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Laura

Oklahoma City, OK, United States | Member Since 2008

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  • The Lost Colony: Artemis Fowl, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1093)
    Performance
    (449)
    Story
    (461)

    Thousands of years ago, fairies and humans fought a great battle for the magical island of Ireland. When it became clear that they could not win, all of the fairies moved below ground, except for the 8th Family, the demons. Rather than surrender, they used a magical time spell to take their colony out of time and into Limbo. There they have lived for decades, preparing to exact their violent revenge on humans.

    Nicole says: "Artemis Unbound"
    "You have to love the demons"
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommended this book to lots of kids and several adults. It's all around fun.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like the introduction of the demons and particularly Number One.


    Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

    My favorite character has always been Butler. I love the way Nathaniel Parker gives him that touch of humor that helps keep things from getting too heavy. I love all of his voices.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Opal Deception: Artemis Fowl, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1199)
    Performance
    (491)
    Story
    (494)

    After his last run-in with the fairies, Artemis Fowl had his mind wiped of his memories of the world below ground. Any goodness he had grudgingly learned is now gone, and the young genius has reverted to his criminal lifestyle.

    Kindle Customer says: "I Love Fairy Technology!!"
    "Enter a wonderful villan"
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    I love all the Harry Potter books, but this one really establishes Opal as a world class villan. She causes no end of trouble in this one, with groups of characters trying to get in one place and stop the she devil. Seeing as the main character is a genius, kids (and grownups) can actually learn some science content without it feeling like another boring lesson.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Eternity Code: Artemis Fowl, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1197)
    Performance
    (499)
    Story
    (515)

    After being held prisoner for years, Artemis Fowl's father has finally come home. He is a new man, an honest man, much to Artemis's horror. He makes his son promise to give up his life of crime, and Artemis has to go along with it. But not until he has completed one last scheme.

    Kindle Customer says: "I hope this isn't the end!"
    "Great to listen to together"
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    Okay, I'm not a kid, a tween, or even a teen, but I enjoy listening to this books. There are some pretty serious themes in the series--death, crime, loyalty, friendship, etc--and listening with your child gives you a chance to discuss these themes. It's also very entertaining for that time stuck in the car. Artemis learns a lot of things the hard way in this one, but I think it makes him a better person. As always, the narration is spot on. I love Nathaniel Parker almost as much as Jim Dale.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Arctic Incident: Artemis Fowl, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs)
    • By Eoin Colfer
    • Narrated By Nathaniel Parker
    Overall
    (1242)
    Performance
    (563)
    Story
    (571)

    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"
    "A wonderful continuation"
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    Book 2 in the series doesn't disappoint. This book is a bit darker than the first book, as there is a gang war going on, people are getting hurt, and Artemis is trying to get his dad back from the Russian Mafia. Nathaniel Parker's performance is outstanding. Some of my favorite one liners come out of this book. While there is a happy ending, this book could be a bit dark for young kids. As Artemis himself is only about 13, I wouldn't go younger than 10 probably.

    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
    (2032)
    Performance
    (998)
    Story
    (1006)

    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)"
    "One of my favorite books"
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    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.

    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
    (11319)
    Performance
    (10551)
    Story
    (10559)

    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.

    Julie W. Capell says: "I’m sorry I waited so long to read this book."
    "Fun Nostalgia even though I didn't play the games"
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    I graduated from High School in 1985, so I understood all of the little nostalgic stuff. This is a creative concept, and I enjoyed the coming of age aspect. I could have down without some of the foul language by the main teenage characters but it was kept to a minimum. Definitely a story that will be listened to again at some time. I even recommended it to a friend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • I Am a Pole (And So Can You!)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 mins)
    • By Stephen Colbert
    • Narrated By Tom Hanks, Stephen Colbert
    Overall
    (668)
    Performance
    (596)
    Story
    (574)

    The story of a pole, searching for his purpose in life. "The perfect gift to give a child or grandchild for their high school or college graduation. Also Father's Day. Also, other times."
    —Stephen Colbert

    Phillip says: "It might be inspirational."
    "Hold your sides, you'll be laughing so hard!"
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    I saw Stephen Colbert talking about this on his show, and even saw the interview with Maurice Sendak. The book was so short, I thought why not get it. It is very funny, and amazingly, a pretty well written book. IMPORTANT NOTE: This is NOT acutally a children's book, and unless you want to explain some of the inuenndo, I wouldn't let kids listen to it. The introduction and interruptions by Stephen Colbert let you know from the start what sort of book you're listening to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By John Scalzi
    • Narrated By Wil Wheaton
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6132)
    Performance
    (5710)
    Story
    (5711)

    Ensign Andrew Dahl has just been assigned to the Universal Union Capital Ship Intrepid, flagship of the Universal Union since the year 2456. Life couldn’t be better…until Andrew begins to pick up on the facts that (1) every Away Mission involves some kind of lethal confrontation with alien forces; (2) the ship’s captain, its chief science officer, and the handsome Lieutenant Kerensky always survive these confrontations; and (3) at least one low-ranked crew member is, sadly, always killed.

    Paige says: "Not his Wheal-house"
    "Awesome with a few caveats"
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    I loved this story! I am a self-proclaimed sci-fi enthusiast and this was a clever concept. Wil Wheaton reads the book well, and overall is is absolutely superb. My only complaint is that there was more foul language than I would have liked. I know is doesn't matter to most people, but it bothers me, and since I can't find many reviews on the site that touch on language and sexual overtones, I figure I should write my own reviews to help others and perhaps start a trend.
    So to summarize: GREAT story if you like sci-fi television and movies or writing or have every joked about being the red shirt at any outing. Over-use of the f-word in my opinion, but not as bad as it could have been I suppose. There were no actual sex scenes, just one with a discussion of "sexual favors."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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