The story line is full of clever details and the characters come alive with the wonderful narration complete with accents. It's my newest addiction and makes me laugh out loud. Who says these are just for kids?
What happens when a 12-year-old criminal mastermind sets out to kidnap the first female recon officer in the highly elite LEPrecon squad – which just happens to be comprised of faeries? You get Artemis Fowl!
I started this book a while ago as an unabridged audio book. At first, I didn’t think I was going to like it. It just didn’t capture my attention. But, about 40 minutes in to the story, I got hooked. This book is quite creative and has a definite intelligent humor to it that teenagers and adults will totally get. Some of the humor will most likely fly over younger readers’ heads (as it should!), but the faeries, trolls and other magical creatures will make up for that.
Artemis Fowl is one complex character. I was really impressed with how Eoin Colfer allowed me to watch the criminal mastermind side war with the facet of Fowl that was still, in essence, a 12-year-old boy. There was a good balance there, and it made Fowl become believable to me. This was important because the concept of the story
Commander Root, Captain Holly Short and Foley the centaur were all fantastic characters, but I believe my favorite – hands down – has to be Butler, the bodyguard and somewhat father-figure to Artemis. Butler’s humor, loyalty and honor really impressed me.
I can’t say a lot about the book, because it’ll give it away. But, like Harry Potter, this is not just a kids’ book.
the narrator was excellent with different voices and accents
ive never read or listened to any book like artemis fowl
itd have to be the scene where the fairy is first kidnapped.
i chuckled out loud a few times.
pretty darn good listen .
Im a 39 year old self employed female who does a lot of driving and audiobooks make driving enjoyable for me. I enjoy conteporary and historical fiction as well as fun comedic romances.
My kids are 13 and 10 and they thoroughly enjoyed this book. They are looking forward to the rest of the series. Interesting story and likable cast of characters.
My 11yo son raced through this series (in print) and I heard much about the young criminal mastermind. The series sounded fun, but I wasn't "in the mood" just then for children's lit. Over the Christmas holiday, my uncle and son enjoyed visiting about the series. I felt left out and determined I better get "up to speed." Even though we already have the books in the house in print, I bought Artemis Fowl in audio to listen to on a long drive. I'm so glad I did. The story was light spirited, but had an engaging plot, and was delightfully whimsical and original. The narration was spot-on - a perfect match for the tone of the story. Congrats to Eoin Colfer on originality and to Nathaniel Parker on performance. Well done!
Better than most!
Harry Potter. Many fantastic action scenes.
This children's book kept me entertained on my routine commute to work. It was a welcome escape from the stresses of work and home during the holiday season.
the audio version of this book is better than the written because Nathaniel Parker is hands down one of the best readers. He brings the characters to life.
The Artemis Fowl series are the best of Nathaniel Parker.
I love the entire Artemis Fowl series and it's only made better by the wonderful reading of Nathaniel Parker.
An all around great read with great scenes, well developed characters, and wonderful quotes. Anybody that loves Harry Potter will dig this.
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!!!