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.
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.
Him, yes. Her, no.
Pro Tip: Set Angela to 1.25 or 1.5 speed in your Audible app. It speeds her up to normal.
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.
There were a few. The murderous plots of the sixers. The final battle. The moment they all met in person.
I loved the big mega robot battle scene.
I always enjoy the audio versions of these books more than the print version.
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.
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?"
If she characterized everyone like she did Bony Lizzie, the performance would be so much better.
Please bring back Christopher Evan Welch for the last book.
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.
Welch's performance is still the best I have heard on audio book. It is always en enjoyable experience to listen to these stories.
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.
He did a great job on creating unique voices for the characters.
No. Not really.
The quality of the audio was "tinny" and "noisy". If it would have been clear, I would have rated this title better.
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.
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.
He does a great job with all the characters. Tom and the Spook were my two favorites in this book.
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