Both my daughter and I really liked this series. She listened to it several times. The production values were great and the narration top notch. I'd highly recommend this for youth and adults alike.
Simon Jones does an incredible job getting just the right tone for our snarky Bartimaeus. The whole family (one husband, wife, 11yr old, 9yr old) all loved it. We listened to it on a long drive and ran inside to continue the story once we got home. Very exciting and an excellent performence.
This is an entertaining listen. The magically gifted boy and the laid back demon are an amusing combination. The narrator did a fine job! It made me want to hear the next book.
Do not compare this book to any other. It simply won't do you any good. The Amulet of Samarkand is unique in plot, witty, exciting, history-packed and performed by an all-star narrator. For the non-literary types, it has a thrilling story line filled with imagination. For the literary-types, this book is pure gold. As a writer by trade and a picky novel reader, I can say that this is my fall-back out of all of my print and audiobooks. This is perhaps the best young-adult novel for you to use your credit on.
I'd read Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy and loved it. When I saw it available at Audible, I had to have it. The entire trilogy is one of those rarities... rich, complex characters AND a terrific story line. In the Amulet of Samarkand, we meet the 5,000 year old djinni, Bartimaeus. He's quite the egotistical smarty-pants and acts as our guide to Stroud's universe. He's summoned by the magician, Nathaniel, and a prickly relationship develops between them. Stroud's universe is fascinating, with magicians controlling the British government, commoners getting trampled underfoot and... well, I don't want to reveal too much. It's a fun and engaging read.
And now I have to say that Simon Jones' reading was wonderful! I loved his interpretation of the characters, especially Bartimaeus. He's perfect! And he has wonderful range, portraying all sorts of characters... wealthy and poor, weak and strong, good and bad and everything in between.
I randomly discovered this series on Audible and decided to give it a try. The world of magicians in this book is quite different from usual magician stories. In this world Jonathan Stroud created, you are picked to be a magician and there is no difference between magical powers of commoners and magicians. It all depends on who controls the "spirits from the other place" or demons. If you think of demons as a bad thing, it is not exactly the case in these stories. They are called to do the bidding of the magician, and bound to that. I think the message sent is about the evils of greed and power.
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