In the print version, the addition of the footnotes is obvious--and they are too funny to skip. However, I found that including the footnotes in the spoken narrative was handled well by the narrator and they enhanced the story differently.
One of the best things that occurs throughout this series is the development of the characters. I am often frustrated by young characters that never learn from experience or change as they mature. These characters are moved by their lives; their experiences make them different.
The character of Kitty Jones was a good addition. The narrator really brings this story to life. Now to book 3.
I have very much enjoyed both the first two books and their narration - highly recommended. What I am having trouble understanding is why each book in the series is priced successively higher. The second book is the longest of the three, but the third book is significantly more expensive and moves from one to two credits - seems like kind of a sucker punch from Audible, gouging the listener as they get hooked on the series. I'm very disappointed Audible.
As the middle book of the series, there are many story lines to follow. I was excited when the author developed Kitty's character in this book, she ended up as my favorite character. You also see how the pressures of their world change both Kitty and Nathanial in very different ways.
The author wraps up part of the mystery again, but not quite all of it, to leave you wanting more!
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.