Superb story, superbly narrated. This is fantasy with an emphasis on humor, irony, and moral depth. This story, Part 2 of the Bartimaeus Trilogy, continues the adventures of the young magician Jonathan and a demon he has summoned, Bartimaeus. The setting is a dystopic London tyrannized by a Staasi-like magician government. Clever, satirical, and vain, Bartimaeus is nevertheless a force for good, pushing back against the selfish and materialistic values of the magician government. Will Jonathan be "saved" by his demon or will he be irrevocably corrupted by the governing magicians?
The story is all there but the snarky attitude that is bartimaeus is not. the effect is totally ruined by the narrator's tone, and the way the footnotes are done in the book can't be transitioned to audio, instead the way the footnotes are done interrupts the story more then it adds.
I will admit that the reader completely makes this series worth listening of his own accord. My favorite thing about this series is that there's no clear idea really of there being fully good and fully evil people. The series progressively addresses the ideas of almost a caste system - non-magicians vs magicians and magicians vs their slaves (magical beings). The 3rd book is one of my favorite books ever so read the series if only to get to that! Highly highly recommended.
Not very enjoyable evolution of characterization of Nathaniel (John Mandrake); seemed to me to be a more confusing and less convincing plot this time around. Also, highly dubious in my mind that Golem magic should negate "regular magic", seems a faulty premise. In all, I did not enjoy this nearly as much as Book 1 in the trilogy, but will try book 3 (using 2 credits - poor value) with hopefully better results.
I just started this book and so far it's just as good as the first. Thank you Jonathan Stroud and Simon Jones, you both have given me laughter through out my day. The first book The Amulet of Samarkand is one of the best I've listened to, it's a feel good, have fun, giggle book. The narrator Simon Jones is one of the most entertaining I've herd and I've got a good variety to compare to. I've listened to about 50 books on Audible, some of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Orson Scott Card, Bryce Courtenay, Stephenie Meyer, to many to list. This trilogy I have to say has been the most fun.
Open up your eyes young one
The Story of Nathanal and Bartimaeus continues with me following along. A great story that only gets better. The characters are worth the time alone and the story twists and turns to only end in a most fitting end. Highly recommend!
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!