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.
Cooking, Sports, and far out tales, what else is there?
If you like the series don't stop, get this book now. Fun and easy to listen too, great voice wirk
I read the bartimaeus trilogy several years ago in my early teens and loved them. I got this audio book as soon as I found out about it and its just as good as the trilogy, never a dull moment!
if you have followed the other books in the serie and liked them you will like this one.
the story is not as involved as the others and it ends in one book, which is properly the reason.
but it is very good with a very high focus on Bartimaeus, his humor and personallity.
if you havent heard the other books in the serie i would actually suggest you to hear this one first, because it gives a much better understanding of why Bartimaeus is so strong even though his just a Genie, and it explains his personallity and reaction pattern better then the other books as well.
it also gives you a better understanding of the magic used.
generally it is just a very good book :D
there is a decent amount of personallity evolving from the other characters around Bartimaeus considering the length of the book as well.
the main thing that really made this book awesome was the VERY good humor, which was just so much more then we have heard in the other books (mainly because the other books use a lot of time on other characters then Bartimaeus.)
i highly enjoyed it.
the narrator is amazing!
trying to find other stuff he narrated that i might like since he is just incredibly good, gets the humor perfectly, good voices, awesome ability to set you into the situation of the book.
the only "hickup" i got with it was that there was a few places where the track kinda skipped for 1 sec, which you notice, but it was so few and had no effect on the story that i didnt mind it at all :)
as said if you liked the other books, or are just into cool mage like stories and great humor, then this will be a Really nice listend for you ^^
this was my favorite book in this series. oustanding! parts in book two and three I felt a little bored but not this time. simon jones brings such an awesome vibe and sometimes darkness to the characters. a must read!