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The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 Audiobook

The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

Nathaniel is eleven-years-old and a magician's apprentice, learning the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a magician of unrivaled ruthlessness and ambition. When Lovelace brutally humiliates Nathaniel in public, Nathaniel decides to speed up his education, teaching himself spells far beyond his years. With revenge on his mind, he masters one of the toughest spells of all and summons Bartimaeus, a five-thousand-year-old djinni, to assist him. But summoning Bartimaeus and controlling him are two different things entirely, and when Nathaniel sends the djinni out to steal Lovelace's greatest treasure, the Amulet of Samarkand, he finds himself caught up in a whirlwind of magical espionage, murder and rebellion.

Set in a modern-day London spiced with magicians and mystery, The Amulet of Samarkand is an extraordinary, edge-of-your-seat thriller with many unexpected twists. Following Bartimaeus and Nathaniel in turn, the story introduces us to two wonderfully memorable characters destined to go through many adventures together and bound by a spell that is nearly impossible to break.

©2003 Jonathan Stroud; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an Imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the Critics Say

"One of the liveliest and most inventive fantasies of recent years." (Booklist)

"Spun into surprisingly colorful cloth." (The New York Times Book Review)

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    erin sherman oaks, CA, United States 02-24-11
    erin sherman oaks, CA, United States 02-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "give me more!"

    almost there but not quite... great setup, great ideas, just not the sparkle that i needed... that extra something that makes it special and different from the countless other magician books... Bartimaeus is hysterical though, yet that adds more disappointment when i think about the potential lost with a lackluster story. i will finish the series, but am not in a hurry, which as an obsessive reader, says a lot! I am crossing my fingers that the story gets better as the books progress but am not holding my breath.

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    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 01-25-11
    Brian Chicago, IL, United States 01-25-11
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    "Bartimaeus for President!!"

    What a great book! Jonathon Stroud has created a world ruled by Wizards. Not the Harry Potter style, but instead wizards who rely on the power of the demons that they trick and trap to do their bidding. I found myself rooting for the valiant, resourceful, and powerful demons, particularly Bartimaeus, while despising their weak, selfish, parasitic and often cruel masters. This book is great for preteen to adult.

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    Andre WALDORF, MD, United States 12-02-10
    Andre WALDORF, MD, United States 12-02-10
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    "Awesome!!!"

    I truely enjoy Bartimaeus sarcastic character. Great Audio for everyone. I didn't want to listen to the last 7 chapter until I was able to download the second book. I'm deployed so internet connectivity is not very good. It's a great purchase

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    Jeffrey Romeoville, IL, USA 03-08-10
    Jeffrey Romeoville, IL, USA 03-08-10
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    "Reader Simon Jones makes a great book Fantastic!"

    This great trilogy is read by Simon Jones who really does a fantastic job. His range of voices for the characters really brings you into the story. If you like the premise of the story line, you will not be disappointed.

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    KP United States 07-21-09
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    "Best Narrator Ever!"

    I'm so glad I listened to this story (vs. reading it) -- the narrator is incredible. Would make a great listen for the whole family.

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    Debra W. Haven, UT, USA 09-06-08
    Debra W. Haven, UT, USA 09-06-08 Member Since 2011
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    "One of the best I have ever read"

    I am an audio book junkie and this is one of the best I have ever listened to. Great Narrator and FUNNY. I read it all my kids and even my husband the non reader loved it.

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    Samuel Eagle River, AK, United States 06-02-08
    Samuel Eagle River, AK, United States 06-02-08 Member Since 2007
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    Hard to stop listening. The narrator is particularly good.

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    Carol san francisco, CA, USA 05-15-08
    Carol san francisco, CA, USA 05-15-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Book 1 of Sensational Trilogy"

    I like this book. It was quite good--after the first minute, I knew that the other books would be just as good. The author is amazing. He allows you see into the characters' minds so clearly that the story is as three dimensional as real life. The plot is intricate and interesting until the last sentence.
    by Charlie, age 10

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    Eric 02-07-08
    Eric 02-07-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Fun Fun Fun"

    I enjoyed it all. The narrator, whose voice had wonderful character development, the story with a lovely sense of slightly dark humor, and the fact that there are more books in this series for me to enjoy.

    A fun way to get lost in another universe. It wasn't so encompassing that I couldn't stop listening, but engrossing enough that I didn't want to.

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    Kate Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-03-08
    Kate Philadelphia, PA, United States 02-03-08 Member Since 2002
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    "A Fun Listen"

    I enjoyed Bartimaeus' witty & sarcastic voice in this book. The narrator did an excellent job bringing the characters to life - particularly the djinni Bartimaeus. I found myself smiling at the dialogue and mainly amused by the plot. I plan on happily listening to all three parts of this trilogy.

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