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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (6,784 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: November 2010 ISBN: 9780307738622
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It is 950 B.C.E., and King Solomon rules Jerusalem with a steely hand; a hand on which gleams a magic ring of immense and unforgiving power. Solomon has just begun work on his marvelous temple, charging Khaba, a formidable magician in his royal court, to oversee its construction. The workforce is an ill-behaved bunch of demons, a particularly unruly djinni named Bartimaeus among them. True to form, Bartimaeus promptly gets kicked off the temple project and assigned the even more miserable task of hunting bandits in the desert. There he crosses paths with Asmira, a highly skilled and loyal captain of the Queen of Sheba’s guard, on a suicidal mission to save her country from Solomon’s imminent attack. Of course, Bartimaeus has no intention of helping her. That is, until Asmira makes him an offer he cannot refuse. . . .

A spellbinding addition to Jonathan Stroud’s New York Times bestselling Bartimaeus audiobooks, The Ring of Solomon brims with dazzling wit, unforgettable characters, and powerful themes of freedom and slavery, with or without magical bonds. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] powerful, intriguing tale…Stroud’s Bartimaeus books could easily become the next Harry Potter.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “An enjoyable fantasy read…Stroud keeps readers on their toes. The characters are believable but still able to surprise, the plot is delightfully twisty, and the writing is engaging and humorous.”

    VOYA

  • A 2010 Los Angeles Times Book Prize Nominee for Young Adult Literature
  • A 2010 Costa Book Award Nominee for Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bayu Ramdani | 2/16/2014

    " Footnote nya selalu lucu2,, dan jalan ceritanya bagus alurnya.. penasaran sama trilogi-nya *malah belum baca T_T* "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tina Cavanough | 2/7/2014

    " As usual, another fun story about Bartimaeus, everyones favourite wisecracking djinn. Could read this all day. Stroud is so clever! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jody | 2/6/2014

    " Bartimaeus is back in the full sassy form that was somewhat missing from the 2nd and 3rd of the previous trilogy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 1/24/2014

    " I give this book five stars because of the humor and wit of Bartimaeus. His character is what makes these books by Stroud so enjoyable. If you enjoy tales of Arabian lands with a quick-witted djinni that causes mayhem and hilarity, I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alice Winchester | 1/23/2014

    " bartimaeus masih sama aja ya -_- mungkin aku lebih suka seri yang ini, mungkin karena asmira ya? keren banget dia :333 but still bartie is the most!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Casey Middlebrooks | 1/10/2014

    " If you liked the original trilogy with it's cynical and sarcastic humor, you wil not be disappointed in this prequel. If you have not read the original, no worries; this story is not related to the others. A fun story and if you have the chance an excellent audio version. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Helen Carr | 1/10/2014

    " Entertaining, enjoyed reading this. Took me awhile to realise I needed to read the footnotes as well! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Walt | 1/5/2014

    " As with other Bartimaeus Books, this was excellent. I had my doubts about an all-powerful ring; but the story was very good. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 1/2/2014

    " This book starts a little slow but by half way or so you can't put it down. The book keeps you interested with plenty of twists and turns mixed with humor, adventurer, and great characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tyler | 6/11/2013

    " This is my favorite book of all the Bartimaeus books! The writing is excellent, the plot is gripping, and you have to love the characters. This book stands on its own and can be read on its own, but it's better if you at least read The Amulet of Samarkand first. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stephkearl | 6/6/2013

    " I like this series of books, but this was just okay. The original trilogy is better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Palsay | 4/30/2013

    " everytime I read this serial, I couldnt help myself picture them in screens...kira-kira kapan ya dipilemin? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marian Librarian | 4/20/2013

    " I love Bartimaeus. He makes me laugh out loud. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 4/19/2013

    " Began a bit slow, but the end was typically exciting. Bartimaeus's wit shines through again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenny | 3/30/2013

    " Not my favorite book in this series, but still enjoyable. I love Bartimaeus' POV best and it's worth reading the entire series just for his amusing footnotes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 BookWyrme | 3/7/2013

    " cool addition to the bartimaeus trilogy, should be more of them "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/19/2012

    " This is a prequel to a trillogy, written last buyt I read it first. Interesting. Spirits, deamons, djinni, magicians, battles, etc. Leaves you wanting more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stacey | 10/1/2012

    " typical Bartimaeus book. If you love the djinni, you'll love this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ellie (a.k.a. QE3) | 9/26/2012

    " Of course they had to put that little "E." after the B.C. Thanks to the Borders (R.I.P. ...Or was it B&N?) display shelves for letting me know about this! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 7/18/2012

    " A fun addition to the Bartimaeus series. Bartimaeus is as witty as ever. Thoroughly enjoyable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marielle | 5/13/2012

    " Bartimaeus, I've missed you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 10/14/2011

    " 3.5. Bartimaeus is great, as usual, but the first half of the novel really drags. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eleanor Kinsel | 8/17/2011

    " I didn't think I would like this book that much but I read it anyway because it was the prequal to one of my favorite series. I am so glad I read it!!!!! I might even like it better than the actual Bartimaeus Trilogy! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tahlia | 5/21/2011

    " If you haven't read the other Bartamaus books, then I reccommend that you do. This is a read-alone book not related to the other series but using the same main character. He's delightfully funny and Jonathan Stroud is a master story teller. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 5/12/2011

    " It was fun to get more background on Bartimeaus, although I missed the rest of the main characters... Still, a great read, witty as ever.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadia | 5/9/2011

    " This has all the wit and humour that made the original trilogy such a delight. Bartimaeus is possibly the best person narration I've ever come across. Let's hope there's more where this novel came from. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Qing | 5/4/2011

    " I have forgotten just how funny Bartimaeus is and under all that bluff lies something that is really quite sweet.

    Were there that many footnotes in the original trilogy? Not that they weren't funny, but it slowed me down, reading it on the Kindle, which bothered me just a little. "

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

    " Yup, I picked it up because it won SLJ's Battle of the Books, and now I cannot wait to dive into the rest of the Bartimeus trilogy. Good stuff! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/19/2011

    " I liked this better than the 3rd Bartimaeus. I also really love Simon Vance! "

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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.