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Snatched through a portal into a land of magic, a young musician must use a mysterious, multistring duar to rescue the world into which he has fallen before he can return to his own.

Jonathan Thomas Meriweather is a typical college student, interested in girls, music, and an occasional taste of reefer. But when a journey through an interdimensional portal lands him in a world of talking animals and ominous sorcery, he finds he is on a very different trip indeed. Here, when he plays a strange instrument called a duar, peculiar things happen: powerful magic that may be the only way to stop a dark force that threatens his new world — and his old one. Reluctantly, he finds himself teaming up with a semi-senile turtle wizard; a thieving, backstabbing otter; and a bewildered Marxist dragon to rally an army for the war about to come.

Spellsinger, the first in Alan Dean Foster’s eight-book Spellsinger series, introduces a world of magic and mayhem, where animals are people and plunging ahead no matter what the consequences may be the only way to survive.

Performed by Terence Aselford, Gregory Linington, Bradley Smith, Chris Genebach, Yasmin Tuazon, Shanta Parasuraman, David Jourdan, Andy Clemence, James Konicek, Richard Rohan, Ren Kasey, Jeff Allin, Paul Reisman, Ken Jackson, Michael Glenn, Nanette Savard, Todd Scofield, Alyssa Wilmoth, Michael John Casey, Scott McCormick, Rose Elizabeth Supan, Mort Shelby.

©1983 Alan Dean Foster (P)2015 Graphic Audio, LLC

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Love the full cast of voice actors

Hilarious introduction to a quirky world with a deeply imperfect protagonist. The full cast of voice actors is extremely well done and is totally the highlight of this book

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A Classic Brought To Life

Spellsinger is one of my favorite book series from my childhood, and to hear it brought to life like this was fantastic. The fact that they treated it like an audio drama makes me so happy, and the casting was spot on (with Pog's voice being better than I imagined in my childhood).

If I have any complaint, it's one I understand, as they didn't use any of the licensed songs they talked about in the books (Purple Haze, Red Corvette, etc). But since they're licensed, it's understandable that they couldn't.

I highly recommend this for anyone who like Audio Dramas and/or fantasy novels.

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fantastic fun

simple but entertaining! a real treat with a fantastic cast that brings this world to life

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graphic audio fantasy

Great listen. campy story but funny. well done. missing the original songs for copyright reasons.

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Very good with the performance.

Loved it very much, my favorite moment is when Jon Tom first played and summoned the serpent steed.

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  • 01-24-22

Great book

This was a fun and very enjoyable book to read .
I enjoy reading Alan dean Foster. He is one of the best.

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Not like the book

They completely changed the feel of the original. The acting wasn’t bad the adaptation was.

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heavily abridged

if you liked the original spellsinger books, you will find about 1/3 of the original story missing. sad. it was much better in the longer version.

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  • 11-14-20

awsome

I remember reading this years ago, and now it comes to life great performances and atmosphere awsome.

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  • 08-19-21

lighthearted fantasy at its best

A lot of fantasy takes itself very seriously. This however is a welcome break from that. As a musician myself I love the descriptions of how music affects the main character. It's well performed by a full cast as well. I really enjoyed it for its carefree approach to storytelling.

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  • 12-29-20

A new breath of life to a true classic

I have been a long time fan of the spellsinger series ark. my physical copys are burrred at the edges. I must firstly pay complement to the superb cast chosen to bring this story to life.

Thank you Alan for allowing your stories to be told again with new vigor. my hope is that it will attract a new audience to the truly epic anthropomorphic adventure.

A must read to fantasy enthusiasts and music lovers alike. I look forward to listening to the next.

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  • 03-21-22

Does not do the book justice

Where do I start. Spellsinger is one of my favourite books. The characters are very colourful and funny so I was looking forward to listening to the audio version. My expectations were very high after having just finished listening to the Harry Potter series, but I was sadly disappointed.

The voices were all wong. The narrator was very nonotone and would be better suited to narrating stories about murder and serial killers where emotion is not expected. Clothahumps was all over the place. Mudge is meant to be a rough thugish cockney type. I expected a voice like Arthur Daley from minder but he sounded more like a sullen kid. I couldn't keep track of which character was speaking.

It was so not what I envisioned. There was no story telling just reading. Would definately not recommend this auedio book.