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.
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.