I buy these books for my 12 year old, and am happy to have an excuse to listen to YA stories, which I secretly really enjoy. Pratchett was recommended to me, and I very much enjoyed this first book in this series. The books are funny, the characters engaging and the narration is great. There is nothing in them to worry a parent and my daughter gives it a two thumbs-up rating - "wonderful, loved-it."
I did, however, find myself wondering what happened to the editor. There were mouth noises throughout this recording, which is why I docked this book one star in the overall rating. As an audiobook publisher myself, this was actually somewhat of a relief (so good to know that we all make mistakes sort of thing), and really, while it was a bit distracting, it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book. And I do note that the second book is absolutely clean - I'm half way through and not one lip smack.
Excellent listening experience!
Bartimaeus, of course. Bartimaeus is a djinn forced to serve a boy who has managed to master the magic required to summon him. He may be the boy's slave, but that doesn't make him subservient. Instead, he is funny - no, witty - provocative, full of himself, but in a most engaging way, and extremely resourceful. Through Bartimaeus' perspective we really get a feel for the plight of the poor djinns and Other World entities who are forced to serve humans in this magical (al la Harry Potter) world.
Full of wonderful allusions to mythical traditions (including a snide mention of a djinn foolish enough to get himself trapped in an old lamp), Jonathan Stroud manages to tell a ripping yarn that is at once familiar and totally fresh. Simon Jones' narration is top notch, too. I listened to this series a few years ago, at the insistence of my then 12 year old son, and it was and is one of our favourite series in this genre.
Couldn't say - enjoyed the entire series.
Both my daughter and I really liked this series. She listened to it several times. The production values were great and the narration top notch. I'd highly recommend this for youth and adults alike.
I haven't listened to this book, but my daughter has, several times. She really enjoyed it and I could hear her laughing out loud again and again while listening. Indeed, she liked this book so much that she was on pins and needles waiting for the release of the next book in this series.
I really enjoyed this book. I found it funny and touching and truly enlightening. I also feel I have a better understanding of the far right Christian movement now, and I applaud his efforts to atone for his role in creating the huge divide between right and left that is threatening to absolutely destroy the USA. And I think he makes a valid point about Roe vs Wade and the storm it unleashed. As a Canadian, where we have taken what he calls "the French approach," I can see his point that, at the very least, a civil discussion of the Roe vs Wade decision and its impact on US abortion law could be helpful in calming down the partisan politics that are crippling the US. But mostly, I enjoyed Schaeffer's frank and candid voice.
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