Bartimaeus

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 105 ratings

The Amulet of Samarkand Publisher's Summary

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. And before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion.

Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral listeners of all ages.

©Jonathan Stroud; (P)Random House
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  • Book 1

    • The Amulet of Samarkand

    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 30 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22

    When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Truly Magical

    • By Rob on 09-03-07

    Regular price: $21.86

  • Book 2

    • The Golem's Eye

    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 35 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 19

    In The Amulet of Samarkand, the young magician Nathaniel won wide acclaim for his daring exploits in saving the powerful jewel for the government. Now, he seems set to continue his meteoric rise through the ministerial ranks. But the mysterious Resistance inflicts terrifying destruction on London, and soon Nathaniel's job and his very life are under threat, not only from the elusive Kitty and her companions, but from an unknown and bewildering source.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic book well narrated for start to finish.

    • By kalonga chaambwa on 11-16-18

    Regular price: $21.32

  • Book 3

    • Ptolemy's Gate

    • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Steven Pacey
    • Length: 9 hrs and 58 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18

    Three years on from the events in The Golem's Eye, the magicians' rule in London is teetering on a knife-edge, with strikes, riots, and general unrest. The Prime Minister is largely controlled by two advisors, one of whom is 17-year-old Nathaniel. Meanwhile, living under a false identity, Kitty has been researching djinn; she has come to believe that the only way to destroy the magicians is for an alliance of some kind between djinn and ordinary people.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome. Just Awesome

    • By Rob on 09-21-08

    Regular price: $21.32

  • Book 4

    • The Ring of Solomon

    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Jeff Rawle
    • Length: 9 hrs and 48 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Fans of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus books will devour this book - a cracking adventure brimming with magic, intrigue and a treasure trove of characters that the reader can't help but fall for. We find everyone's favourite irascibly insolent djinni serving at the court of King Solomon in 950 BC Jerusalem, where he is causing his customary chaos and must help a girl assassin sent by the Queen of Sheba to steal the all-powerful Ring of Solomon.

    Regular price: $21.31