Being a raging insomniac, I tend to listen to a lot of audiobooks. Do not listen to this book while trying to drift off to sleep. Bartimaeus,the demon, is so sarcastic and funny that I kept laughing out loud and waking up my wife. She was NOT happy with me. If you like fantasy, magic, and wit all rolled into one, this series is for you. I only wish he would hurry up and write more!
As a rule, I listen to non-fiction, usually historical, but I wanted to find something that would catch the interest of my 10-year old son. I loaded it on my ipod so he could listen, but one day during my long commute home, I found that I was finished with all my historical books. So, on whim I started listening to THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Bartimaeus must have worked a magical spell over me because I am powerless to resist this book. Imagine, a middle-aged and very serious-minded adult who can't stop listening to the Barimaeus Trilogy. This is a fantastic, charming and funny series, cleverly historical, too. As the young magician Nicholas would say, "I charge you to listen to this book."
Simon Jones made this book happen. His talent with the personalities, and ability to make the wit his own made a very entertaining series absolutely delightful. All three books in the series are worth a listen. You will be highly entertained.
This is a very good book. Only during the past year or so have I gotten into the fantasy genre. Since I wasted 54 years waiting for this to occur, I have been doing a LOT of catchup. One thing I judge a book by is its "kid factor." This is a book that, in my opinion sits exactly in the middle. While I do prefer a bit more of an adult theme (my kids are approaching 30), I am preparing to download book 2.
It is odd, and I realize it is not going to happen, but I can't shake the feeling that somewhere Ford Prefect or Zaphod Beeblebrox might come shambling through just in the nick of time to pull Nathan out of some mess he has gotten himself into. His Master's name is Arthur after all. Weird.
I really enjoyed this audiobook and would highly recommend it for adults and kids. Excellent narration and moves along quickly. I Can't wait to get the other titles in this series(3 titles altogether in The Bartemaeus series)
Y.A. fantasy novels, especially the trilogies or series, usually captivate me. This one does not. The narrator's lock-jaw delivery is extremely annoying. His performance takes a turn from character-acted to cloyingly overacted quickly and persists in a drone throughout. The story, itself, is unremarkable. The character of Bartimaeus, which you can infer from the title is quite central, is obnoxious in a way probably meant to be funny, but comes off as unsympathetic and irritating. The author takes over 6 hours of the narration to get to the point and by the time it arrived, I didn't care whatsoever to hear it.
I listened to the whole book hoping it would get better, but all I ended up with was a lot of commutes filled with eye-rolling boredom. I wasted a credit on this one.
Try Angie Sage's "Magyk," Terry Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men" and "A Hat Full of Sky" instead. I recommend that you pass on this book.
This is a terrific book and Simon Jones' narration makes it come alive. Truly excellent.
Great book and reading. My seven year old son and five year old daughter were very intrigued with this story. They liked the all the images from the magic. The five year old did have some troulbe following the storyline at times, but still enjoyed the way the reader told the story. I highly recommend this book.