I cannot say more about Riordan than I will read anything he writes and my kids will also. If he wrote a post-it note list, I might just read that too.
This is a very cute story and has some great ideas and twists. I just wish he had written the next few books in the series.
I have read every Fowl book and I am an adult. My son read them until he was TOO OLD haha, and now my daughter reads them. All of us have enjoyed the books. Colfer has a whimsical way of blending fact, fiction, science fiction, and fantasy. He has a knack.
His stories some how always have a twist or two that keep me guessing and that is why I read his books. I am a continuous reader and can rip a story to shreds because of poor flow, grammer, or just plain poor plot. Colfer can keep me interested to the last word and I love it.
I am an adult. I am a Cardiac Anesthesiologist. I read constantly and I read Colfer.
Oh yes and the Time Paradox is a great adition to the Fowl collection.
My teenage daughter loves to read and has thoroughly enjoyed Riordan's books. I have also read these stories and they are very well written. I am an extremely difficult to please reader and I actually enjoyed this book. I prefer paper to my MP3 but the plot and story line was well thought out and planned. The flow is great and the Greek history or Greek God stories actually play a phenomenal part in the stories. The way the author flows the historical stories of the Greek gods with the present is inspiring and just fun. He leaves something for the next book and keeps you wanting more. I believe Rick Riordan is very talented writer and I read about 30 to 40 novels per year and listen to the same amount.
Jules Verne has been plagued over the years by terrible translations into English; the trend has continued into the audiobook world, with most Verne audiobooks using translations that are inaccurate and awkward, and even worse, that abridge, rewrite, censor, or otherwise distort Verne's text.
This recording of "Journey to the Center of the Earth" is a wonderful surprise. It uses the best possible translation among the current crop, the one by William Butcher, originally published by Oxford World's Classics. (How exciting it would be to find Butcher's three other Oxford Verne titles made available the same way!) Garard Green gives a great reading, expressing the different characters with energy and economy and suiting his voice to the circumstances. (During one of the scenes, where the subterranean explorers have run out of water, Green sounds like he's about to die of thirst himself.)
This is without question the best audiobook version of this title available.