The duo is reunited just in time: the Resistance is growing more audacious than ever. And to make matters worse, a seemingly invulnerable clay golem is wreaking destruction throughout London, sending the entire city into pandemonium. With time running out, the young magician and his uncontrollable djinni must find the source of the golem's power, a task they quickly learn will involve much more than they ever anticipated.
In the ensuing chaos, Nathaniel and Bartimaeus will be chased through the streets of Prague, hunt a dancing skeleton across London's skyline, encounter the horror of the dreaded Night Police, and meet a surprising new ally. Together, these three will have to go head-to-head with the fearsome golem before the mysterious identity of its master is finally revealed.
©2004 Jonathan Stroud; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
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My daughter (11) and I enjoyed the sequel just as much as the first book. The characters are interesting, the story is well told, and the narration is wonderful. Four thumbs up!
Everything I liked about the first one - interesting, clever, well written, great characters, very funny, and I really love getting the demons' points of view. As with the first one, I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and I'd have no problem with my kids listening to or reading it.
I find the audio version of this series more enjoyable than the print version. This is mostly due to the wonderful performance by Simon Jones. I...sometimes give 5 stars for performance when it...maybe...isn't deserved - but in this case, it REALLY is.
Another reason is that in the print version there are multiple footnotes on nearly every page...which is not soooo bad, but having the footnotes read inline by Simon Jones is MUCH better!
it's the best way to spend a working day, and i'm thankful my job is one where i can listen to books all day long.
We bought this series for our son (who is also named Nathaniel, he's 12) and my husband and I listened to this trilogy along with him. It was fantastic. I loved the subtle humor and the storyline had me guessing all the way through. A real treat! :)
It doesn't quite live up to the first book, but rarely does the sequel. However we were very engaged in the further adventures of the characters and are now wanting the third book.
The entire trilogy is very well done. The story is creative, multi-layered, and engaging. The narration is spot on. I was hooked from the very start and thoroughly enjoyed the entire series.
There's a lot of uninteresting fluff in this story. It is a good trilogy, just maybe not the best to read one after the other. The story is interesting and the main narrative voice keeps you entertained.
This is one of those books that was fortunate enough to get a narrator that understood the book well enough to voice it's spirit. The characters and situations come alive and authenticity is kept up. I regularly recommend this book to those who enjoy magic and fantasy. The story itself is enjoyable and thrilling with a good dose of snarky humor thrown in at just the right quantity.
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