This series has become one of my all time favorites. I would say only Potter ranks higher than this.
As a youth I was not much into reading. If I had these books when younger I would have spent far more time infront of book than the tv.
Read - Listen to them all. You will not regret it.
Artemis Fowl lived up to all my expectations of a book in this genre. Fun and easy listening. Sometimes I didn't want to turn the car off because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!
As a mother of very young children, I'm always on the hunt for books that interest me, yet are kid friendly. (no cussing, vulgarity, etc) The Artemis Fowl books are wonderful. Yes, they are technically children's books, but they definitely have enough depth and plot to interest adults. The narrator does an excellent job, and is one of the few I really enjoy. Beware- the fifth Artemis Fowl book has a different narrator. I didn't read any of the reviews before buying it and I really wish I had.
It was a great book for my ten year old son. He was really drawn in by the characters as I was too. I've read or listened to three books so far, and have just downloaded the fourth book in the series. The third book, although not quite as suspenseful as the previous two, still holds interest of child and adult alike. The ending is especially appealing, hence the download of the fourth book in the series. I've found that whether I read with my son, or he reads the book along with the i-pod in the speaker cradle, the effect is the same...he wants to keep listening as long as he can stay awake. I can't say I blame him, I sometimes fall asleep as I'm struggling to stay awake only to wake the next morning with the task of figuring out where I was in the book when I lost consciousness. I like complex and intriguing books too, but for a quick read without too much thought, these books are very entertaining and ones that can be shared with your kids.
This was an all around perfect listen. If you are looking for something light and entertaining that will make you chuckle at times, this one should meet the mark.
The narrator does an excellent job of entertaining during the read.
The story is excellent but light, creative and fast moving.
I highly recommend it. It would be a great listen during a family drive with mid-age kids 5 to 15.
I didn't read it in print form but after finishing all 8 books I ran across this first book at a book sale and picked it up for some kiddies in my life. I imagine the experience is different but just as fun.
I discovered this book (and series) after researching books suggested by readers who liked other books I enjoyed (anything by Rick Riordan, Pittacus Lore books, etc.) I wanted to find an enjoyable series that wasn't too sexual or dark...instead full of clever and mystical fun stuff. This book is exactly that- clever, fun, just a good time- which lines up most closely with Rick Riordan's stuff but probably is sort of close to Harry Potter too.
I love the accents and voice changes for characters- they weren't to silly but I could tell when another character was talking. Listening to this book was great fun.
If I could have listened this way I probably would have... however, I listen when doing housework, walking outside, etc. I don't doubt that my house sparkles and my neighborhood has been circled many times over just to have more listening time.
This book sets up important relationships and establishes character traits that will be important later in the series.
This is the first in a series. We were looking for a new series for my daughter. I appreciated most of the reviews are from kids so we ordered it. She loved it. Cant stop listening to it. We looked at the second in the series but she also looked at the book. It has drawings, maps etc so she is requesting to read that one. However I am sure she will want the audio also since she loves listening to books. When a book is on she sits on the floor and constructs legos. The tv is off and so is she. Quiet time of brain engagement. This is a wonderful story with adventure and magical lands.
He is a wonderful narrator and brings the characters to life. I have heard him in other books and he is a selling point for the audio.
Its a good start to a new fun series.
This was the first audiobook I listened to, so I didn't have a baseline. But I have since listened to Revenge of the Witch by Joseph Delany. Artemis Fowl is entertaining, but in my opinion, it seems to be a little unbelievable. I know this is fiction, but as a 12 year old, he has a masterful sense of strategy and foresight that no 12 year old would ever have. Not even a boy genius.
He did a great job on creating unique voices for the characters.
No. Not really.
The quality of the audio was "tinny" and "noisy". If it would have been clear, I would have rated this title better.
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This book was fun. If you are in need of a light read this is a good choice. It is fairly short (under 6hrs) and does not get bogged down, it just keeps moving.
The narrator was supreme. His accents, inflections, and choices for voices were spot on perfect. Editing was also done well, no weird background noises or funky spacing.