the introduction. DEMON will be the main text. Let the games begin.

Allyson Johnson’s effort here is much more satisfying than in the previous book. Thankfully there are many more characters in this novel for her to explore her vocal range. She manages to cast her voice in a deeper tone much of the time which suits me better for long hours of listening. I liked how she assigned different accents to the various Titanides. The character with the French name carries a French accent. I liked it.
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- Doug D. Eigsti "Increasing my ops tempo by allowing storytellers to whisper in my ear(buds)."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-23-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios