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Magic Steps

The Circle Opens, Book 1
Narrated by: Tamora Pierce
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
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Tamora Pierce has written another fantastic tale that takes place in the magical world of Emelan. Courtney Seymour's ethereal voice is perfect for Sandry, a 14-year-old mage whose magical power involves sewing and weaving. Andrew Hughes gives a boyish, mischievous portrayal of 12-year-old Pasco, a reluctant dancing mage who is Sandry's new student. Nearly every character's voice is perfect as Sandry and Pasco deal with murderers and dangerous "unmagic" to save Emelan. Pierce's magic as an author doesn't extend to her vocal style as a narrator. Her slow, over-enunciated narration is so detached that it's easy to let the mind wander. But the rest of the full cast enchants, bringing out the excitement of the story.

Summary

Sandrilene fa Toren has moved to the palace of her uncle, Duke Vedris, to care for him after his recent heart attack. While the two are out riding, Sandry sees a boy named Pasco dance a magic spell. To her dismay she soon learns that since she discovered Pasco, she must handle his magical education until a proper teacher can be found. At 14, Sandry feels she is too young for this. Even worse, 12-year-old Pasco refuses to believe he even has magic. Light-footed and light-of-heart, he threatens to drive Sandry crazy.

But Sandry has greater worries than Pasco. Ruthless assassins are working to eliminate a local merchant clan, and as the grisly deaths mount, it becomes clear they are using a terrifying power called Un-magic. Even more unnerving, halting their reign of terror will require not only Sandry’s magic, but Pasco’s as well.

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The circle open

Another great book by the author and quite dark in a good way a Must read and a start to a new tour book series

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  • Anjali
  • 17-04-16

Add 3rd and 4th book please!

loved it. would love to see the 3rd and 4th book in this series added to audible.

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  • Carolyn
  • 23-11-11

Charming read for all ages

This audio book does full justice to the wonderfully rich story. I had first read this book when it first came out in print. The audio version just makes it better. Don't let an age rating on this book fool you into passing up a good listen (or read.) Each character was brought to life. I've already got the rest of the series on my wish list and will be getting them in the future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-19

this is my favorite Arthur

I really enjoyed the storyline of this book as well as the way the actress portrayed each character. there is something about the way she writes and the way she portrays the main character.

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  • Julie
  • 07-06-19

I love the magic characters' personalities

The nature of magic is unique in each mage which is fascinating to me. This story has a big mystery to be solved and dangerous criminals. Great plot but some gore was necessary in the crimes.

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  • William
  • 04-02-13

another win for the pierce fans

Where does Magic Steps rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I would say that is is ranked with most of my books equally since i listen to this specific genre. I recommend this series as well as any other pierce series do to the outstanding performance by the reader.

What other book might you compare Magic Steps to and why?

I would compare this book to wild magic where the main characters
are both lost because their magic is something almost unheard of.

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

since she wrote the book you are more able to grasp how she wanted the book to present itself, i guess i would say it is more detailed with her.

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

Magics Steps
A step away from destiny

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  • Margaret M. Arney
  • 31-01-13

Very engaging!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This was a great choice for our family roadtrip. The story was fun and the performance kept our interest.

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  • Tom
  • 01-10-12

interesting and intreging. Really draws you in.

What made the experience of listening to Magic Steps the most enjoyable?

I love the fact that there are a number of readers in this book, it really helps bring the book to life.

What did you like best about this story?

The fact that like the previous stories, they all continue flawlessly is amazing.

What about Tamora Pierce’s performance did you like?

She is a wonderful writer, who really knows how to draw the audience in, and keep them interested.

Any additional comments?

Tamora Pierce, you've done it again. Even when I though the series was over, you bring it back full circle (pardon the pun) and manage to introduce new characters, without losing the flair of the original cast. A real awardwinner, especially with some of the...not so great...books out there today.

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  • Leah F.
  • 10-09-12

Great performance, good story

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Steps to be better than the print version?

Yes and no. I like full cast audio books because it makes it easy to distinguish the characters, but sometimes I feel as if the emphasis in certain lines isn't right. However, that's because everyone reads books differently, so I suppose I shouldn't really complain.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Magic Steps?

For me, it was when Sandry uses her magic to talk to her uncle. Even in Tamora Pierce's books, it's a radical change for a mage to magically talk to someone without magic.

Which scene was your favorite?

I don't think I have a favorite scene for this book.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. It was nice to break it up at the chapter markings.

Any additional comments?

Don't take this as a negative review! Magic Steps is a good story and the performance was wonderful. In my mind, it just lends itself to listening in more than one sitting. I highly recommend reading the actual book as well as listening to this one.

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  • Kearsten
  • 24-08-12

Amazing Tween plus author

Would you consider the audio edition of Magic Steps to be better than the print version?

This books brings characters to life with humor and the perfect amount of detail. She creates a word with a believable society and interesting lore. I am a teacher and I think Pierce is a wonderful author.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sandry is a spirit girl who fills the shoes of a full grow madr at an early age. She is kind, bold and has a strong sense of right and wrong.

What does Tamora Pierce bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

She is the author and she adds the perfect tone to match her words. You know the reader has the author's thoughts in mind cause they are the same person.

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

Ordinary Magic

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  • Katelin
  • 31-08-17

Doesn't work

I have no clue why, but this audio book doesn't download correctly and will not play. It skips as if it were a scratched cd