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Sufficiently Advanced Magic Audiobook

Sufficiently Advanced Magic: Arcane Ascension, Book 1

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Five years ago Corin Cadence's brother entered the Serpent Spire - a colossal tower with ever-shifting rooms, traps, and monsters. Those who survive the spire's trials return home with an attunement: a mark granting the bearer magical powers. According to legend, those few who reach the top of the tower will be granted a boon by the spire's goddess.

He never returned.

Now it's Corin's turn. He's headed to the top floor, on a mission to meet the goddess.

If he can survive the trials, Corin will earn an attunement, but that won't be sufficient to survive the dangers on the upper levels. For that he's going to need training, allies, and a lot of ingenuity.

The journey won't be easy, but Corin won't stop until he gets his brother back.

©2017 Andrew Rowe (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    "Awesome"

    Tower is interesting, the magic is well thought out with good rules and it keeps you on your toes. great ending to book one 1. loved it

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Joe UK 05/08/2017
    Joe UK 05/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Fun "D&D" style adventure."

    I really enjoyed this. If you like coming of age stories where a protagonist has to apply problem solving to overcome difficult situations and underdog encounters then you will probably like this.

    The style is a bit unique, and I can see a huge influence from D&D or similar. The majority of the "fights" are dungeon type encounters, and other puzzle rooms reminiscent of games and tabletop gaming.

    I really enjoyed it, but I could see some might have issues with the pacing in the middle-end of the book.

    The narrator was excellent.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stuart Wilson 28/09/2017
    Stuart Wilson 28/09/2017
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    "Unlistenable"

    I downloaded this after reading a positive review, but I found it too difficult to listen to within the first chapter. Many passages do not make sense and the author's return of phrase often made me cringe
    The characters are full of clichés, including an unbelievable narrator. The use of first person voice is frustrating - who is he speaking/writing to? Why is he telling them things about the world they should already know? Or does he know that we exist and need things explaining?

    I score this more than 1 star only because I didn't (couldn't) get far through it and there's always hope it could have improved.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 30/08/2017
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    "Already listening to it again 😊"

    Brilliantly read, great characters and a gripping story. Loved it and can't wait for the the next one

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steven Richardson 22/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing world building"

    I loved this story and was amazed by the level of detail given to the world. I could imagine this being made into a epic RPG game I would love to play.

    The story was excellent and well thought out. I didn't see the final twist coming and it was very interesting.

    I am looking forward to any more in this series as there is so much more to be explored in the world and the story line.

    Also I though the narrator did an excellent job and made it an enjoyable listen. Hope it's not too long till the next.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Anonymous 21/08/2017
    21/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Loved the funny voices of the narrator, good night"

    I can finally have a proper sleep, it's indeed true that, it will keep you up at night and now I can't wait to start with the next one. The narrator improve the experience, making it more colorful with the different accents given to the different characters. Overall all it's a good book for teenagers, with a good vocabulary and it is amusing for both genders. I would recommend it after the works of Jk Rowling and Suzanne Collins

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    kaskaraN64 21/08/2017
    kaskaraN64 21/08/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Grate book for any who like adventure and magic"

    This book was fantastic again nick podehl has done a grate job one of the best stories I've listened to in a while and looking forward to the next one.

    All round 5 stars kept me hooked and want more.

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    Ryan 18/08/2017
    Ryan 18/08/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great magic system"

    This book has strong characters with a varied and well thought out magic system. Definitely recommend ^^

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    Tommy Hunter 18/08/2017
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    "SO GOOD AHHHHH"

    Okay so this is one of best new offerings to fantasy I've seen in ages.

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    genuinely an amazing story, interesting characters and a vivid world around them with fantastic narration too

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  • Joseph Zurat
    08/07/17
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    "Great first volume of a series"

    Andrew Rowe is definitely writing for me specifically. Both of his series scratch the itch that I feel for Anime/Game-inspired Hard Fantasy. The characters and plots are fun. There are some nice twists at the back end. As far as structure, it feels like each chapter is a chapter or so of a Manga, and the first book is roughly three story arcs. I dig that pacing.

    Also, Nick Podehl is always a very consistent reader, and this time is no different. I look forward to more!

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • Jonathan
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    "Overall great"

    I thoroughly enjoyed the book. The author did a great job of creating well thought out world.

    My problems, which keep me from giving a 5. ** may contain slight spoilers **
    Corin - it is annoying how he can so scared and brave throughout the book. In addition, he wants to (has to grow stronger faster than anyone) progress but refuses to use his own mental powers. It's so frustrating.
    Plot line - the are many different threads that the author will probably get to but they are weaved in and out and a lot aren't answered.
    Characters - are all unique but don't have the greatest depth or growth
    Pace - jumps around and gets slow at points.

    31 of 37 people found this review helpful
  • justin
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    "Magic, Conspiracy, and Eccentricities"

    This book had me laughing and sitting on the edge of my seat. I didn't want to put it down. The narrator has great inflection and manages to keep characters separate and distinct while not detracting from the story. I highly recommend this book to those who want a different perspective on magic and divinity.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Gus
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    "My brain was engaged as much as my heart in this."

    1st. it probably goes without saying. Nick Podehl is an outstanding Narrator. He is the reason i decided to pick up this book and I am so glad that I did. Not only does he make the story come to life like no other, but it seems like he only reads books that have worthy content.

    This book has a lot of world building, a richly thought-out magic system, and strong main characters that really feel good to root for. At the end of the book I found myself drooling with anticipation. Truly a Gem of a book. I cannot wait for the next.

    51 of 63 people found this review helpful
  • David
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    "Couldn't make it through the whole book"
    Any additional comments?

    I got to chapter 9 and just had to quit. (minor spoilers follow)<br/><br/>Let me explain the problem: The main character is the son of a noble house known specifically for their ability to fight and win in magical duels, and his parents are particularly famous for this. It should be noted that he was removed from public schooling specifically so that his father could teach him (for years) to fight in such magical duels. His family lives in a magically warded house that has a library full of books on magic, and virtually every aspect of his world is run by people who have magic abilities gained from 'atunements'. He comes off as studious, intelligent, introspective, cautious, prepared, and completely focused on one goal, going into a magical tower and participating in a coming of age type challenge, where he will fight magical creatures and overcome magical traps, to gain an atunement (granting magical abilities) and to find his brother, who disappeared 5 years ago in his own tower test. Notice how many times I used the word 'magic'?<br/><br/>Now, the story starts with the hero going into the tower, and moving from room to room on his quest fighting monsters and such. At this point it's pretty good, and I would probably give the story a 4 star rating. However after the first few chapters he makes his way out of the tower and gets sent to a Hogwarts style academy for new people to learn how to use their new magical powers. It is at this point made painfully clear (for the reader) that the main character knows NOTHING about how magic works. zip. zilch. nada. No understanding WHATSOEVER other than that it exists. <br/><br/>Now, this would make sense if our hero was a peasant from some distant village who had never had any schooling or reason to learn about magic, but, considering the character's backstory, it makes no sense at all. This would be like talking to an intelligent 18 year old whose parents are doctors, and whose whole life mission has been to also become a doctor, and when you point out that he's going to have to take an admission test says to medical school says, "words? letters? sentences? numbers? what are those? I've heard of them before, but I've never seen them. What's a scalpel? You mean the human body has organs in it?" I wouldn't expect the main character to know complex magic any more than I would expect our hypothetical 18 year old to know about dissecting a kidney, but he doesn't seem know ANYTHING about it. <br/><br/>The reason for this is that the author has created a very complex and detailed magic system and needs some way to explain it to the readers, but good God if he didn't pick the absolute worst way to go about it. I really wanted to like this story, but I can't get over this MASSIVE plot hole.<br/><br/>Oh, and the other thing is that the kid never gives any reason for why he might believe his older brother is still alive after FIVE years in the tower when it's made very clear that anyone who doesn't come out after a very short period (given the lack of food and water I'd say it lasts no more than a day) has died from some monster or trap .

    90 of 114 people found this review helpful
  • Eric
    Charlotte, NC
    10/07/17
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    "Worth a listen."
    What did you love best about Sufficiently Advanced Magic?

    This could easily, with a few changes fit squarely in the Lit RPG category. It is not told that way but I get the feeling the idea may have started that way with the author. that is obviously just my opinion and I could be wrong. It is a good book and I will get the next installment as soon as it comes out. There is only one thing in the whole book that irritates me, and again this is just me and may not bother anyone else. The creatures, and there are many are all called simply "monsters" throughout the book. I don't know why precisely, it just grated. Also, I think at this point I would listen to a cook book if it was narrated by Nick Podehl as he seems to only narrate stuff I like, within whatever category it resides. This is no exception.


    13 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher B Thomas
    08/07/17
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    "Well worth the credit."

    The story is very good and kept me interested the entire time. I will strongly reccomend this book to others.

    The book starts off with a young man being judged by entering essentially a sentient dungeon with puzzles, monsters or other challenges. Successful candidates earn a mark that allows them to use magic via an attunment mark.

    The attuned (magic users) then go to a school to learn the magic system. Along the way we learn how magic works, make new friends, and prepair for his next journey to the dungeon.

    The main character a very strong motivation for exploring the tower but along the way becomes embroiled in plots of others that concern other nations.

    Everything that happens seems quite reasonable by the author. In addition this is the first book of this type I can recall where the main character isn't a death dealing super human and is actually quite weak relative to his friends as his magic gives him no direct combat abilities.

    Over all a good story well narrated.

    17 of 21 people found this review helpful
  • Benjamin
    Silver Spring, MD, United States
    21/07/17
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    "A cliche w/in a worn out trope w/in a derivative."

    This book is basically every magic school, coming of age book ever. Magic college? check. introspective hero? painfully check. Parents out of the picture, but somehow looming? check. Female character that outperforms hero? check. Intrigue that's &quot;bigger than a student can handle?&quot; check.

    If you liked any of:
    Harry Potter Series
    The Magicians
    The Kingkiller Chronicle

    Rowe beats a particular trope to death though. He puts the hero in danger. Hero does something to protect himself. Kind of succeeds, but then gets chewed out by teachers for having done something even more dangerous. It happens roughly once every two chapters. The &quot;teachers&quot; at his school barely teach. The entire premise of this magic school is like turning monkeys loose in a bomb factory. Give the students mountains of power, don't teach them what to do, then be super freaking surprised when they blow something up, then curse them for their ignorance. Over and over and over.

    I'm not asking for reality in a fantasy book. I am trying to accept the author's premise, but if I am to do that, I'd have to believe that the entire school would have blown itself to fine powder and bone fragments by the end of the first semester.

    Do not play a drinking game triggered by the words &quot;honestly boy, how could you not have known?&quot; I keep wanting to shout at the book, &quot;Maybe, because the faculty in this school is so monumentally disastrous they couldn't teach their way out of a wet paper bag!&quot; Even J.K. Rowling tried to keep &quot;first years&quot; out of the &quot;restricted section.&quot; Here, the librarians hand out matches along side of copies of the Anarchists' Cookbook. And then blame the students when things go awry.

    I have a bunch of other hangups, but to be fair there are some things that redeem this book a bit. Rowe is able to capture snarky teenagers pretty well. His teenagers actually sound like you would expect. Faux-clever wordplay, shyness, angst, posturing, even distorted self-awareness. The teens sound like teens. I didn't think this would be too hard until I read Card's &quot;The Gate Thief.&quot; Rowe definitely clears the bar here.

    The book also has quite a few &quot;puzzle rooms&quot; like in the computer game &quot;Myst.&quot; These can be interesting. I suppose whether or not this device is overused is up to the reader. I found them interesting.

    Podehl has a strong performance. His accents and voice characterizations are well crafted.

    71 of 93 people found this review helpful
  • aaron haar
    03/08/17
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    "I NEED MORE!!"

    This book was fantastic. The characters were vivid and distinct. The plot had plenty of twist and turns. I can't wait for the next book!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • NOLAN
    02/08/17
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    "If only i could make time fast forward"

    Truly amazing story and genuinely new idea. For anyone who ever wanted to read a book that is both an RPG and an anime in one then look no further. My my only regret is that I cannot fast-forward time so I can continue to read this series to it's conclusion.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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