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Minimum Wage Magic

Written by: Rachel Aaron
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Length: 9 hrs and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (22 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The DFZ, the metropolis formerly known as Detroit, is the world’s most magical city with a population of nine million and zero public safety laws. That’s a lot of mages, cybernetically enhanced chrome heads, and mythical beasties who die, get into debt, and otherwise fail to pay their rent. When they can’t pay their bills, their stuff gets sold to the highest bidder to cover the tab. 

That’s when they call me. My name is Opal Yong-ae, and I’m a Cleaner: a freelance mage with an art history degree who’s employed by the DFZ to sort through the mountains of magical junk people leave behind. It’s not a pretty job, or a safe one - there’s a reason I wear bite-proof gloves - but when you’re deep in debt in a lawless city where gods are real, dragons are traffic hazards, and buildings move around on their own, you don’t get to be picky about where your money comes from. You just have to make it work, even when the only thing of value in your latest repossessed apartment is the dead body of the mage who used to live there. 

Author’s note: This is the first in a new series set in the same universe as my Heartstrikers books, but you don’t need to have heard those stories to enjoy this one. Minimum Wage Magic was written to stand by itself, so if you haven’t listened to the others, don’t worry! I wrote this book with you in mind. Thank you so much for listening!

©2018 Rachel Aaron (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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Enjoyed

The characters were fun and entertaining, the story was different. my only wish the was more chemistry and intrigue. But still a good read.

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Enjoyable but empty of story

Overall the book was good and enjoyable. I would classify it under a great beach read. I thought it was interesting how the world was flushed out and appriciated a female character in her mid tweneties who is still a little naive to the world around her. It was a clever choice on the authors part as this multiverse already has a series about it.

While time is a great element to pace a story I didn't feel it was utalized enough for me. The author realies to much on the character being interesting and slowly develops her as a way to cover up the weakness in telling a story. I am not in a huge rush to dive into the next book in the series. It reads like it could be a show on ABC. (Honestly I wouldn't be surprised if it got adopted as Detroit would be hella cheap to shoot in).

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  • alisha jones
  • 2019-01-31

Sibyl

I loved this story. It was fast paced and humorous. It had lots of action and twists. The narration was excellent besides that every now and then Sibyl got a little shriek-ish and super high pitched for me personally. Other than that it was highly enjoyable and I can’t wait for the next one.

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  • mlsimmons
  • 2019-03-31

Not as good as Heartstrikers, but still very fun

This book is the first in a series that is a spin off from Rachel Aaron’s Heartstriker series. It is set in the Detroit area known as the DFZ or The Detroit Free Zone. Magic exists. Dragons exists. There are even spirits. The spirits that we see in this book are the spirit of the DFZ, which rules in the DFZ and changes things as she sees fit, including moving buildings and roads on a daily basis. There is also The Empty Wind, which is the spirit of The Forgotten Dead. Anyone who dies without someone remembering them. Both of these spirits had a big part in the original series.

This series follows Opal. She’s a human mage who is working as a cleaner. In the DFZ, people who abandoned their homes or don’t pay their rent, their locations are auctioned off. Cleaners purchase these locations and will clean them up for the next tennent. They get to keep and/or sell anything they find in the locations.

Opal is on a big deadline. She owes a very powerful person $10k in just a few days. She is desperate and to buy and get a location cleaned ASAP. She stumbles upon something she wasn’t expecting and even stumbles on to a dead body, which also means she has to wait to see if there are any next of kin. If someone is found, then they get the stuff. She will get her money back, but that will be weeks away.

Opal has an AI that is in her goggles or even her phone that she uses for looking up stuff all the time. The AI is very personable and is Opal’s best friend. Sybil, the AI, is great comic relief in this series. She’s quick the smart ass and is also good and trying to keep Opal from doing anything too crazy.

She also ends up with a partner on this cleaning job from another cleaner, Nikola Kos. He knows that she’s on to something, but not what. He saves her when someone tries to kill her, which is how he knows she’s found something, even if she doesn’t know it. I really liked Nikola and really want to know more about him.

This was a nice spinoff series. It isn’t as good as Heartstrikers, but still a nice series. I will be interested in the next book for sure.

Narration
I think this is my first time listening to Emily Woo Zeller. She did a great job with the narration of this story. I loved all the voices that she chose for each character, especially Sybil the AI. She does a wonderful job with male and female voices. I would love to listen to her narrate more of this series and other books.

**I like to thank the publisher for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Joel R Spriggs
  • 2019-02-23

Pulls you in

the story and world building were fantastic. I didn't realize this was YA until I was halfway through and I am thankful I bought it now. pretty easy as an adult to sympathize with Opal and her complex situation, wonderful way to help explain it to a younger crowd. I hadn't heard of the Heart Strikers series, but I may have to give it a try too while I wait on the next DFZ book. I also loved that the author took a city like Detroit and rebuilt it to something epic and enviable, a feat I never considered possible of Detroit!

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  • Lisa B.
  • 2019-01-31

Enjoyed

Great book. Please keep Emily Woo Zeller as Narrator, because she is very good. She bought the book to life. Good story now, I have the start Rachel Arron's other series connected to this story.

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  • Connor
  • 2019-02-14

One Of My Favorite Authors

Rachel Aaron is a talented author who writes entertaining fantasy books. Minimum Wage does not disappoint.

I had decided not to write another review but Rachel Aaron is too talented to ignore. My reviews are being bullied by a group of 4 - 8 people who check dislike on all my entrees; thus putting my comments at the bottom of reviews. Effectively silencing me.

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  • Elisabeth K.
  • 2019-01-12

too short

another slice of the heartstrikers world, please and thank you. definitely going to look forward to this new series.

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  • James
  • 2019-01-27

Very good

I enjoyed the book almost as much as the first Heartstriker book. The narration was great and I liked the story. I believe we see parts of ourselves in others and this book had the same manipulative parentage that I related to in the Heartstriker books.

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  • Blodeuedd
  • 2019-01-13

The DFC is back

I miss the Heartstrikers! I must sadly say that there are no cameos. But people from the series are mentioned. Yes I kept hoping someone would pop up, even if it had made no sense. Cos I miiiiiss them!

But to this book then. Opal is a cleaner. She cleans out places and sell the good stuff. She studied magic at College, but she needs money, and fast. It takes a while to learn why. She also has a troubled family relationship (I was sort of right, but not quite.) She just wants to do her own thing and I can respect that.

She also has the coolest AI sidekick called Sybil, who is in her phone, or whatever electronics she can be in.

I do not want to say too much about the story, but there is a magical mystery to solve. And she will have help.

The DFZ is such a freaky place, and the story never gets boring. But yes I missed the old gang. Who wouldn't! I also really wonder if the next book is about Opal too or someone new...I certainly look forward to more! It was a good book, and I hope it will be as great as a certain other series

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I have only listened to her once before and I think that was goo. Now Emily brought in another world and I felt she was Opal. Since all those others I have talked about, well to hear their voices I would have to hear THE voice.

Fun, exciting.

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  • catie
  • 2019-01-29

enjoyable

I haven't read the series this books world is based in and I honestly didn't need to to enjoy this book. It was fast pased with twists and turns. I really felt for the main character and I can't wait to see what is next to come.

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  • P. Larsen
  • 2019-03-11

Alexa - I didn't enable whispering!

I enjoyed the Heartstrikers series - mostly a very good story and good performance, so when I discovered a title by the same author placed in the same universe I had high hopes for another good story. I'm not an hour in yet in my listen - I doubt I'll be able to stay awake for the whole book.

Why in the world does the voice actor WHISPER?? It's misplaced and at least for me gets me to lose concentration and what's going on.

@Audible - I've mentioned this in other reviews - you have to realize how important the voice actor is when it comes to audio books. The same author can come out great and bad all due to how the actor reads the books.

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