I am a Harry Potter fan. I have read previous reviews of this book and found other Harry Potter fans have really enjoyed this trilogy so I listened to it and loved it. However I went into it prepared to a comparison of the world of magic such as in potter. It is such a different take on this alternate reality that I first couldn't break away from what I pictured the magic world to be via potter. I soon became completely emersed in this alternate view of magical people. I just had to get reaquainted with a new take on how magical hierarchy is portrayed. I really enjoyed it.
I was surprised to find this was a "young reader's" book. It's packed with good humor, excitement and a plot that takes twists and turns you can't see coming. I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of the trilogy!
Simon Jones does an fabulous job as reader, especially when reading the first person chapters as the genie Bartimaeus. In fact, I'd say I enjoyed his reading more than even Jim Dale with the Harry Potter series, or Gerard Doyle reading Eragon and Eldest, both of whom did excellent jobs. The story line itself keeps a good pace with richly described scenes. The characters are relatively one dimensional but interesting and appropriate to the young adult fantasy genre. In short, thoroughly entertaining!
The can listen to this book (and trilogy) over and over. What a great story. The reading by Simon Jones brings the book to life. Truly enjoyable.
For me, this story certainly has enough twists to make things interesting enough to get the next book in the series. The main character, Nathaniel, has a bit too much of an attitude for me sometimes, but that's life (or fiction anyway)!
Excellent reading of a very entertaining book. The voice characterizations are done SO well! The series is appropriate for children who can hear about an imaginary death and still keep it in context. Lots of good action to keep the story moving, and some human element as well. No romance or sexual references.
The Bartimaeus trilogy is really a remarkable set of books, with excellent characters and really well done narration.
The main character is funny and interesting, and I've never felt so on the edge of my seat with an audiobook before. I listen to a lot of "young adult" fantasy for the entertainment value, so I'd really recommend the entire series for anyone looking for their next engaging listen.
This was a great audio book! However; I had to really make myself listen to the beginning of it and I am soooooo glad I did. The cast of characters and the world that the author has made is wonderfull. The story takes you on an adventure your not soon to forget. I found myself glued to my MP3 player waiting to find out what happend next. By the end of the first book I was hooked. I had to find out more. I of course bought the rest of the trilogy, and it has become one of my all time favorites. So, when you find yourself ready to put down the story because of the slow start, or the main character having no spine, stop yourself, you won't be disapointed. I would recommend this entire trilogy to audults, teens and children alike. The story is not only that good, but also has that broad of a range of people that it could appeal too. I only gave this first book four stars, becuase of the slow start it has, however; the other two books I gave a five star rating, and would give them a ten if I could, thats how good they are.
The book is written to be spoken, and the reader is excellent, adding the emotions to the first person point of view expertly. This is just a perfect melding of story and media.
The actual story is well done, and gets better with each book. The fantasy of the story is nicely done, and follows one simple idea: take the history of the world and make one change, magic is possible, but only by summoning magic creatures to do it for you. The interplay of reality and the magic creatures is wonderfully done.
Overall, a great listen for anyone, and a real pleasure for fantasy fans.