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Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1 | [Eoin Colfer]

Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    R Briggs 05-31-04
    R Briggs 05-31-04

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    "Fun for kids and adults"

    Artemis Fowl lived up to all my expectations of a book in this genre. Fun and easy listening. Sometimes I didn't want to turn the car off because I couldn't wait to find out what happened next!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 08-10-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful Series"

    As a mother of very young children, I'm always on the hunt for books that interest me, yet are kid friendly. (no cussing, vulgarity, etc) The Artemis Fowl books are wonderful. Yes, they are technically children's books, but they definitely have enough depth and plot to interest adults. The narrator does an excellent job, and is one of the few I really enjoy. Beware- the fifth Artemis Fowl book has a different narrator. I didn't read any of the reviews before buying it and I really wish I had.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Portland, OR, USA 06-27-05
    Thomas Portland, OR, USA 06-27-05
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    "Outstanding For The Young...And Young At Heart"

    It was a great book for my ten year old son. He was really drawn in by the characters as I was too. I've read or listened to three books so far, and have just downloaded the fourth book in the series. The third book, although not quite as suspenseful as the previous two, still holds interest of child and adult alike. The ending is especially appealing, hence the download of the fourth book in the series. I've found that whether I read with my son, or he reads the book along with the i-pod in the speaker cradle, the effect is the same...he wants to keep listening as long as he can stay awake. I can't say I blame him, I sometimes fall asleep as I'm struggling to stay awake only to wake the next morning with the task of figuring out where I was in the book when I lost consciousness. I like complex and intriguing books too, but for a quick read without too much thought, these books are very entertaining and ones that can be shared with your kids.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Selena R Stair 03-17-05 Listener Since 2003
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    "Loved it"

    True confessions: I'm a grown-up and I loved it.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John Draper, UT, USA 05-17-07
    John Draper, UT, USA 05-17-07 Member Since 2014
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    "Super entertaining"

    This was an all around perfect listen. If you are looking for something light and entertaining that will make you chuckle at times, this one should meet the mark.
    The narrator does an excellent job of entertaining during the read.
    The story is excellent but light, creative and fast moving.
    I highly recommend it. It would be a great listen during a family drive with mid-age kids 5 to 15.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    M. Dixon Rochester, NY 05-01-13
    M. Dixon Rochester, NY 05-01-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Beginning to an Awesome Series!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Artemis Fowl to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it in print form but after finishing all 8 books I ran across this first book at a book sale and picked it up for some kiddies in my life. I imagine the experience is different but just as fun.


    What other book might you compare Artemis Fowl to and why?

    I discovered this book (and series) after researching books suggested by readers who liked other books I enjoyed (anything by Rick Riordan, Pittacus Lore books, etc.) I wanted to find an enjoyable series that wasn't too sexual or dark...instead full of clever and mystical fun stuff. This book is exactly that- clever, fun, just a good time- which lines up most closely with Rick Riordan's stuff but probably is sort of close to Harry Potter too.


    What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

    I love the accents and voice changes for characters- they weren't to silly but I could tell when another character was talking. Listening to this book was great fun.


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

    If I could have listened this way I probably would have... however, I listen when doing housework, walking outside, etc. I don't doubt that my house sparkles and my neighborhood has been circled many times over just to have more listening time.


    Any additional comments?

    This book sets up important relationships and establishes character traits that will be important later in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-20-12
    Amazon Customer United States 11-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love love love it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the first in a series. We were looking for a new series for my daughter. I appreciated most of the reviews are from kids so we ordered it. She loved it. Cant stop listening to it. We looked at the second in the series but she also looked at the book. It has drawings, maps etc so she is requesting to read that one. However I am sure she will want the audio also since she loves listening to books. When a book is on she sits on the floor and constructs legos. The tv is off and so is she. Quiet time of brain engagement. This is a wonderful story with adventure and magical lands.


    What does Nathaniel Parker bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He is a wonderful narrator and brings the characters to life. I have heard him in other books and he is a selling point for the audio.


    Any additional comments?

    Its a good start to a new fun series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Hammerberg 11-05-12
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    "Entertaining read for the family"
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 05-25-12
    Deanna Lake Dallas, TX 05-25-12 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Fun and Easy"

    This book was fun. If you are in need of a light read this is a good choice. It is fairly short (under 6hrs) and does not get bogged down, it just keeps moving.

    The narrator was supreme. His accents, inflections, and choices for voices were spot on perfect. Editing was also done well, no weird background noises or funky spacing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    gingerbreadwoman1 03-09-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Good story"

    I listened to this story at work, and let my 12 year old daughter listen too. There is enough there for the grown-ups to not be bored and no yuck (cussing, sex...etc) for the kid...I am getting the other books in this series, thanks Audible!! <3 <3

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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