The first third of this book was a little slow. At first I wished I was reading the book instead of listening to it because I wanted to fast-forward through the Kitty sections. Once the story picked up, we got really into it. The Kitty storyline eventually grew on me and by the third book in the series she was my second favorite character (after Bartimaeus, of course).Simon Jones is an amazing narrator. He does Bartimaeus justice in a way that I don't think I could. His Bartimaeus is the perfect blend of haughty, sardonic, and insecure. This is one of the best kids' audiobook series we have listened to.