This was written for a younger reader and it shows. And if you decide that a fun story is beneath your age, I undoubtedly will feel sorry for you and all the fun you'll miss. For me this book is like a vacation that you really enjoy but did nothing but sit in the sun and giggle with your sisters.
The characters, the story and the reader is perfect. Eoin has given you a break for reality that everyone needs now and again. The unbelievable other world he paints make you wish it was true. Wouldn't be fun to be a fairy or at least have elf for a friend?
Buy this recording and you'll surely make your kid's listen too.
Fun, imaginative, different
Interactions at the LEP-Recon office
Great voices, kept a good pace throughout
The wish at the end
This was a fun book to listen to, I laughed at Artemis and his antics. He is a bit of a stink but I would recommend it for a light read.
The way the story moved so quick you did not want it to end. It was easy to find your place should you need to get some work done. When you picked up the story you did not feel lost because of the time away.
This book has been around for a bit and i've heard good things, so when audible had a sale I gave it a shot. It is actually a very clever work of fiction with some fascinating characters. I bought into the story right away and I really felt that Mr. Colfer did a great job of creating a magical subculture that was believable, exciting, and all the while, right under our feet. Really well done with some great plot twists. The story moved along at a steady pace and I even found myself chuckling several times. Lots of fun, I'll read the next one...
I was in my late 40's when I first listened to Artemis Fowl, and while it is a book targeted to the juvenile market, it is easily one of the most enjoyable books I have read in years. Besides having an intriguing cosmos in which fairies are real and living around us, Nathaniel Parker breathes life into all the characters. Each character's dialogue has a different style and cadence of delivery so that not only can I distinguish who is talking but also hear their individual personalities in their speech. Parker is one of the most gifted readers, if not even nearly unique, I have ever heard in that respect. For me, his reading is why I like the Artemis Fowl books so much.
The story is excellent too, though. Perhaps it is my Irish heritage, but Irish authors just seem to have a wickedly twisted, funny way of perceiving the universe that draws me into their stories. Artemis Fowl has a lot of wit and humor in it, often at the expense of the dour, controlled Artemis himself. There were multiple times when I am sure the drivers in cars next to me were wondering why I was laughing so hard. This book, and the others that followed, took me away from the drudgery of driving in rush hour traffic and made those hours fly by so fast that I was surprised at how quickly I arrived in my driveway. I can't think of higher praise than that.
What I liked best was that it was somewhat entertaining and the narration was very good. What I liked least is that much of the dialog was stereotypical and many of the characters were campy.
It was more or less predictable that things were going to end a certain way.
I think the narrator caught the intent of the author and was pretty good conveying the different characters.
If one was driving and didn't have anything better to listen to.
I loved how smart and cunning the main character was
I loved his voice and inflection. I also loved the way his voice changed when reading for each character.
It did make me laugh at some of the characters in the story.
My first impression of this book was that it was well narrated, light and amusing, and I would probably listen to the entire series. Yay. What fun. By the time the book was over, I realized that I just wasn't up for any more potty humor and, since it was pervasive in this volume, I see little reason to expect it to be absent from further ones. Too bad. If I had to hazard a guess, I would say that the book was aimed at a stereotypical preadolescent boy's sensibilities.
Even with the too-much-bowels caveat, the story does, ahem, move right along and the narrator is very good.