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  • The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1188)
    Performance
    (518)
    Story
    (527)

    Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia: his father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

    Ambrose says: "Right Up My Alley"
    "I have a hard time getting into this series"
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    What did you like best about The Arctic Incident? What did you like least?

    When I reviewed the first Artemis Fowl, the audio quality was bad. Maybe I downloaded a low quality mp3 on accident. This book was so much better.

    That being said, I just can't seem to get into the series. I wasn't a huge fan of the first, but the story went along reasonably well and was generally entertaining. After listening to this book, I realized what it was that I didn't like. To me, it was unbelievable. What I mean to say is that Artemis Fowl is a child. Even with him being a super genius, the way that he gets out of situations seems completely unreal. I have a hard time believing the story.

    I have read other fantasy books, i.e. Harry Potter, The Last Apprentice, etc. and while set in a fantasy setting, they were very believable. I think it might have to do with the way that Artemis gets out of trouble. There seems to be no lead in or any indication of how he will escape situations and then you are presented with a completely out of left park solution. It seems like it was just made up on the spot in the same way kids make up rules to playground games.

    This is only my opinion. Others seem to really enjoy the series. The performance was great. The characters were well defined and distinctive. I just can't get over the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ready Player One

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 46 mins)
    • By Ernest Cline
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10043)
    Performance
    (9345)
    Story
    (9348)

    At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, Ready Player One is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

    Travis says: "ADD TO CART, POWER UP +10000"
    "I loved this story!"
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    What made the experience of listening to Ready Player One the most enjoyable?

    Wil Wheaton does an excellent job narrating. The story brought back so many memories from my childhood. It was something that I looked forward to listening to every day.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Ready Player One?

    There were a few. The murderous plots of the sixers. The final battle. The moment they all met in person.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the big mega robot battle scene.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Fury of the Seventh Son: The Last Apprentice, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Alexander Cendese
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (62)
    Performance
    (54)
    Story
    (55)

    He's the seventh son of a seventh son. He's the only one who can stop the greatest evil. Tom Ward, the Spook's last apprentice, has everything he needs to vanquish the Fiend, once and for all: the three blades recovered from the dark, the gifts from his witch mother, and the skills he's learned from Master Gregory. And Alice, the one he loves most, is willing to sacrifice herself to fulfill the spell. Or is she? Racing against time, all of Tom's old allies - and old enemies - return. They will clash in a final battle more epic than any he has fought before.

    Rickie says: ""What The Frak""
    "Loose ends not tied up, not enough detail."
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    Would you consider the audio edition of Fury of the Seventh Son to be better than the print version?

    I always enjoy the audio versions of these books more than the print version.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joseph Delaney and Patrick Arrasmith before, how does this one compare?

    With the exception of the Alice and Grimalkin books, this one is right up there with Christopher Evan Welch's performances. I was a bit concerned after listening to the boring droll of the last 2 books. Alexander Cendese does a great job and pays tribute to (but doesn't copy) Welsh's characterizations.


    Any additional comments?

    I felt overall the story was entertaining, but there were so many loose ends that were not tied up. I was also led to believe that this would be the final book in the series. I suppose that might technically be correct, but there will definitely be more of Tom Ward, Grimalkin and the Kabalos in the future. I was expecting a tidy end to this charming series, but was just left with questions and a sense of "that's it?"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am Alice: The Last Apprentice, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 3 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney, Patrick Arrasmith
    • Narrated By Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (81)
    Performance
    (74)
    Story
    (74)

    I must be brave. I must do what has to be done. I am Alice. Alice is the most powerful witch the county has ever seen. She may one day be the most evil. But Alice is also the best friend - and true love - of Tom Ward. Together they work to defeat the Fiend - the world's greatest evil - once and for all. They have nearly everything they need, all except a blade hidden in the Dark, the Fiend's domain. So Alice ventures there to find it. She faces the most terrifying creatures in existence. And she once again battles old enemies who bear grudges: Bony Lizzie, Bloodeye, and more.

    Bill says: "Good Story, Terrible Performance"
    "If you listen at 1.25x, it sounds normal"
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    How could the performance have been better?

    If she characterized everyone like she did Bony Lizzie, the performance would be so much better.


    Any additional comments?

    Please bring back Christopher Evan Welch for the last book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Slither: The Last Apprentice, Book 11

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 52 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch, Angela Goethals
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (90)
    Performance
    (82)
    Story
    (82)

    The dark is full of terrifying creatures. And Tom Ward - the seventh son of a seventh son, and the Spook's last apprentice - hasn't seen all of them. Far from the county, one named Slither has lived for hundreds of years, hunting blood. But a dying father binds the monster to a bargain. If Slither will take his two youngest daughters safely to their family in the south, then the eldest daughter, Nessa, is his.

    Dana says: "Good story, but....."
    "What they said"
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    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The story itself was almost outside the Last Apprentice universe. I have a feeling that Slither and Nessa will tie in to the later books, but while listening I couldn't help but think "How does this relate to Tom Ward?" You could almost read this book as a stand alone in the series. The latter half of the book, after Grimalkin enters to story, is faster paced and more exciting than the first half.


    If you’ve listened to books by Joseph Delaney before, how does this one compare?

    I agree with everyone else. Welch's characters are better and I am used to hearing him characterize their voices. Alternating between Welsh and Goethals disconnected me from the story. I didn't enjoy this story as much as the others.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Christopher Evan Welch and Angela Goethals ?

    Him, yes. Her, no.


    Any additional comments?

    Pro Tip: Set Angela to 1.25 or 1.5 speed in your Audible app. It speeds her up to normal.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Last Apprentice: Night of the Soul Stealer

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (273)
    Performance
    (140)
    Story
    (141)

    Thomas Ward is the apprentice for the local Spook, who captures witches and drives away ghosts. As the weather gets colder and the nights draw in, the Spook receives an unexpected visitor. Tom doesn't know who the stranger is or what he wants, but the Spook suddenly decides it's time to travel to his winter house, Anglezarke. Tom has heard it will be a bleak, forbidding place, and that menacing creatures are starting to stir somewhere on the moors nearby.

    Brian says: "Left Me Wanting More"
    "Another great story in the series"
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    What made the experience of listening to Last Apprentice the most enjoyable?

    Welch's performance is still the best I have heard on audio book. It is always en enjoyable experience to listen to these stories.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1952)
    Performance
    (926)
    Story
    (930)

    Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.

    JHawk 77 says: "Artemis Fowl (unabridged)"
    "Entertaining read for the family"
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    Where does Artemis Fowl rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

    He did a great job on creating unique voices for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    The quality of the audio was "tinny" and "noisy". If it would have been clear, I would have rated this title better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Joseph Delaney
    • Narrated By Christopher Evan Welch
    Overall
    (598)
    Performance
    (274)
    Story
    (281)

    Only Thomas Ward is left. He's the last hope; the last apprentice. Can Thomas succeed? Will he learn the difference between a benign witch and a malevolent one? Does the Spook's warning against girls with pointy shoes include Alice? And what will happen if Thomas accidentally frees Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the county?

    Mark says: "Loved it!"
    "This is better than the book!"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I read the book a couple of years ago. While it was a good story, it just seemed to be missing something. The narration gives it so much more "personality", if you will. I listened to this in the car with my kids (11 & 9) on the rides to and from school and they loved it as well.


    What other book might you compare The Last Apprentice to and why?

    I was looking for the next Harry Potter book and came across this. It's definitely not the same, but the story is very unique and I am glad that I found it.


    Which character – as performed by Christopher Evan Welch – was your favorite?

    He does a great job with all the characters. Tom and the Spook were my two favorites in this book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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