Listen free for 30 days

Listen with a free trial

One credit a month, good for any title to download and keep.
Unlimited listening to the Plus Catalogue - thousands of select Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks.
Exclusive member-only deals.
No commitment - cancel anytime.
Buy Now for £18.29

Buy Now for £18.29

Pay using card ending in
By completing your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and authorise Audible to charge your designated card or any other card on file. Please see our Privacy Notice, Cookies Notice and Interest-based Ads Notice.

Summary

Otto Shenk is the youngest son of a minor baron. He's also a wizard.

Abused by his family and considered less than human by his kingdom, Otto does his best to survive. But everything changes when Otto stumbles across a tower hidden deep in a dark part of the forest near his home.

A tower that was once the home of an Arcane Lord, the immortal wizards that long ago ruled the world. Otto’s life will be changed forever. And so will the world.

©2020 James E. Wisher (P)2020 James E. Wisher

What listeners say about The Hidden Tower

Average customer ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    86
  • 4 Stars
    21
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    5
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    77
  • 4 Stars
    18
  • 3 Stars
    8
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    0
Story
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    73
  • 4 Stars
    22
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    4
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Narration lacked engagement

Every character have a feel of lazy snark when they talk. A soldier being rebuked by high command or even a royal, should not respond in an aloof "whatever you say" tone.
A young man finding a hidden magic tower with, to him, unimaginable power and secrets inside, should be extremely excited. Not give off the feel that he found something mildly interesting.

nearly dropped the book several times before it finally became interesting. though I feel like it would have been interesting from the beginning, if the narration had been more captivating.

5 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

pretty good

really like the story and the characters, can't wait for the second book to be uploaded. My only critique is the author does not know how to deal with logistics. There's no map I can find, but I just can't imagine a normal person going from the northern frontier province to the capital in a single day and when the distance takes a single sentence to traverse I'm left reeling.

4 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Is he good or bad ??

The only question I have is, is he good or bad. Simple question but I am unable to decide. Here's hoping book 2 clarifies it a little but in some small corner of my mind I am quite happy with vacillating in my opinion of him.
Listen to the book to make your own determation.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Yea it’s a 5 star.

Sometimes I have issues with the narrator, especially if they are doing both male and female characters the narrator did this well.
The story is good and pulls you alone.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Great surprise

This book starts slow but what a great build up into world building. Going to follow this series to the end. You will not regret picking this up.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars

my first audio book and I loved it

it such an interesting story never new a audio book could be this good gonna get the next book now

1 person found this helpful

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Clay
  • Clay
  • 14-10-20

The writing is good but the story isn’t.

I really thought I was going to like this one. This author has written good things in the past, but this book was a disappointment. Let me start by saying that I read for escapism. I like to enjoy my books. This one just left me drained and sad. The main character is not bad, he has strengths and flaws, but he is likable. Everyone else tho... not so much. They treat him like dirt. Not in a character building way either. I was alright until about half way through. The adultery just kinda made me lose respect for pretty much everyone. Couldn’t continue after that. It was like the main character was the villain of the story with the way he is used by everyone. Except he is decent, and every time he is lied to, you just get sadder. I recommend that you read something else by this author instead. He must have just been in a really weird mood when he wrote this one.

35 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-11-20

Was ok at first but goes downhill pretty fast.

It starts out pretty good with its magic system and him training but then half of the book is about how his wife is cheating on him as he is trying to save the kingdom. Then how she goes through great lengths to try and convince him that the child is his when he never slept with her for several months after the marriage. Literally everyone but him knows that the child isnt his and how she lied to him when he was treating her so well and even saved her from being raped. He was going far out of his way to treat her well and she completely betrays him. He would be going out to help the prince while she was inviting her lover into his house. Stopped reading after that. There is a few more books in the series but im not supporting the author after this.

20 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Matthew Kepler
  • Matthew Kepler
  • 05-11-20

An amazing not-so-good aligned MC

MC doesnt have a problem getting their hands dirty, or righting those who wronged him. Plenty of skulduggery and intrigue, and an interesting use of magic.

10 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for tranielmp8
  • tranielmp8
  • 05-12-20

Excellent

I admit I was worried about this book bc of some of the comments ***Spoilers below***
Ok so Otto was a man that everyone underestimated and also took advantage of. He obeyed orders a lot at the beginning. Married bc his father made him to a woman who didn’t want the marriage either. What bothered me about some the comments I read were how they were upset at him for what he did to his adulterous wife. Otto actually tried to be a good husband and she cheated on him and was pregnant by another man. She lied about it and seemed like she really didn’t care about Otto. He found out and got revenge. If the woman loved the other man so much she should have just ran off with him. What did she expect to happen? If I thought I was going to have a child and it turns out it wasn’t mine I would be furious. Otto did finish off the king and I don’t understand that part, but it seems he is becoming darker. I don’t mind him getting even per say but I hope he doesn’t truly lose his humanity.
Other than that this book is very well written and the magic system is interesting.

9 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for corey
  • corey
  • 07-11-20

amazing

I love dark litrpg with a good antihero. this one did not disappoint and I hope the second book comes out and to audible soon!

6 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    1 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    1 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Amazon Customer
  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-21

So Bad

I made it through 3 books before I had to quit. I couldn't take it anymore! The first book sets up what could be an amazing story, but it never materializes. I wish I could point to one thing as to why I disliked this so much, but I think it's the shortcuts the writer takes in the story, the character's dialogue, and the narration all come together, and the result is bad.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for JTB8
  • JTB8
  • 17-10-20

great job

I know some other reviews were complaining about how the story went. I can see why I would have liked things to turn out differently as well. Never the less the stories is very well-thought-out and very well written.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Kindle Customer
  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-10-20

Just WOW!

To be honest I did not have high expectations for this one to start. However I was amazed how good it is. This book would for sure go on my gems of 2020 list.

3 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for mark
  • mark
  • 23-10-20

good book but not for me

the story was well written good caricature development and great narrator. The book as also politics and political entry and I not a fan, I personally did not like the hidden tower even though I do not like this style of books It what a good read 5 of out 5

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
Profile Image for Ian Schrott
  • Ian Schrott
  • 12-10-20

love the book

Otto Shenk is the youngest son of a minor baron.

He's also a wizard.

Abused by his family and considered less than human by his kingdom, Otto does his best to survive.

But everything changes when Otto stumbles across a tower hidden deep in a dark part of the forest near his home.

A tower that was once the home of an Arcane Lord, the immortal wizards that long ago ruled the world.

Otto’s life will be changed forever.

And so will the world.

2 people found this helpful