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
"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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Simon Jones was the reason I got this for my son & I - he narrated the Lionboy books and did a great job with them. The Bartamaeus Trilogy is a fun, exciting series, and Simon does it justice!
I loved this book! Not only is the book excellent, the narrator is great at doing all the different voices. I had to laugh out loud several times, specially during the Bartimaeus chapters. I really recomment this book to readers of all ages. Also the other two in the trilogy.
"holds the interest of intelligent, creative kids!"
The narrator, Simon Jones, truly makes this intelligent and well-written book come alive. I took a peek at the text version and the many footnotes and explanations are a bit distracting to read, but Jones carries it off well and portrays the sarcastic humour perfectly. I read this because my middle school class picked it for our student book club. My students said they learned a lot of new vocabulary without feeling like they were being taught! Bravo to Stroud for holding the interest of middle school students. This book is great to listen to with your own child as well. My nine year old and I cuddled and spent together time as we listened.
Being a raging insomniac, I tend to listen to a lot of audiobooks. Do not listen to this book while trying to drift off to sleep. Bartimaeus,the demon, is so sarcastic and funny that I kept laughing out loud and waking up my wife. She was NOT happy with me. If you like fantasy, magic, and wit all rolled into one, this series is for you. I only wish he would hurry up and write more!
"Got it for my 10 YO son but its mine now!"
As a rule, I listen to non-fiction, usually historical, but I wanted to find something that would catch the interest of my 10-year old son. I loaded it on my ipod so he could listen, but one day during my long commute home, I found that I was finished with all my historical books. So, on whim I started listening to THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. Bartimaeus must have worked a magical spell over me because I am powerless to resist this book. Imagine, a middle-aged and very serious-minded adult who can't stop listening to the Barimaeus Trilogy. This is a fantastic, charming and funny series, cleverly historical, too. As the young magician Nicholas would say, "I charge you to listen to this book."
"Witty, entertaining, well read"
Simon Jones made this book happen. His talent with the personalities, and ability to make the wit his own made a very entertaining series absolutely delightful. All three books in the series are worth a listen. You will be highly entertained.
This is a very good book. Only during the past year or so have I gotten into the fantasy genre. Since I wasted 54 years waiting for this to occur, I have been doing a LOT of catchup. One thing I judge a book by is its "kid factor." This is a book that, in my opinion sits exactly in the middle. While I do prefer a bit more of an adult theme (my kids are approaching 30), I am preparing to download book 2.
It is odd, and I realize it is not going to happen, but I can't shake the feeling that somewhere Ford Prefect or Zaphod Beeblebrox might come shambling through just in the nick of time to pull Nathan out of some mess he has gotten himself into. His Master's name is Arthur after all. Weird.
"Amulet of Samarkand"
I really enjoyed this audiobook and would highly recommend it for adults and kids. Excellent narration and moves along quickly. I Can't wait to get the other titles in this series(3 titles altogether in The Bartemaeus series)
Y.A. fantasy novels, especially the trilogies or series, usually captivate me. This one does not. The narrator's lock-jaw delivery is extremely annoying. His performance takes a turn from character-acted to cloyingly overacted quickly and persists in a drone throughout. The story, itself, is unremarkable. The character of Bartimaeus, which you can infer from the title is quite central, is obnoxious in a way probably meant to be funny, but comes off as unsympathetic and irritating. The author takes over 6 hours of the narration to get to the point and by the time it arrived, I didn't care whatsoever to hear it.
I listened to the whole book hoping it would get better, but all I ended up with was a lot of commutes filled with eye-rolling boredom. I wasted a credit on this one.
Try Angie Sage's "Magyk," Terry Pratchett's "The Wee Free Men" and "A Hat Full of Sky" instead. I recommend that you pass on this book.
"Excellent story and a wonderful narrator"
This is a terrific book and Simon Jones' narration makes it come alive. Truly excellent.
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