Everyones favorite genie (djinni), Bartimaeus, is back and he is as fun as ever. Simon Jones does a oscar worthy reading of this fun story. Don't miss any in the series. The first three books in the series are best read in order however this one is takes place in a different time so it can be read alone.
This is a fun return of Bartimaeus and his adventures. The book stands alone and in many ways makes more sense as a first read before the the other 3 books. If you enjoy a light heart story with one liners and plenty of magic this is great. I'm betting the kids will enjoy too.
First you will need to read books 1 through 3. that being said these are perfect to share with your kids. History, mystery, and good fun. The narration is excellent and the stories are good enough for both adult and child absolutely one of my favorite series.
I love Bartimaeus! Jonathan Stroud is a genius at how he gives us a history lesson riddled with humor! Yes I am 46, but this is how I bond with my 13 y/o. Laughing outloud, and often!
I read and loved the Bartimaeus Trilogy books. And, yes, I know trilogy means three books, so I knew this would be a new story line. What I didn’t really anticipate was just HOW different this would be; it is called "Book 4," so I did expect a greater similarity to books 1, 2, and 3. Basically, the only thing that is carried over is Bartimaeus. While I do not regret getting this book, I would have been happy for a heads up. The narrator is fantastic, and the story is interesting. Bartimaeus’ character is basically the same, but I felt that this novel was aimed at an older audience than the trilogy.
So three stars because I did like it; perhaps, I'm taking off that fourth star just because it wasn't quite what I expected. It is enjoyable and very well performed.
I didn't want it to be over. Fun stories of fanciful fights and personal struggles. And one Bartimaeus, an awful wicked Djini with a soft spot for kind hearted humans.
I really enjoyed this 4th instalment of Bartimaeus series. Too bad there wont be anymore from the series...*sniff*
Laughed a few times at the witty remarks of the character. Also the narrator did this very well!
This isn't the first time I have read this book. I have re-read this book so many times and I still love it enough to read it again! I recommend this book! I also recommend his other books as well. You won't be sorry!
I've thoroughly enjoyed all the audio books in this series, but this read the best for me. Jonathan Stroud's style is smoother and I had less moments where I rewound for clarity. It's a delightful tale of Bartimaeus in the time of Solomon with a Sheba coming across as sly as ever. It's a stand alone book or could be read before or in-between the other books. Sheba's assassin reminds me a lot of kitty, determined, courageous, and good moral character that shines grace in all the right parts.