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The first part of the Trilogy certainly impressed me (obviously enough to download the second part!), but the second installment absolutely blew me out of the water!
Firstly, I want to talk about the narrator, seeing as this is an audiobook and can greatly affect your enjoyment of the story and I must say that Steven Pacey's narration is the absolute best I have heard since Stephen Fry read Harry Potter.
He provides the listener with immaculately distinguishable characters, imbuing each voice with its own accent, lilt, sarcasm, pitch and speed which in turn imbue the story with a 3D quality, a realism I just don't think you get if you were to read the paper book.
Then of course, the story itself. I'm sure readers can find a synopsis from the first book to get an idea about the plotline but what I found most interesting and different from other magical fantasy, is the precarious status of the 'protagonist'.
The trilogy's namesake is the demon Bartimaeus, but his existence on Earth can only be facilitated by Nathaniel the Magician; Nathaniel's exploits took up most of the storyline in Book One though developments in the activities of Kitty the Revolutionary share half the limelight in Book Two; and curious developments at the end of this book suggest that our main characters are not necessarily guaranteed a triumph for all three work at crossed purposes. By the way, as a reader, you will also come to simultaneously sympathise with, and disdain all three!
Another unique element is the narrating voice which shifts around from 1st person Bartimaeus, to omniscient narrator with a focus on the feelings of Nathaniel, to omnipresent narrator with a focus on all characters present.
Lastly, this book made me laugh :) With witty, ironic dialogue and a dry humour (especially in the character Bartimaeus), this book has a throughly British comedic sense and the story and characters are a joy to read because of it :)
Cannot heap enough praise!
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
The original story, which I read years ago, is unquestionably 5 stars, absolutely brilliant.
Pacey does an amazing job here with the narration, but why the hell the producer felt the need to cut several hours of dialogue out to make it fit 10 hours is beyond me.
Once again, some of the best lines in the book, including all the footnotes, are gutted. I'm pleased I know the book well enough to fill in the blanks myself, and it's well worth a listen if it's a book you read as a kid.
But if this is your first time, don't bother. Buy the book.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
The book is very well written and this narrated version just adds to the enjoyment. My boys have whiled away car journeys engrossed in this wonderful trilogy! I could not recommend it more