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The Ring of Solomon

A Bartimaeus Novel
Lu par : Simon Jones
Série : Bartimaeus, Volume 4
Durée : 12 h et 37 min
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Bartimaeus, everyones favorite (wise-cracking) djinni, is back in book four of this best-selling series. As alluded to in the footnotes throughout the series, Bartimaeus has served hundreds of magicians during his 5,010 year career. Now, for the first time, fans will go back in time with the djinni, to Jerusalem and the court of King Solomon in 950s BC. Only in this adventure, it seems the great Bartimaeus has finally met his match. He'll have to contend with an unpleasant master and his sinister servant, and he runs into just a spot of trouble with King Solomons magic ring.

©2010 Jonathan Stroud (P)2010 Listening Library

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  • Alia
  • 26/12/2010

Quirky and Fun

I listened to the original Bartimaeus Trilogy and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this new one. I got a surprise, however, because this one was even better than the previous three! It has all of the things I liked about the trilogy, and none of the things I didn't like. It skipped over the explanations of magical learning and the politics of the present day government, which I found a bit tedious. It was also lighter-hearted and had a more satisfying ending. The writing was just as good, or maybe better, and the story had a lot more action in it.

Bartimaeus fans will certainly not be disappointed, for there are plenty of antics from your favorite fun-loving demon, and new-comers to the series do not have to listen to the previous trilogy to understand the story, as this one takes place over a thousand year before it! If you are looking for something out-of-the-ordinary in that vague cross-genre space between fantasy and sci-fi that has a little magic, a little history, and a little humor, then this book is for you.

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  • Eileen
  • 12/12/2010

The magical wit of Bartimaeus

While I didn't find the storyline here to be anywhere near as addictive or engrossing as the original Trilogy (the only reason I gave it 4 stars instead of 5), the hilarity that ensues every time Bartimaeus opens his mouth makes this well worth listening to. Simon Jones is one of the best narrators out there, and I could listen to him all day. His reading of Bartimaeus's dialog is LAUGH OUT LOUD funny. He makes me wish I was trained in the magicians' arts so that I could summon the resourceful and wise-cracking djinni to keep me company. I'm happy to let Bartimaeus recharge his essence in The Other Place for a while, but I hope that this is not the last we see of him. I just hope that the human characters are a bit more interesting next time around - they were a little weak in this one.

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  • Dottie B.
  • 09/09/2011

Fantastic!

How I loved the Bartimaeus audiobooks. I have hated when they come to an end.
They are clever, amusing and funny. This 4th book in the series is just as good as the first three.
And Simon Jones is an absolutely wonderful reader.
I highly recommend!

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  • Emiko
  • 17/04/2011

Another Great Book

I agree that this book is a bit different than the books in the trilogy. I loved the trilogy- and I highly enjoyed this book as well. I knew from reading the summary that it was way before the other books so I didn't expect anything other than Bartimaeus to be carried over. It was slightly slower getting started (and I mean very slightly) than the previous books. But there was nothing about this book that could possibly get me to subtract any stars. Definitely a stand-alone book, and highly enjoyable. I sincerely hope that this is not the last Bartimaeus book! Don't hesitate, get this book and you won't be disappointed!

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  • meeve
  • 05/12/2010

Great listen & A Must Read for Bartimaeus Fans

The Ring of Solomon has the coziness and laughter of spending time with Bartimaeus again, a fast-paced and compelling story, and wonderful new characters with plenty of depth and surprises. Simon Jones is, once again, the perfect voice of Bartimaeus.


Fans of the Bartimaeus Trilogy will be delighted to get a deeper understanding of Bartimaeus's character and background. Just keep in mind that while the action in the the Trilogy takes place over a period of about six years, The Ring of Solomon begins and ends in about two weeks. There _is_ very satisfying character development, but it's not going to be the same as in the Trilogy.


A Nit-Pick: Fans of the Bartimaeus Trilogy on audio will notice a slightly lesser quality for The Ring of Solomon. Not enough to bring down the rating, but a bit disappointing. There is none of the music at the beginning I love in the other books, and Simon Jones seems to have been, well, rushed. The voices are not entirely consistent, and there were some unexpected pauses. Some pauses were caused by the reader and some introduced in the editing of the program. (I hope this is not a trend for the publishers to save money on audio productions!) Again, it's a minor problem and probably only noticeable to fans like me who've listened to the other books many. many times.


I would love to hear the thoughts of someone who has not already read/heard the first three Bartimaeus books!

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • J Landau
  • 08/12/2010

Quick, entertaining

This book features, more than previous volumes in the series, Bartimaeus in his usual irreverent self. Fun plot, a *little* slow to start (defining elements key to this series) but once going, it moved. Good female main character playing against the jini. Though the plot, once you know the elements and threads involved, is a bit predictable, the author gets you there with some surprises. I like the reader very much -- in fact, I cannot imagine reading these books, as the reader's voice is SO Bartimaeous. Enjoyable, and one I will return to listen to again. 4 stars due to a bit slow to start, and that is entertainment not memorable literature.

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  • Jared M
  • 25/03/2011

NEXT PLEASE!!!

Pairing up Jonathan Stroud and the fabulous Simon Jones is worth a credit every time. I love these books. All the Bartimaeus stories are so fun!. Well written and so entertaining. Please Jonathan live forever and keep churning out Bart books for us.

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  • Derek B.
  • 20/02/2011

As great as the rest of the series!

As simple as I can say it, it is as great as the rest of the series! I loved every single moment!!!!

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  • Emily
  • 03/02/2011

Bartimaeus is back!

Because I loved the trilogy so much, I was a little nervous how this would play out. Stroud did not disappoint. It's a great prequel and Bartimaeus is as funny, witty, loveable and flippant as always.

The pace is fast and the story draws you in. I found myself washing the dishes twice just so I could prolong the task and listen more.

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  • Kevin McLaughlin
  • 05/02/2011

Fantastic

A great addition to the "trilogy" this prequel gives us more Bartimaeus in all his self aggrandizing and sarcastic glory. This novel is found in the young adults section, but truly it's for any age. I have listened to the whole series a few times now purely to enjoy bartimaeus' snarky wit. Simon Jones is the perfect narrator for the characters as well. Top notch!

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  • matraque
  • 15/11/2010

Schon in Salomons Jerusalem sorgte Bartimäus für allerhand Wirbel

Nach der ebenso lustigen wie dramatischen Trilogie um Djinnie Bartimäus und Zauberlehrling Nathaniel kehrt Jonathan Stroud unserer Epoche den Rücken. Er erzählt nun, wie es Bartimäus zu Zeiten Salomons erging.
Das Ergebnis ist ähnlich unterhaltsam wie seine Vorgänger, die dieser Geschichte aber drei Dinge voraus haben:
° Bartimäus hat zwar seinen sarkastischen Humor nicht verloren, ihm fehlt aber lange ein ähnlich interessanter Gegenüber und Stichwortgeber wie Nathaniel;
° Die als Handlungsfaden dienende Intriege hinkt weit hinter der Komplexität der ersten drei Bücher her;
° Das alternative Universum mit Magie und "Dämonen" aller Art verliert durch den historischen Schauplatz etwas von seinem Reiz.

Die Handlung erleidet zwar nach einem starken Start einen Durchhänger, aber spätestens nachdem die Handlungsstränge zusammenfinden, kehrt die Unterhaltung der Vorgängerbücher zurück, so daß ich statt 3 doch 4 Sterne vergebe.
Kurz zur Handlung: Bartimäus fällt bei Salomon in Ungnade, soll von einem finteren Magier an Salomons Hof umerzogen werden und trifft auf eine Abgesandte der Königin von Saba, die ihn tiefer in eine Intrige um Salomons Ring mit ungeahnten Folgen treibt.

Fazit: Selbstredend ein Muss für alle Bartimäusfans, Kenntnis der anderen Bücher ist nicht nötig, um gut unterhalten zu werden. Der große Vorteil gegenüber der deutschen Hörbuchfassung: ungekürztes Vergnügen, stark vorgetragen von Simon Jones!
Bleibt zu hoffen, dass dies nicht das letzte mal bleibt, dass ein gewisser Djinn von sich hören lässt.

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  • Carola
  • 03/02/2011

Bartimaeus is back!

Als allererstes muss ich sagen, dass ich mir vom vierten Band der Reihe nicht so viel erwartet habe. Eine Vorgeschichte zu einer bereits erschienenen Reihe hat es immer schwer. Noch dazu, wenn die Reihe derart genial und einmal ist, wie Strouds Bartimäus.
Ich bin also rein mit der Vorfreude auf Bartimäus' Sarkasmus in die Geschichte gestürzt und wurde diesbezüglich sofort belohnt. Bartimäus ist im neuen Roman absolut er selbst und das heißt: genial schlagfertig und zum Kugeln witzig. Selbst seinen Hochmut und das selbstbeweihräuchernde Geschwätz ist großartig und Stroud schafft es genau die Kurve zu kriegen, bevor die Art seines Protagonisten ins Nervige abrutscht.

Der Roman ist einerseits aus der Perspektive von Bartimäus erzählt und stellt andererseits die Gedankenwelt der neuen Hauptperson Asmira vor, die sich später als die Retterin und noch Einiges mehr für den Dämon entpuppt. Sie bildet das ausgleichende Element zum großmäuligen Dämon, geht aber trotzdem neben ihm nicht unter. Sympathisch und dazu geeignet, Bartimäus auf Trab zu halten.

Zum Audiobook selbst lässt sich sagen, dass der Sprecher Simon Jones unglaublich gut gewählt ist. Allein bei seinem Akzent könnte ich dahin schmelzen. Dazu kommt, dass Jones jeder Figur eine eigene, passende Stimme verleiht. Was das Audiobook noch kurzweiliger und spannender werden lässt, als der Roman ohnehin schon ist.

Insgesamt kann ich das Audiobook nur wärmstens empfehlen! Mir hat es unglaublichen Spaß gemacht, es zu hören und es wird garantiert nicht bei dem einen Mal bleiben!

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  • Birgit Neumann
  • 21/09/2015

Simon Jones reads fantastically!

Halten Sie die Hörbuch-Ausgabe von The Ring of Solomon für besser als das Buch?

Yes, Simon Jones brings the book and all the different characters but especially the black cynical and sarcastic Bartimaeus to live.

Welcher Moment von The Ring of Solomon ist Ihnen besonders im Gedächtnis geblieben?

Chapter 24

Wie hat Ihnen Simon Jones als Sprecher gefallen? Warum?

Wide arrea of voices

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  • Ralph Hummel
  • 13/03/2012

Excellent follow up on the Bartimaeus Trilogy

It is rare that I find intereset in a prequel to a series of books, but as Simon Jones had done such a wonderful job reading the the first three books, I was intrigued to say the least, and have not regretted my decision for this book. Witty, funny and intelligently written by Jonathan Stroud, the excellent performance of Simon Jones adds just that extra bit that made me give a 5-star rating for this production. I can only recommend it wholeheartedly. You are in for a rolercoaster of fun-packed fast paced fantasy, mixed with a good dose of british humor that makes a total recipy for success. I can't wait for the next episode!

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  • Lisa Egold
  • 30/08/2018

I loved it

The Bastimaeus sequence is absolutely wonderful. it's funny and witty, gripping and you identify easily with the characters, their emotions, talents and flaws.

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  • Vivelse
  • 06/11/2017

very entertaining and cleverly told

This is the last book the Bartimaeus Series and it's just as entertaining as the others.
I love the kind of fed up, kind of hopeful, ironic language of Bartimaeus.
It's a story of vanity and bravery of adventure and a bit of big questions and most of the times it's a lot of fun.