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Monday, April 15, 2013

Review: The Amulet of Samarkand

The Amulet of Samarkand
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Genre: Fantasy
Series: Bartimaeus Trilogy
Publisher: Listening Library
Release Date: October 24, 2003
Audiobook: 13 hours and 30 minutes
Narrator: Simon Jones

Source: Free from
Buy the Book: Amazon
Book Description
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.

This is another free audiobook I picked up last year from  As you can see I am trying to complete all the free audiobooks before I get more this summer.  5 more to go.
This book has been out for awhile but I had never heard of it.  Where have I been?  Really?  I really liked this audiobook.  The story's about an eleven year old boy named Nathaniel who is adopted by a magician to be his apprentice.  Nathaniel's world is filled with private tutors in magical topics, reading books about the history of magic, and basically learning everything related to magic.  But when he has an ego crushing encounter with Simon Lovelace (an powerful adult magician)  he decides to speed up his learning process for one purpose and one purpose only...Revenge.
I really like the way this story was told.  It was not though the eyes of Nathaniel but from a powerful djinni named Bartimaeus.  Who is a hoot!  I loved his sense of humor and wit.  And it would completely make sense to me if you were 5,000 years old and got summons by a pre-teen, you would be a little quick witted and snarky at times too.  LOL!
The story really does not have a dull moment in it.  But it does leave a ton of unanswered questions.  A ton!  Like who are the back alley kids?  How are you just going to leave me hanging like that.
I was not really thrilled with one more thing.  Nathaniel is a mean, rude, and selfish kid.  Not Harry Potter at all.  Really he is!  He has only two relationships that were more loving and not so selfish.  And they were both with older women. Go #teamolderwoman.
This is a book that has found the perfect and most talented narrator.  Simon Jones read this book like a chap!  I loved his change in voice for each character, his British accent and his reading style.  This book and Simon Jones were a match made in audiobook heaven.
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I recommend this book to young readers 10 and up.

This book is number 8 in my Audiobook Reading Challenge
This book is number 6 in my TBR Reading Challenge
This book is number 9 in my Genre Variety Reading Challenge
This book is number 15  in my Goodreads Challenge

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