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Publisher's Summary

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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Wonderfully New way to storytelling.

Loved it. Planning on listening to it several times. Enjoyed the narrator's changing voices for the different characters making the story come to life.

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highly entertaining and fun

elegant with thoughtful themes parallelling
to real life. great characters and fun plot. very visual - would make a great film !

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Even better than the first one

I really enjoyed the first book but this one was even better. In this book, you will get to know more about the characters and their backgrounds. Bartimaeus is still his funny comical self but this 2nd book has a lot more action and excitement in it. ( would make a great movie series) Looking forward to reading the next one.

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  • Keith T.
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one of the best stories around

Great performance and a great story. Be sure to catch the first book in this series before reading this one.

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Well read

Narrarator is great. Slow, but solid. Does a great job of differentiating characters. Highly recommend.

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Amazing

Even better than the first book. With each chapter you're dying to hear more. A wonderfully written book of mystery, magic, and best of all Bartimaeus! I recommend it to children and adults who enjoy adventure in a fantastical world of magic.

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very engaging

very good imagery, story flows well, and is very entertaining, would recommend for any age

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Not as good as the first but still good.

I really enjoyed the Bartimaeus chapters and his sarcasm. I fealt the story needed more memorable foes like Faquarl and Jabor. Overall I do recommend this book but still not as enjoyable as The Amulet of Samarkand.

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Delightful! Lovely humor!

Story and pacing immediately immerse the listener in a white water ride. The conversations and narrative by Bartimaeus are totally engaging. Characters are distinct and well drawn. The story is adventurous and ranges from light to dark subjects and scenarios. I was so engrossed that sleep got put off until 4 AM for several nights. I think Simon Jones could deliver a riveting rendition of a dictionary or the congressional record. He is an extremely skilled dramatist.

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Wow, it only gets better

If you enjoyed the first, you will love this one. Story keeps on building. Bartimeus is still lol funny.