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About the Creator

Scott Meyer was born and raised in a farming community in Washington state. After an unsuccessful career in radio, a stint writing dialogue for video games, and a decade making a living as a stand-up comic, he found himself middle-aged, working as a ride operator at Walt Disney World.
In his spare time, he produced the successful web comic Basic Instructions. He slowly built a following of fans all over the world and published two comics collections with Dark Horse Comics. He wrote the novel Off to Be the Wizard, which has sold over a quarter million copies. He has written and released five more books in the Magic 2.0 series and four stand-alone novels, with a fifth coming out at a date to be announced.
Meyer lives in Arizona with his wife, their cats, and his most valued possession, a working air conditioner.

About the Performer

"She is strong, sharp, and achingly real." - Audiofile Magazine. Elizabeth Evans is an accomplished voice-over actress and award-winning audiobook narrator with over 200 recorded titles, including the international best-selling young adult series Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas and Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. In addition to her audiobook work, her voice can be heard in numerous commercial campaigns, video games, and animated projects. She is a recent graduate of NYU's Graduate Acting Program and received her MFA in Spring 2019.

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gARgles = Aumented Reality Goggles

I almost passed up this gem because of two reviews complaining about how the narrator repeatedly mispronounced the word goggles. Turns out that’s not true, and thank goodness I decided to listen for myself because this is a fine book with a very talented narrator. Apparently these picky reviewers weren’t listening closely, because it’s clearly explained that the main character is wearing augmented reality glasses sold under the brand name gARgles. It’s like the brand Gargoyles combined with goggles and a little AR thrown in. Pretty clever - and really an unfounded reason for negative feedback. This book is a fun romp.

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Love it!

I loved this book! It was really interesting and kept me curious and engaged. I would definitely recommend checking it out. Also I say in the other review about goggles being pronounced gargles, this is explained in the story. These are AR goggles and it’s the brand name. gARgles. They literally even explain how it’s written.

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gARgles is a brand name!!!

Those negative reviews complaining about the narrator’s supposed mispronunciation of “goggles”…seriously? The author explains the brand name “gARgles” within the first half-hour. Look, I get being distracted while listening to an audiobook and missing important details. But that’s why the Audible app has those handy little circular arrows, so you can go back and clarify something that isn’t making sense. Like, for example, if the narrator inexplicably seems to be adding an R to the word “goggles”. Guess what? It’s not so inexplicable. It’s overtly and easily explicable. SMH

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Really super for a freebie!

Not a lot of LOL, but this is a clever and engaging story with nice twisty ending. Superb narration from Elizabeth Evans - beautiful voice for the narrative and great, distinctive voices for characters.

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A welcome balance of silly and seriousness

As an enormous fan of his Magic 2.0 audiobook series, I did not hesitate when I saw Meyer's name appear as the author of this work and immediately got to listening. At first I was a bit disappointed that it didn't have the same level of persistent silly fun that I had come to expect from his previous work, but that feeling didn't last long as his character and world-building really took hold. I will admit that my attention wandered at times throughout the piece (when not flawlessly voicing the various characters, the narrator's voice struck me as overly dry at times), but the action was always satisfying enough to recapture my focus before too long. I would recommend this to anyone who doesn't mind a fat helping of silly (but thoughtfully delivered) nonsense with their main course of rushed high-tech criminal infiltrations. At this time I do not know if this will be the first of a series, but if so I will certainly be eager to pick up whatever follows!

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Fun to listen to

The story was fun, and it was easy to visualize and follow along while crafting.

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another hit

Scott Meyers keeps cranking out the quality work. Fun, engaging listen well worth your time.

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More “serious” than his other works

There’s a 25% chance I’m biased because of the deadpan delivery of the narrator and it’s hard for me to ingest Meyer’s humor without Luke Daniels. That aside, while there are humorous elements to the story and the way it unfolds, it’s not as comical as the off to be the wizard series, ludicrous as master of formalities, ridiculous as the authorities, or as solid as run program, it is however quite cool and shows a lot of potential for more novels. I ❤️ Scott, please don’t hate my review.

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Love it, but just one little thing....

I love this book, but the narrator kept pronouncing "googles", "gargles". Where in the world is the R in goggles??? I took away one star for the Performance because if the mystery R's.

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chekhov's gun

Good crime caper with a mystery twist, unfortunately drags on a little in the middle.

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  • kris adams
  • 08-08-21

Like the story but not the narrator

This is a fun space crime adventure story with many laughs but the narrator is far too dry to really convey their authors work in my opinion

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  • SethKane
  • 11-12-21

No wonder it's free

Pedestrian story, bland writing and a robotic narrator who is only one step above a text to speech app.

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  • Stephen
  • 08-18-21

witty enthralling and totally enjoyable

from start to finish I was hooked on the characters. Scott Meyer is a great story teller and it was excellently narrated

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  • Anne Anela
  • 08-12-21

Ready Steady Steal

This was pretty good in that it solidly kept pace. Things kept happening from one heist to the next. The ending was tidy enough, for a story about devious people. All of them. The main character was shady, not only in her thievery ways, but also in how her real brother felt she treated him. Everyone's entitled to their own point of view. I'd recommend this book only if you've nothing better to read. I grabbed it on Audible because it's written by Scott Meyer and I love his Magic 2.0 series best. I like all of his other books too and I'll always listen to anything and everything he writes. I'd even be down with listening to a sequel of this audiobook. The sneaky thieving the main character does is quite clever. I liked all the ins and outs that I wasn't expecting. And futuristic space fiction is always fun too. Especially as this story isn't set too far in the future.

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  • ai83
  • 06-17-22

Horrendous main character

The book is okay in the sense that I managed to finish it (albeit the last third on 2x) but it's riddled with cartoonish tropes and the sci-fi setting is only a pretext. By that I mean that the setting is not inextricably playing in the plot--instead the plot could happen anytime anywhere without making a difference.

The worst part is that the main character is a complete jerk to the point where in the final confrontation I was on her brother's side. She's a hypocrite, "I loved you but just didn't know how to show it" after the whole book being mean or ignoring him. She's irredeemable and the way the action just skirts around that makes me think the author didn't have the ability to tell he hasn't managed to pull that one off. I managed to finish this one but won't be reading any future installments.

The narration is perfectly fine, albeit the expletives really did sound like coming from a cartoon mouse (the double E in the word doesn't help either).

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  • D with a J and a W
  • 03-25-22

enthralling and funny

Plenty of twists and turns. with a good humour part. added in there well worth a listen.

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  • Suzy GM
  • 03-04-22

Loved it

So nice to read something completely different. Thoroughly enjoyable both the story and the narration. More please.

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  • Matt Carter
  • 02-22-22

It's not dreadful

It isn't great either. You don't have to look to hard to see the gags coming a mile off. The twists and turns mildly meander through the plot to a predictable outcome.
Overall, the storyline had more potential than it achieved. The narration was flat and I really don't know if that was due to the material or the performer. So, my Performance and Story scores could be flipped. It is a bit of an oversell to call this a romp, but it is fair to say it doesn't lose it's pace and it keeps you hooked to its inevitable end.

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  • Nicola
  • 02-18-22

Good fun

Not up to his 2.0 series but good fun to listen to nevertheless. Would be good to see more witty books from Meyer.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-16-22

Wonderful

I'm now going to search for more of Scott Meyer's work. Hoping for a sequel to this soon!

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  • Melia
  • 03-03-22

Narrator saves the story

Quirky sci-fi and fun elements to the story, but the story jumped around heaps. I did enjoy it, but without the narrator doing an amazing job jazzing up the characters, the end fell flat.

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  • Mike Borg
  • 02-09-22

Understated wit

Great humour and narration. Witty dialogue got me chuckling many times. Reminded me a bit of Christopher Moore style of humour. Got a little repetitive in the middle but thankfully it changed soon after. Story was relatively simple in the end but it was fun.