Listen to the entire Artemis Fowl series.
©2001 Eoin Colfer; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Artemis Fowl is pacy, playful, and very funny, an inventive mix of myth and modernity, magic and crime." (Time.com)
"Hilarious and exciting story." (Denver Post)
This was a good listen for the family on an automobile trip. The kids were tiring of the excesses of the Harry Potter books. This was much more enjoyable (especially than the later HP books.) My kids went on to read more in this series.
I have read this one with both of my boys, and highly recommend it. The most refreshing thing about the Fowl series is the edgy content that contrasts to the too-sweet style of Harry Potter. Artemis and his LEP friends are protagonists with their own dark side, and it makes them more interesting for older children. This guilty pleasure of the storyline pulled us through the complex plot and kept us reading and anticipating each next episode.
After finishing the Harry Potter audiobook series (with the fantastic narration by Jim Dale), I was hoping to find anything as similarly engaging. While this series is not as deep or complex, its certainly fun, exciting and highly entertaining. The narration by Nathaniel Parker is outstanding. I was hooked into Mr. Colfer’s world and felt a pang when the 5th audiobook ended. However, unlike the HP series, there is more still more Artemis Fowl to come, and I greatly look forward to the forthcoming 6th installment!
As a middle school english teacher and a bookseller, I saw lots of teens reading Artemis Fowl. I wondered what the rave was about. For the popularity, I expected a quicker pace, and more explanations. For the sake of a story, though, it's pretty good. The reader has quite the entertaining array of voices to pull from. I prefer Inkheart, Eragon, and Eye of the World when it comes to fantasy for teens.
This young adult novel is an entertaining romp for adults too. The author uses textbook suspense tactics to keep the listener involved. There is also plenty of explicit foreshadowing as in "but that is another story completely", making you think, hmm, how many books could there be in this series ;-)
The performance is top notch with the actor taking on different accents, and inflections of voice for narrator and for each individual character.
I prefer my fantasy set in an alternate world, but like Harry Potter, this series is bound by time. Reference to real world technology will be illustrative for listeners/readers of the future. There are also references to political turmoil in Russian. Hopefully, that particular turmoil will be outdated in the near future.
A very busy dad and IT manager from Athens, GA. I have a long commute, and I listen to tons of audiobooks in the car and around the house.
I picked this up as a means of lessening my Harry Potter withdrawal. It's entirely different, but entertaining.
Cons: The character development is, as another reviewer noted, woefully lacking. The pacing is odd--I kept waiting for the real story to begin, but I think I was really waiting to know/care more about the characters. The finale is a bit unsatisfying. And the audio quality is quite poor, clipped and tinny even at the highest-quality level of compression.
Pros: Having said all that, the writing is quite good and entertaining. There are remarkably funny turns of phrase here and there, and a consistent level of wit throughout. I think the author should be able to infuse the characters with some of the narrator's charm in future releases; I certainly hope so. The reader is brilliant, seeming to meld a film noir style with some cartoonish touches, and it really works.
Overall, I think this is a good start, and I'll definitely continue the series. I love the Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels (for kids) feel.
My sister downloaded this book to entertain her kids in the car. She raved about it and lent it to me. I found the story just a little above average, with characters not nearly as well developed as those found at Hogwarts, but the narrator's acting skills and vocal talent made the book a fast-paced, often amusing, treat. I could hardly wait to find out what happened next. The ending was a disappointment, as the (anti-)hero thwarts his opponents' magic with a trick that makes no sense. Nevertheless, the voices and the exotic world of fairy cops and robbers triumph over character and plot faults to make the book an enjoyable listen.
I was very optimistic, then crashingly disappointed with this selection. There are more puns than plot - and really nothing unexpected or particularly interesting. I did finish it, just to see what everyone else was enjoying so much. I never found it - and even let my son (11) listen a bit and he was bored and disinterested quickly. PREVIEW BEFORE YOU BUY!!!
I doubt that I would try another. The writing just wasn't what I expected.
Not the genre but probably the author.
NOT A CONTENT REVIEW BUT A TECH ONE. After spending 1.5 hours (literally) on the phone with Audible and Kindle customer service, I was notified that the audiobook and ebook don't work. Avoid buying the ebook companion until the issue is solved. I will come back an update as necessary.
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