Magic or Madness

  • by Justine Larbalestier
  • Narrated by Alison Larkin
  • 7 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 15 years, Reason Cansino has lived on the run. Together with her mother, Sarafina, she has moved from one place to another in the Australian countryside, desperate not to be found by Reason's grandmother, Esmeralda, a dangerous woman who believes in magic.But the moment Reason walks through Esmeralda's back door and finds herself on a New York City street, she's confronted by an unavoidable truth: magic is real.

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What the Critics Say

"By turns a fantasy adventure and a thoughtful examination of relationships, this radiant gem stands alone, but expect readers to be impatient for the rest of the trilogy." (School Library Journal)
"In this fierce, hypnotic novel, character, story, and the thrumming forces of magic strike a rare, memorable balance." (Booklist)

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Customer Reviews

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This book is serious fun

A wonderful first novel with an enchanting protagonist,a young witch named Reason, who doesn't believe in magic. Equally compelling are Larbalestier's portraits ofher companions and the two cities in which Reason's adventures unfold: New York, and Sydney, Australia. It's not that Magic or Madness is full of jaw-dropping shockers, it's a quiet book. It's that you're never quite sure, through the entire book, what's going to happen next, or what the truth really is about any number of issues.Can't wait to listen to the rest of the trilogy to find out, who is good and who is evil...
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- Barbara Ferrini Hilfiker

Really slow

Great concept; delivery is slow; narration is slow; didn't finish. I care enough that I'll look up the book and skim the last chapters, but just couldn't continue with the audio version.
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- Aryn

Book Details

  • Release Date: 06-18-2008
  • Publisher: Penguin Group USA and Audible