My son (age 10) and I enjoyed this audiobook together - and were hooked. I don't know which of us enjoyed it more! After book one we purchased The Golem's Eye (even better!) we look forward to the release of the last book in the Trilogy. The combination of the writing and excellent narration make this book great fun - an all time favorite audio book.
I purchased this book for my kids to listen to during an upcoming trip. I thought that I would check it out before letting them listen just to make sure that is was age appropriate for my 6 & 9 year olds. What I found was that I was hooked and couldn?t stop listening. I can?t wait to order book 2.
Well written, great sense of humor and vivid imagination. I was afraid that this storyline would be too close to Harry Potter, but it is a fresh and new approach to a world in which magicians wield their powers.
Wow. I love multi-book stories and this is a great one. The reader is one of the best I have heard and he fits the story. The wit is fast and fun and the story is original. My only complaint is that the 3rd is not out yet and I want it NOW.
Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.
This book very quickly introduces you to this new world of wizards and holds tight you as you plunge in. The author has a very deft way of making you like and dislike the persons in the book by showing both their good and less savory sides. This will be often compared to the Potter novels but it stands on its own and is a excellent listen. I give it 5 stars because when I finished it, I had to get the next installment.
Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.
My 11 year old thought this book was very interesting and has now listened to it at least twice. The narration is exceptional.
I don't mind the long commute anymore. Sometimes I even drive around town just to get to place I can stop.
I was very impressed with both the book and narrator. The voice he uses for Bartimaeus is perfect. I enjoyed every minute of it and had to start the second book as soon as I finished the first. I highly recommend this title to anyone who wants a well told story that is thoroughly entertaining.
I was fascinated by this book. It is so original and rich in detail. The main human character is sort of an anti-hero but I quite liked that. Bartimaeus is fascinating. I am looking forward to this trilogy.
So I hate comparing literary works to each other but it usually gives people the best idea of whether or not they will like a book. This book isn't as cute and quaint as the Potter series...its more edgy. Def the best young fantasy book i've read in a while.
Simon Prebble has won the Golden Voice award for his narrations and this book showcases his talent nicely.
The book itself has a wonderful protagonist in Bartimaeus, but all other characters were a little one-dimensional (evil, good, cowardly, etc.) and the other main character, the child Nathaniel is not just flawed, but downright unlikeable. Because of these weaknesses of the book, I found myself slogging thru it when Bartimaeus wasn't around to keep up my waning attention.