We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access.
Call anytime(888) 283-5051
 >   > 
The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 | [Jonathan Stroud]

The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him.
Regular Price:$27.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

Your Likes make Audible better!

'Likes' are shared on Facebook and Audible.com. We use your 'likes' to improve Audible.com for all our listeners.

You can turn off Audible.com sharing from your Account Details page.

OK

Publisher's Summary

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder and rebellion.

Set in a modern-day London spiced with magicians and mystery, The Amulet of Samarkand is an extraordinary, edge-of-your-seat thriller with many unexpected twists. Following Bartimaeus and Nathaniel in turn, the story introduces us to two wonderfully memorable characters destined to go through many adventures together and bound by a spell that is nearly impossible to break.

©2003 Jonathan Stroud; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"One of the liveliest and most inventive fantasies of recent years." (Booklist)

"Spun into surprisingly colorful cloth." (The New York Times Book Review)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.4 (2378 )
5 star
 (1401)
4 star
 (646)
3 star
 (244)
2 star
 (51)
1 star
 (36)
Overall
4.4 (1192 )
5 star
 (711)
4 star
 (320)
3 star
 (125)
2 star
 (20)
1 star
 (16)
Story
4.6 (1186 )
5 star
 (882)
4 star
 (224)
3 star
 (55)
2 star
 (12)
1 star
 (13)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Kate Chicago, IL, USA 12-05-05
    Kate Chicago, IL, USA 12-05-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    1
    Overall
    "Disappointing"

    Y.A. fantasy novels, especially the trilogies or series, usually captivate me. This one does not. The narrator's lock-jaw delivery is extremely annoying. His performance takes a turn from character-acted to cloyingly overacted quickly and persists in a drone throughout. The story, itself, is unremarkable. The character of Bartimaeus, which you can infer from the title is quite central, is obnoxious in a way probably meant to be funny, but comes off as unsympathetic and irritating. The author takes over 6 hours of the narration to get to the point and by the time it arrived, I didn't care whatsoever to hear it.

    I listened to the whole book hoping it would get better, but all I ended up with was a lot of commutes filled with eye-rolling boredom. I wasted a credit on this one.

    Try Angie Sage's "Magyk," Terry Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men" and "A Hat Full of Sky" instead. I recommend that you pass on this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tammy Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-05
    Tammy Surrey, British Columbia, Canada 10-08-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent story and a wonderful narrator"

    This is a terrific book and Simon Jones' narration makes it come alive. Truly excellent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patti ALBANY, CA, USA 07-29-05
    Patti ALBANY, CA, USA 07-29-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    30
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Excellent read, fabulous!!!"

    Fantastic, lovley and droll. Enthralling and wonderfully read, I recommend this book for anyone.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  •  
    AE 07-16-05
    AE 07-16-05 Member Since 2014
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "The Amulet of Samkarkand"

    Great book and reading. My seven year old son and five year old daughter were very intrigued with this story. They liked the all the images from the magic. The five year old did have some troulbe following the storyline at times, but still enjoyed the way the reader told the story. I highly recommend this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Linda Branford, CT, USA 06-05-05
    Linda Branford, CT, USA 06-05-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    "Great Narration!"

    Excellent narration -- better than reading it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cynthia 04-22-05
    Cynthia 04-22-05
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    23
    1
    Overall
    "A magical, suspensful and funny book"

    My son (age 10) and I enjoyed this audiobook together - and were hooked. I don't know which of us enjoyed it more! After book one we purchased The Golem's Eye (even better!) we look forward to the release of the last book in the Trilogy. The combination of the writing and excellent narration make this book great fun - an all time favorite audio book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Robert 02-22-05
    Robert 02-22-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    426
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Bought for the kids, hooked the parent?"

    I purchased this book for my kids to listen to during an upcoming trip. I thought that I would check it out before letting them listen just to make sure that is was age appropriate for my 6 & 9 year olds. What I found was that I was hooked and couldn?t stop listening. I can?t wait to order book 2.

    Well written, great sense of humor and vivid imagination. I was afraid that this storyline would be too close to Harry Potter, but it is a fresh and new approach to a world in which magicians wield their powers.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
    HELPFUL VOTES
    73
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    118
    26
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Great start to a trilogy"

    Wow. I love multi-book stories and this is a great one. The reader is one of the best I have heard and he fits the story. The wit is fast and fun and the story is original. My only complaint is that the 3rd is not out yet and I want it NOW.

    Enjoy!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Barry 01-23-05
    Barry 01-23-05 Member Since 2004

    Avid in Car listener who commutes about 3 hours per day. Audible keeps me sane in LA traffic.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    6
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    160
    7
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Excellent Story for all ages"

    This book very quickly introduces you to this new world of wizards and holds tight you as you plunge in. The author has a very deft way of making you like and dislike the persons in the book by showing both their good and less savory sides. This will be often compared to the Potter novels but it stands on its own and is a excellent listen. I give it 5 stars because when I finished it, I had to get the next installment.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-04
    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-04 Member Since 2009

    Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.

    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    485
    12
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    1
    Overall
    "Very Enjoyable."

    My 11 year old thought this book was very interesting and has now listened to it at least twice. The narration is exceptional.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.