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 was looking for a series both my 9 year old daughter & I could enjoy & both of us love the fairy magical realm. We found it in Artemis Fowl! Initially we were a bit worried about the darkness & the violent content but as we listened we found that Eoin tempered reality with humor & consequences that made it acceptable for us both. It has plenty of fascinating thoughtful details, imagination & humor along with sharp intellect & calculating strategy with touches of both the dark & the light. For a family who love SciFi/Fantasy/Mysteries yet are not ready for teenage topics or violence like 'The Hunger Games', 'Star Wars' etc this is a winner! Also Nathaniel Parker as narrator is extremely talented & breathes live into each individual character in such a way that they are completely real & believable. Have already bought the next 3 books!!!
The book is fantastic. Eoin Eolfer and Nathaniel Parker bring so much to the story. But it is too bad the sound quality of the book is so low. Was rather disappointed.
The best moment of this book is Butler's confrontation with the Troll, shortly after he is rejuvenated by Capt. Holly's magic. It is brilliantly read and brilliantly written
I cannot understand it. Why isnt this book presented as a series of 5 cd performances instead of the full 6 hr performance that sounds as if it were cut on a wax cylinder from 1900. Considering that there are 4 performance offerings, if this is the best presentation quality, I'm wondering if I will be disappointed as I carry on the series.
Fun story with an enthusiastic narrator makes for a great listen. You wont be disapointed, definatly worth a credit! A nice begining to the series, getting to know the main characters.
We often listen to audio books on long car journeys and Nathaniel Parker reading Artemis Fowl is every family member's favorite.
The characters and the humor really draw us into the story.
The characters have unique voices and his reading is seamless for all genders, ages and species :) I am partial to Mulch Diggems and Butler.
We almost always listen in the car, so it is not usually possible to listen in one sitting, but the story is suspenseful, so it is hard to break away.
Nathaniel Parker really brings out the humor in Eoin Colfer's story. They make an excellent team.
Sci-fi, detective, cozy. Only give 5s to those books I think stand above the rest. 4 is a good solid book. 3 is average, nothing special.
I realize this is a kids book (sort of) but I enjoyed it immensely. Gave a new, interesting, and funny take on mythical creatures. Most certainly worth a quick and lighthearted read.
I love to read, but now that I drive, I can't read on trips anymore. I am on the road a good 8 hours a week, so I can go through a book a week. The sound quality has an annoying static sound, but maybe the enhanced download will be better.
I love listening while I ride in the car, wash the dishes, work on a project, exercise, or take a nap.
Witty fantasy adventure.
Finding out this author's interpretation of the Leprechaun's-pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow myth.
From the first moment, this book was not what I expected. Set in the present time, the main antagonist turns out to be a young boy of 12, a computer genius and criminal mastermind. The intermingling of magic, technology, code breaking, and cleverly altered folklore makes Artemis Fowl an interesting, engaging, and entertaining listen.
Good Story and very unique characters. Good read.
Child genius runs the world.