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3.00004132999938 out of 53.00004132999938 out of 53.00004132999938 out of 53.00004132999938 out of 53.00004132999938 out of 5 3.00 (48,391 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jonathan Stroud Narrator: Simon Jones Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Bartimaeus Sequence Release Date: October 2003 ISBN: 9780807219553
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The first audiobook in a thrilling new trilogy about an apprentice magician and the powerful djinni he summons.

Nathaniel is a young magician with only one thing on his mind: revenge.

As an apprentice to the great magician Underwood, Nathaniel is gradually being schooled in the traditional art of magic. All is well until he has a life-changing encounter with Simon Lovelace, a rising, star magician. When Simon brutally humiliates Nathaniel in front of everyone he knows, Nathaniel decides to speed up his magical education, teaching himself spells way beyond his years. Eventually, he masters one of the most difficult spells of all: summoning the all-powerful djinni, Bartimeus.

But summoning Bartimeus and controlling him are two very different things--and Nathaniel may be in way over his head. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2004 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nidah (SleepDreamWrite) | 2/19/2014

    " Had picked this up at an airport bookstore, looking for something to read. Cover looked interesting as the summary. Wasn't sure if I was going to like this. Didn't like Nat and Kitty at first. The genie was interesting. Writing was pretty good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Alaric Moras | 2/18/2014

    " Childish and a little immature, the plot is good but drags on occassion. The sarcastic slapstick humour however is worth it. Couldn't stop myself buying the 2nd and 3rd book, though, jut to see where it goes! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sofia | 2/13/2014

    " A solid, quick, and entertaining read. Bartimaeus is delightfully clever and well realized. For me, the major weakness of the book is Nathaniel. He is so petulant and I suppose he's not supposed to be liked, but there are times when he's just an insufferable protagonist. Were it not for him, I would have rated this four stars for sure. I hope he's not back in the next books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Daniel | 2/4/2014

    " Fun story and enjoyed reading it. once it came to reading the second book in the series I stopped, i had no investment into the characters so I moved on to bigger and better books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ashley | 1/25/2014

    " interesting story, but took me time to really get into it. I'm hoping that now that I am familiar with the story background and magical world the second book will be a quicker and more interesting to me more! The best part was the ending, that's when I finally couldn't put it down!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colin Cordill | 1/21/2014

    " Great book!! One of the main characters was very frustrating becuase he was a reckloose and yoiu could jst see all the trouble he was going to get into, but then at the same time the other main character was very level headed and senseable.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Al | 1/18/2014

    " I haven't wanted to strangle a main character so thoroughly in a long, long time. Cheers to Stroud for creating an obnoxious human you want to punch, and an "evil" djinn you want to, well, hang out with. Bartimaeus is unlikeable in a likeable way, and at least has some roundness, humor and personality to him. Nathaniel was simply tedious to read about, and, despite the writing in this book being a little basic, I still found myself slogging through the sections narrated by him. Overall a fun enough quick read with an interesting "magic" system (although Furies of Calderon has a similar system in which magicians are only as powerful as the creatures they can summon, but is a much better book)--but I won't eagerly pass this on to others, and I won't pick up the next in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jared | 1/17/2014

    " Overall a decent book, but not great. I enjoyed Bartimaeus's perspective and the writing when it was him, but the kid was just flat annoying. The story was passable, so I'll probably be reading the rest of the series at some point. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena | 1/15/2014

    " Great book! Bartimaeus is just too funny. I love the back and forth between him and Nathaniel. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 12/24/2013

    " One of the best books I've ever read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Faizah Aulia Rahmah | 11/29/2013

    " both nathaniel sama bartimaeus , sama2 gila x)) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jeff | 11/23/2013

    " I think the footnotes were excellent! Bartimaeus' running commentary from his perspective was fun. I lost steam partway through, I think Nathaniel's character wasn't as dynamic as I would have liked. Still enjoyed it overall. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Noah | 11/23/2013

    " I didn't read this book that date. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sabeeka | 3/12/2013

    " This is my favorite book of ALL times !!! I would say its even better than Harry Potter. Love it so much that I can read it over and over again and never get bored. I would recommend everyone to read it. It's witty and the main character Bartimeus is the most awesome jinn everrrr...!!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeanne | 2/17/2013

    " THe kid is not very likeable but I suspect he improves over the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sutharshan | 1/5/2013

    " my first foray into other magician books besides potter.good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tonderdo | 7/22/2012

    " Listen to this book read by Simon Jones. You will fall in love with Bartimaeus as I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tiffany Hargrove | 10/20/2011

    " Entertaining read with a great story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nidhi | 9/17/2011

    " The footnotes make the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 MaryAnn | 8/7/2011

    " Fun read. Lots of onery goings on by the demons and humans. For those who loved Harry Potter but are ready for a richer vocabulary. Steady action and adventure, and even though we may not exactly know who the good guy is (or even if there is one), we know who the bad guys are. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ivan | 5/23/2011

    " Interesting book and very funny at times. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Liz | 5/16/2011

    " Young adult fantasy; I enjoyed the unpredictability of the plot, although the characters' flaws make them less likable than is usual for YA lit. I keep waiting for some redemptive finale where the characters transcend their weaknesses. Still waiting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alex | 5/12/2011

    " I loved this book and the entire trilogy. The creativity and complexity of the rituals and summons was clearly well investigated as well as the historical events mentioned. I love the cleverness of Bartimaeus as he uses his quick tongue to escape. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Isabell | 5/7/2011

    " I heard this as an audiobook some time ago and enjoyed it greatly. Bartimaeus is a great character and this book contains so much funny moments. I'll probably listen to it again some time soon. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emilia | 5/3/2011

    " Very fun book. Liked the style and the voice. Enjoyed the plot as well as the feel of the book. Was just what I was looking for. Look forward to getting and reading the next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ms. Chicco | 5/3/2011

    " So far, this is very entertaining. Bartimaeus is a terrific narrator. The language is difficult, as it takes place in modern-day London and some of the speech is British. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cg | 5/2/2011

    " Really enjoyed this young reader book. I "read" it in audio and it was well performed so that helped. Very creative. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cyndy | 4/30/2011

    " Intriguing - don't know about reading the full set; will definitely read #4
    Am slowly working my way through the 2011 "battle" books "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 4/27/2011

    " A dark and witty kid's adventure story. It's like Harry potter, and in some ways even better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jacqueline | 4/27/2011

    " This book was so amazing and wonderful. It just made me so happy. Bartimaeus' lip and quick wit is so enjoyable, and I absolutely love Nathaniel (well love/hate sorta). Completely in love with the trilogy. So fantastic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 4/25/2011

    " It is a different approach and I liked the asides from the demon. "

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About the Author
Author Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Stroud is the author of the New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy, as well as The Leap, The Last Siege, Buried Fire, and Heroes of the Valley. He lives in England with his family.

About the Narrator

Simon Jones is an AudioFile Earphones Award-winning narrator. He has appeared in the films The Devil’s Own, Twelve Monkeys, For Love or Money, Green Card, Brazil, Monty Python’s Meaning of Life, and Miracle on 34th Street. His television appearances include a role in The Cosby Mysteries and Murder She Wrote, and he has been featured in nine Broadway productions.