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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!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    laurie eller the South 12-10-09
    laurie eller the South 12-10-09 Member Since 2007

    i live in the kentucky bluegrass and enjoy coffee in the morning while listening to a great book.

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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
    Cristy Belton, TX, USA 10-29-06 Member Since 2014
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    "we're still hooked"

    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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    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
    Yale Alpharetta, GA, USA 02-15-05
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    "Wow"

    The wit continues! The reader is great! I can't wait for #3.

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    Charles N. Allen 09-30-04 Member Since 2015
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    "wonderfully enchanting"

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

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    Clayton Morgan 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Really enjoyed this book and the narrative."

    another great book by Jonathan. Simon is a great narrator. if you read the first book you will not be disappointed with the 2nd.

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    Conner 01-22-15
    Conner 01-22-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Should read!"

    Wonderful story, felt the audio was slightly off from the first book but still great, love the narrator! Thank you!

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    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14
    J Port Moody, BC, Canada 07-08-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another great one for the family."
    Where does The Golem's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've no idea where it ranks in the hundreds I have listened to! It's a great book, the worst in the trilogy I think (often the case for middle books of 3) but it's very enjoyable still.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The narrator is great and the antagonistic relationships between the characters are subtle and wonderful.


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    Sabrina 02-27-14
    Sabrina 02-27-14
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    "Amusing and lighthearted series"
    Where does The Golem's Eye rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The Golem's Eye ranks among the highest of the books I've listened to. The author's writing is amusing and witty. The plot is lighthearted and the narrator's ability to bring Bartimaeus to life made for a fun and enjoyable time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The personality of Bartimaeus.


    What about Simon Jones’s performance did you like?

    He did an amazing job narrating this series. He truly brought Bartimaeus to life and was spot on for the tone and sarcasm the author was going for. I've listened to over 200 audiobooks (yes, 200...but it's been over the past few years), and Simon Jones' narration of this series has been one of my favorite so far.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I actually chuckled out loud a few times, something I very rarely do.


    Any additional comments?

    Both the J. Stroud and S. Jones did a great job bringing Bartimaeus's world to life.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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