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Spell or High Water Audiobook

Spell or High Water: Magic 2.0

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The adventures of an American hacker in Medieval England continue as Martin Banks takes his next step on the journey toward mastering his reality-altering powers and fulfilling his destiny.

A month has passed since Martin helped to defeat the evil programmer Jimmy, and things couldn't be going better. Except for his love life, that is. Feeling distant and lost, Gwen has journeyed to Atlantis, a tolerant and benevolent kingdom governed by the Sorceresses, and a place known to be a safe haven to all female time-travelers.

Thankfully, Martin and Philip are invited to a summit in Atlantis for all of the leaders of the time-traveler colonies, and now Martin thinks this will be a chance to try again with Gwen. Of course, this is Martin Banks we're talking about, so murder, mystery, and high intrigue all get in the way of a guy who just wants one more shot to get the girl.

The follow-up to the hilarious Off to Be the Wizard, Scott Meyer's Spell or High Water proves that no matter what powers you have over time and space, you can't control rotten luck.

©2014 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    GhostMuppet Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom 19/03/2015
    GhostMuppet Stratford-Upon-Avon, United Kingdom 19/03/2015 Member Since 2016

    Internet Application developer who also enjoys good quality SciFi/Fantasy, board games and future Taekwondo black belt.

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    "Back to being a professional wizard"

    The second book in the Magic 2.0 series sees our Wizards moving to Atlantis. Atlantis is a place run by women, who are called sorceresses. Males are relegated to servants who live the good life in return for sexual favours (or, that's how it came across to me).

    This follows the similar style of writing and humour from the first book. Unlike the first book, there are two story threads. The first are the Wizards in England/Atlantis and then there is Jimmy's story (the same one from the first book). Both are enjoyable, but Jimmy's is a little predictable.

    Atlantis has Brit the Elder and Brit the younger - basically the same person occupying the same time. This then leads on to a lot of Time Travel story lines, which is the main plot for this book.
    The reason for the plot was a little weak to me, but the journey was fun so I can let that fall.

    The audio again was brilliant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Taylor's 23/05/2016
    Taylor's 23/05/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "love it!"

    2nd in series, 1st is stronger IMHO but it's great to meet up with old characters that feel like old friends and hear more about there world, very enjoyable nonsense. Heading for book 3 right now :)

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Dabocrack 20/05/2016
    Dabocrack 20/05/2016
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    "more of the same "

    ...but that's a good thing. Excellent narration as usual and a decent plot (though Jimmy's arc felt like a bit of a misfire). It's not as strong as the first in the series but it is fun, with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Diz Birmingham 09/03/2016
    Diz Birmingham 09/03/2016
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    "perfection"

    I must have listen to this series at least 8-9 times anytime I want entertaining this is the book I turn to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer uk 08/03/2016
    Amazon Customer uk 08/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "not as good as the 1st book"

    although the narration is good the plot is pro
    tracted. I struggled to finish the book. it started quite well but I found the whole plot weak and drawn out. The chase scenes are an example of this. too much filler and not a patch on off to be a wizard. Although I have purchased the 3rd book in the series is doubt I'll read it based on the strength of this. disappointed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suzanne Innsbruck, Austria 03/12/2015
    Suzanne Innsbruck, Austria 03/12/2015 Member Since 2015

    Avid reader, professional storyteller, wine aficionada, marine environmentalist, eternal experimenter...

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    "A less intense, more fun take on the Matrix..."

    Loved the first book and have enjoyed the second in the series, although the story line was less appealing to me in the second book. Easy listening with a few laughs and a good dose of cleverness. If you're after something heavy and wrinkle-inducing, it won't be this, but hey, we all need some levity from time to time and this fits the bill for me.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver Laws 03/12/2015
    Oliver Laws 03/12/2015 Member Since 2016

    I absolutely love reading, pretty much everything from horror to sci-fi, but I have a real soft spot for romance!

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    "Possibly the weakest of the series, yet still good"
    What did you like most about Spell or High Water?

    Seeing the characters introduced in the previous book come back with lots more memorable ones introduced along with a good mix or hilarious moments.


    Would you recommend Spell or High Water to your friends? Why or why not?

    I most certainly would, along with all the other books of this series, the narration is fantastic as always, the humor is spot on and it manages to have a pretty decent story.


    Which character – as performed by Luke Daniels – was your favourite?

    Probably Philip, you gotta love that old man wizard voice, hilarious.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Probably the finale, was pretty crazy and I enjoyed it a lot.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ElloryP 13/09/2015
    ElloryP 13/09/2015
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    "Just fantastic"

    Second book in the series, very funny and I'm no expert but think they are well written.
    Luke Daniels does such a good job, his English accent could do with some work but he really does do an excellent job at helping you to visualise all these characters. He injects light and shade into the reading and I'm really impressed.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 26/07/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Great concept"
    What did you like most about Spell or High Water?

    The concept behind this book is just great.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Spell or High Water?

    When Martin first looks in the mirror and realizes what is happening


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    a j stevens 15/11/2016
    a j stevens 15/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Reeaa hee hee heerly Phillip!"

    The story is pretty good, not as good as the first though. Bit Dan Brown. But I was still entertained and finished it in just a few days. Luke Daniels seems to have gone to the Jim Carey school of overacting in the time between this and the first book which was a little annoying, but not so much that I didn't want to listen anymore.

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  • Charles
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    28/06/14
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    "Fantastic: 2.0"

    I get nervous when I really love the first book in a series. Second installments run the risk of being boring, overly repetitive, or losing the thesis begun in the first work. My anxiety was, thankfully, unfounded. Martin, Gwen, and Phillip have returned, accompanied by a slew of new characters.

    This installment flows incredibly well from book one. It does pick up almost exactly where the first left off, which was very well done. Old secondary characters are woven into the fabric, with new ones taking on the major plot lines. The whole thing is rather seamless, actually.

    As expected, the book is full of pop culture and geek references- not quite as many as book one, but a number of spots made me rather happy. I repeat my inherent bias stated in my review of Book One: I am very much in Meyer's intended demographic with this book. If you aren't a member of the geeky/techie/1970s-1990s set, you probably won't dig this all that much. Who knows though.

    I am rather surprised at some of the negative reviews, one in particular. I didn't think that the romantic parts were embarrassing or sophomoric in the least- I think they were actually pretty spot on for the characters. Certainly not as if a 12 year old girl wrote it. Unless, of course, as a 30 year old man I have the romantic maturity of a 12 year old girl- which I am certainly not discounting.

    Luke Daniels did a great job with the narration once more. I laughed out loud a number of times and couldn't stop smiling. The only complaint I have was the book was over too fast for my taste, 12 hours isn't long enough to spend with Martin, Phillip, and Gwen.

    I can't wait for book three. Hurry up, Scott.

    81 of 84 people found this review helpful
  • shalte
    san jose, CA, United States
    18/06/14
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    "Martin and Philip's Atlantis Adventure"
    Would you listen to Spell or High Water again? Why?

    Yes, but I'll give it a few. Got to keep the story fresh. This is an easy listen with a funny storyline and likeable characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole Atlantis thing - 100:1 male to female ratio and the whole women wear the pants scene while the guys are fired up to clean and get their hair done. Different take on roles makes the story funny in a kooky way.


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

    Luke Daniels is a flat out pro. He made this book flow. I bought Spell or High Water this morning and just finished it - almost 11 hours of audiobook and I feel refreshed. The author made the right choice in hooking up with Luke Daniels.


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

    Is Martin up to the challenge of winning Gwen's heart? Stay tuned to see what gets stuck in Martin's mouth - Gwen's tongue or his foot!


    Any additional comments?

    Get this book. The price is right, Luke Daniels comes up strong and Philip wakes up next to an "untraditional" vixen and doesn't even think about pulling a coyote.

    17 of 18 people found this review helpful
  • Drew (@drewsant)
    Watertown, MA, United States
    22/06/15
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    "Geeky fun!"

    Another great offering from the Magic 2.0 series. While not quite as funny as the first (that would be a tall order) it still delivers plenty of laughs and fun for the computer nerd in all of us. Well written, witty and full of surprises “Spell or High Water” is a fun listen.

    Mr Daniels makes this book so much more enjoyable with his performance. He really brings it to life.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Claudia H
    Philadelphia, PA
    25/03/16
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    "Another greatone"
    What did you love best about Spell or High Water?

    I was thrilled there was already a second story in this series after I finished "Off to be the Wizard"


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Philip is still one of my favorite characters, he gets so passionate about everything, and then Luke Daniels does a great job of getting that point across.


    What about Luke Daniels’s performance did you like?

    The fact that I could tell just from his performance if Brit the Elder or Brit the Younger was the one talking.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh, a lot, and often.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Jim "The Impatient"
    Springfield, MO, United States
    16/10/15
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    "SQUID PRO QUO"

    KILL ABILITY
    IF I SAY IT, AND YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN, THAN IT'S A WORD
    In the introduction, we are told that this is to be considered funny and light hearted and not to be taken serious. Which I believe is a great intro to this series. If your looking for some serious Science Fiction or Fantasy, for something dark or mentally challenging, than your in the wrong place. This is the second book in the series and you will be lost if you do not start with the first most excellent book (OFF TO BE THE WIZARD).

    SMART PEOPLE DO STUPID THINGS
    While I did not enjoy this as well as the first book, (which is not unusual for any series), I still enjoyed it and it was well worth my credit. In places it is extremely funny. Most of the book takes place in Atlantis, which is a pretty cool place to begin with, especially since it is a society run by women. The male attendants are especially funny. I will say that they stayed in Atlantis too long and the whole plot there started to wear thin. That is after several very funny chapters, though. The whole thing with the Brits also got a little old.

    ARGUING WITH A DUMB PERSON NEVER WORKS
    The side story involving an exiled magician and the FBI agents, turned out to be some of the funniest stuff in the book. Agent Miller is hilarious. I already have book three in my library and I am looking forward to listening to it.

    Luke Daniels does a fantastic job. He makes the listening of this ten times better than the reading of this.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • SCM
    San Francisco, CA
    18/08/15
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    "ENTERTAINING and SMART!"

    I can't rave enough about how much I enjoyed this audiobook and the first one in the series - Off to Be the Wizard. It's smart, funny, clever, and stimulating without being the least bit depressing or dour. I realize that some people are convinced that quality in writing can only be attained with deep, dark, soul clenching grit and human misery, but they're wrong. There is a huge value to something that engages your mind, AND makes you smile. On top of that, the narration is brilliant and adds so much color and humor it ought to be classified in its own category. Luke Daniels is an elite level audiobook narrator. I just bought book 3, and will eventually purchase Meyer's latest book too.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Dubi
    New York, NY
    28/02/15
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    "A Higher Water Mark for Meyer"

    Scott Meyer's Magic 2.0 series builds on an interesting premise: present-day computer geeks, using their programming power to travel through time and create other advantages for themselves, appear to be wizards to the people in the past. In Off to Be the Wizard (OTBTW), the first entry in the series, that location was medieval England. In the follow-up, Spell or High Water (SOHW), the primary locale is Atlantis.

    For me, SOHW is one star better than OTBTW in every respect. In my review of the first book, I started by noting that it was as fun and funny as I had hoped, but that it was flawed, and I concluded by noting that I hoped Meyer could improve on those flaws in the sequel that obviously on the way. And indeed he has, addressing exactly the two main problems I had, making this a better book and a better listen (narrator Luke Daniels also improves on my problem with his reading of OTBTW, toning down the voices a little, though not enough).

    The main thing on the author's end is that is primarily a time travel story, but one in which nothing anyone does in the past changes the future. While it remains true in SOHW that present day outcomes cannot be altered, SOHW allows for a) a possible explanation somewhere down the road of why that is, and more importantly b) possible changes in the timeline of the past they now inhabit, which influences their actions.

    In addition, we are no longer confined to medieval England as our setting. We now also have Atlantis, even though it is a mythical setting rather than an historical one. We also have "wizards" and "sorceresses" in Atlantis for a summit who have come from many times and places in the past and present, and while I still yearned for more of that kind of variety, it was an improvement to have even a little of it.

    Now, if Meyer can also work in more variation in the present day places the so-called wizards come from, in addition to more locales in the past (mythical or real), that would be even better. And we don't have to wait to find out -- the third volume in the series, and Unwelcome Quest, just came out.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Bryan Gough
    Seattle, WA, USA
    31/07/15
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    "Narrator Goes to 11"

    Great story. I feel like the narrator was just 1 degree TOO animated... like, hearing a story told by Shaggy from Scooby Doo... After a while, the mewling, whiny voice/character impersonations took on a prepubescent tone—like hearing adults talk in a "but I don't wanna go to bed" voice ALL the time.
    Still, it's quite enjoyable.

    8 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • Emily Lawrence
    WINTER PARK, FL
    13/10/15
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    "Fun sequel to the original"

    These books are so fun! The story is another lighthearted adventure written in a quirky and highly entertaining way. I laughed out loud many times. The performance is engaging. I so enjoyed listening to them - they're a great way to unwind from stress!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph P. Barnes
    14/09/15
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    "Awesome!"
    Any additional comments?

    This series is great. A great take on the whole magic thing. Loved all three in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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