I don't believe I've met a Wodehouse story I didn't like. This one is hilarious and Jonathan Cecil is fabulous! His impersonation of Aunt Dahlia is a thing of beauty.
I'd read Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus Trilogy and loved it. When I saw it available at Audible, I had to have it. The entire trilogy is one of those rarities... rich, complex characters AND a terrific story line. In the Amulet of Samarkand, we meet the 5,000 year old djinni, Bartimaeus. He's quite the egotistical smarty-pants and acts as our guide to Stroud's universe. He's summoned by the magician, Nathaniel, and a prickly relationship develops between them. Stroud's universe is fascinating, with magicians controlling the British government, commoners getting trampled underfoot and... well, I don't want to reveal too much. It's a fun and engaging read.
And now I have to say that Simon Jones' reading was wonderful! I loved his interpretation of the characters, especially Bartimaeus. He's perfect! And he has wonderful range, portraying all sorts of characters... wealthy and poor, weak and strong, good and bad and everything in between.
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