Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral listeners of all ages.
©Jonathan Stroud; (P)Random House
"Steven Pacey's ebullient narration of Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand is a tour de force. Amulet is the first volume of a trilogy centred on the anarchic and enterprising djinni Bartimaeus, a powerful spirit whose experiences stretch back to Ptolemy, his favourite master. He is surprised to find himself summonded by Nathaniel, a precocious self-taught twelve-year old apprentice in magic... Stroud is a convincing manipulator of magic, and adults will enjoy the antagonistic alliance and perilous adventures as much as children will." (The Times)
"Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling." (The Independent)
"The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative." (Guardian Review)
"The narrative slips skilfully from first person to third and back, and Bartimaeus's voice is laugh-out-loud sassy, while Nathaniel's story has an engaging poignancy as he tries to prove himself in a world in which he has always been despised." (Sunday Times)
Downloaded this thinking it was more of a murder mystery - brilliant and I say that as a 50 something year old. Humour and good plotting have kept me going to and from work - I get a good 40 minutes of this excellent story, each way. In Waterstones, the book is in the 9-12 year old fiction shelf. Like the Simpsons, this works for any age.
We listened to this as a family on a 12 hour drive, and we were all entranced, kids and parents alike (the youngest is 8). Great story, well read and a pleasure. We're waiting for the next two stories from the trilogy.
Was not sure what to expect when I tried this series out. Was delighted to find that it was really enjoyable. The series deals more with an Anti-hero that a hero, and for that reason will appeal to those that like series such as Artemis Fowl and Herbie Brennan's Faerie Wars. The characters are not shallow and manage to keep you intrigued through-out. Harry Potter fans may also enjoy this series.
I got this on the strength of the existing reviews and was really glad I had. I found the initial chapter a bit confusing but once I picked up the storyline I couldn?t stop listening! I am now on the second book of the trilogy and really enjoying it!
This is a great reading of this book (which I have read a number of times before). Steven Pacey hits just the right note in his delivery of the characters, especially Bartimaeus, and slips between the various narrative styles seamlessly. I downloaded the other two in the series as well based on this and was not disappointed there either. I would certainly recommend this title.
I downloaded this for my daughter to listen to but got so involved in the story myself that she hasn't had a look in. Great stuff and makes my journey to work seem 5 minutes long !!!
I really enjoyed this audio book, especially with the wonderful narrator. Although i was disappointed to discover at the end that this is an abridged version - i prefer books as the author intended and worry i missed a brilliant experience!
The story is not good or bad it's a different take on the classic magician with a master story with intrigue and plotting. But the writing is good, it keeps you interested and you connect with the characters which are pretty well fleshed out. The performance is flawless as any piece from Stephen Pacey. Recommended.
I read this book as a teenager and remember it quite well. I was surprised and honestly quite irritated that a great many of the lines I remembered, including some of the funniest in the book, had been cut out. God knows who thought it was a good idea.
The print version of this series is one of the best trilogies I've ever read. The narration here was first-class, but nonetheless I have to give this 4 stars for Random House's stupid meddling.
I am a big fan of this whole trilogy and the audio version certainly does the book justice - you will not be disapointed with this one. Loved by children from 7 up and the parents too!
Imagine a world ruled by magicians deriving their power from their ability to control Djinn. The Sassy Djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a 12 year old apprentice. Very clever and thoroughly enjoyable mayhem ensues.
Highlights include cunning use of accepted mythology to enhance reality, superb characterisation, great villains and a very interesting sideways look at the recent past of Europe. Listeners will be delighted to learn that there is not a hint of Harry Potterness about this.
Even better is that there are two more books in the series which build on the plot very effectively.
You really want to download this!
"Thoroughly enjoyed it"
I haven't listened to too many audio books but this one is awesome.
I felt like he captured the way Bartimaeus would talk, he was excellent to listen to.
I laughed multiple times. Highly recommend this book for a good time.
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