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The Dao of Magic

The Dao of Magic, Book 1
Written by: Andries Louws
Narrated by: Pavi Proczko
Length: 17 hrs and 15 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Cultivation. Magic. Empowering unwitting animals! 

A thousand-year-old cultivator, Drew, is about to ascend to a higher existence. As he begins the process, he finds out he has pissed off one too many demigods. Though he manages to fight off the concerted effort of sect elders and patriarchs...he is slapped away from the higher realms by something

After an instant or an eternity, he awakens on a lower realm! The air is filled with garbage energy, and his emotions of all things are allowing him to control it. For a cultivator that has spent his existence absolutely controlling his thoughts...that won’t do at all. To regain his place in the cosmos, he will need to create the energy his is familiar with once more...even if it might poison the entire world. 

Then again...he could just take it easy and leave all the hard work to his "willing" apprentices.  

©2018 Andries Louws (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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  • Quincy Walker
  • 09-10-19

The Dao of Magic

This was definitely a fun take on the Wuxia/LITRPG genre. Pavi does a fantastic job narrating and made me laugh out loud countless times. The magic/cultivation is explained in detail and relates the idea to modern concepts in places.

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  • Christopher
  • 25-08-19

Really close to a 5-star book... and funny.

I have listened to quite a few audiobooks whose reviewers claimed were hilarious and laugh-out-loud funny. Of all those books I think only one or two actually lived up to those claims. Keeping that in mind, I was laughing out loud like a crazy person at least once every couple of chapters. So if a fat, old curmudgeon like me was giggling all the way through this book, most other people should not have to worry that the claims are exaggerated.

Sadly, I was very close to skipping over this book based on the description. It sounded like another “over-powered, over-ego’d MC” book whose jokes were more likely to make me cringe than laugh, but based on a couple of the positive reviews which sounded like they were written by thinking adults, I took a chance...

The plot to this book mostly hangs in the background, and gives center-stage to a more slice-of-life flow. In spite of this, the book remains engaging and doesn’t have that pointless feeling that other books like it tend to engender. Really, you can feel the plot swirling around the bubble of ignorance that the MC is traveling inside and I fully expect the two to come crashing together in subsequent books.

This book isn’t for kids but that’s more due to language and attitude. Thankfully, in spite of sometimes being a little crass this novel doesn’t have any of the cringe-inducing, 13-year-old sex fantasies or completely unbelievable harem BS that seem to pollute every third fantasy title on Audible these days.

Lastly, although this is a story about a cultivator, it spends more time making light of the tropes of your typical Xianxia cultivation novel than it does adhering to the common tenants of that genre. Which I found extremely refreshing.

I honestly can’t imagine that anyone who has read this review and come away thinking they might enjoy this book will be disappointed after spending the credit.

I really wanted to give it 5 stars, but I try not to hand those out just because a book is really really good. They have to be amazing. But I’m still torn about my decision.

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  • rasmus
  • 09-10-19

Author needs a better editor

Honestly. Theres only about 11 hours worth of story in this 17 hour book.

I dont know who is in charge of telling him "No, dont waste 50 words on explaining something that can be done with 10".
But, I do know they're not doing their job.

The amount of time I felt like I needed to skip forward in the story are too many to count. Not to mention
the times where I just kinda zoned out without realising it because once more the main character spent
10 minutes explaining something that could be explained in 2 minutes.

I would honestly say this book is good, but the main character is boring as fuck, he reminds me of that guy
that insists on explaining something to you that you have no interest in or that you already understand.

I had been wanting to buy this authors other book for a while, but frankly, if THIS book is wasting 5-7 hours
worth of the book explaining boring things that you already understand, then I dont know how much book
there is left if he does the same in the other book he wrote since that book is only about 9 hours long.

Overall, I'd say get this book if you have nothing better to do, otherwise just get something else.

Voice actor does a splendid job however.

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  • Anthony0084
  • 08-03-20

Stay Away

I love litrpg books and have gone through a lot of them but this one was hard to finish. The main character is super overpowered from the beginning and while there are cool cultivation elements, the story as a whole seems like just a jumbled mess based off of the main character's whims. Also the unnecessary cussing and derogatory comments is grating most of the time. I will give this an extra star for Lola the rabbit though.

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  • Nathan Allen
  • 17-10-19

Worth a review.

This was exactly what the doctor ordered. Fun, Funny. Not too serious. Good world Building. doesn't push an agenda. semi unique concepts. descent character development. no harem(not sure why authors put those in stories). please keep it up. =)

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  • Rachel Moyer
  • 09-09-19

Excellent world, no plot

I love the fact that physics is incorporated into the magic system. The characters are interesting. Aside from growing in power at ridiculous rates, I'm not seeing a narrative in this book. It was still a fun read though

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  • Julie Pickerill
  • 02-04-20

A boring power trip

Main character is an infallible badass genius with the moral high ground, no opposition, and a 1 dimensional personality.

If you're looking for things like adventure, character development, plot, or any sense of tension at all, look somewhere else.

Over the course of the book, nothing meaningful seems to happen, there is no antagonist, no coherent plot line for events, and little direction to the main characters actions except to gain power, which he does quickly and effortlessly.

There's a mild amount of world building, any interesting magic system is essentially left by the wayside as a major plot point is essentially that while a lot of the elements of typical Xianxia/Wuxia magic systems exist, the main character is too badass for that and uses his own more powerful non-limited version. As a consequence of this and the generally poor writing his power set is something like "being the best at everything, even the things he isn't good at by being so much better than everyone."

What a fucking snooze fest. This seems to be another in a endless parade of trash novels produced these days with zero coherent writing backing them up because any hack can write any self-masturbatory power trip and get 5 star reviews on audible/amazon left and right.

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  • ronnito
  • 14-02-20

Sophomoric

This nothing like Will Wright Cradle series - which is a Hero's Journey.
This series is simply about a magic systems and a bunch of characters that have no depth.
I had to stop listening 1/4 of the way into the second book - giving the author the benefit that his first book may have been the learning curve. Nope.
He is a great user of words - just not a story teller.

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  • Kyle Connell
  • 26-12-19

Hard to finish

Hard to finish. Maybe this was a young adult novel and I didnt notice? Main character is crass and demeaning. Narrator is an internal monologue of the mc and is equally crude. He is 1000 years old, but still enjoys drawing penises in the dirt, thinks calling roosters cocks is amusing, and refers to a fat person as: "the fatty."

Like other reviewers said, there is no strife whatsoever. at all. zero. Sure he was nearing god status beforehand, but after two weeks of being stripped of it all, he is the most powerful being on the planet already. The author even put in a paragraph about how he dislikes deus-ex-machina plot devices but its clear that this is the entire basis of the book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-10-19

just why?

this is super nerd know it all fantasy. and it falls very flat for me. everything is in complete monotone with little to no imagery or scale for most things. explanations tend to be this happened or such quick brusque understandings bcuz our narrator understands too much and can't really be bothered to tell the reader much. maybe it got better after the first half, but I gave up. still author shows promise and I laughed a few times. I think a few more years to hone their craft will generate a very good story.

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  • Adam Sherman
  • 02-09-20

The MC never has any challenge.

The MC Starts as an all powerful being and stays all powerful beings, then he teaches others and you think ok, this is where there will be learning and growth. not really little world wreckers after 5 minutes work. it was just boring.

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  • Mr. R. Chvapil
  • 21-09-19

Good unusual book

Narrator is very good.

Story and idea are unusual but I couldn't stop listening and waiting for the usual. And then I realised it was about the journey.

I however definitely enjoy author's storytelling and mastery of the language

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  • Aimee R
  • 04-01-20

A bit too silly

I'll admit I liked the imaginative story and attention to detail but the humour was a bit cheesy for me. It starts of seemingly building this worldly, knowledgeable character but I found him more and more just screaming at things for comedic effect or swearing unnecessary which just seemed excessive

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  • Alexander
  • 18-09-19

Good story, loads of detail

Looking forward to the next book. Really enjoyed the technical detail that went into it.

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  • Jane S
  • 13-12-19

superbly unremarkable

so fun and funny and so sqeeeying fun love the story and find myself entranced

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  • Dean
  • 06-09-19

seriously?

This is a damn mess. I would only call it cultivation because he uses chi as mana. That's it. Maybe he only read a little cultivation novels? That said the title isn't too far off, seeking the dao is to seek the truth, so I can understand where he was going with this book, maybe...

It's a 1000 yr old person reincarnated into his 3rd life, who talk's like a try hard teenager using words like SHIZZNIT. I've never heard anyone use it outside of 13-14 yr old teenage boys playing online games. The author tries really hard to be funny, but just comes across as stupid rambling.

Honestly I wonder if people listened to another book, this is a bloody mess.

THAT SAID, there are a good amount of the book that is truly enjoyable and its just ruined by literally JUST the MC, the world and everything else. EVEN the cultivation style is decent, its just all twisted by the MC and his attitude.

Same book written differently would be so much better!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-09-19

Excellent

Really enjoyed this book.
Something a bit different for me but really got into the story and liked the perspective of an over powered hero.
very funny in places and kept me intrigued the whole way through. will defiantly getting book number two.

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  • Shane Allan Chapman
  • 24-05-20

Love it

OP MC is the best kind of story and this one is no exception. I love the world and the characters. The adventure and care free attitude of the story is great for a nice relaxing read. I feel this story might not be for people who was a roller-coaster ride of emotions with extreme highs and lows that said its for people like me. I love anime and this book does capture that essence very well. Also as a software engineer I feel the the structure of the mind of the MC is very relatable.