Ptolemy's Gate : Bartimaeus

  • by Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • Series: Bartimaeus
  • 15 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government.But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London.Increasingly distracted, he is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever: the long-suffering djinni is growing weak from too much time in this world, and his patience is at an end. Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily completing her research into magic and Bartimaeus' past. She hopes to break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans, but will she be able to get anyone to listen?Before any of these problems can be resolved, disaster strikes London from an unexpected source, and the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathanial, and Kitty are thrown together once more. They have to face treacherous magicians, a long-fermented conspiracy, and an enemy from 'The Other Place' that threatens London and the world. Worst of all, they must somehow cope with each other.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved it 3 times over!

Wow, what an ending! It was better than I expected! I am a 39 year old male that likes Neil Gaiman type books along with Dean Koontz and Stephen King, but this series was incredible and I am now a huge fan! Good from 9-109 years of age!
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- Derek B. "It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!"

Hated the Ending

This was a horrible ending to a story that I have given 5 stars to up till the last chapter of the last book. I can't believe that Mr. Stroud put us through this whole suspenseful trilogy to cut the story off the way he did.
The Kitty, Nathaniel, Bartemaus relationship needed far more developement. It ended as if the writer got tired of typing and needed a quick end. We're left wondering why he lead us in certain directions of thought when those directions were to never happen.
There's a difference between a true English tragedy and a hack ending. It seems obvious that he is lining us up for another trilogy, but Mr. Stroud should have left a clean ending to this trilogy if he is really intending it to be a trilogy... Perhaps leave one hanging thread for a future set of books, but not a thousand.
The last chapter left me wondering, "What was the whole point here?" and "Why have us follow someone's many adventures, thoughts and feelings for THREE WHOLE BOOKS to leave their story cut short?" There seems to be no point in continuing another trilogy.
On a positive note, I LOVE the portayal of Bartemaus by this narrator. The witty English sarcasm of Bartemaus really plays off in the narration.
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- Paul "I've been an Audie Awards judge since 2008. I have enjoyed audiobooks since the days when they were called "Books on Tape"."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-20-2005
  • Publisher: Listening Library