Excellent Story, I look forward to more stories about Artemis Fowl's and his money making plans.
Don't want to spoil the story for anyone.
I'm a school teacher and a parent, but I've always like fairy tales. Naturally a story about kids cheating fairies out of gold caught my interest. I have read the books, but I love the audio books just as much. This narrator is amazing. You can tell the difference between all the characters, and his rhythm is wonderful. I'm almost embarrassed to admit I've listened to this book at least 5 times. When I am working early in my room, I listen to the whole series, about 30 minutes at a time, from beginning to end. There are explosions and guns, and threats of death, so you may want to consider your child's age.
I'm probably going to sound dumb for saying this but I wish I had known this was juvenile lit. I really enjoyed it - both the story and the narration - but I had no idea the intended audience was adolescents (or maybe younger?). I have asked Audible to clearly label the age category of their selections because this has happened to me a number of times now. That's what they do in libraries and I don't think it's asking too much.
Having said that, I do recommend this pick to just about everyone. I think children would probably thrill more to the central character's bucking of conventions. It reminded me of Pippi Longstocking in that respect. I remember loving her just because she was a kid who lived without any adult supervision (this was back in the day before latchkey kids had been "invented") and she also had tons of money. The adventures that Artemis experiences are creative and the narrator is spot on. Fun book.
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.