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Summary

Ever since Martin Banks and his fellow computer geeks discovered that reality is just a computer program to be happily hacked, they've been jaunting back and forth through time, posing as medieval wizards and having the epic adventures that other nerds can only dream of having. But even in their wildest fantasies, they never expected to end up at the mercy of the former apprentice whom they sent to prison for gross misuse of magic and all-around evil behavior.

Who knew that the vengeful Todd would escape, then conjure a computer game packed with wolves, wenches, wastelands, and assorted harrowing hazards - and trap his hapless former friends inside it? Stripped of their magic powers, the would-be wizards must brave terrifying dangers, technical glitches, and one another's company if they want to see Medieval England - and their favorite sci-fi movies on VHS - ever again. Can our heroes survive this magical mystery torture? Or will it only lead them and their pointy hats into more peril?

©2015 Scott Meyer (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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A great take on the quest games of years gone by

I loved this book. It took me way back to my days sat at my computer playing quests.

Another very well written and performed book on this series.

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Great

Love this series of books, I really hope there are more to come. Well written, very funny. Great characters read excellently. "We will gloss over Philips English accent"

More please!

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Still as funny as the previous

I absolutely love the narration of these books. Each character is ready with a unique pazazz which is really engaging. The story was fun, nonsense yet again - although I enjoyed the "real-world" element of the 2nd book a little more than this "in game" world.
I would recommend this series to others.

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Good listen

Fantastic audio book. really enjoyed it and i found it very witty, more so than the previous

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Good but a bit repetitive

An easy listen, though aspects of the story made it a bit repetitive at times.

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  • Rob
  • Chestefield
  • 20-05-17

A bit of a yawn fest at times

Having enjoyed the previous 2 book I was looking forward to this one.
However the story seemed to lack substance and if I was reading it I would have put the book down long ago.
I hope the next one returns to previous form.

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Another excellent adventure

Keep it coming, great production. Hope to hear more from the team. Very very cool.

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  • David
  • Umea, Sweden
  • 01-08-17

Might be the best of the series so far...

Continuing in the excellent style of the series we get a creative story, with lots of great geek-references, familiar and fun characters and some interesting social and philosophical discussions.

Well written and read.

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Great book but probably the weakest thus far.

Love the characters in Magic 2.0 but this books story let it down a little i feel.

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Love this series!

Any additional comments?

I love the Magic 2.0 series. I think this is my least favourite of the three, however, but that's because I love the Martin/Phillip dynamic and in this book they spend a lot of time apart. The quest structure was also a little frustrating at times, but it did also open up many opportunities to explore different possibilities in this universe.

But there are still loads of great moments in this book, and you also get to know a lot of the secondary characters more, which was good. Personal favourite moment: the Tree Wolves (I may or may not have scared an old lady on the train when I loudly bark-laughed at this...). I would definitely recommend!

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  • B-Ry
  • 15-07-16

An Unwelcome Storyline…

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Honestly, I'm actually a bit surprised that the overall consensus is positive for Book 3. That being said, most folks that I know personally would've also been disappointed, so I don't know who would enjoy it more than I.

Has An Unwelcome Quest turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not at all... It all started with Ready Player One & now I'm off to Critical Failures (which despite its name) is FABULOUS...

What three words best describe Luke Daniels’s voice?

Luke Daniel's is a wonderful storyteller. Zero complaints...

What character would you cut from An Unwelcome Quest?

It's funny... I didn't like the initial introduction of Ron, but he was by-far the least annoying in Book 3. Even funnier? Neither was Jimmy... I was actually rooting for Jimmy & am glad he moved on. If I were to cut anyone, it would be either be Brit the Younger or Gwen (but ONLY in Book 3).

Any additional comments?

I've never felt anger/annoyance with a book. I felt so disappointed with how Book 3 played out as it took these wonderful characters & turned them into annoying morons in Book 3. Scott Meyer truly needs to take another shot at redemption as it CANNOT end this way...

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 24-12-15

I LIKED YOU TWO BETTER WHEN,

YOU LIKED EACH OTHER LESS.
Their is some science fiction in this, but it is mostly about having fun. There is some fantasy, but is more about fun. There is a lot of gaming, but also a lot of fun. This whole series was a blast. I liked this book better then number 2, but not as good as number 1 and that is the way most trilogies go. One ironic situation, that I am not sure the author realized, was when he as making fun of movies these days and how they are all sequels. He complains about it in his third book of a trilogy.

This book was more about gaming than the others. The whole story is a game within a game. Similar to Player One.

Luke Daniels is to Scott Meyer, as Frank Muller is to Stephen King, Ray Porter is to Jonathan Maberry, Wil Wheaton is to John Scalzi. He is great.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-04-17

meh

Nowhere near as engaging as the first 2 books in this series. still an entertaining story.

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  • eric
  • 04-02-16

SOOO DISAPPOINTED!

I LOVED the first two books. This one just dragged. I was so disappointed in the lack of real content. There was so much filler it took me ten times longer to finish it than normal. Too bad. Decent ending though if you can get to it.

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 20-04-16

takes on serious premise while keeping it light

I loved the previous two installments of Wizard 2.0; Off to be the Wizard and Spell or High Water. The storytelling is great, they are packed with thoughtful, (mostly) likable characters with great chemistry, and they’re hilarious. Plus, Luke Daniels is fantastic in his performances. Listening to this was a no-brainer and I was thrilled when I saw it was next on my to-read list. Now, I’m just upset I didn’t give it a listen sooner. In my opinion, this is the best of the three. Scott Meyer hit a home run.

It’s movie night in 12th century England and the Wizards are about to start their second feature. Suddenly, four of the wizards disappear in a blink, leaving Martin and Roy dumbstruck. Phillip, Tyler, Jeff, and Gary along with Jimmy was who was not present for movie night, are teleported to the peak of a mountain. The first wizard that was ever exiled is back and he wants revenge. He has created a deadly game in which the wizards must overcome “perilous” obstacles, complete quests, and journey to their destination: The Chasm of Certain Doom (insert thunder and lightning here). Meanwhile, after discovering their friends have had there powers stripped, Martin and Roy seek advice from Gwen and the Brits. Assuming the worst they teleport to the same location as Phillip and the others hoping to help them. Both groups set off on the same adventure taking on the same hazards, overcoming the hurdles in different and extremely entertaining ways.

As with the first two, this volume takes on serious premise while keeping it’s trademark humor. It’s still a lighthearted read, poking fun at the tedious mechanics of a bad game you inexplicably must finish, or not so subtly pointing out, and living up to, cliches you see in so many novels and video games. As always, the dialogue between the characters is fantastic; complete with witty banter and serious conversation, it adds depth to the characters. Which is key because this is definitely a character driven story, and those characters drive a Porsche. Characters brought to life and made even better thanks to the performance.

Luke Daniels takes the helm again as the narrator or, more accurately, performer. His range is incredible, whether it’s a man, woman, or child the voice is always distinctive and fitting for the character. His delivery is phenomenal nailing emotion and emphasis uniquely for everyone. I’ve had the pleasure of listening to a couple other of his works and have been impressed every time.

This humorous series is well worth your time if you’re in the mood for something fun and lighthearted. Scott Meyer and Luke Daniels have a great rapport that shines through every sentence, leaving you involved and immersed throughout the entire series.

Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR.

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  • Michael S.
  • 03-09-16

Fun but empty

Story gave us little reason to care about the characters or their journey. no major character development.

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  • Marie
  • 18-05-16

eh...

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, everything about it. if you have read it, than you know about the file and all the creative ways that it was used. this book is a far cry from the original. this book takes every thing that you love from the first book and just leaves it out, giving you just a fantasy book. I did not like this book or the second in the series. but I will return to the first.

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  • Michael J.
  • 07-05-16

meh

mediocre story line with hit or miss narration. I think there were just too many different voices for him to try to perform

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  • Trex
  • 06-07-15

DO NOT BUY THIS BOOK

I loved the first two. This one tells the story of the gang being put into a computer game quest designed by an idiot. The quest is deliberately boring to show how much of an idiot the villain is & not even in a funny way.

I can't comprehend why the author would write this story. It made it rubbish on purpose. The characters were bored & not as a commentary on early computer games or to create humour. It's just boring. Why wouldn't he have made the villain clever??????

It doesn't matter if you loved the first two - skip this.

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  • Christopher J. Unsicker
  • 22-02-15

Happy to see more, but not as fun as the first two

Good laughs, GREAT narration, just not as enjoyable as the first two. I'm sure it's hard to recreate the wonder of discovery when the file is first discovered, but that, and the cultural comparisons are what I enjoyed the most in this series, and those elements were a little thin in this one. Still looking forward to more!

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