almost there but not quite... great setup, great ideas, just not the sparkle that i needed... that extra something that makes it special and different from the countless other magician books... Bartimaeus is hysterical though, yet that adds more disappointment when i think about the potential lost with a lackluster story. i will finish the series, but am not in a hurry, which as an obsessive reader, says a lot! I am crossing my fingers that the story gets better as the books progress but am not holding my breath.
What a great book! Jonathon Stroud has created a world ruled by Wizards. Not the Harry Potter style, but instead wizards who rely on the power of the demons that they trick and trap to do their bidding. I found myself rooting for the valiant, resourceful, and powerful demons, particularly Bartimaeus, while despising their weak, selfish, parasitic and often cruel masters. This book is great for preteen to adult.
I truely enjoy Bartimaeus sarcastic character. Great Audio for everyone. I didn't want to listen to the last 7 chapter until I was able to download the second book. I'm deployed so internet connectivity is not very good. It's a great purchase
This great trilogy is read by Simon Jones who really does a fantastic job. His range of voices for the characters really brings you into the story. If you like the premise of the story line, you will not be disappointed.
I'm so glad I listened to this story (vs. reading it) -- the narrator is incredible. Would make a great listen for the whole family.
I am an audio book junkie and this is one of the best I have ever listened to. Great Narrator and FUNNY. I read it all my kids and even my husband the non reader loved it.
I like this book. It was quite good--after the first minute, I knew that the other books would be just as good. The author is amazing. He allows you see into the characters' minds so clearly that the story is as three dimensional as real life. The plot is intricate and interesting until the last sentence.
by Charlie, age 10
I enjoyed it all. The narrator, whose voice had wonderful character development, the story with a lovely sense of slightly dark humor, and the fact that there are more books in this series for me to enjoy.
A fun way to get lost in another universe. It wasn't so encompassing that I couldn't stop listening, but engrossing enough that I didn't want to.
I enjoyed Bartimaeus' witty & sarcastic voice in this book. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life - particularly the djinni Bartimaeus. I found myself smiling at the dialogue and mainly amused by the plot. I plan on happily listening to all three parts of this trilogy.