I enjoyed the first book but found the that the extensive detail on financial matters distracting. Reading this book, I almost feel that the first one was just laying the ground work for this. It is much more character driven and therefore much more interesting.
Just finished listening to this with my 13-year old daughter and we both loved it. Neil Gaimen is a great narrator as well as writer. The voices of the evil character's in particular were chilling.
It does start out with a murder - but while disturbing - Neil Gaimen seems to be able to walk a fine line between making something real and storybook like at the same time. Highly recommended.
This was excellent. Really helped understand what everyone was so frightened by that they had to rush out and approve a $700 billion rescue plan
I had read this book previously and enjoyed it tremendously - and when considering whether to join audible.com - I listened to a sample - and was immediately hooked. The reader is excellent and captures Bartimaeus to a tee. I decided to sign up just on the ability to get this audio book. Both this and its sequel, "The Golem's Eye" are well done and for anyone who is wondering what to read till the next Harry Potter book comes out - look no further.
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