The Amulet of Samarkand

  • by Jonathan Stroud
  • Narrated by Simon Jones
  • 13 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.


What the Critics Say

"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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Bartimaeus is brilliant!

This is a book I forgot I read before! I have no idea how I forgot. Bartimaeus is a grand, sarcastic, put upon djinni who has to deal with the his "master" 12-year old Nathaniel making terrible decisions at every turn.

Simon Jones did really good acting with the voices :D looking forward to the next one.

Magic in an alternative version of London, with magicians in Parliament and a distain for commoners that is nearly offensive to the poor reader. Loved it!
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Book Details

  • Release Date: 24-10-2003
  • Publisher: Listening Library