I have enjoyed the the Fowl series and this 7th book is better than the last one. Obnoxious characters try to out genius each other, inexplicable technological wonders are patiently explained, whirling action scenes, fights and admittedly improbable escapes (and non-escapes) abound and, of course, there are dwarf gas jokes. Eoin Colfer tells a good story and Nathaniel Parker makes favorite characters sound how they are supposed to sound- that makes for an enjoyable audiobook this time around.
Artemis Fowl books have been in our family for over 10 years now. My thirteen year old, and last of the brood, got an Ipod for Christmas last year, needless to say the Artemis series plays almost non stop on her device, she sleeps to it, and dreams to it. This is a perfect series for that hard to buy for tween in your family. When I got MY Ipod I decided to listen to the series, I have enjoyed every one of them myself. Even when you get past the enviro-preachyness of certain parts of these books, the series is delightful. Get it for your kids then enjoy them for yourself. You won't be sorry.
I'm a Cardiac Anesthesiologist with two college aged children. I used 2 check my kid's books for appropriateness & now enjoy those books 2.
Colfer is a fantastic writer. I started these books for my son many years ago. He has outgrown them but my daughter has taken up the mantle. I love reading these books as much as my kids and I have read every book. I even ordered a few of his short stories off ebay.
I cannot encourage you more to have your children read but Mr. Colfer writes a great story. His books are clean, fun, age appropriate for anyone, and just a pleasure to read. I think it is important for kids to read good books not just books. It helps build an appreciation for books when they are well written with plots, themes, full characters, and actual story lines.
If somemone would have told me, I wouldn't have believed it. Is Eoin Colfer capable of writing a so-so book? Unfortunately, YES! I am an avid Colfer fan - and he hasn't lost me as a loyal! But, if I had to be truly honest, The Atlantis Complex left me wanting. Did anyone else get the feeling that around 2/3 of the book, an important person popped his or her head into Colfer's office and said, "Times up!" - That's what it felt like. The book took so, so long to get going ... and then after a few minor scrapes and escapes, the villain is unseen (but for sure?) and the book is ending. It was very unlike the Artemis Fowls before that have gripped me until the last page. I will say that I did like Artemis' alter-ego, and the dialogue between he and Foaly were absolutely hilarious! It was great to have more of Foaly's character mixed into the chemistry, but that's about all I can say. Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job as always, and I am THRILLED that Audible has finally learned their lesson on that one (NO one else will do for Artemis!) - but I am really hoping Colfer is back in his office, with the door locked this time, so no one can interrupt his spectacularly creative mind!!!
This one was only okay. The book semed rushed and not as tightly constructed as the previous books. Worth the read, but disappointing in comparison.
Despite my adult status I've read and thoroughly enjoyed the previous six AF books. Book 7 fell short for me because Artemis himself was relegated to the role of supporting character. Much more time was spent with this episode's bad guy than with Artemis. The Artemis I was waiting to experience didn't really show up until somewhere in the second half of the book, where he was as enjoyable as ever, but then the book ended. I have to acknowledge that Eoin Colfer took some risk in having his title character take a back seat to other characters in the ensemble (Butler, Juliette, Holly, Foaly, as well as the current bad guy). Did the risk pay off? For this book, I'm not so sure it did. (I'll still be back for the next book!)
Artemis has committed his entire fortune to a project he believes will save the planet and its inhabitants, both human and fairy. Can it be true? Has goodness taken hold of the world’s greatest teenage criminal mastermind?
Captain Holly Short is unconvinced, and discovers that Artemis is suffering from Atlantis Complex, a psychosis common among guilt-ridden fairies - not humans - and most likely triggered by Artemis’s dabbling with fairy magic. Symptoms include obsessive-compulsive behavior, paranoia, multiple personality disorder and, in extreme cases, embarrassing professions of love to a certain feisty LEPrecon fairy.
Unfortunately, Atlantis Complex has struck at the worst possible time. A deadly foe from Holly’s past is intent on destroying the actual city of Atlantis. Can Artemis escape the confines of his mind - and the grips of a giant squid - in time to save the underwater metropolis and its fairy inhabitants?
It’d been a while since I visited the world of Artemis Fowl, but this was a great way to reacquaint myself with that world.
This adventure was filled with many exciting and poignant moments, and I found myself reading the adventure at every possible free moment I had. For the first time ever, I truly wanted to smack Artemis upside the head, but in fairness to our favorite teenage mastermind, he wasn’t quite himself.
After finishing this book, I was eager to read the last installment in the Artemis Fowl series.
I enjoyed the earlyer Artemis books, the main charicter was a hyper intelegent anti-hero. in this book however the main charicter has lost his mind and it seems the author has added this story on after the main arch is complete and decided instead of staring another one up, he would write a filler book.
say what you want about global warming, but saving the world from CO2 emissions does not make for gripping fiction.
The production and voice quality is still as good as the earlier books, however the story leaves much to be desired, and that is comming form somone who read all the previous Artemis books back to back. and enjoyed all of them