Reviews for Ring of Solomon : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2011 January
Listeners were first introduced to Bartimaeus, the wisecracking djinni, in THE AMULET OF SAMARKAND. In this prequel, set in ancient Israel, the cynical and outspoken Bartimaeus is forced into servitude to King Solomon. The king has risen to greatness due to the power of a magical ring. After the Queen of Sheba rejects Solomon's proposal of marriage, Bartimaeus teams up with Ashmira, the loyal captain of Sheba's guards, to defeat Solomon before he destroys her kingdom. Narrator Simon Jones gives distinct voices to the multitude of characters, each with a unique tone and attitude. Bartimaeus, with his posh British accent, is both lovable and egotistical. Jones's sense of timing for both humor and intrigue contributes to a spirited performance. L.A.C. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine

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Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2011 #2
This welcome prequel to the Bartimaeus trilogy is set in 950 BCE and places the Queen of Sheba and King Solomon, among other principals, in a world controlled by magic. Bartimaeus, as a supercilious and arrogant djinni the unlikely hero of the books, here finds himself the unlikely ally of a young girl who intends, suicidally, to steal the magic ring of Solomon. Once again narrator Jones mesmerizes listeners with his portrayal of Bartimaeus as well as with his pacing and fluidity, incorporating the footnotes of the print version without a hitch. Audiobook listening heaven from compelling start to riveting finish. martha v. parravano Copyright 2011 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 March

Gr 6 Up--Rejoice! Bartimaeus, the incorrigible djinni introduced in Jonathan Stroud's The Amulet of Samarkand (Disney-Hyperion, 2003), is back and he's as cheeky as ever. This story (Hyperion, 2010) takes place 3,000 years earlier than the Samarkand trilogy. Bartimaeus and eternal foe Faquarl are enslaved to an evil sorcerer who works for King Solomon. A number of plots entwine with the central one of a Sheban assassin, Asmira, on a suicide mission to kill King Solomon and steal his fearsome and powerful magic ring. Through a number of incidents, largely relayed in highly melodramatic and self-pitying fashion by Bartimaeus, he ends up obligated to help Asmira in her quest. There are plenty of laughs provided by the djinni's droll asides while the action maintains a steady pace. Bartimaeus entertains by taking the form of a tutu-wearing pygmy hippo (with a strong and unfortunate resemblance to one of Solomon's wives), a pot-bellied imp, and a limpid-eyed youth. British actor Simon Jones's narration is marvelous. He clearly revels in Bartimaeus's plummy dialogue, yet can do a very convincing accent to indicate the coarseness or wickedness of other characters. His wonderful sense of timing gives listeners the opportunity to fully revel in the richly rendered adventure. This title will surely create new fans and is highly recommended for those who are already familiar with Bartimaeus.--B. Allison Gray, Santa Barbara Public Library System, CA

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