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The Golem's Eye Audiobook

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

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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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    Jennifer Warrensburg, IL, United States 04-03-11
    Jennifer Warrensburg, IL, United States 04-03-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Great magician series"

    As the middle book of the series, there are many story lines to follow. I was excited when the author developed Kitty's character in this book, she ended up as my favorite character. You also see how the pressures of their world change both Kitty and Nathanial in very different ways.

    The author wraps up part of the mystery again, but not quite all of it, to leave you wanting more!

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    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-18-11
    Constance New York, NY, United States 01-18-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Dazzling fantasy with intriguing characters"

    Superb story, superbly narrated. This is fantasy with an emphasis on humor, irony, and moral depth. This story, Part 2 of the Bartimaeus Trilogy, continues the adventures of the young magician Jonathan and a demon he has summoned, Bartimaeus. The setting is a dystopic London tyrannized by a Staasi-like magician government. Clever, satirical, and vain, Bartimaeus is nevertheless a force for good, pushing back against the selfish and materialistic values of the magician government. Will Jonathan be "saved" by his demon or will he be irrevocably corrupted by the governing magicians?

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    James 04-18-10
    James 04-18-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Great"

    Love these books

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    olan melvin, Israel 04-11-10
    olan melvin, Israel 04-11-10
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    "Bartimaeus is dead"

    The story is all there but the snarky attitude that is bartimaeus is not. the effect is totally ruined by the narrator's tone, and the way the footnotes are done in the book can't be transitioned to audio, instead the way the footnotes are done interrupts the story more then it adds.

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    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 03-11-10
    Heather Angwin, CA, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Great series and favorite audio reader."

    I will admit that the reader completely makes this series worth listening of his own accord. My favorite thing about this series is that there's no clear idea really of there being fully good and fully evil people. The series progressively addresses the ideas of almost a caste system - non-magicians vs magicians and magicians vs their slaves (magical beings). The 3rd book is one of my favorite books ever so read the series if only to get to that! Highly highly recommended.

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    William 10-03-09
    William 10-03-09
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    "Declines from Book 1"

    Not very enjoyable evolution of characterization of Nathaniel (John Mandrake); seemed to me to be a more confusing and less convincing plot this time around. Also, highly dubious in my mind that Golem magic should negate "regular magic", seems a faulty premise. In all, I did not enjoy this nearly as much as Book 1 in the trilogy, but will try book 3 (using 2 credits - poor value) with hopefully better results.

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    Camille 09-30-08
    Camille 09-30-08 Member Since 2009
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    "Thanks for the laughter"

    I just started this book and so far it's just as good as the first. Thank you Jonathan Stroud and Simon Jones, you both have given me laughter through out my day. The first book The Amulet of Samarkand is one of the best I've listened to, it's a feel good, have fun, giggle book. The narrator Simon Jones is one of the most entertaining I've herd and I've got a good variety to compare to. I've listened to about 50 books on Audible, some of my favorite authors are Diana Gabaldon, Orson Scott Card, Bryce Courtenay, Stephenie Meyer, to many to list. This trilogy I have to say has been the most fun.

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    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08
    Conook Hoopa, Ca USA 03-06-08 Member Since 2015

    Open up your eyes young one

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    "A great Story"

    The Story of Nathanal and Bartimaeus continues with me following along. A great story that only gets better. The characters are worth the time alone and the story twists and turns to only end in a most fitting end. Highly recommend!

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    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 10-03-07
    Jennifer San Francisco, CA, United States 10-03-07 Member Since 2005
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    "Great Fun"

    Definately enjoyed this second book of the trilogy, perhaps even more than the first. I am enjoying the setting as a world we sort of know, but not quite. And of the Bartimaeus has the best lines. This volume continuous to deepen the characters.

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    Jay Kuykendall Houston, TX 04-10-07
    Jay Kuykendall Houston, TX 04-10-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Great narration and plot, yet less satisfying."

    The narration remains excellent, first-class. I tried to read the paperback, but the narrator breaths such life into the first book that I downloaded this second audiobook in the series.

    This work was less satisfying than the first work in the series. The story is engaging yet unsatisfying. Yet this might be the nature of "middle" books. It wouldn’t be fair to say that I didn’t eagerly follow the characters and plot (because I did), but -without rendering any spoilers—I found certain characters less likable than before.

    Given the narration and plot (and the assumed enjoyment of the first book), the audiobook will be a “page-turner,” but it may render considerable less ultimate satisfaction. And yet, I'm ultimately withholding absolute judgment until I have finished the last book.

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