Bartimaeus

4 books in series
4.5 out of 5 stars 10,346 ratings

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

©2010 Johnathan Stroud (P)2010 Listening Library
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  • Book 1

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

    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 13 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3,790
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,510

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Terrific Trilogy

    • By Randy on 05-09-08

    Regular price: $27.93

  • Book 2

    • The Golem's Eye

    • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 2
    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,628
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,689
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,693

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great fun

    • By Richard on 09-27-04

    Regular price: $31.93

  • Book 3

    • Ptolemy's Gate

    • The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3
    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 15 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,356
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,546
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,540

    Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Exceptional book, fantastic listen

    • By Thomas on 01-25-06

    Regular price: $39.95

  • Book 4

    • The Ring of Solomon

    • A Bartimaeus Novel, Book 4
    • By: Jonathan Stroud
    • Narrated by: Simon Jones
    • Length: 12 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,572
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1,199
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,197

    Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Quirky and Fun

    • By Alia on 12-26-10

    Regular price: $38.60