15 February 2013

City of Dark Magic Audiobook Review

Publisher's Summary: "When music student Sarah Weston lands a summer job at Prague Castle cataloging Beethoven’s manuscripts, she has no idea how dangerous her life is about to become. Soon after Sarah arrives, strange things begin to happen. She learns that her mentor, who was working at the castle, may not have committed suicide after all. Could his cryptic notes be warnings? As Sarah parses his clues about Beethoven’s "Immortal Beloved", she manages to get arrested, to have tantric sex in a public fountain, and to discover a time-warping drug. She also catches the attention of a 400-year-old dwarf, the handsome Prince Max, and a powerful U.S. senator with secrets she will do anything to hide. City of Dark Magic could be called a rom-com paranormal suspense novel - or it could simply be called one of the most entertaining novels of the year."

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Yowza! This book is a wild ride. There is sex, history, lies, magic, priceless artifacts, music, murder, drugs, intrigue, espionage, alchemy, mystery, and Beethoven. It's no rom-com (romantic comedy) but it is an original, super cool, suspenseful mystery with plenty of fascinating historical elements, written in a style that is both deep and brutally honest.

Whine: Pet peeve alert! Why does that bad guy or girl have to be an evil Republican? *eye roll* Come on. Politicians on both side of the aisle are corrupt. Parajunkee said it best recently in her post Stereotypes in Fiction.

Wooed: Beethoven Beethoven Beethoven. His music is a big part of the story. If I ever listen to this again, I will make sure I have a pen and paper handy so I can look up all the musical pieces Sarah mentions.

Wishing: I totally wish they had a City of Dark Magic tours of Prague. I would love to wander the city and explore the places that inspired the story while listening to the music that was pivotal in certain scenes.

Words aloud: Natalie Gold impressed me. She does an awesome dry sarcastic Sarah and crazy tyrannical Charlotte. Both are so different and well done that I had a hard time believing it was the same narrator. I even checked several sites to make sure I wasn't overlooking someone. I've seen a few complaints regarding Natalie's accents but I disagree. I genuinely liked them.

Whodunit: All the twists and turns kept me guessing. You never know who is in cahoots with who and who you can trust.

Whippersnappers: Sex, murder, death, some profanity, drug use, and a few homosexual characters. However, there was only one scene that made me uncomfortable. I cringed and my tummy hurt a bit after the "Hieronymus Bosch" scene in which Sarah witnesses multiple rapes. It's not descriptive but it is something that may affect sensitive readers.

Wind-up: City of Dark Magic by Magnus Flyte, is narrated by Natalie Gold, published by Penguin Audio, and is 13 hours and 33 minutes long. Audiobook rating: 4 stars. Narrator rating: 5 stars.

Want more?
Read That's What She Read's review of City of Dark Magic.
Flip through the photos of the real Magnus Flyte at Cari's Book Blog.
Watch the City of Dark Magic trailer.

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50 comments :

  1. LOl..I like your little rant...:) I think this sounds a little fun, Ill prob never read it just to be honest, but I did enjoy your review!!!

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  2. It should be called City of Dark Magic & MYSTERY! HAHAHA You've got me excited about this. I'm definitely going to look it up. It contains a lot of awesome elements. THANKS!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  3. Completely agree with the political (or any other) stereotype whine. It can be a huge distraction for me, the reader.

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    1. Yes! Me too! It totally distracted me. Great point.

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  4. I think I would enjoy this one, I have never seen it before. Thanks for the great post about it!

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  5. I agree with your political stereotype whine, that's a turn off for the book for me. Still I might read it if a copy lands in my hands some day.

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  6. I have this one in paperback ARC. You've encouraged me to read it, but I think I may also enjoy the audio. Its super long though at over 13hrs. Wow! It sounds like something I would really like.

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    1. That audio is great. It moves at a good pace too.

      Good luck deciding :)

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  7. Oh my gosh - this one looks goo... LOVE audio!

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  8. Sounds like a fun roller coaster ride. I love that it's a mystery and incorporates so many elements!

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    1. Totally. I can honestly said I've never encountered a book quite like this one.

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  9. I've read good things about this book! I like the Beethoven's music is a big part of the story. Love Moonlight Sonata. It would be fun to visit Prague! The city should definitely add a tour. I've never read any of Flyte's books. I've always thought he had a cool name, though. Hmmm...just might listen to Beethoven while reading.

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    1. OMG me too!
      That piece makes my soul sing.

      Right? I've never met a person who has been to Prague and didn't love it.

      Did you know Magnus Flyte is a pseudonym?

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  10. Oh. Jealous! This is one I've been waiting to try this one out. Dang library doesn't carry it! So glad you liked it.

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  11. I love that you loved it...I just could not get into it and I usually love books like this...it made me sad that I didn't love it!

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    1. Totally understandable.

      This is one of those books that makes a fantastic audio and the audio enhances the experience. :)

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  12. Thanks for the mention! I need to hurry and read this!

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  13. Okay, so you've certainly intrigued me! Now I'll have to at least check it out from the library. ;) Thanks!

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  14. This one sounds really cool and interesting! Great review!

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  15. I saw this book floating around the blogosphere, but I never thought it was for older readers, or that it's so dark! The mention of rape off-putting, but...ugh, I want to read and see how good it is.

    Great review!

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  16. Oh wow...I'd been intrigued by the cover but hadn't really read any reviews of this one til now! Sounds like some ride!

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    1. Yay! Glad I could help. :)

      Btw, I agree, it's an awesome cover.

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  17. I've been wanting to read this book for so long, and I never even thought about getting it on audio. I love when the narrator understands the characters and does them justice in the performance.

    Prague is such an amazing setting for a novel like this! I already planned to someday visit and hit all the spots in Daughter of Smoke & Bone and The Book of Blood and Shadow—I'll have to add this book's spots to my wish list. :-) Wonderful review!

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    1. She really does. :)

      I hope you try it!

      Oh right on! Somebody better start doing book tours of the fabulous Prague.

      Thank you doll!

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  18. I'm SO glad you enjoyed The City of Dark Magic (and thanks for the link love)! I know others have been on the fence about it, but I just loved how crazy it was. I wasn't certain how it would work on audio, but it sounds like it worked really well. I love having another fan of a book I so thoroughly enjoyed!

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    1. Yes! Totally. And thank you for turning me on to it. This is one I would have passed had I not read your review.

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  19. Glad to hear this one is good! I recently met the authors and they were so high energy, both such a kick...it doesn't surprise me to hear the story they wrote is the same way!

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    1. I would LOVE to meet them.
      :)
      Especially now that I've read it.
      I was so surprised to hear they're ladies.

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  20. I love your rant! I think they are pretty slimy no need to differentiate between the two LOL

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  21. I've heard mixed things about this, and to be honest I didn't expect your review to be so positive! That it is gives me some hope that I'll enjoy it. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. How very intriguing. Is it quirky or... hmmm... I'm surprised to hear it isn't a Rom-com.

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    1. Yah it's definitely darker than rom-com I think.
      :)

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  23. Whoa. Definitely not your usual fare but sometimes as it seems here that pays off. Great review juju, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you :)
      And you're right. I'm totally expanding my horizons.

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  24. This is so in my wheelhouse! Thanks Ju-Ju!
    Have a fab weekend :)

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    1. Ooooo I hope you decide to try it :)

      I hope you have an awesome weekend too shug!

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