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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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Fun to listen to

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

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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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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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another hit

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

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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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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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  • 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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  • Xuxanadu
  • 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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  • 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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  • Freddietheone
  • 10-16-21

Bubble-gum, for the ears

Lightweight and frothy. Far-fetched fun. It may have following storylines, since the universe and characters are now all set.

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  • James
  • 10-11-21

A entertaining listen throughout

I was really immersed in the world Meyer created. The story just started to get repetitive when it takes another direction. Really enjoyed it

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  • Derek
  • 09-04-21

Enjoyable

An origional enjoyable listen, i had t listen from xtart to finish because i was that invoived with the stry.

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  • Carôle
  • 08-14-21

Strange and surprising

I can’t even put this into a genre! It’s definitely science-fiction (and as an avid Star Trek geek I can relate), but it’s not quite... It’s almost in the vein of Groundhog Day but not as humorous.
However, it is entertaining, it is enjoyable, and it is innovative.

So if you don’t enjoy it it is because it’s in a league of its own. The narration is perfectly suited to the story (listen to the sample and judge for yourself). The dialogue is very smart/clever, the play with semantics is enjoyable. The premise of the story, whilst circular, resolves itself in a surprising way!

I’m guessing that this book is Marmite, you’ll either like it or loathe it. I thought that I was going to loathe it, but curiosity kept me listening. I’m glad that I did. A gentle (beach worthy) tale.

It’s not J. D. Robb’s ‘In Death’, but it’s a step up from the old ‘Lost In Space’. Definitely worth investigating.

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  • D4ve
  • 08-10-21

Disappointing

Disappointing finish, made the whole experience feel like a waste of time and energy. I won't be going on with nghis author.