I've been listening to the Artemis Fowl Series, one book at a time, in between more "weighty" material. Having just finished Les Miserables, I was definitely ready for some fast paced fun. Artemis Fowl and the Lower Elements always deliver that. Yes, it's children's literature, but it's great to be a kid again sometimes.
I think is my favorite book in this series thus far. Artemis’ evolution from cold-hearted child genius to caring-but-still cunning child genius has been an amazing adventure to watch. His association with the faeries has been the best thing that could ever happen to him. Through his friendship with Holly, Mulch, Foley and Company, Artemis has been taught the important lesson of caring for others.
This book took those emotions and relationships and used them to quickly draw me in to his most harrowing adventure yet. Butler has a brush with death – yet again – and doesn’t escape so luckily this time. Artemis may have met his match in the cunning and ruthless John Spyro.
And the ending – which I will not give away – left me crestfallen. All of that work and development … it seems so pointless. But, I have hope that Mulch will come through!
When reviewing books I try to be fair; I appreciate that not everyone will be looking for the same things in a book.
I particularly enjoyed Nathaniel Parker's interpretation of this book. The regional accents were especially well done and fun.
We were pleasantly surprised by this series! As Harry Potter lovers, it's hard to find anything that measures up, but this was completely original! It's also hard to find stories that are just as entertaining to the adults in the house, as the children. I found myself giggling, and wanting to find out what would happen next!
First of all, the narrator is fabulous! He is nearly as good as Jim Dale, and that is high praise. He does all of these great accents, and gives the characters different voices.
The story is basically faires meet Bourne Identity! Sounds strange, but you actually get so caught up in all of the scenes, that you forget that the characters are centaurs, etc. Since I love imagination, I was delighted, when litte tidbits were thrown in as you went along, that reminded you of the dilemas that these mythical creatures might face. I also love witty humor, and this book has it's share of that!
Character/moral issues: Okay, so Artemis starts out a bad guy, and you really aren't entirely sure who to root for...but for slightly older children, it isn't that big of a deal....and I love how Artemis slowly gets a conscious, as the series goes along.
The drawback to these stories: the language. Okay, so it's not horrible: a damn here and a hell, there...but honestly, I don't know why the author would include this kind of language, in a children's story! Not necessary.:(
The characters are lovable! Butler is awesome! I came away wanting a "Butler"!
Lots of fun, overall.
Eoin Colfer keeps the ongoing story of the teenage genius and his companions, very fresh. The story is clever, funny and suspenseful. The dialogue never gets stale. Who can get tired of Mulch Diggums? Nathaniel Parker makes this one of the few series we can listen to over and over again.
Okay, I'm not a kid, a tween, or even a teen, but I enjoy listening to this books. There are some pretty serious themes in the series--death, crime, loyalty, friendship, etc--and listening with your child gives you a chance to discuss these themes. It's also very entertaining for that time stuck in the car. Artemis learns a lot of things the hard way in this one, but I think it makes him a better person. As always, the narration is spot on. I love Nathaniel Parker almost as much as Jim Dale.
by far the best of the bunch and that is saying something because I think this series should win a prize for imagination and flavor of characters
I literally stumbled upon this wonderful series of books by complete accident. What a great accident it has turned out to be! Book three is the best of the bunch, followed closely by book four. But to be truly experienced, you need to start with book one. Funny, exciting, and very well written, this series of books really entertains.
When I first went to listen to this book, I was uncertain as I am a twenty year old and fairies aren't in my ordinary scope. However, this was funny and had some creative wordplay.
I recommend this book for all ages, but I know kids from 8-12 will enjoy best.