Definately enjoyed this second book of the trilogy, perhaps even more than the first. I am enjoying the setting as a world we sort of know, but not quite. And of the Bartimaeus has the best lines. This volume continuous to deepen the characters.
The narration remains excellent, first-class. I tried to read the paperback, but the narrator breaths such life into the first book that I downloaded this second audiobook in the series.
This work was less satisfying than the first work in the series. The story is engaging yet unsatisfying. Yet this might be the nature of "middle" books. It wouldn’t be fair to say that I didn’t eagerly follow the characters and plot (because I did), but -without rendering any spoilers—I found certain characters less likable than before.
Given the narration and plot (and the assumed enjoyment of the first book), the audiobook will be a “page-turner,” but it may render considerable less ultimate satisfaction. And yet, I'm ultimately withholding absolute judgment until I have finished the last book.
If you read this review, do yourself a favor and download this entire trilogy. These books are so fun, my 9 year old and I had a great time laughing and growing attached to these characters!
This is a fun adventure that had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. The author has out done himself. I would laugh out loud and even find myself a little teary eyed. The story just wraps you up in it so completely that you are waiting and listening with anticipation for the story to continue, and continue it does, on a ride the likes of wich few other writers have been able to accomplish. The main characters evolve in such a way that you find yourself not only cheering for them but holding your breath for them too. I have not heard or read a book quite like this one and I can truely say I would listen to it more than once and never tire of the story or the characters. The Bartimaeus Trilogy has become a classic not only for me but will be for everyone with any kind of imagination. I definitely recommend the entire trilogy to all ages.
This entire series is an excellent listen! The reader is truly a great performer and injects just the right personality into the story. I highly recommend Bartimaeus!!
This is a great book. Very cleaverly written. It was almost as good as the first. If you want to lose yourself in a little light listening, this is the book for you.
I found this book entertaining but a little slow. I love the saracasm and wit of Bartimaeus. He is very intelligent and the saving grace of this second volume. I like the fact that it leaves you hanging and wanting a little more. I will probably read the next one just to see what the characters gleaned, if anything, from this last experience. At least it ended giving me the impression that a different mind set might be there for a couple of the characters. What about that war in America too?
I have noticed that the second book of every trilogy seems to be the weak link and this one is no exception. The characters are still engaging but the author is holding his cards a bit too close in anticipation of the final book. Still, you have to keep the flow going so it can't be missed and it's worth the ride.
The story was scattered and jumped around a good bit. This book is not nearly as good as the first in the series. The author missed an opportunity to give the reader more insight into the thinking of John Mandrake's character.