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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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    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 Listener Since 2006
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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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    Chris Martinez St. Louis, MO 02-09-07
    Chris Martinez St. Louis, MO 02-09-07 Listener Since 2004
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    "Fantastic characters"

    If you read this review, do yourself a favor and download this entire trilogy. These books are so fun, my 9 year old and I had a great time laughing and growing attached to these characters!

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    Melodi jay, ME, USA 07-28-06
    Melodi jay, ME, USA 07-28-06
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    "the golem's eye : bartimaeus trilogy,book two"

    This is a fun adventure that had me at the edge of my seat the whole time. The author has out done himself. I would laugh out loud and even find myself a little teary eyed. The story just wraps you up in it so completely that you are waiting and listening with anticipation for the story to continue, and continue it does, on a ride the likes of wich few other writers have been able to accomplish. The main characters evolve in such a way that you find yourself not only cheering for them but holding your breath for them too. I have not heard or read a book quite like this one and I can truely say I would listen to it more than once and never tire of the story or the characters. The Bartimaeus Trilogy has become a classic not only for me but will be for everyone with any kind of imagination. I definitely recommend the entire trilogy to all ages.

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    Stephen Holden, MA, USA 06-25-06
    Stephen Holden, MA, USA 06-25-06
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    "Great Listen!"

    This entire series is an excellent listen! The reader is truly a great performer and injects just the right personality into the story. I highly recommend Bartimaeus!!

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    Suzette Orem, UT, USA 03-05-06
    Suzette Orem, UT, USA 03-05-06
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    "Five Stars"

    This is a great book. Very cleaverly written. It was almost as good as the first. If you want to lose yourself in a little light listening, this is the book for you.

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    B. Estes AL, USA 03-13-05
    B. Estes AL, USA 03-13-05 Member Since 2015

    L8DBUGTCHR

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    "Ho-hum"

    I found this book entertaining but a little slow. I love the saracasm and wit of Bartimaeus. He is very intelligent and the saving grace of this second volume. I like the fact that it leaves you hanging and wanting a little more. I will probably read the next one just to see what the characters gleaned, if anything, from this last experience. At least it ended giving me the impression that a different mind set might be there for a couple of the characters. What about that war in America too?

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brie McQueeney, TX, USA 02-24-09
    Brie McQueeney, TX, USA 02-24-09
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    "Must listen if only to keep the series going."

    I have noticed that the second book of every trilogy seems to be the weak link and this one is no exception. The characters are still engaging but the author is holding his cards a bit too close in anticipation of the final book. Still, you have to keep the flow going so it can't be missed and it's worth the ride.

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    Florida Native Florida 05-15-09
    Florida Native Florida 05-15-09 Member Since 2010

    Barbara

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    "Scattered"

    The story was scattered and jumped around a good bit. This book is not nearly as good as the first in the series. The author missed an opportunity to give the reader more insight into the thinking of John Mandrake's character.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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