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Off to Be the Wizard

Off to Be the Wizard
Written by: Scott Meyer
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
Series: Magic 2.0 #1
Genres: Fantasy | Time Travel | Humorous
Published: 18th of March, 2014
Length: 10 Hours 45 Minutes


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Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little “tweaks” have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard.

What could possibly go wrong?

An American hacker in King Arthur’s court, Martin must now train to become a full-fledged master of his powers, discover the truth behind the ancient wizard Merlin…and not, y’know, die or anything.


The Audiobook Review
Morgan Hobbes Morgan Hobbes


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Reviewed: 2020-07-09

Magic for nerds - I love it!

This book was a lot of fun. I've read a few "reality is really a computer simulation" books but never were any this entertaining. Scott Meyer does a great job of world building, and adding in plenty of fun along the way.

I'll admit I'm probably the target audience - computer nerd and science-fiction / fantasy fan so this appeals to a lot of what I like.

Our protagonist, Martin, discovers a secret computer file which after some experimentation he finds he can use to control reality. Changing things like his position on the planet (teleport), his bank balance, and eventually his position in the time stream.

After making an ass of himself in the middle ages, the plot picks up and we're introduced to many of the characters who appear in the later books. The stakes are raised and the plot gets crazier (think mecha fights in ye olde England).

The narrator, Luke Daniels, I was initially on the fence. I wasn't sure, but I warmed up to his voice by the end of the first chapter and ultimately I think he delivered a solid performance.

All in all, a great start to the series. I'm a little behind, having only so far listened to the first 3 of 6 books currently in the series. Something I hope to rectify over the coming months. Certainly a series I'll be sticking with!



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