The Amulet of Samarkand : Bartimaeus

  • by Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • Series: Bartimaeus
  • 9 hrs and 33 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

When the 5,000-year-old djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a young magician's apprentice, he expects to have to do nothing more taxing than a little levitation or a few simple illusions. But Nathaniel is a precocious talent and has something rather more dangerous in mind: revenge. Against his will, Bartimaeus is packed off to steal the powerful Amulet of Samarkand from Simon Lovelace, a master magician of unrivalled ruthlessness and ambition. And before long, both djinni and apprentice are caught up in a terrifying flood of magical intrigue, murder and rebellion. Set in a modern-day London controlled by magicians, this hilarious, electrifying thriller will enthral listeners of all ages.

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What the Critics Say

"Drama, humour and hypnotically engaging storytelling." (The Independent)
"The truly original touch is the way Stroud alternates Nathaniel's story with the djinni's own knowing and irascible first-person narrative." (Guardian Review)
"The narrative slips skilfully from first person to third and back, and Bartimaeus's voice is laugh-out-loud sassy, while Nathaniel's story has an engaging poignancy as he tries to prove himself in a world in which he has always been despised." (Sunday Times)

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Truly Magical

I am a big fan of this whole trilogy and the audio version certainly does the book justice - you will not be disapointed with this one. Loved by children from 7 up and the parents too!

Imagine a world ruled by magicians deriving their power from their ability to control Djinn. The Sassy Djinni Bartimaeus is summoned by Nathaniel, a 12 year old apprentice. Very clever and thoroughly enjoyable mayhem ensues.

Highlights include cunning use of accepted mythology to enhance reality, superb characterisation, great villains and a very interesting sideways look at the recent past of Europe. Listeners will be delighted to learn that there is not a hint of Harry Potterness about this.

Even better is that there are two more books in the series which build on the plot very effectively.

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- Rob

Thoroughly enjoyed it

Where does The Amulet of Samarkand rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I haven't listened to too many audio books but this one is awesome.


What about Steven Pacey’s performance did you like?

I felt like he captured the way Bartimaeus would talk, he was excellent to listen to.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed multiple times. Highly recommend this book for a good time.


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- Sean

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-01-2007
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks