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A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if so A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information? Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen. They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.


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A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if so A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back. The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information? Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen. They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.

30 review for The Half-Assed Wizard

  1. 4 out of 5

    Montzalee Wittmann

    The Half-Assed Wizard: Book 1 Written by: Gary Jonas Narrated by: Joe Hempel I requested this audible book and the review is voluntary. I have read almost all of Gary Jonas books and love them all so much so when I saw this I jumped for it. I have the eBook of this book but just haven't read it yet. I would love to 'hear' it. I was lucky to be chosen. This book do not disappoint. It was full of the Jonas humor, adventure, and crazy situations that Jonas characters seem to get into. Fun and exciting The Half-Assed Wizard: Book 1 Written by: Gary Jonas Narrated by: Joe Hempel I requested this audible book and the review is voluntary. I have read almost all of Gary Jonas books and love them all so much so when I saw this I jumped for it. I have the eBook of this book but just haven't read it yet. I would love to 'hear' it. I was lucky to be chosen. This book do not disappoint. It was full of the Jonas humor, adventure, and crazy situations that Jonas characters seem to get into. Fun and exciting is the words I would describe this book. I am always glad to read his book and want to kick myself for waiting to read this. The narrator did an awesome job so I am glad that I waited in that way. I have listened to this narrator before and he always adds so much to a story. He takes a great story and makes it "POP". Great job!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sinisa Mikasinovic

    I didn't know anything about Gary Jonas before I got this book. But I did listen to a few of Joe Hempel's epic narrations, and that set me up with great expectations. Magic! I love magic! Sadly, the book turned out to be more on an average side. Even Joe Hempel couldn't make me rate it more than 3*. His narration is still good, and I gave his performance 4* on Audible. He wasn't on top of his game either. The Half-Assed Wizard is a well-named book. It tells us about Brett, a super-lazy person who c I didn't know anything about Gary Jonas before I got this book. But I did listen to a few of Joe Hempel's epic narrations, and that set me up with great expectations. Magic! I love magic! Sadly, the book turned out to be more on an average side. Even Joe Hempel couldn't make me rate it more than 3*. His narration is still good, and I gave his performance 4* on Audible. He wasn't on top of his game either. The Half-Assed Wizard is a well-named book. It tells us about Brett, a super-lazy person who could be a great wizard - if he only wanted to. Third son of a great Wizard, he never excelled at magic as it was too difficult - he had to practice. I can't underline how annoying it was to hear about his life and all the things he does with it: Complaining and sleeping. In the face of threat and imminent danger, he responds with annoyance that people won't let him sleep. If he was my son, I'd beat the living shit out of him. So, we have an extremely lazy person who lives on his dad's money, and essentially does nothing with his life. One day, two mob strongmen come at his house and tell him to just sit still and do nothing. A job right down his alley, right? There's a package arriving at his house, something his uncle stole and mailed to him, and they will pick it up and leave. Pick it up. And leave. You. Just. Sit. Still. No. This is exactly the moment where our annoying anti-hero chooses to find himself horribly inconvenienced because they made him get out of the bed before 2pm. He also decides it's a good idea to piss them off. He is not a wizard, mind you. If you remember, magic was too hard for him. So we have just an ordinary guy, whose super power is taking a nap whenever he has a chance. So, no. Pissing off hired guns is not a good idea under those circumstances. ALthough rarely it ever is, to be honest. Entire plot is a sequence of improbable events, enriched with Bretts annoyed remarks. Sometimes they were pretty funny, sometimes they were not. Writing looked like a rushed job at moments. And in addition, ending was cut seriously short. Writer seemed to be going out of his ways to avoid cliche situations, but then ended up with something unexpected and had to work around that as well. Not very high percentage of people would follow the same train of thoughts as our protagonist Brett. Or anyone else for that matter. I'm talking about people with common sense here. People are acting strange in this book, sometimes borderline illogical. And that prevents enjoying it. There's so much disbelief you have to suspend. All in all - not a bad book, but not a particularly good one either. Could have been much better with some fixes, that's true, but it isn't terrible by any means. Just... not what I hoped for. When I go through my big backlog of queued up books, I will give the sequel a try. This book has been provided to me free of charge by the narrator

  3. 5 out of 5

    Rabid Reader

    This is an quick, entertaining and amusing story. Brett is the third son of a powerful wizard, but he resents his families expectations and has sailed through life as a lazy, rich kid who would rather sleep, party and play music, than have anything to do with magic or work. His easy life is turned upside down when he opens a package his uncle sent and chaos ensues from then on. Generally Brett is an indolent, smartass who is only concerned with himself, but somehow you can not help but like him This is an quick, entertaining and amusing story. Brett is the third son of a powerful wizard, but he resents his families expectations and has sailed through life as a lazy, rich kid who would rather sleep, party and play music, than have anything to do with magic or work. His easy life is turned upside down when he opens a package his uncle sent and chaos ensues from then on. Generally Brett is an indolent, smartass who is only concerned with himself, but somehow you can not help but like him as he is reluctantly dragged into the wizarding business. Magic, ancient tarot cards, shark people and a meat eating rug, combined with lots of action and dry, sarcastic humour make the story both entertaining and fun. The narrator captures the characters well and he is a master at sarcasm. He easily pulls you into the fast paced action and humour of the story and brings it all to life. I enjoyed this engaging audiobook and will look forward to seeing how Brett and his magic progress in the next book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    AudioBookReviewer

    My original The Half-Assed Wizard audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Brett Masters is the son of one of the world’s greatest wizards.  Magic runs through his veins, and he should be as good, if not more powerful than his father.  Only problem is, he’s really lazy, and would much rather sleep until noon, play guitar with a magic pick and generally drink and smoke his way through life.  When a pack of ancient tarot cards arrives at his house, his whole easy life is My original The Half-Assed Wizard audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Brett Masters is the son of one of the world’s greatest wizards.  Magic runs through his veins, and he should be as good, if not more powerful than his father.  Only problem is, he’s really lazy, and would much rather sleep until noon, play guitar with a magic pick and generally drink and smoke his way through life.  When a pack of ancient tarot cards arrives at his house, his whole easy life is turned upside down.  It seems everyone wants them and will use any means to get them. Sabrina, Bretts magically skilled cousin, comes to help, but he’s having none of, still doing everything he can to retain his easy life, graciously provided by his dad’s monthly allowance.  But the villains keep coming, ever more powerful, and  Brett’s just going to have to do something resembling magic to keep them off, well maybe after a nap. This tongue-in-cheek novel is a lot of fun.  Brett is all about sex, drugs and rock and roll and skating through life.  It’s full of colorful characters and magic objects that highlight the ridiculous nature of Brett’s world.  It’s a fun poke at Harry Potter and similar stories. The story is performed by Joe Hempel who does a great job as the voice of Brett describing his own story.  All the character voices are good and easily discernible.  A great job by a pro.  The production quality is excellent too, as you would expect. The Half-Assed Wizard is a light-hearted romp through the magically ridiculous.  It doesn’t take itself seriously, even making fun of its own plot.  “All this for a pack of tarot cards?”  It is book one in a series of unknown length, but still a complete novel that wraps up fully.  Future volumes are likely to involve the further adventures of the half-assed wizard and his colorful friends.  If you enjoy your fantasy/magic/wizard stories with a good helping of humor, you should give this one a listen. Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Justin

    Not bad, I probably wont buy the sequel though.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat Lebo

    The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas This is the first book in a new series, according to the cover. Goodreads' listing indicates it was published on June 4th of this year (or 2 days ago), so guess I picked it up the second day it existed. Huh. Can't really tell, because, although there is a credit for the cover design and for the editing, I couldn't find a copyright or publishing notice anywhere on my Kindle e-book edition. (Goodreads says it was published by Denton & White). I even did a sear The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas This is the first book in a new series, according to the cover. Goodreads' listing indicates it was published on June 4th of this year (or 2 days ago), so guess I picked it up the second day it existed. Huh. Can't really tell, because, although there is a credit for the cover design and for the editing, I couldn't find a copyright or publishing notice anywhere on my Kindle e-book edition. (Goodreads says it was published by Denton & White). I even did a search for the words Denton and copyright and 2017 and ISBN. Nothing. Nada. Strange. However, the book was a very quick, very enjoyable read. The characters were interesting and this reader liked who I think I was supposed to like and disliked who I think I was supposed to dislike. Always a plus. It was a fun storyline, as full of humor as it was full of action. So, our ne'er-do-well hero, Brett, is the third-born child of the most powerful wizard in the world. All of his siblings and his near relatives have done very well in the wizarding business, but it just doesn't appeal to Brett. He's managed to reach the age of about 30 without applying himself to much of anything other than partying and playing music. Oh, and he is a first-class sleeper. All that changes when a box of ancient tarot cards is delivered to his family's ancestral home, where he lives. Will Brett come to terms with adulthood? Will he come to terms with his magical powers? A handful of wizards, a witch, some for-hire thugs, many mako clansmen (sharks made humanoid), his father, cousin, and a few of his friends, including one vampire, will get a chance to find out. I look forward to the next book in the series, "The Big-Ass Witch."

  7. 4 out of 5

    nelcir

    Third son of a powerful and rich family of wizards, Brett should also be powerful, it happens that he has no interest in learning to be so. Brett is extremely lazy, and never wanted to expend any effort in this learning. He likes music, parties and women, in short ... bohemia. But everything changes when someone knocks on his door looking for a package addressed to his father, sent by his uncle and everything gets complicated, much more than Brett would like. A fun book with interesting characters Third son of a powerful and rich family of wizards, Brett should also be powerful, it happens that he has no interest in learning to be so. Brett is extremely lazy, and never wanted to expend any effort in this learning. He likes music, parties and women, in short ... bohemia. But everything changes when someone knocks on his door looking for a package addressed to his father, sent by his uncle and everything gets complicated, much more than Brett would like. A fun book with interesting characters and a story that will continue to develop in the coming volumes ... so I am just going to the next one. :) Terceiro filho de uma poderosa e rica família de magos, Brett deveria também ser poderoso, acontece que ele não tem o mínimo interesse em aprender a sê-lo. Brett é extremamente preguiçoso, e nunca quis dispender qualquer esforço nesse aprendizado. Gosta de música, festas e mulheres, resumindo... boemia. Mas tudo muda quando alguém bate em sua porta a procura de um pacote endereçado a seu pai, remetido por seu tio e tudo se complica, muito mais do que Brett gostaria. Um livro divertido, com personagens interessantes e uma história que continuará a se desenvolver nos próximos volumes... então, vamos ao próximo. :)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Val Moss

    Funny That was a very funny book. I like the characters and the story. Can't wait till I get my hands on the next one.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David

    A great laugh out loud book, the main character is a lazy rich easy going hippie,musician, wizard of dubious means. I would love to live his life. Please read this book and enjoy the main character getting to grips with magic or not as the case maybe. His world turned upside down when a package arrives for his father, and of course he opens it. Which in turn makes his life go down a road he really does not want or need. Wait till you get to sixty nine reference in the book it's hilarious. If you A great laugh out loud book, the main character is a lazy rich easy going hippie,musician, wizard of dubious means. I would love to live his life. Please read this book and enjoy the main character getting to grips with magic or not as the case maybe. His world turned upside down when a package arrives for his father, and of course he opens it. Which in turn makes his life go down a road he really does not want or need. Wait till you get to sixty nine reference in the book it's hilarious. If your feeling a bit down, read this and laugh out loud. Fab

  10. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    This was a fast-paced, fun, and snarky wizarding tale. Brett Masters is way more interested in sleeping, attempting to make music with his band, and drinking than he is in family wizarding politics. He comes from a rich and powerful family and has never had to work for his keep. Things are about to be upended! I could totally picture Brett. I’ve known a few people like him stuck in that place of not contributing to anything so it was easy to get a feel for this main character right away. The enti This was a fast-paced, fun, and snarky wizarding tale. Brett Masters is way more interested in sleeping, attempting to make music with his band, and drinking than he is in family wizarding politics. He comes from a rich and powerful family and has never had to work for his keep. Things are about to be upended! I could totally picture Brett. I’ve known a few people like him stuck in that place of not contributing to anything so it was easy to get a feel for this main character right away. The entire story, I was rooting for him, hoping he’d get his feet under him and finally save the day. His cousin, Sabrina, showed a polar opposite to Brett. She hails from the same rich and powerful family, is an accomplished wizard herself, and is a motivational power, constantly pushing Brett to do something… anything, really. While she’s not our only female character, she is the main one. More than once she has to be rescued but she also spends a third of the time kicking butt. The shark men! Ack! These guys were a bit creepy. No one wants to tango with shark men… unless you’re a half-assed wizard that is pretty drunk and out of good options (like running away and hiding for half a century). There’s also Brett’s band. Michael was the one that stood out the most to me. He has dreamy vampire eyes that can melt the panties off of almost anyone. Unfortunately, his charm doesn’t work on powerful wizards like Brett’s dad or his main adversary. Michael does give Brett some much needed advice about living in the real world, but I think Brett was too drunk to take much of it in. There’s plenty of rock and roll references. I only caught some of them. I’m sure others will recognize songs, musicians, and the like. The enchanted guitar pick was a fun little tidbit. Overall, this tale is enjoyable. There’s not much character depth and the plot is pretty straight forward but the characters make it excellent brain candy. I look forward to the sequel! 4/5 stars. I received a free copy of this book. The Narration: Joe Hempel makes an excellent slacker Brett Masters. He has this perfect don’t give a flip attitude for this character. I also really liked his drunk Brett voice. His female voices were sometimes feminine and sometimes needed a little boost to sound like a woman. All his character voices were distinct. 4.5/5 stars.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Elena Alvarez Dosil

    Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre... Brett’s father is one of the most powerful wizards in the word, but Brett is just not interested in magic. He likes the easy life that comes with family money, and his expectations in life are none beyond playing with his band. One day Brett receives a mysterious package that will get him of of his comfort zone and in great danger. He will either have to change his ways or die. As a fan of Jonathan Shade’s adventures, I was l Review originally published at: http://www.lomeraniel.com/audiobookre... Brett’s father is one of the most powerful wizards in the word, but Brett is just not interested in magic. He likes the easy life that comes with family money, and his expectations in life are none beyond playing with his band. One day Brett receives a mysterious package that will get him of of his comfort zone and in great danger. He will either have to change his ways or die. As a fan of Jonathan Shade’s adventures, I was looking forward to this book. Among all the epic fantasy books, finding gems like this urban fantasy book is simply refreshing. It is not that I don’t like epic fantasy, I love it, but sometimes characters and situations we can easily relate too are welcome. Gary Jonas writes very vivid and down to earth characters and great dialogs. His books have that fresh humor so difficult to find in fantasy books, and this is what makes them amazing and original. Brett is not an especially likable character, and that means that he will have to undergo an evolution, apart from using his cheecky techniques, to be able to save his bacon. This will make Brett an interesting character. The ending is somehow predictable, but I still enjoyed the ride. I was a funny and light listen, ideal for a lazy day. I wish the next book was already available. I really enjoyed Joe Hempel’s narration. He has wonderful character interpretation skills, inflicting the right amount of emotion, irony, and sarcasm. Hempel has a decent voice range and knows how to use in a subtle way, something important when narrating audiobooks. The best part is that he makes you forget that you are listening to a book, to the point that you feel part of the story. I received a copy of this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Frank Bertino

    It's in the Cards Brett is a party hardy musician. He is from a line of powerful wizards,however magic is just too much work. The only magic he cares about is his magic pick which allows him to play extraordinary lead guitar in the band. His father tests him one last time with stolen ancient tarot cards, but he obviously fails since magic is just too much trouble. He is kicked out of his father's house that he lives in and has his funds cut off. Reality strikes as a life or death test arises with It's in the Cards Brett is a party hardy musician. He is from a line of powerful wizards,however magic is just too much work. The only magic he cares about is his magic pick which allows him to play extraordinary lead guitar in the band. His father tests him one last time with stolen ancient tarot cards, but he obviously fails since magic is just too much trouble. He is kicked out of his father's house that he lives in and has his funds cut off. Reality strikes as a life or death test arises with a jealous wizard, cannibalistic shark men, and others wanting to kill him, his family and friends for the cards. Motivation by not wanting to die and discovering that his family and friends can't help and will die as well, he reluctantly uses powerful but uncontrolled magic to dampen their enthusiasm for killing them. Fortunately for Brett, his father reinstates his housing and stipend. Unfortunately for Brett, he must actually work for it by learning control of his magic. I very much enjoyed this book with Brett's BS degree in smartass and the other humor of the book. I like the story with the interesting plot filled with action. I look forward to getting into the next book.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    Describing this book in six words or less: Slacker Trust-Fund Wizard Avoids Responsibilities. More extended version is that a wizard who has absolutely no motivation to get off the teat opens mail containing ancient tarot cards. Turns out a host of other people want those same cards as well. That's as far as I'll get into it because to say more would be to post spoilers and I'm not about that life. Throughout the novel, he acts the part of someone who doesn't take life seriously and is content to Describing this book in six words or less: Slacker Trust-Fund Wizard Avoids Responsibilities. More extended version is that a wizard who has absolutely no motivation to get off the teat opens mail containing ancient tarot cards. Turns out a host of other people want those same cards as well. That's as far as I'll get into it because to say more would be to post spoilers and I'm not about that life. Throughout the novel, he acts the part of someone who doesn't take life seriously and is content to live off of his parents wealth. Well that's true for most of the book and I still thoroughly enjoyed it. The Half-Ass Wizard is quick to get through, and I think that is part of the appeal. There isn't a lot of room for fillers and all the extra things that are common in full-sized novels. In the end everything had a purpose. The dialog of the main character can get a bit annoying at times, but annoying in a good way. The responsible adult in me wanted to just shake the guy, but the novel wouldn't be half as fun if he were a driven businessman. Anyway, I really enjoyed this book and wouldn't mind continuing the series. This book was given to me for free at my requests and I provided this voluntary review.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Colin Rowlands

    The lead character Brett, is somewhat of a slacker, the third child of a powerful wizarding family and is fond of requesting explanations to anything to be in six words or less, so here's the six word version of my review: Fun book, good narration, enjoyable starting-point. While I enjoyed this book from the start and indeed went through it very quickly as it is not overly long either, I did think that the author may have laid it on a bit thick about just how lazy the main character was when that The lead character Brett, is somewhat of a slacker, the third child of a powerful wizarding family and is fond of requesting explanations to anything to be in six words or less, so here's the six word version of my review: Fun book, good narration, enjoyable starting-point. While I enjoyed this book from the start and indeed went through it very quickly as it is not overly long either, I did think that the author may have laid it on a bit thick about just how lazy the main character was when that would obviously be changing by the end of the book. However, this minor issue did not detract from my overall enjoyment of the book and I will be looking out for subsequent books in the series. I had previously listened to a book with this narrator and like that one I found his performance to nicely enhance my opinion of the book, so another good job from him. I would recommend this book to fans of urban fantasy, particularly those who prefer their protagonist to have a bit of snark to them. [Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

  15. 5 out of 5

    Terri

    This is a review of the audio version of this book: This story is very entertaining, and I can't wait for more. Brett is the third son of a powerful wizard. As such, he should also be very powerful. However, Brett is too lazy to put forth the effort. Magic is work, and this slacker isn't interested in work. When a package is delivered and bad guys come looking for it, Brett's life becomes more complicated than he likes. I really enjoyed getting to know Brett and the rest of the cast of characters This is a review of the audio version of this book: This story is very entertaining, and I can't wait for more. Brett is the third son of a powerful wizard. As such, he should also be very powerful. However, Brett is too lazy to put forth the effort. Magic is work, and this slacker isn't interested in work. When a package is delivered and bad guys come looking for it, Brett's life becomes more complicated than he likes. I really enjoyed getting to know Brett and the rest of the cast of characters. I can see how he could drive people crazy, and I laughed out loud at times. I also found his reasons understandable, once they were revealed. I'm so glad that there will be more stories about these people! I found both the writing and the performance to be terrific. This was a great pairing of an author with a great sense of humor and originality, and a narrator with the skills to bring the story to life. I felt like Brett was speaking to me. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kitty_ranma

    Non stop laughter. Audio and written versions. I couldn't stop laughing. A great beginning for a series. I can't wait for more of this series, I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won't do it to you by going into details. The narrator brings the story to life. Reasons I enjoyed this audio book: Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read/listen, Entertaining, Action-packed, Twisted, Funny, Whimsical. Bookshelves/t Non stop laughter. Audio and written versions. I couldn't stop laughing. A great beginning for a series. I can't wait for more of this series, I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won't do it to you by going into details. The narrator brings the story to life. Reasons I enjoyed this audio book: Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read/listen, Entertaining, Action-packed, Twisted, Funny, Whimsical. Bookshelves/tags: alternatively-reality, fantasy, humorous, magic, nonhuman, series, shifters, suspense, vampire, witch, wizards. This Audio book was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lynn Z

    I received this audiobook free for an honest review. This was an interesting story. I seemed to have a few places that drug along, however, the exciting part was at the end. The title was quite accurate "Half-Asses Wizard". I kept waiting for something to happen, but I had to wait until the end. There was a surprise twist that I really wasn't expecting. The narrator did a great job with the characters, especially Brett. It was very easy to believe that he is a big kid with a "who cares" attitude I received this audiobook free for an honest review. This was an interesting story. I seemed to have a few places that drug along, however, the exciting part was at the end. The title was quite accurate "Half-Asses Wizard". I kept waiting for something to happen, but I had to wait until the end. There was a surprise twist that I really wasn't expecting. The narrator did a great job with the characters, especially Brett. It was very easy to believe that he is a big kid with a "who cares" attitude. I wanted to just smack him a few times. Enjoyed this light-hearted book.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Manda

    I got to the end of the book, so that was a start. I really didn't like this character, Half-Assed Wizard is right on the nose. Brett is a lazy wizard who doesn't like getting up early and doing anything that requires effort. I thought he might grow on me, but alas not this time. If you can tolerate or enjoy this character you might enjoy this book way more than myself. Two stars from me, but read the other reviews, there are some good ones. And if you get it as free bee there is nothing to lose I got to the end of the book, so that was a start. I really didn't like this character, Half-Assed Wizard is right on the nose. Brett is a lazy wizard who doesn't like getting up early and doing anything that requires effort. I thought he might grow on me, but alas not this time. If you can tolerate or enjoy this character you might enjoy this book way more than myself. Two stars from me, but read the other reviews, there are some good ones. And if you get it as free bee there is nothing to lose.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Deedra

    A fun book.Brett could be a powerful wizard,but he is too lazy.His dad has actually paid him to steer clear of family functions he seems to hate him so much for his choices.After dad ends his free loading days,Brett finds out how he has been manipulated by everyone.With the stolen Tarot cards still in his possesion,will he make a good or bad decision.Family will kill you.Joe Hempel was the perfect narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or pu A fun book.Brett could be a powerful wizard,but he is too lazy.His dad has actually paid him to steer clear of family functions he seems to hate him so much for his choices.After dad ends his free loading days,Brett finds out how he has been manipulated by everyone.With the stolen Tarot cards still in his possesion,will he make a good or bad decision.Family will kill you.Joe Hempel was the perfect narrator.“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cmoore

    (Disclaimer) I received this book for free. Despite that, I'll give it an honest review... What an absolutely fun book! This story is about a Wizard who thinks magic is just too much work! He's a guy who just wants to get by with - to borrow a phrase - Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll... that's all he wants, but his family has other ideas...  So, for some real laugh out loud fun, start this great series today...  I listened to the audio version and I loved Joe Hempel's narration. It's hard to imagine an (Disclaimer) I received this book for free. Despite that, I'll give it an honest review... What an absolutely fun book! This story is about a Wizard who thinks magic is just too much work! He's a guy who just wants to get by with - to borrow a phrase - Sex, Drugs, and Rock N' Roll... that's all he wants, but his family has other ideas...  So, for some real laugh out loud fun, start this great series today...  I listened to the audio version and I loved Joe Hempel's narration. It's hard to imagine anyone doing a better job reading Half-Assed Wizard! 

  21. 4 out of 5

    Claire

    Well not all of it is lol funny, but overall... This is a great first book, plenty of action, lots of world building, and a good intro to the characters. It caught my attention and left me wanting to know what happens next. As funny as this is it's also a bit sad, some of the relationships leave a lot to be desired. Although that tension made the story more interesting. Well worth a listen, the narration was well done with good character voices and an enjoyable delivery. I received a free copy of th Well not all of it is lol funny, but overall... This is a great first book, plenty of action, lots of world building, and a good intro to the characters. It caught my attention and left me wanting to know what happens next. As funny as this is it's also a bit sad, some of the relationships leave a lot to be desired. Although that tension made the story more interesting. Well worth a listen, the narration was well done with good character voices and an enjoyable delivery. I received a free copy of this book from the author and/or narrator and/or publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Jean

    Magical Cards... The book centered around the male lead, Brett, who is only interested in drugs and the "ladies"until one day he touches a deck of magical cards. I liked the dialogue, it was sarcastic and funny. Overall, an entertaining book that featured magic from different angles. Joe Hempel did a great job with the narration. Note: "This audio book was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle VanDaley

    My review is based on the Audiobook. This story was such an enjoyable listen. The sarcastic and somewhat immature thinking and actions of the male lead had me laughing out loud at points. The story was not all silly antics, at its core it was a story of finding and accepting yourself. The narrator's distinct charactor voices truly brought the story to life and I look forward to more in this series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Felisha Caldeira

    The plot wasn't too complicated and the characters not well developed but Gary Jonas created an easy to listen to novel. If you're looking for something to just throw on to pass the time, this book is for you. Joel Hempel's narration was great. Pace was perfect and nothing was over the top. I'll be looking for other genres he's produced. Overall, an ok book but not something I would recommend to friends. This audiobook was given in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Rob Helbert

    You Gotta Love a Committed Slacker What do you do when your from a blue blood wizard family, but you don't want to put in the work, you become a beach bum of course. Great story about the black sheep of a powerful family. He is lazy, a bit of a stoner, pretty much has mooches his way through life, and then life bites him in the a**. Funny, dramatic, off-beat, and a great read. Looking forward to the next installment.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jessie Pinkham

    This is a fun and different take on fantasy. A few areas could've used more explanation (in the beginning of the book Mako Clansmen are introduced without the reader having an idea what they are; presumably we were supposed to immediately think of mako sharks, but alas I lagged a bit there). Nevertheless I enjoyed and am going to read the next book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    2.5 stars. Read for free on Kindle Unlimited. Main character is a slacker party boy who comes from a wealthy and powerful wizard family. His dad forces him into dangerous magical situations, so that he might finally grow up and pick up the family business of magic.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Tesalonica

    3.5* This book was funny. Not a masterpiece, but I thought it was an original idea, a wizard that didn't want to be one and just wanted to sleep, smoke weed and play rock. It was entertaining and a light read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    Not a bad book, funny in places and some clever ideas. But the main character is just too much of a spoiled brat to fully like him. not *bad*, just not particularly likeable. So not a bad read, just not one to make me want to reread.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Impy

    Charming idiot You have to love a main character who is likeable despite himself. He's nearly worthless and I spent the entire book hoping he'd stay true to his lazy, shiftless self. I enjoy being exasperated apparently.

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