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The Dao of Magic

The Dao of Magic, Book 1
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Series: The Dao of Magic, Book 1
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins
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Summary

Cultivation. Magic. Empowering unwitting animals! 

A thousand-year-old cultivator, Drew, is about to ascend to a higher existence. As he begins the process, he finds out he has pissed off one too many demigods. Though he manages to fight off the concerted effort of sect elders and patriarchs...he is slapped away from the higher realms by something. 

After an instant or an eternity, he awakens on a lower realm! The air is filled with garbage energy, and his emotions of all things are allowing him to control it. For a cultivator that has spent his existence absolutely controlling his thoughts...that won’t do at all. To regain his place in the cosmos, he will need to create the energy his is familiar with once more...even if it might poison the entire world. 

Then again...he could just take it easy and leave all the hard work to his "willing" apprentices.  

©2018 Andries Louws (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Good unusual book

Narrator is very good.

Story and idea are unusual but I couldn't stop listening and waiting for the usual. And then I realised it was about the journey.

I however definitely enjoy author's storytelling and mastery of the language

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Good story, loads of detail

Looking forward to the next book. Really enjoyed the technical detail that went into it.

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  • Christopher
  • 25-08-19

Really close to a 5-star book... and funny.

I have listened to quite a few audiobooks whose reviewers claimed were hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. Of all those books I think only one or two actually lived up to those claims. Keeping that in mind, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person at least once every couple of chapters. So if a fat, old curmudgeon like me was giggling all the way through this book, most other people should not have to worry that the claims are exaggerated.

Sadly, I was very close to skipping over this book based on the description. It sounded like another “over-powered, over-ego’d MC” book whose jokes were more likely to make me cringe than laugh, but based on a couple of the positive reviews which sounded like they were written by thinking adults, I took a chance...

The plot to this book mostly hangs in the background, and gives center-stage to a more slice-of-life flow. In spite of this, the book remains engaging and doesn’t have that pointless feeling that other books like it tend to engender. Really, you can feel the plot swirling around the bubble of ignorance that the MC is traveling inside and I fully expect the two to come crashing together in subsequent books.

This book isn’t for kids but that’s more due to language and attitude. Thankfully, in spite of sometimes being a little crass this novel doesn’t have any of the cringe-inducing, 13-year-old sex fantasies or completely unbelievable harem BS that seem to pollute every third fantasy title on Audible these days.

Lastly, although this is a story about a cultivator, it spends more time making light of the tropes of your typical Xianxia cultivation novel than it does adhering to the common tenants of that genre. Which I found extremely refreshing.

I honestly can’t imagine that anyone who has read this review and come away thinking they might enjoy this book will be disappointed after spending the credit.

I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but I try not to hand those out just because a book is really really good. They have to be amazing. But I’m still torn about my decision.

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  • Tesauron
  • 22-08-19

A bohemian cultivator.

From his thwarted ascension to godhood our hero is plunged into a lower realm of moody mages and grimdark overtones. He brings a thousand years of cultivation knowledge to a new world and uses it to knock it out and rifle through it's pockets.
Such a fun approach to the genre, hands down in my top three wuxia novels. Humorous and playful on every level, if you're on the fence give this one a chance. I really can't imagine anyone regretting it.

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  • Alex
  • 28-09-19

im happy with this book

this one got me sucked in quick what a great book hoping the next will be here soon bc I'll be buying it

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 20-09-19

awesome

I definitely wasn't expecting this book to be so good, and I must admit that I was swept away from the very beginning, I highly recommend this book.

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  • Micah
  • 19-09-19

Don't worry about the naysayers.

By naysayers I mean the people above or below that complain about the MC being over powered or OP for short. Yes, he is OP. That's the thing, you have to take CONTEXT into account when making a call like that. When a character starts off normal or weak then by the middle of the book they can do crazy ass OP stuff then that is annoying. This character isn't that at all. This character has been alive for more than a thousand years when the book STARTS. Which means he is already crazy powerful especially since he appears on a world with lesser energy than what he uses. So yes, he is properly strong for the book he is the star of. Also they bitch about him not having an enemy or something to fight against. Also wrong. He just showed up on a planet he knows nothing about. His fight is against information. He must learn what he needs to learn to move forward. It's great and very funny. Worth a credit or money, so enjoy.

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  • Austin
  • 17-09-19

Thought Provoking

This book is filled to the brim with technical information surrounding an imaginary Chi/magic system. Yet , it is structured in a way that makes more sense as the book goes on.

It is nice to have a main character who isnt a bumbling teenager. Having an overpowered MC has been used but I enjoy watching him regain his lost power.

The way he literally Shouts at his Chi to do stuff his absolutely hilarious.

The book is at a good length but it doesnt really end. It could end, I suppose. It could continue, I guess. It ends very nonchalantly. It's hard to describe. You will have to develop your own opinion.

I am now a fan of Louws. His book "Histaff" in addition to this book gives me a good idea of his writing style and I look forward to what comes next.

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  • someone else
  • 11-09-19

Could not have enjoyed it less

I'm really shocked that this book has as high reviews as it does. I do not see what others see. The best thing I can say about the writing is that it is consistent and grammatically correct.

This story has no conflict. The main character is arrogant and hard to like. It is a constant stream of "look how smart I am", even though the things discussed are often inaccurately portrayed. I could continue with similar criticisms for quite a while.

The narrator does a good job with the material. I feel bad for him having to read through it, but at least he was getting paid.

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  • Michael
  • 22-08-19

really fun

I really enjoyed this book, it's an adventure cultivation story. I'm excited for the next book and to see where the story goes.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15-09-19

a must-read if you're into overpowered

don't know where the books going in the first 30 minutes but it Rockets off dramatically after the first chapter.
Funny and awesome at the same time need the Next book now pretty please Really Now!

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  • Rachel Moyer
  • 09-09-19

Excellent world, no plot

I love the fact that physics is incorporated into the magic system. The characters are interesting. Aside from growing in power at ridiculous rates, I'm not seeing a narrative in this book. It was still a fun read though

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