• The Wizard's Butler

  • The Wizard's Butler, Book 1
  • By: Nathan Lowell
  • Narrated by: Tom Taylorson
  • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (4,998 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Winner of 2021 Voice Arts Award, Audiobook Narration — Fantasy

"He thinks he's a wizard," they said.

For five grand a month and a million-dollar chaser, Roger Mulligan didn't care how crazy the old geezer was. All he had to do was keep Joseph Perry Shackleford alive and keep him from squandering the estate for a year.

But they didn't tell him about the pixies.

©2021 Nathan Lowell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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I LOVED this book!

I was searching for a book to keep my mind occupied during a rough patch. This book has an engrossing story, wonderful characters and a light mood which didn’t add to my stress levels. I cherish this type of book which is a pleasure to read/listen from beginning to end. It will be one that I listen to repeatedly. Looking forward to the next installment.

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One man's nothing is another's everything.

I had read several reviews before listening to this book, one struck me as odd. It had said that their was no plot or storyline. That it was just a day to day account. I don't see that, I see a detailed introduction to a series that Nathan Lowell has just begun. That introduction includes the story, the characters and the world itself. In all of Lowell's works he seems to create an entire world to explore and his books if lacking anything is lacking the time to explore it in its intirety. I love to get lost in these places and feel as though I'm making new friends with every book.

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Angst is not the only force that turns pages

Little action, little excitement, lots of beverages served; somehow my interest was glued the entire duration. Fantasy readers who are used to having their nerves strung out by rollercoaster plots and catastrophic stakes might enjoy this restful read that feels as good as a hot cup of tea.

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Delightful

I enjoy books about people finding their "place" in the world. Not every book has to be a breathless adventure. Sometimes just living is enough. There is enough complexity and mystery and wonder to keep a reader/listener interested. But a peacefulness also prevails. I also wish I could live in Shackelford House. Perhaps when they need a cook. :)

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Literally Has NO Plot

I rarely leave reviews, especially negative ones. But I think the reviews for this book are unwarranted. This story has no plot and several plots threads at the same time. It is as if Lowell wrote a book that simply explains what characters are doing for 8 hours straight. I am all for realism, but the level of detail in this story is excruciating. There's nothing interesting about a character picking up a napkin, folding it, placing it on a tray, putting a flower on a tray, lifting the tray, walking up the stairs, knocking on the door, etc.--the entire narrative is like this.
I didn't realize until I reached the 7-hour mark that no plot had developed.
In addition to the unnecessary detail, the dialogue and descriptions contain trite phrases: Her / his eyes looked "suspiciously wet."/ His or her "eyebrows raised." These phrases are repeated throughout the book.
Another thing that I found extraordinarily tedious is the author's tendency to repeat details. Characters tell the same story or give the same details repeatedly in different settings. This makes for a long, slow read that goes nowhere.
Taylorson's narrative is what kept me hooked. He somehow made this tedious, pointless novel seem as if it were going somewhere. He is good enough to distract the reader from the repetitiveness of the phrasing and emptiness of the narrative.

I truly do not understand how people are finding this a good book. It is, at times, vaguely interesting, particularly the details of being a butler. But it is not a complete book--it has no discernible single plot.

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Just amazing

I might suspect that this audiobook was warded against putting it down as from the moment I picked it up I simply could not put it down again, until the end.

Magically written and performed.

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Soothing to read, gripping to follow...

... and Excellent in Execution.
Strangely enough, reading this reminded me of some of the American Gothic classics, like with Poe that I read in school. the vibe is orderly and understated, rather than decrepit and sinister. the book takes place in a mansion who's story is "old wealth in America," empty, but NOT lifeless or lonely.
our MC, Robert Mulligan, describes himself as having come off multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan, and one "tour" as an EMT stateside, that came to an abrupt end.
Cue the Nosey Niece of Mr. Moneybags with a gilded job offer in hand. At a loss for finding work (and seemingly still somewhat reeling from both of his former occupations,) he reluctantly interviews for the butler position to a man quite advanced in years and supposedly a little bit sideways.
"He thinks he's a Wizard."

***SPOILER WARNING (MINOR)***

Unsuprisingly, the most attractive and delightful part of Nathan Nathan Lowells latest work is his talent for finding the human and mundane side of the incredible and extraordinary. I came to this author through the "Golden Age of the Solar Clipper" series, which charmed me by taking the fantastical "space opera sci-fi" setting and highliting human pleasures and working class delimas, illuminating the genre's staples more startlingly by making the operation of such scientifical fantasticism somebody's daily routine.

He has done much the same here. incredible magical reality humming along understatedly, with and in the routine of an *admitidly* ostentatious setting. Every quiet glimpse of magic is heart-thudding for its unobtrusiveness, and its almost unthinkable-- almost *more* beyond the pale for all that-- to realize that at least one quiet, kind, and cunning practitioner is wrestling with the dark backlash that threatens those who take shortcuts to power.

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Interrupted

I actually stopped an excellent book when this came out. Nathan Lowell is one of if not my favorite author. This is (I think), my first experience with Tom Taylorson and he was excellent. I look forward to the future experiences of Mulligan.

I strongly recommend this book, you owe it to yourself. Only one criticism, the second book isn't out yet.

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A delight!

Nathan Lowell always delivers. While outside of the worlds I’m fond of, this has the same gentle and incisive scalpel into humanity, and silent topics, that I’ve come to expect.
Butler feels like a cozy / fantasy crossover, and I think you’ll be happy with the results. By Chapter 4 I was excited to notice the #1 in the corner, and I’m hoping for more. Sooner rather than later, if you please!
Tom Taylorson was an excellent choice for narration, and did a wonderful job with the work. He kept it clipping along at a nice pace, and the voices were distinct.
I don’t know what the editors did, but they certainly didn’t hurt. Well done!
An unexpected joy of a book.

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Wonderful characters!

I truly enjoyed this audiobook! The narrator did a fantastic job and gave a performance worthy of the author’s story. The characterization of the principals in the story was fantastic. I like for a planned multi-volumed work to spend the extra time in book one to give the back stories and build relationships. You will enjoy this book!!
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  • Carole Stone
  • 03-03-22

Very Enjoyable

I loved this book interesting idea well drawn characters and a brilliant narrator who brought everyone to life I definitely want to hear book 2

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  • Algarve Al
  • 02-05-22

Rather splendid

A splendid tale, slow paced and charming. The characters are brought to life by Tom Taylorson, he has a lovely range of voices. Thoroughly enjoyable.

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  • Andrea Kennedy
  • 01-24-22

fell in love with this book, 30 mins in!

Great story and narration. A total 'feel good' book, which I finished in 2 days and loved every second. So good to get a book with no violence, sex or an overly verbose sentence structure! I highly recommend this book.

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  • Jax
  • 07-21-22

Charming !

What an enjoyable listen! Characters 'come alive' with awesome narration skills! sorry it ended.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-13-22

What a listen!

I floated the idea of listening to this book for a while, after is was advertised with the usual real on my social media to promote Audible. I was caught up with the title. I read the blurb and added it to my endless list of 'Wishlist'.

I am unsure of the circumstances surrounding my choosing of this when I had just finished my last series of books but something told me I needed to give The Wizards Butler a try as I scrolled my War and Peace of a Wishlist.

I was almost immediately captivated, by beautiful narration and a world created with such delicacy and detail without being boring or pointless. As I write this my only regret to listening to this book is that a sequel is not already available. Without another installment I feel I have just lost some close and personal friends. These characters will creep inside you and fire up your emotions, all of them!

Do yourself a favour and invest the time in this wonderful escape. It has rapidly become one of my favourites, meaning a hardback will need to be acquired for the library. ;)

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  • BaileyCakes
  • 07-10-22

Really good book!

Very intriguing! Was absolutely hooked on this one! The ending was just a little bit too 'clean' for my liking, but I really hope that there's a sequel! 😊

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  • Shoppa
  • 07-08-22

Great intro book to a parallel set of people living amongst us - really enjoyed it

I really enjoyed this book as it introduced a very unusual/original magical scenario with a wonderful non-magic protagonist. I liked him so much, his troubled soul finding peace in such an unusual way. I liked everything about his strong, silent, intelligent, caring persona. Loved the wizard world characters too and the subtle way their magical abilities & activities were introduced for each of them. I do hope that the author will follow this up with a book 2 so we can find out if the amulet starts to give the butler any special insights to the world he now inhabits (please let it be so). If the house (with its own personality & foibles) is put to a good use that meets with full sprite approval. If the money grubbing niece and her father have any more plans to get the house & land and, most importantly, if the butler continues to grow and develop into the role. So many imaginative directions this story could go in. I’m sure many more stories, full of weird & wonderful characters, with adventures centred around the butler, old house & magical gardens, could be spun. I’d love to know more. The narrator did a wonderful job and as a prolific audiobook listener I know how this can make or break a book. Hope the same narrator can do book 2 when it comes along.

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  • Alpha
  • 06-28-22

Most enjoyable

Not my usual fare but really enjoyed a light hearted read. I will explore more like this. Excellent narration.

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  • S. westerman
  • 05-28-22

Character driven cosy read

Love the narration, nice voice to listen too.
Story is an easy listen and story keeps you interested. Can't ask for more.

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  • S. Coakley-Evans
  • 05-16-22

excellent.

a really excellent story well written and well read. Different. really enjoyed it. hope there may be a sequel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-07-21

Dull

I gave this book a solid 4 hours listen, and all it did was detail, in excruciating detail, the extremely minor challenges of getting internet connected to an old house. What pushed me over the edge was when I was told exactly which wire went into which socket of the modem, and why the rubbish was all put into the computer monitor's cardboard box (it was the biggest).

If there is a story, then I pray somebody is able to hear it at some point.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-25-21

Engaging and Entertaining

This story is not my usual fare, but I found it to be an entertaining and easy listen, the performance is fabulous, females characters are not caricatures as so often happens in audio books. Will enjoy the rest of the series.

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  • Tony Cox
  • 07-14-21

BORING

Had trouble finishing this. Much too detailed and repetitive. I guess it means there is sequel but why bother!

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  • Jenifer
  • 05-08-21

Wonderful !

Great to hear something different in the Fantasy Genre. I hope book 2 isn’t far away.

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  • Jodi Poyser
  • 08-07-21

Satisfyingly Methodical

Detailed and methodical, this is a slow meander into an old man's predicament.
Perfect to relax with before bed.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 07-13-21

Great!

I loved this book.

Having read plenty of fantasy have you ever wondered what it might be like to be "untalented" in a magic household. Mulligan is the butler in a magical house.

The story is well thought out and I just got stuck in it.

I read a lot of reviews before getting this book and they said that the lack of magic was disappointing but I liked the idea of a story from the other side.

Narration is really good too.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 07-03-21

Loved this bookk

Something different in the fantasy genre.
Definitely recommend reading.
Just be aware you’ll be chomping at the bit for next instalment ....

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  • jane
  • 06-21-21

Enjoyable, easy to listen to

Good story with interesting plot and great characters. I am looking forward to the next in the series. Beautifully read.

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  • Onyajay
  • 06-18-21

Really enjoyed this

Thank goodness a book that’s interesting right from the start.
If you’re after bombs, car chases, action man - you’ll be disappointed. If you want love stories, mystery or murder, you’ll be disappointed.
This is an intriguing fantasy set in real life of a man who becomes a butler to a millionaire in a mansion, and that millionaire thinks he’s a wizard. There’s fine funny stuff goes on. More a family drama than a Harry Potter. I loved it. Can’t wait until the next one - Hurry up Nathan!!

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  • annelan
  • 06-17-21

Loved it

Loved the story it was a interesting concept. Also really enjoyed the characters and their individual stories.

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