While I did enjoy this listen, I enjoyed it a bit less than the first in this series. My son, who has read all but the latest, reports this was his least favorite of the series. Least favorite is still a recommendation, though. I don't regret the purchase or the listen, and did enjoy it, I'm just not as enthusiastic about it as the first.
This is a fantastic follow up to the first book in the series! Taking place primarily in the Lower Elements (with a side trip to Russia), this book was action packed and a very enjoyable listen/read. It picks up one year after “Artemis Fowl,” and begins with Artemis’ quest to find his father. Still convinced that his father is alive, Artemis is doing his best to find him and funneling large amounts of cash into every lead that might hint at his father’s whereabouts. When an e-mail message appears with a grainy photograph of his father, Artemis leaps into action.
At the same time, down in the Lower Elements, the goblins are becoming more organized in their criminal activities, and Commander Root and Captain Holly Short are convinced that they’re not doing it alone. When they discover that the goblins are trading with the Mud People, they instantly point the finger at Artemis Fowl.
What ensues is an adventure that keeps the reader on the edge of their seat all the way to the very end!
When I reviewed the first Artemis Fowl, the audio quality was bad. Maybe I downloaded a low quality mp3 on accident. This book was so much better.
That being said, I just can't seem to get into the series. I wasn't a huge fan of the first, but the story went along reasonably well and was generally entertaining. After listening to this book, I realized what it was that I didn't like. To me, it was unbelievable. What I mean to say is that Artemis Fowl is a child. Even with him being a super genius, the way that he gets out of situations seems completely unreal. I have a hard time believing the story.
I have read other fantasy books, i.e. Harry Potter, The Last Apprentice, etc. and while set in a fantasy setting, they were very believable. I think it might have to do with the way that Artemis gets out of trouble. There seems to be no lead in or any indication of how he will escape situations and then you are presented with a completely out of left park solution. It seems like it was just made up on the spot in the same way kids make up rules to playground games.
This is only my opinion. Others seem to really enjoy the series. The performance was great. The characters were well defined and distinctive. I just can't get over the story.
I was originally looking for something the kids could listen to on our multiple trips accross the state and found something that I enjoyed for my commute, also. Sometimes the british accent gets hard to listen to, but overall once you're going and into the story it kind of fades away.
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.
I have a 40 minute commute each way and with out Audible, I'd go crazy! My fav genre is fantasy and I love a great series!
This is a great series and book 2 is great with deepening the characters and makeing connections. This is a fun book with an excellent narrator!
Book 2 in the series doesn't disappoint. This book is a bit darker than the first book, as there is a gang war going on, people are getting hurt, and Artemis is trying to get his dad back from the Russian Mafia. Nathaniel Parker's performance is outstanding. Some of my favorite one liners come out of this book. While there is a happy ending, this book could be a bit dark for young kids. As Artemis himself is only about 13, I wouldn't go younger than 10 probably.
I like all of the Artemis Fowl books and this is no exception. Eoin keeps it funny and almost real. Almost. Warning: Wishing you were a fairy or having magical powers can take hold of you after one book in this series.
This series is a nice vacation from serious adult books.
Nathaniel Parker once again brings to life a wonderful story! His creative nature comes threw as he develops the voices for the story's characters.
The voices i usually develop in my head are usually the same from story to story, but to hear a new twist to a familiar story brings it new life!
After finishing the Harry Potter audiobook series (with the fantastic narration by Jim Dale), I was hoping to find anything as similarly engaging. While this series is not as deep or complex, its certainly fun, exciting and highly entertaining. The narration by Nathaniel Parker is outstanding. I was hooked into Mr. Colfer’s world and felt a pang when the 5th audiobook ended. However, unlike the HP series, there is more still more Artemis Fowl to come, and I greatly look forward to the forthcoming 6th installment!