• The Prof Croft Series

  • Books 0-4 (Prof Croft Box Sets, Book 1)
  • By: Brad Magnarella
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 34 hrs and 17 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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The Prof Croft Series

By: Brad Magnarella
Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
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Publisher's Summary

Join scholar and spell-caster Everson Croft in this five-book urban fantasy set, from the discovery of his magic in the prequel novella, Book of Souls, to his battle against a mind-warping evil in the shocking finale, Death Mage.

Who is Professor Croft? 

If he sat beside you on the subway, you might notice his disheveled coat and burnt satchel, but you’d have no idea he was New York’s hardest-working mage (or that his cat talked). Never properly trained, he's been learning on the job. Outwitting vampires, wrestling werewolves, banishing powerful demons - all while holding down a teaching gig. But wizarding is in his blood, and he’ll do whatever it takes to protect his dysfunctional city, even if he mashes a few toes along the way. Watch your feet. 

This value set features the first four novels and the prequel novella in the spell-crackling Prof Croft series: Book of Souls, Demon Moon, Blood Deal, Purge City, and Death Mage. Your ticket to magic and mayhem awaits!

©2017, 2018, 2021 Brad Magnarella (P)2017, 2018, 2021 Brad Magnarella

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Plagiarize much?

I can't finish this. This is such a blatant rip off of the dresden files I just can't condone it or give this author money. It's not even that well done. Like the B movie that comes out after a major blockbuster. If you liked this story then please go read the Dresden Files by Jim Butcher. you won't be disappointed. If your considering purchasing save your money and just skip to the dresden files...

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if you're a Dresden Files fan then go for it!

similar but not the same...Jim Butcher's series is great, but so is this one...I thouroughly enjoyed & will continue the series...

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No spoilers

The first full book in this series was pretty good. well balanced there's a mystery with action, suspense, and some laughs. don't go off some of the reviews written that were under 4 stars. this was a very well written series that gets better and better with each book. Magnarella writing will suck you in. Eversen is a very likeable character and grows with each book. as far as the narrator Cronin was fantastic absolutely loved him he brought this book to life and will look for more done by him. highly recommend this series and will be passing this author and narrator along to lots of people.

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Like it well enough but it gets annoying sometimes

It’s pretty fun, but the dude is such a moron it gets irritating to listen to after awhile.
I should have predicted that based on the blurb, but I guess I’d hoped for more.
It’s one thing to not know much about the magic stuff, but he’s just an idiot with regard to life, people, and has terrible judgement. Just so much... bumbling of everything.
Pretty much everything he does makes his situation worse. He lies to everyone about everything - I guess to cover his magic stuff, but he never, ever seems to have decent judgement as to when that’s the wrong move, when he should fess up, when he needs to back off, etc.
He's like a little kid with his hand caught in the cookie jar, chocolate smeared all over his face, crumbs on his shirt. "NOPE! uh huh. I didn't eat the cookies. Not me."
Although that would be funny. This is just annoying. Too much "What?! why are you doing that? Don't do that dumbass." "What? Why would you say that? That's the worst possible way to handle this situation"
I have to take breaks.

It’s light and breezy. The narration is decent- though it’s flippant- ness keeps with the light- fun vibe.
That said, sometimes I wish for more variation of... mood. The author is good at variation of voices, inflections, etc. It's not monotone. But that same smart ass, flippant vibe is constant--the mood never changes.

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Glad I found this series

I have been wanting to take a stab at this series for a long time now. Combining the first 4 or 5 books convinced me it was worth the credit. I am very glad I did. Brad Magnarella is good author, good at story telling it has some good plots to keep the reader guessing at times. I am familiar with the Narrator and like him from other series I have done before. It seems to be a good partnership of Narrator/ author. Just my 2 cents if you are an Urban Fantasy fan, you will enjoy this series. I will definitely continue on with this series.

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Excellent

Delightful There was magic, adventure, a cat with an attitude, and a lot of mayhem. Audio narration added to the fun and adventure of this set. Given audio for my voluntary review

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Croft is an idiot

The resemblance of this series to the Dresden files is slight; one big difference is that Dresden is formidable, but Prof Croft is a pushover, bordering on incompetent. Not the sort of incompetence that's used to be comical, but more like the incompetence of a 15-year-old trying to navigate the adult world. Except that Croft is in his early 30s. He shouldn't be making the stupid mistakes that he does, nor should he be allowing pretty much everyone to push him around. And the lies: he lies like a teenager even when telling the truth would serve himself so much better.

I don't really blame the character; it's the author's fault for needing a character this incompetent in order to build a story around. That's a failure of imagination, failing to conceive of scenarios that would challenge a competent main character.

I'm only halfway done with the book, so maybe our MC improves, but he hasn't so far, so I'm doubtful. I'm not sure I will continue listening.

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Fun Series, Worth Diving In!

First of all, I'm more than a little surprised at some of the blistering reviews. The fantasy and urban paranormal genre is quite filled with the same story told over and over and over again. And yet, we delight in that, and hope to find more books to read/listen to in the genre. If you ever listened to/read JS Morin's _Black Ocean_ you know what I mean when I say that imitation is the highest form of flattery. (Morin shamelessly advertises that his Black Ocean series makes the loss of the TV series "Firefly" hurt less.)

I've read all the Dresden stuff to date, and while there are some similarities--there are some similarities in every single bit of the urban paranormal genre I've come across. There's always a plucky and somewhat humorous lead character. They always have an unlikely helper or familiar. They always somehow get embroiled in saving the city/country/world.

And I eat that stuff up like I have been starving! So yes, Prof Croft is similar to Dresden Files is similar to other titles, and on it's own, it's well done, fun, and has a rather sweet protagonist.

Do yourself a favor, admit you want more of the paranormal genre and dive in.

One of the best parts of this narration is that some of the voices are incredibly funny. Other's have noted that when someone is narrating, "And then he yelled..." we expect something to distinguish that, but not every narrator can pull this off successfully.

The average person who enjoys urban paranormal is quite likely to enjoy this. And if you want to complain that this is "ripping off" Dresden, it might be wise to consider that perhaps Jim Butcher's Dresden files was "ripping off" Gaiman, Jordan, Pratchett, Brooks, Bishop, Rice, etc.

Do yourself a favor: let yourself enjoy this. You won't be sorry.

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Okay, this is NOT like Dresden Files!!

I almost did not listen to this series but, come on, four books for 1 credit...that is a steal! However, this series holds its own. It has its own world of wizarding excitement like Dresden and is just as rivet but give it a chance. I am hooked after the first 4 books!

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Dresden Files Replica

These novels are nearly exact copies of the Dresden Files. There is a talking cat instead of a skull, a can instead of a staff, a partnership with a female cop (just like Murphy) who has seen enough to know that there's more than we can imagine. Even the magic incantation words are nearly identical. BUT here's the kicker- I absolutely love the Dresden Files, and as a result, I love this knockoff. It's just like having additional Dresden books! Dresden fans will not be disappointed!

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  • Andrew Fodden
  • 04-15-21

Can wait to delve deeper into the Croftverse!

Having already read the books 1&2 in this series I was already a fan, each book gets better (the death mage been the best) but James Patrick Cronin’s voice work brings the story and characters to life. Any fans of Harry Potter should check out this series!

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  • K. Tye
  • 08-26-22

Prof Croft is Magic!!!

Being a huge Dresden Files fan I was a little hesitant to try this series as I felt it was a bit of a carbon copy. Not a bit of it, as the books unfolded I was more and more impressed with both Brad’s writing and the excellent delivery by James. I would definitely recommend this series and am about to grab the next book.

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  • alistair samson
  • 11-24-22

Hallmark movie wizard

Harry Dresden this man is not, it started out great , but by book 3 you realise the MC is a wimp, his mrs runs off with another fella and he’s just a little bit peeved, no doubt she’ll reoccur asking for his help which he will no doubt fall on his knees to do, sadly I bought volume 2 before I realised how poor the MC is and will have to suffer 40 more hours of his ineptitude and hand ringing to get my moneys worth so kudos to the author for that. But save yourself the time and effort, Buy something with lots of shooting & magic, basically any other supernatural wizard Nate Temple series as a suggestion

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  • jennifer
  • 06-27-22

loved it

I don't normally do a lot of magic books but this one caught me straight away and kept me interested during the whole first 4 books now looking for more in the series.

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  • Cliente Amazon
  • 04-10-22

Excellent

We enjoyed this series of 4 books. The narration was superb as was the stories.

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  • James Riley
  • 03-30-22

Prof Croft series

Absolutely loved it, great stories and energy, just a great series. Have only just gotten into reading and audios and won’t lie and say this has helped me get more invested. Would defo recommend this to anyone.

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  • DONALD
  • 11-11-21

easy read

story move along at a good pace but no real surprises, just felt a bit predictable