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The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2 | [Jonathan Stroud]

The Golem's Eye: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2

Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone.
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Two years have passed since young apprentice magician Nathaniel became famous by foiling the ruthless Simon Lovelace. Now 14, Nathaniel is ambitiously climbing the ranks of the magicians' government. The Prime Minister himself has placed Nathaniel in charge of capturing the Resistance, a group of unruly commoners working to undermine the magicians' empire. But after several failed attempts, Nathaniel is forced to admit he can't do it alone. With his career on the line, he reluctantly summons his only hope for success, the 5,000-year-old wise-cracking djinni Bartimaeus.

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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    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-04
    Cheryl raleigh, NC, United States 12-12-04 Member Since 2009

    Audiobook addict with eclectic interests.

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    "We loved it"

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 12-12-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Excellent Series"

    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!

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    laurie eller the South 12-10-09
    laurie eller the South 12-10-09 Member Since 2007

    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.

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    "Fantastic!"

    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! :)

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    Cristy Belton, TX, USA 10-29-06
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    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.

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    BEST BOOK YET! The next harry potter. exciting and a page-turner! cant wait for the next!!! :)

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    Chris 06-21-15
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    We loved the reader! Book sometimes confusing to follow but overall great story for family eu h 8 year old.

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    Brian l. 06-19-15
    Brian l. 06-19-15 Member Since 2012

    Man I'm addicted to audible!! I enjoy fiction books a little too much

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    "Great 2nd novel (slight character spoiler)"

    Haha I mean do not read review because of a spoiler not so much about the story but about character development. It just upsets me... Well here we go.
    I loved the book but man Nathaniel really sucked in this book kind of made me want to stop listening. I mean I understand making the protagonist go through some character destroying/building moments or seasons but at least don't take the dudes heart out of it. Well I hope int the third book it doesn't take to long to put him on a certain rebel girls side!!

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    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 06-04-15
    tjalfe roskilde, Denmark 06-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing Books series: a MUST Have"
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    Amazing Books series: a MUST HAVE :D

    So I heard half of the first book and couldn’t stop myself from hearing the rest. Now 3 books later I have finished the series and it was VERY good.
    So I want to give it a good review, since I couldn’t stop myself in between books (that’s how good I found it) I will do a gathered review for all 3 books.

    The overall story is very good, it is a continuation of each other, the plot makes sense all through it, there is great character building and all characters stay true to their personalities throughout the whole series, even so they evolve over the story which is nice.

    The narrator is Amazing! As soon as I finished the book series I was looking for more he narrated which could have interest. He is very good at portraying the personality of the character, the voices and he does a great job keeping the story interesting.
    A good narrator does a lot for a good book and this one is spot on for the whole series.

    I have no complaints or emprovements that I would have liked anywhere in the series. It does a extremely good job keeping true to the rules of the world it sets up, so you don’t feel like there is “GM cheats” (when some characters can do stuff with no good explanation for the sake of author imagination) or other such nonsense. Even so they do keep introducing new little cool things and a few major things throughout the story which widen the ability spectre of that universe.

    It got a VERY nice ending. I am feeling like the book ended, the journey have come to a solid and good conclusion but even so I would love to hear more, but I don’t feel like any more is needed.
    It is the perfect combination of “ending a story” and “keeping the world you created alive and intriguing for more”.

    I would give it a 5/5 on all fronts and I hope to hear more books, which can live up to this level of enjoyment on all fronts :D

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