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Dumpstermancer Series, Book 1
Narrated by: David S. Dear
Series: Dumpstermancer, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
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Magic has been franchised. Magical conveniences are sold everywhere like designer coffee. Everyday life is filled with technical and magical wonders. Only, the magic is murdering people.  

Thoth Corp's hot new spell is turning people into ravening monsters. Their only hope to quietly rectify the situation before the epidemic spreads is the spell architect they framed and sent to prison.   

El's response to his former partners wasn't polite.  

Homeless, forbidden to use government-regulated magic, and barely surviving out of dumpsters, Eli struggles to rebuild his life. Fairytale rats thought long extinct with the rest of the fey rescue Eli from murderous vigilantes, but at a cost. They force him to save fairy matrons stolen away by Thoth's monsters, thrusting Eli between his old company and a shadow war waged against humanity.  

To stop the war, cure Thoth's victims, and rescue the city, Eli need only find some way to make magic out of trash.

©2018 Michael J. Allen (P)2018 Michael J. Allen

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Magic turns murderous

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was intrigued by the title and synopsis of this book so was looking forward to listening .
I wasn’t disappointed and really enjoyed it and eagerly await book 2.

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Corporate controlled magic

The setting for this book is an interesting one, most magic has gone corporate, widely used in products and with access to it regulated in a similar manner to the electricity supply.

It is into this world that Eli returns, having been framed for a death by his former partners in the magical business because he was more interested in the magic itself than the potential to profit from it, while he tries to keep himself isolated he ends up being dragged into problems with his old company after he is saved by some non-human magical creatures.

The performance of the narrator served to nicely enhance the overall story, tones for the various characters were suitably distinctive and he managed to portray the honourable but world-weary nature of the main character well too.

Overall, an enjoyable first book in the series, I would be interested to see the direction that the author takes things in subsequent books and how he fleshes out the magical systems of this world.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Good urban fantasy

I read the synopsis and was intrigued by the urban fantasy setting and how big companies are promoting and selling magic to the ‘muggles’.

On listening to this audiobook I had a bit of a Dresden Files vibe (the only other urban fantasy I've read), which isn’t a bad thing as I really enjoyed that series. The main protagonist is a bit cantankerous but has a high sense of honour which gets him in some dangerous situations where he has to repay perceived debts with various magic creatures and avoid death. The magic systems were interesting and hopefully fleshed out more in future books.

It was a little bit of a slow start but once the ride got going it was fun. This book was well written and will probably give the next one a try. The narrator was very good. He used distinct voices to the numerous characters and didn’t distract from the story.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Tyler Mitchell
  • 30-03-19

Started a bit rough but hit an awesome stride

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

I was a little worried when I started this one, the Narrator took a couple of chapters to really hit his stride with the characters. Once he did and the story got going this was great.

It's a pretty standard wronged underdog VS major power doing a bad thing plot, but I particularly enjoyed this telling of it. The main character loses his place in society and gets dragged around, by his sense of duty, saving the world. The author does a great job with some background world-building, there's a whole hidden world under the surface of this one, which leaves a lot of space for the continued story. The only real issue I had with the book was the cliff-hanger, it comes across as cutting off mid-sentence. It's not a world ending thing but left me more annoyed than curious about the next book.

Overall, it's a fun, gritty, R-rated (for violence), story that will keep you wondering what will come next. I'm looking forward to the next book and will probably pick it up once it comes to audible.

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  • Josh Noneya
  • 22-08-19

Damn! Sooooo Good!!!

Story - Fantastic!!!

Narration - Great!!!

Wow! I really enjoyed this book!

This is an urban fantasy (modern day type world with magic and monsters - as well as technology). Mr. Allen's book reminded me of the early books in "The Dresdon Files," and after finishing it you may find that, like I did, you immediately have to gush about it to all of you book-friends.

The MC has just been released from "The Wastes" - a digital prison where he was kept for 10 years (100 years subjective time). A dreaded place without magic or rule of law, it was hell for the former Magic tycoon and philanthropist. Having been innocent of the crime in the first place and framed by his "friends," he now wants nothing to do with the world. The world however, won't let a magus alone...


Fantastic and well worth a credit!!!

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  • CAP
  • 15-06-19

Not a Necromancer... a Dumpstermancer!

He was put in prison for crimes he didn't commit. Now he wants nothing to do with magic... or a home. But when the magic is inside of you, you cannot stop it. No longer is he a wizard, nor is he a Necromancer, but he is a Dumpstermancer.
This book is so much fun, filled with great characters, an intriguing plot, and a fantastic storyline. You'll root for the characters, and laugh along the way. I'm really looking forward to a book two to this series.

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 14-06-19

Has promise for the series

I liked the premise of this story – underdog takes on a major corporation, literally from the dumpster. The opening totally captured my attention. I love the idea of magic becoming a household item, helping people with all sorts of things. When Adam participated in live human testing of a beauty product, and that all goes wrong, I wanted to follow his story to see what he’d do next. The plot, however, had other ideas.

Jumping abruptly to Eli, he’s homeless, just out of prison, just trying to get his feet under him. And he’s a bit of a jerk. An angry jerk. I had a hard time warming up to Eli but I did eventually come to respect him. But, gosh! He’s got a lot of buttons to push, one could just accidentally trip over them.

Adam eventually rejoins the story line and provides some balance to Eli’s rough character. They want to bring down Thoth Corp, which is our Big Baddie for the story. They are joined by other characters, like Sunny (who kinda freaked me out). I just couldn’t figure out Sunny. She doesn’t fit in a nice, neat little box (which is usually good), but I’m with Eli on this one: something ain’t right about Sunny.

All around, the story holds promise for an interesting series. I didn’t love all the characters, but I didn’t hate them either. 3.5/5 stars.

The Narration: David S. Dear gave a decent performance. He had distinct voices for each of the characters. His female voices could use a little work. The pacing was a little off. Well, sometimes it was spot on and sometimes there were awkward pauses. There were no technical issues with the recording. 4/5 stars.

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Michael J. Allen. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • Katie Cathey
  • 30-05-19

Really interesting book with amazing magical creatures!

This book was unlike anything I have ever read before. Magic has become accessible to everyone in the world as long as you have the right equipment. However what would you give to become beautiful. Eli discovers just how twisted magic can become. When Eli is falsely accorded and sent to the wasteland upon his rerun he discovers tang the spell he has crates to help people with physical disfiguring, such as burn victims, become “beautiful” has been drastically altered. The spell could go so wrong it could turn you into a monster! So what is the price of beauty. However how will he help his friends when if he himself gets caught using magic he could find himself back in the wasteland?!
This book will take you on a wild ride with many unique characters and magical creatures on Eli’s quest to fix his spell along with helping his friends along the way! I really enjoyed the narrator, David S. Dear, he did a very good job of bringing the characters alive and made sure to make it easy for us to discern each character by giving each one their own quirk or accent with his voice! It felt like listening to a full cast audio book. If you are looking for a good book filled with lots of magic and magical creatures then this is the book for you!

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  • R S
  • 10-11-19

Too focused on eating garbage

Very amateurish writing. Too focused on dumpster diving for his next meal. Got very annoying,

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  • Amanda Urbinato
  • 25-10-19

Holy Crap!!!

I am so excited...I LOVE this book. It is definitely so incredibly original! I've always loved urban fantasy books, even before I knew that's what I was reading. So I was thrilled when I got this book. And I was not disappointed. Actually, It was even better than I expected. Also, the narration was spot on perfect! I am excited to read the next book and I really hope that Michael J. Allen continues writing books for this series. <3

This book was given to me at my request (Thanks Michael!) I am providing a voluntary and honest review:

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  • Joseph Moore
  • 01-10-19

Solid Foundation for Series

There is a lot going on with the Dumpstermancer universe being created here. From an interesting take on the magical creatures to the dark, but plausible commercialization of magic. There is some common with other magic systems with circles, and mainstreaming of magic and components similar to Rachel Aaron's series, but so much unique in the take on the other magical creatures, especially the Fey.

The main character Eli can be a bit frustrating at times. He seems to be the magical equivalent to the world's Tesla, only with even less to show for his brilliance. His is supposed to be brilliant, but gets stuck in his own idealism of how things should work to the point that he can't function in society, even though his magical ideas have completely transformed it through the magical equivalent of an Edison.

The Narration is good, and the male voices are well done, though the female ones could be improved. There are occasional pacing or pronunciation issues, but not enough to take me out of the story.

Overall intriguing and exciting enough that I will be interested in seeing what happens in part 2.

I was given a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Michelle Titherington VanDaley
  • 09-09-19

Original & Captivating

What an original and captivating story. The characters, storyline and world building are all fantastic. I love the way magic is used and the different types of beings. The narrator has perfect pacing and wonderful character voices. Im looking forward to book 2!!

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  • Backlash
  • 08-09-19

curmudgeonly heroics

Eli doesn't want to save anyone. After being prosecuted and screwed over by his partners and sent to the wastelands, all he wants is for Everyone to leave him alone. But when his former apprentice comes to him about a desperate situation in his former company he re-enters the world of magic. Funny characters that are very different. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.