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The Amulet of Samarkand

The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1
Lu par : Simon Jones
Série : Bartimaeus, Volume 1
Durée : 13 h et 30 min
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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.

©2010 Johnathan Stroud (P)2010 Listening Library

Critiques

"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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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Eric Shields
  • 08/02/2008

A real treat

I find it amusing how many people compare this book to Harry Potter. Yes, they both involve magic, but that's the end of the similarity. The very basis of magic in this book is that magicians are evil, scheming, and enjoy enslaving other beings. In Harry Potter Magic itself was pure, free to be used in any way desired. But that's all I'll say on that, as this is a review of Bartimaeus, not Harry Potter.

After only the opening chapter, I was in love with the writing style Stroud uses in this book. The characterization of the djinni, Bartimaeus, is absoutely amazing and delightfully enjoyable to listen to. Nathaniel's character was not as interesting, but held true to what one would expect in a child that age.

After being horribly spoiled by the phenomenal narration of people like Stefan Rudnicki (Numerous books, including most Orson Scott Card books), Scott Brick (Harry Potter, US edition I believe), and Michael Kramer (Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time), I was hoping for someone I wouldn't mind listening to. What I got was another fantastic narrator in Simon Jones. He really brings the characters to life.

All in all, there is little negative to say about this audiobook. The story is rather predictable, but it still immerses you in an interesting magical world, not your standard fare. I would recommend this book for both adults and children, though not young children under the age of 10 or so, due to it's dark and relatively violent nature.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Emiko
  • 17/04/2011

Favorite Book in a Long Time!

I love listening to books when I can't read them. But I am rather picky about narrators. With the wrong narrator, I can't even make it through a book I highly enjoyed reading. In the car, or working around the house with my iPod docked, I listen to children's books because I have two small children and I don't want them hearing profanity or adult content. All that being said, this is the ONLY book that I have ever become completely enthralled with in the first 5 minutes of listening! The author was extremely witty and Simon Jones does an excellent job. I can't say enough about Simon Jones with this set of books!!! He easily replaced Jim Dale as my favorite narrator (which I thought could never happen). Some kids books are hard to listen to- this one is not. I can't imagine anyone, old or young, not enjoying this book and this series!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Randy
  • 09/05/2008

Terrific Trilogy

'The Bartimaeus Trilogy' gets 5 stars for all three books, not only for plot and story, but for Simon Jones' award-winning narration.

Set in a London full of greedy and back-stabbing magicians, who get their power by summoning and enslaving entities (not Demons; Bartimaeus finds that insulting) from the 'Other Place', we first meet Nathaniel as a 12-year-old magician's apprentice. Talented, eager and impatient, he's not always a 'good' boy or even very likeable. We can understand him though, and see why he acts like he sometimes does; it is the way other magicians behave, and we can see what motivates him and why. Deep down, we also realize he does indeed have a caring and good soul.

Bartimaeus, the 5000-year-old djinni Nathaniel enslaves to do his bidding, is a riot, and also has a few tricks up his sleeve to keep Nathaniel in line. He is one of the funniest beings I've ever come across. Bartimaeus is also a character with many sides, and his relationship with another young master thousands of years ago is actually very emotional as we learn more about it over the course of the three books.

Kitty completes the trinity of main characters, and gives our third point-of-view, that of a commoner fighting the oppression of the magic users. At first eager, then disillusioned, and in the finale more enlightened than any one, she provides a good balance to the goings on of Nathaniel and the upper-class of magicians.

Over the course of these three books, our three heroes change and mature, taking us along on a thrilling ride full of witty humor, scathing sarcasm, melodrama, tragedy and pathos.

Simon Jones does the story proud with brilliant narration and voices. Ranked as a Golden Voice by AudioFile Magazine, nominated for nine 'Audie' awards -two of them won- in 2006, he was also named 'Narrator of the Year'(2005) by Publishers Weekly. Star of stage and screen, we can all be thankful he still finds time to tell us stories like this one.

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  • Len
  • 24/11/2004

Original and Hysterically Funny

This is by far the best audio book I have ever listened to, and it's a classic case of where the narrator really makes the audio book shine above the original. Simon Jones was phenomenal...his accent, comedic timing, and fantastic voice acting added so much to this already original and captivating story. Both this book and its follow-up (Golem's Eye) are absolute musts, and I can't wait until the next one comes out.

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  • Patti
  • 26/11/2003

The Amulet of Samarkand: Book 1

This is a charmingly witty and entertaining book. That being said there a few darker sections but that's what gives depth to the story. The djinn, Bartimaeus's wry observations on the people and happenings throughout the book are perhaps what makes this story interesting for adults as well as young adults.
I think Simon Jones does a wonderful reading and that his British accent adds to the performance.
Even though it says Book 1, don't worry it doesn't leave you hanging at the end the way so many trilogy's do. This story is completely resolved but it does set the scene for the next book, which I hope is soon.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bryan J. Peterson
  • 05/10/2009

It's Arthur Dent as you've never heard him before!

For those who didn't get the title, Simon Jones is probably best known by some as the voice of Arthur Dent in the BBC's TV and radio adaptations of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. But he does an excellent job of narrating audiobooks from what I've heard, particularly here.
The Amulet of Samarkand opens with the spirit Bartimaeus being summoned by the apprentice magician Nathaniel and ordered to steal a powerful artifact from a ruthless magician. Unfortunately for Nathaniel, he quickly finds himself in way over his head, involved in matters of treachery and intrigue. And to make matters even more complicated the wisecracking, sarcastic Bartimaeus has his own agenda.
I particularly like how the book switches from Nathaniel's point of view over to that of Bartimaeus, and particularly how when speaking from Bartimaeus' point of view it switches to first person narration. I particularly like Simon Jones' narration during these points, as he easily and perfectly captures Bartimaeus' witty, often scathing sense of humor. I haven't finished the book yet but I can't put it down for long. And when I've enough credits saved up I intend to purchase the rest of the trilogy.

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Timothy
  • 31/10/2007

entertaining

While the story was predictable, the telling of it was fun to listen to and I found it quite entertaining. I especially enjoyed the character creations. I found Bartemaeus to be a delightfully sarcastic demon. I could almost envision Robin Williams' Djinni from the movie 'Aladdins Lamp' as I was listening. I was a bit disappointed with Nathanials development however. I didn't care for his pompousness and disregard for other people, but at least you know that deep down he does have a good heart.
I was also a bit confused by the chronolgy of the book. In one section they are talking about the War with the American colonies, and then later make references to people like Stalin, Lincoln and Churchill. In alot of ways the author was all over the place.
But; like I said, all of that aside, I still found it to be very entertaining and all in all I gave it four out of five stars.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Brie
  • 24/02/2009

Engaging for all ages

My laundry didn't get done, I didn't answer the phone and I didn't talk to a single member of my family until the final words were spoken. I downloaded it for my kids - they haven't heard it yet but I've listened to the entire trilogy. Hooks you in and doesn't let you go. Kids... mom's back!

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Randy
  • 08/01/2005

Excellent story, brilliant narration

After listening to dozens of audiobooks, Simon Jones has quickly become my favorite reader. With an easy-to-understand British accent, excellent vocal range and pacing, perfect enunciation and terrific character voices, he does yet another outstanding job with this book.

The book itself is something kids and adults will enjoy. The main characters, Nathaniel (a young magician's apprentice), and Bartimaeus (a demon conjured by Nathaniel and forced unwillingly to do his his bidding) are well-developed and brought engagingly to life by the reader. Bartimaeus's wry comments about Nathaniel and life in general will have the listener chuckling quite often.

Nathaniel is somewhat of an anti-hero at first; he's deceitful, proud, arrogant, and above all impatient to prove and test his abilities, which of course causes all kinds of tragedy, mayhem and suspense.

The author's style of writing several chapters first from the demon's viewpoint and then the boy's keeps things quite interesting and engaging. We get to see what's motivating both of them from different vantage points, and it works well to keep the story flowing smoothly and provides a cliff-hanger or two when we switch from one to the other.

Simon Jones also reads book 2, which is every bit as good as this one. Both are well-worth repeated listenings. Here's hoping he reads book 3 as well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • wendy
  • 12/03/2012

LOVE it

What made the experience of listening to The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

Wow... what a world Stroud invented here. Vivedly brought to life, with an internally consistent set of rules of how

What other book might you compare The Amulet of Samarkand: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1 to and why?

I started out thinking it would be sort of a Harry Potter style world. However, this was... different. Stylistically, and the whole philosophy of magic here - are very different from the Harry Potter. It's rather darker, and - different. Still very enjoyable, but don't expect Hogwarts v2.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The ending was very moving. Keep listening, it really wraps up the story well.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon-Kunde
  • 09/11/2006

Wunderbar lebendig gelesen

Der Sprecher gibt jedem Charakter seine eigene, passende Stimme - ohne in unnatürliche Extreme zu verfallen wie z.B. Rufus Beck bei 'Harry Potter'. So vergisst man bei der warmherzigen und femininen Stimme von Mrs. Underwood beinahe, dass der Sprecher ein Mann ist. Prachtvoll gelungen ist Dschinnij Bartimaeus mit seinem brillanten sarkastischen Humor. Die witzigen Fußnoten aus dem Buch gliedern sich ohne Bruch ein. Durch maßvolles Sprechtempo und sehr klare Aussprache auch für den Nichtmuttersprachler gut zu verstehen. Ich mochte das Buch, ich liebe das Hörbuch und werde es sicher mehrmals genießen!

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    4 out of 5 stars
  • aurelia_aurita
  • 04/03/2006

Spannend - Humorvoll - Hörenswert

Keine typische Fantansy-Geschichte, eher eine Mischung aus Magie, Geschichte, Intrigen und Krimi. Hauptfiguren sind der 12jährige Zauberlehrling Nathaniel und der Djinni Bartimeus, der von Nathaniel heraufbeschworen wird, um ihm bei einem Racheplan zu helfen. Darus entwickelt sich eine wirklich spannende und gleichzeitig witzige Geschichte, die auf jeden Fall hörenswert ist. Auch die Leseleistung von Simon Jones lässt nichts vermissen! Bin gespannt, wie es weiter geht. Gute vier Sterne!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Johanna
  • 18/10/2016

So viel besser als die deutsche Version!

Ich habe Bartimäus als Jugendliche gelesen und geliebt. Spannende Geschichte und, vor allem dank der unzähligen Fußnoten, mit sehr viel Witz geschrieben.
Da ich inzwischen das Hören von Büchern dem Lesen vorziehe, habe ich mir das Hörbuch geholt, zunächst auf deutsch.
Nach ca. 5 Minuten war dann die englische Version in meinem Warenkorb. Ich hätte mich mit dem deutschen Sprecher zwar irgendwie abfinden können, doch auch die Hälfte der Geschichte fehlte. Das Wörtchen "gekürzt" ist mir natürlich erst danach aufgefallen. Herausgekürzt wurde dabei leider so ziemlich alles, was den Witz und den Charme der Geschichte ausmacht.
Die englische Version ist doppelt so lang (!) wie die deutsche und damit vollständig. Auch der Sprecher ist perfekt für dieses Buch gewählt, es macht viel Spaß, ihm zuzuhören. Die Stimmen, die Betonung, the very British English - einfach genial.
Wer dem Englischen mächtig ist, sollte also auf jeden Fall dieses Hörbuch wählen. Und ansonsten lieber das Buch lesen.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • matraque
  • Dresden, Deutschland
  • 15/11/2010

Was wäre wenn...

...England eine von Magiern regierte Großmacht wäre
...die Grundlage ihrer Magie Dämonen unterschiedlichster Ausprägung wären
...manche dieser "edlen Geschöpfe" es nicht leiden können, als Dämon bezeichnet zu werden?
...und im Gegenzug allerhand fiese Kommentare über menschliche Unzulänglichkeiten zu bieten haben?
...sich ein besonders dreistes Exemplar der Spezies Djinn in den Diensten eines Zauberlehrlings wiederfindet?
...dieser ehrgeizige 12-jährige sich verkannt und gedemütigt fühlt und auf Rache sinnt
...diese Rache die Pläne einiger mächtiger Magier durchkreuzt
...und so dem Zauberlehrling die Kontrolle über das was geschieht mehr und mehr entgleitet?

Dann hat man die Zutaten für spannende, turbulente und höchst lustige dreizehneinhalb Stunden beisammen. Was kann man sich mehr von einem dankenswerter Weise ungekürztem Hörbuch erwarten? Nun da gibt es tatsächlich noch etwas: Einen brillianter Vorleser, der insbesonders Bartimäus' Monologe im Tonfall perfekt unterstreicht.

Fazit: Macht Freude auf mehr, zum Glück gibts 2 Fortsetzungen und neuerdings ein Prequel.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • "narv60"
  • 09/04/2011

Gutes Buch und super Sprecher!

Inhalt:

Die Geschichte von Nathaniel und dem Djinni Bartimaeus dürfte jedem gefallen, der Fantasyliteratur für Kinder und Jugendliche wie z.B. Harry Potter mag. Die Charaktere sind liebenswert, wenn auch nicht frei von Schwächen.

Aufnahme/Sprecher:

Das Buch liest sich bestimmt sehr gut - ich kann dennoch nur jedem zu dieser Hörbuchaufnahme raten, denn der Sprecher Simon Jones wertet das Buch durch seine geniale Interpretation der Charaktere - insbesondere des sarkastischen Dämons Bartimaeus - auf!

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Keith Fulcher
  • Bad Kreuznach, Deutschland
  • 16/03/2009

Great Book

The style in which this book is written will make you beg for more. This is not a story of a good little wizard, but rather a Bad Wizard and an Evil Genie. The insight into this Genie's mind will have you hurting from all of the laughing. You must read this.

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • ollepaten
  • Bad Mergentheim, Deutschland
  • 15/04/2007

Ein Ohrwurm auch f?r nicht englische H?rer!

Sehr guter Sprecher, sehr lebendig gelesen + formuliert !
Leicht Verst?ndlich !

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • EdP
  • 28/02/2019

captivating story !

Though this book is directed towards young adults and +12 kids, I thoroughly enjoyed it. The plot is interesting and rich, the characters well developed, the book-universe coherent and believable. The story-line across the whole series is GREAT.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Marco H.
  • 26/01/2019

Fantastische Interpretation eines tollen Buches

Die Stimme von Bartimäus ist fantastisch und bringt die unterschwellige Ironie, die das Buch ausmacht, sehr gut rüber.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Lisa Egold
  • 07/12/2018

Bartimaeus Trilogy

I just love the stories about Bartimaeus and Natty Boy. The author succeeds in bringing them to live as I listen to their playful sarcastic banter.
Caution, these books may cause weird looks when one brakes out in hysteric fits of giggles and laughter while reading/ listening. Happened to me more than once. ;)