Magic Street

Version: Unabridged
Author: Orson Scott Card
Narrator: Mirron Willis
Genres: Fantasy
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2005
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 13 hours, 23 minutes
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Living in a peaceful, prosperous African-American neighborhood in Los Angeles, Mack Street is a mystery child who has somehow found a home. Discovered abandoned in an overgrown park, raised by a blunt-speaking single woman, Mack comes and goes from family to family, a boy who is surrounded by boisterous characters and yet deeply alone. But while Mack senses that he is different from most and knows that he has strange powers, he cannot understand how unusual he is until the day he sees, in a thin slice of space, a narrow house. Beyond it is a backyard—and an entryway into an extraordinary world stretching off into an exotic distance of geography, history, and magic.

Passing through the skinny house that no one else can see, Mack is plunged into a realm in which time and reality are skewed, a place where what Mack does seems to have strange effects on the "real world" of concrete, cars, commerce, and conflict. Growing into a tall, powerful young man, pursuing a forbidden relationship, and using Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream as a guide into the vast, timeless fantasy world, Mack becomes a player in an epic drama. Understanding this drama is Mack's challenge. His reward, if he can survive the trip, is discovering not only who he really is but why he exists.

Both a novel of constantly surprising entertainment and a tale of breathtaking literary power, Magic Street is a masterwork from a supremely gifted, utterly original American writer, a novel that uses realism and fantasy to delight, challenge, and satisfy on the most profound levels.

Reviews (5)

Great Story, great reader

Written by Angie Teal on April 10th, 2012

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Some die-hard Orson Scott Card Fans may not like the story, because it is not what I would have expected from the author, but I still loved the audiobook. It is about setting Shakespeare's Midsummer Night Dream in a middle class to upper middle class african-american neighborhood. The characters were great and if you can tune out some of the overly religious overtones you will get a fascinating fantasy story set in contemporary L.A. I also loved the reader, he did bring the different characters to life, but I heard comments from african-americans who said it wasn't authentic enough. Well the magic worked for me. I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook.

Magic Street

Written by Jason Simms on November 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I have been an Orson Scott Card fan for years, but not since I read Lost Boys have I been so impacted by his work. This is a tremendous book filled with classic Card characterization. I was sceptical at first because the dust jacket didn't appeal to me, but I was wrong. And the greatest gift this book had to offer was the authors comments at the end. It is definitely one of his best!

Good story

Written by Anonymous from Sterling, VA on February 17th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This would be an excellent book for high school kids to read along with the Shakespeare play that the story references. It puts a new twist on some old ideas. It creates a new set of heros from a section of society that is under-represented in the hero category.

Great book--better read than listened to

Written by Elly Catmull on December 6th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The narrator who reads Magic Street is the same who reads Ender's Game. He's great with character voices, but he narrates in a very dry voice. I know Card uses a lot of sarcasm and dry humour, but this reader over-did it in my opinion. I canceled the rest of the CDs and checked the book out from the library. EXCELLENT book (I love fantasies about real-life people), I just realized I prefered to interpret it myself. Also, the language (while not extreme) was too much for me to be comfortable listening to around my young kids.

just weird

Written by SRH on October 24th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

It's not a bad read, but in his last few books, Card has just been ramming his "philoshophy of life" down our throats. The premise of the plot was quite bizzare too.

Author Details

Author Details

Card, Orson Scott

Orson Scott Card (born August 24, 1951) is a prolific and best-selling author of numerous genres.

Card's launch in the publishing industry was with science fiction (Hot Sleep and Capitol) and later fantasy (Songmaster). He remains best known for the seminal Ender's Game, which has been among the most popular sci-fi novels ever since its publication in 1985. Both Ender's Game and its sequel Speaker for the Dead were awarded both the Hugo Award and the Nebula Award, making Card the first author to win both of sci-fi's top prizes in consecutive years.

He has since branched out into contemporary fiction, such as , Treasure Box and Enchantment. Other works demonstrating his versatility include the novelization of the James Cameron film The Abyss, the alternate histories The Tales of Alvin Maker and Pastwatch, and Robota, a collaboration with Star Wars artist Doug Chiang.

His writing is dominated by detailed characterization and moral issues. As Card says, "We care about moral issues, nobility, decency, happiness, goodness�the issues that matter in the real world, but which can only be addressed, in their purity, in fiction."

Some of his novels, for example Stone Tables, about the life of the Biblical prophet Moses; his Women of Genesis trilogy; The Folk Of The Fringe stories; and Saints, about Latter-day Saint pioneers, have explicit religious themes. In his other writings, the influence of his Mormon beliefs is less obvious; Card's Homecoming and Alvin Maker sagas are partly retellings of the Book of Mormon and the life of LDS founder Joseph Smith, Jr.

Card was born in Richland, Washington; raised in California, Arizona, and Utah; served an LDS mission in Brazil; graduated from Brigham Young University and the University of Utah; and now lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. He and his wife Kristine are the parents of five children: Geoffrey (a published author in his own right), Emily (who adapted his short story "A Sepulchre of Songs" to the stage in Posing as People), Charlie Ben, Zina Margaret, and Erin Louisa. The children are named for the authors Chaucer, Bront� and Dickinson, Dickens, Mitchell, and Alcott.

In addition to his novels and short stories, Card has had an active career as a nonfiction writer. During the 1980s he wrote many technical articles and columns, primarily for Compute!'s Gazette and Ahoy!, two magazines covering Commodore microcomputers. Shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks Card began to write a weekly "War Watch" (later renamed "World Watch") column for the Greensboro Rhino Times which is archived on Card's website.