I was able to listen to about half of this book, before I gave up. The narrator's complete lack of intonation and its variance ruined the story for me (Imagine a repeated rythm...up, up, down, down, up, up, down, down...this is the the narrator's "reading style". It rather reminded me of droning calculus lectures from college-at least they had overheads!). I would highly recommend all of Colfer's works on audible with this one exception. Take a pass and "read" the book.
I did not realize this was for "grade 6 and up" when I downloaded it. It is an okay story, but some of the "science" shows that the author has no understanding of science. In good science fiction, something seemingly magical is given a plausible explanation. Here, there are some very basic physics laws that are not respected. The racing scene is one example. If books like this win awards, it is no wonder that the average level of understanding of basic science among children and adults is so poor. The story line could have been maintained without these flaws.
The book lost all it's appeal once he got on the environmental soapbox. It exaggerated the decline of our civilization due to negligence of the environment to such a degree that it became disgusting.
Disgust and disappointment.
I thoroughly enjoyed the first 3 Artemis Fowl books but the gross exaggeration of environmental negligence overshadows the storyline in the next books.
Love this author and his style of writing. This is quite different from the Artemis Fowl series, but is a delightful change.
Was completely pleased with the narrator and the book content.