• Elizabeth's Legacy

  • Royal Institute of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Victor Kloss
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 8 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,600 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Like most normal people, Ben hadn't the faintest idea there was an Institute of Magic.

Two years after his parents' sudden disappearance, Ben Greenwood stumbles upon a cryptic letter that could shed some light on their whereabouts. But before he can track them down, he'll need to find the mysterious organization that sent the letter: The Royal Institute of Magic.

To succeed, Ben will have to navigate a land filled with fantastic creatures and spellshooters, where magic can be bought and sold, to unravel an ancient family secret that could hold the key to defeating an evil the institute has been fighting for the last 500 years.

©2014 Victor Kloss (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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What a fantastic tribute to Kloss

This book is an amazing piece of work. I haven't enjoyed a YA book this much since the Potter series. The performer does an amazing job with voices that clearly have a tone for each character.
Although I have read all the books in the series I will eagerly purchase each audiobook when it's released.
Victor Kloss would be proud of the direction his series has taken. His wife and daughter should be proud that his legacy is immortalized in audio format.
I am so impressed with the book I am playing a chapter a day to my students in my history class as a mental warmup for them.

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Friendship in a magical world

Would you listen to Elizabeth's Legacy again? Why?

Yes, this is an introduction to a world with lots of interesting characters so before listening to the next book I'll probably re-listen to review the characters' names and twists in the plot to make sure I haven't forgotten anything important!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Hard to choose between Ben and Charlie - both are heroic and charming in their own way

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

Peter Kenny does a great job of interpreting the characteristics of the elves and other magical beings using his voice and different accents. He also manages to make Ben and Charlie sound young but not childish.

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

Yes - I just couldn't go on an 8 hour walk ...

Any additional comments?

Can't wait for book 2 - listened to the preview at the end of this audiobook.

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Magic for middle schoolers, but not much fun

*shrug* It was okay. Not the "if you loved Harry Potter, you will love this!" level of book that the claim suggested, but it was readable. There were three people in a magical world; one was a girl that had all of the magical knowledge in the group, one was a boy that leapt into dangerous situation and made bad decisions, and the third was awkward and felt like he didn't quite belong and had a crush on the girl...oh, wait, maybe it is a little like Harry Potter... That's where it ends, though.

It lacked pizzazz. And charm. And, to be honest, magic.

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Bait and switch

The sample was intriguing. That is the book I wanted to read. But this is not that book.

The first chapter is a dream. For most of the book, it is ignored, and only in the final chapter do we find out how it relates to the main character. That story is never told.

Instead it is a teenage buddy adventure movie with special powers and trolls and elves and girls. Nothing much suprising happens. And the spell guns ... meh.

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I am not sure what I don't like about this book.

This book contains all the elements that should pull me into the story, but somehow it doesn't.
I think part of it is the lack of depth in descriptions.
It is almost like it is an illustrated book that doesn't work without the pictures.

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Fun, fast-paced story

Would you listen to Elizabeth's Legacy again? Why?

Yes, it's very fun and entertaining. I like listening to stories a few times because I always pick up new details.

What other book might you compare Elizabeth's Legacy to and why?

Probably Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for its world building, pacing and the intended audience.

Have you listened to any of Peter Kenny’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, I haven't, but I think he did the Martian and I would love to listen to that too.

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

I would have loved to!

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  • jp
  • 03-13-17

The perfect balance of excitement and thought

I really enjoyed this book and look forward to the rest of the series. The narrator was a crucial part of listening to this book for me, a great voice and performance as a storyteller.

I was saddened to hear that the author just recently passed, but glad that he was able to publish so many books before he did so - both for my own selfish benefit, and for the benefit of the wife and child who survived him.

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Great story and narrator

There are definitely elements in the story that are Harry Potter like.
I still think with the fast moving plot, loveable characters, and great narration I'm chomping at the bit for the next book!

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enjoyable ya fantasy

I enjoyed this book. It was slow at times but had some good world development.

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Didn't know if I would but I did.

I won this audiobook. Wasn't sure I would like it but I really did. Suitable for children and adults it is a book I will listen to again.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-30-21

Not for adults

Struggling to get past chapter 4. Bit too juvenile for me.
Audible won't let me return it, so it seems I've wasted another credit. It's becoming difficult to find anything decent lately that I haven't already got.

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  • T. Chartered
  • 09-26-22

Harry potter meets Lord of the rings

It's a yarn of two lads setting off on an adventure involving elves and goblins. spell shooters/wands blah blah. nothing new. It filled a few hours but I'm not going to bother with book 2

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  • Saul Somerville
  • 09-25-22

5 out 5

About time there was a good Magic series outside of the Harry Potter Realm. Great first book.

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  • T Alexander
  • 05-19-22

extremely enjoyable

as an adult I still found this story extremely enjoyable, the similarities to another young boy who had no parents and discovered a hidden magical world didn't detract from the story. It was just detailed enough to allow you to picture it in your head, yet not laboriously detailed so that you lose the momentum of the story. I will definitely be getting the rest of the series. x

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  • J E Hill
  • 05-10-22

Fantastic

If you liked Harry Potter, you'll enjoy this. Well written, well read, likeable characters and I was completely hooked. Glued to it from start to finish. If the rest are as good, straight into my favourites collection.

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  • SS
  • 04-30-22

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Good book and nice narrator recommend great deal I am going to read all books in series I would pay for.

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  • Electric
  • 04-20-22

top notch from Peter Kenny and a great intro

this is a great intro to this collection of books and the story keeps you wanting more. Peter Kenny lots in another top notch performance and continued to show his speaking skills by being able to adjust his voice based on which character is talking.
the only criticism I have is that even though he doesn't say it too often, it is more than I would like, and that is 'character name, said'. there are times when it isn't necessary as your know who is talking and takes away from the listening experience. apart from that a great listen.

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  • Ian B Magic
  • 01-18-22

Fantastic.

This book was refreshingly good. A Fast paced and fun adventure in a magical relm.
I nearly turned it off during the introductory chapters but stuck with it and was over the moon I did. Stick with it!!
There are so many stories based in magical worlds that tell coming of age stories for Magicians you would be forgiven for thinking the trope had been over saturated but Elizabeth's legacy is wonderfully different. I Really enjoyed this book and can't wait to dive into the rest of the series.

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  • janine
  • 11-20-21

Fantastic

Fantastic story, well read. Very easy to listen to and leaves you wanting more.

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  • Mireia Sanz
  • 09-29-21

Brilliant

It was a big surprise to find this book, ready to continue with the saga

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  • Charm Harris
  • 05-14-22

Excruciating narration

I'm trying, I really am, but the narration of this one is reminiscent of Thomas The Tank Engine or Postman Pat. I keep expecting the Fat Controller to appear somewhere. It IS possibe to read a young person story without also sounding like you are reading to a 3 year old. It is really, really off-putting. Not sure I'll be able to hang in to the end of this read.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-08-22

.A Great Fantasy

BOOK 1. Loved this story and can't wait to hear the next one. Well narrated.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-11-19

A movie without the pictures

Fantastic audio could not stop listebing to it. I loved how each character was given a unique tone, pitch and accent. It made the story pop.

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  • Trina H
  • 11-13-18

Good start to a series

Took quite a while for me to get into the book , but I’m glad I did as it was hard to stop listening to. Would be interested in reading more but as there are 6 books in the series and they are not cheap (I don’t pay over $A5) I will not go further at the moment.