Ptolemy's Gate: The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 3 (Unabridged)
by Jonathan Stroud
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Three years after the events of The Golem's Eye, the young magician Nathaniel is an established member of the British Government. But he faces unprecedented problems: foreign wars are going badly and Britain's enemies are mounting attacks close to London. Increasingly distracted, he is treating Bartimaeus worse than ever: the long-suffering djinni is growing weak from too much time in this world, and his patience is at an end. Meanwhile, undercover in London, Kitty has been stealthily completing her research into magic and Bartimaeus' past. She hopes to break the endless cycle of conflict between djinn and humans, but will she be able to get anyone to listen? Before any of these problems can be resolved, disaster strikes London from an unexpected source, and the destinies of Bartimaeus, Nathanial, and Kitty are thrown together once more. They have to face treacherous magicians, a long-fermented conspiracy, and an enemy from 'The Other Place' that threatens London and the world. Worst of all, they must somehow cope with each other.
I love these books, and I bought the first two on audiobook almost right away--but there was no Ptolemy's Gate to finish it! I was overjoyed to see that the final installment was finally available on audiobook. I think Simon Jones does a marvelous job of bringing these characters to life, and even when I'm reading them on my own, it's always his voice in my head. Superb work all around.
This is my favorite series when I was in my early teens. I just listened to it again because I make long trips now and the reader does a fantastic job with the book, and the book itself if the best I have ever read. Definitely worth the money to buy all of them!
What is it about the British Authors and their bad endings to a great book or movie? I just don't get it! The book ended tragically in my opinion and this is for children? If I had known how this series of books ended, I never would have started them. The same thing happened with the British TV series, "Torchwood." This child was tortured and killed at the end. It was very depressing and shocking, just like the end of this book. I would be afraid to read anything further from this author knowing full well that he is going to kill off one of the main characters in the end to make a heroic ending!