The footnotes. This is characteristic of the previous trilogy, and they are hilarious as well as informative. They add to the humor and depth of Bartimaeus. The book would not be the same without them
The discworld series. again, the footnotes. these are the only two series i've encountered with this attribute, and both use it amazingly
Really any time Bartimaeus talks. He is funny, witty, and above all, completely offensive to anyone in power
I read this because I had enjoyed the first three Bartimaeus novels and was delighted to find that a trilogy (the first three are presented as such) could extend beyond three.
In this book, Bartimaeus is summoned to Jerusalem during the times of King Solomon. I liked the historical setting (and I wished I had a map in front of me while I was listening). The dialogue, especially from Bartimaeus, was excellent as usual; the other characters and the use of magic were very entertaining as well.
But let me not forget the most important part: the narrator. Simon Jones may have been born to play this role. He does a fantastic job bringing Bartimaeus and the many creatures within this story to life.
I really liked this and can't wait for another one to come out.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
I really enjoy this book. While it's set long long before the original 3 books it is a return that then a reframing of the start of who Bartiumaeus is. The book is filled with lots of back chat and Bartiumaeus trying to help the "masters" he claims to hate. I always love turning Bartiumaeus on after a long day with pissed customers. He validates so much what you wish you could say while dealing with complaints.
I have listened to all four Bartimaeus books now and will happily listen to more should Jonathan Stroud decide he wants to keep writing them and as long as Simon Jones keeps reading them. Jones is perfect in giving life to the sassy, irreverent djinni.
Audiobook Junkie... Love all types of Science Fiction
This series is a prime example of how a Narrator can really make a good story even better. The voice of Bartimaeus is very well crafted and fits the writing perfectly. Now, onto the story. I am afraid I have to agree with other reviewers that this story is not as good as some of the predecessors if you are expecting any continuation from the last three books. This is a stand alone telling of Bartimaeus from his past. Now I am always a little critical of prequels, but we do get a better look at how Bartimaeus's past slavery forms his opinion of magicians whom seem to be the true demons. I found events a little difficult to get into at first, but by the end I was unable to take a break from listening.
so much so, the most sarcastic remarks can be appreciated!
the different voices and most of all inflections
Out Load Laughing
Great follow up to the trilogy
I really love this series. It's a fun adventure and had me listening to every word. The naration is exceptional and really captures the listener. I listened to the other 3 in a little over a weeks time. That says something!
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I ENJOYED THIS BOOK. IT HAD DIFFERENT CHARACTERS THEN THE 1ST 2 BOOKS, BUT STILL AS GOOD AND FUNNY.
call in to work as soon as you start the download..audible must be looking for dumb ass comments that go on and on.so about audible reviewers that are full of fail.thay just go on and on and i dont give a dam.stars are all we need