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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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    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT, United States 11-17-12
    Amazon Customer Lehi, UT, United States 11-17-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Beautifully written, brilliantly read"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Golem's Eye to be better than the print version?

    In the print version, the addition of the footnotes is obvious--and they are too funny to skip. However, I found that including the footnotes in the spoken narrative was handled well by the narrator and they enhanced the story differently.


    What did you like best about this story?

    One of the best things that occurs throughout this series is the development of the characters. I am often frustrated by young characters that never learn from experience or change as they mature. These characters are moved by their lives; their experiences make them different.


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    Crystal California 02-19-12
    Crystal California 02-19-12 Member Since 2016

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    The character of Kitty Jones was a good addition. The narrator really brings this story to life. Now to book 3.

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    Kathy 08-10-11
    Kathy 08-10-11
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    "Great book - what's the deal with the pricing?"

    I have very much enjoyed both the first two books and their narration - highly recommended. What I am having trouble understanding is why each book in the series is priced successively higher. The second book is the longest of the three, but the third book is significantly more expensive and moves from one to two credits - seems like kind of a sucker punch from Audible, gouging the listener as they get hooked on the series. I'm very disappointed Audible.

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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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    Love these books

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    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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