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The Ring of Solomon (Bartimaeus Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, 9 Nov 2010

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (9 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307738612
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307738615
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 2.9 x 15.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
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"...a prequel to the hugely popular Bartimaeus trilogy, about a sarcastic millennia-old djinni and a boy wizard with bags more personality than Potter... The Voice is as funny as ever, but there are passages of eerie beauty, and a shrewd message about fanatacism. "You don't need a djinni for this job." says Bart wearily, "Young men are best at dying for empty concepts." Stroud has lost non of his dazzle." (Suzi Feay Financial Times)

"This tale of the irascible djinni causing chaos in Jerusalem around 930BC will not disappoint. Wonderfully written and brilliantly plotted, this book provides an entertaining cast of characters and a satisfying denoument, with ends finally tied after many twists and turns. Bartimaeus himself is a brilliant creation, offering lots of comedy opportunities to the writer" (Marilyn Brocklehurst The Bookseller)

"May be the best one yet... Needless to say Bartimaeus is a tad resentful of the magicians and expresses his disgruntlement with wit, much sarcasm, and occasional magician-devouring." (Susan Goundrey Kruse Stories from the Web)

"A really funny read that focuses on high-speed action and comic chat...By the end you'll be repeating Bartimaeus's arsenal of put downs to your mates. The story has some neck-snapping twists and the thrills keep going to the finish. Fantastically gobby fantasy." (Thomas Murphy Flipside)

"If you haven't 'met' Bartimaeus yet then you are in for one hell of a treat - in my opinion he is one of the greatest character creations in modern children's literature, and he is certainly in my top ten favourite characters from any book, adult or child... I could go on and on! He is the kind of character that most children's authors might dream of creating, but Jonathan Stroud got there first and not only that, but he has the writing skills to make us come back for more and more... it is also a book that can be thoroughly enjoyed by all ages, from 11 upwards. And yes, I am including adults in this... Whatsmore, with five thousand years of Bartimaeus history to cover, Mr Stroud could be writing these for many years to come." (Darren Hartwell Book Zone (For Boys)) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is fantasy at its most fantastic - Bartimaeus is back! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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It is wonderful to immerse myself back in this story. I love the character and the writing style of this series and hope that there will be more to come.
The book came bound in plastic like a library book, but I don't mind because it protects the cover and obviously was not from an actual library. There was one page with a slight tear but otherwise it was in great condition. Very happy with my purchase.
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Jonathan Stroud, has long been a big name in the young adult world and yet I've only really read one of his titles before (Heroes in the Valley) which whilst fun, didn't exactly set my world alight and left me wondering exactly how he'd managed to earn the kudos of so many readers.

That was until I read this book. Whilst I haven't read other titles in the Bartimaus series, I was instantly struck with the authors writing style, that was not only fast paced but also written with an almost unparalleled level of humour as the reader follows the exploits of our heroic djinn. The style was crisp, the dialogue ideal but overall the real thing that sells the book is the principle character who not only stole the show but gave the reader a real link to the world in which he inhabited. This was done through his sense of humour alongside his warped principles for the way that the world should work which when backed up with an ego the size of a skyscraper really did make this something spectacular.

Finally add to this a seriously huge story arc, a huge selection of supporting cast members and an easy to access world made this ideal reading material and overall really has made me want to buy the previous titles so that I can have a lot more fun with the heroes other exploits. Great stuff, although judging by how the djinn have been pushed into service to create things for other, I do wonder if they sprinkled Jonathan's writing with some of their magic. It really is just too good to be true.
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As a fan of the loveable roustabout demon Bartimaeus I was surprised to see that Jonathan Stroud had brought the franchise back after a five-year gap. The original trilogy was a great read (with the middle story a real weak link, I should add) with a rich, deep universe full of potential for further stories. Instead of building upon the world he already created, Stroud goes back in time thousands of years before Nathanial to the world of King Solomon.

Bartimaeus has been summoned by one of Solomon's evil magicians to labor on some tedious building site, though a chance encounter with a strange girl traveling across the desert on an assassination mission leads to a more exciting chain of events. Solomon is in possession of a powerful ring (a huge cliche in fantasy fiction by now) that can destroy the Earth if yielded by the wrong wearer. Bartimaeus and the girl plot to steal it, but there just might be a few surprise twists in store for them.

The Ring of Solomon is a fairly swift 405 pages. Some of the plot could have been tightened here and there, but it was in no way as overwritten as Golem's Eye (Bartimaeus Trilogy), so I should be thankful for that. The shifting narrative quickens the pace, and the amusing footnotes are just as witty as ever.

If Stroud continues this ancient history angle on the adventures of Bartimaeus I will surely purchase more of his books. Just give us something with a little more clout than a ring next time.
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In a world where wizards regularly summon a host of demons to become slaves to their every whim, life can be pretty tough on the demons - or imps, foliots, djinns, afrits and marids, if you want to be polite about things - as Bartimaeus could tell you. After all, no sooner has this smart, dashing, and did he mention highly intelligent, ancient, revered and all-around brilliant djinni disposed of a typically incompetent and meddlesome master, then he's brought back.

As punishment! Which is not how things are supposed to work. Then again, events in Jerusalem 950BC are far from usual. All because King Solomon has a Ring, which can summon a host of demons with a simple turn, and bring about destruction with a mere thought.

But just when Bartimaeus thinks things can't get any more humiliating, the real trouble starts. Well, when one's slave of someone call Khaba the Cruel, things aren't likely to get better. And that's before the fanatical girl with a death wish arrives...

Bartimaeus is back! The sarcastic, witty, devilish yet surprisingly honourable djinni returns, and his mouth is as big as ever. Fans of the original trilogy (The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, Ptolemy's Gate) won't be disappointed with his newest (or rather oldest, since we're back in Bartimaeus' long past) adventure. And for those who've never met him before, all the important stuff is included, so you won't get left behind.
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