The unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Artemis Fowl, the explosive first novel in Eoin Colfer’s best-selling Artemis Fowl series. Read by the actor Gerry O’Brien.
Twelve-year-old villain, Artemis Fowl, is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history. His bold and daring plan is to hold a leprechaun to ransom.
But he’s taking on more than he bargained for when he kidnaps Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaissance Unit). For a start, leprechaun technology is more advanced than our own. Add to that the fact that Holly is a true heroine and that her senior officer Commander Root will stop at nothing to get her back and you’ve got the mother of all sieges brewing!
©2013 Eoin Colfer (P)2013 Penguin Books Limited
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"good but awful narrator"
butler vs troll
need different narrator desperately the one in the abridged version is a lot better
"Believe the hype - excellent antihero!"
I always get a bit nervous getting a "Bestseller", as they can be a crushing disappointment if it's just hype. I am delighted to report, this book is actually very good.
My 10 year old struggled to read the paper version, as it is a doorstop of a book, so we got the audiobook as well. Both boys were blown away. The fairies are not the gossamer, sparkly Disney Princess type. They are gritty, tough, trained SAS officers who wipe human's brains and generally think us stupid, cruel and slow. Enter Artemis Fowl, the 12 year old genius ready to take them down ...
This book is absolutely peppered with fantastic cliff hangers, and it became one of my favorite games to wait for one during the car journey (".... something was coming. It didn't sound good ....") and then announce it was time to turn off. Que howls of complaint from the back seat :-) Well, you have to have some fun don't you ....
Artemis fowl is a devious, extremely intelligent character that can pull off a complex money making plan to make millions of dollars for a long line of fowl ancestors home to stay in the family. A sick mother, a lost farther, a military trained butler and a teenage maid are the main characters in this gripping novel.
"bad sound quality"
story was ok. funny, fast.
Gerry was chosen for his Irish accent. I prefer Michael Kramer as a narrator.
It is hard to pinpoint why but this audio book was difficult for me to hear compared to other ones that I had listened to. Perhaps it is a bad recording, perhaps the narrator moved his head around relative to the mic. It seemed that at the start of each paragraph he was mumbling or he was quiet.
Also, i chose this one to listen to so I could play it in the car while my daughter may listen.
I thought that choosing a teenager book i would make sure it was ok.
Sadly it contains the word piss and a dwarf who fires poo at people.
I would. I enjoyed the narration and the story was well thought out and funny.
I liked all the characters. I am looking forward to learning more about them in the other books.
He has a gruffer voice than I expected and it took a while to get used to. He doesn't do individual accents, which I thought was a blessing. Men don't always do female voices well.
I did laugh during this. I won't give away any moments.
It was a good story, well thought out and presented.
"Overall a very good audiobook"
Overall the story is great and very compelling, however, at some points Artemis sounds a bit like the Joker when he's about to die in Arkham City, almost... Wheezy. Although, it's not necessarily a bad thing, just a strange narration choice. Also, Artemis sounds completely different to how he's described. Again, not necessarily bad, just strange.
The book sounded like it was being narrated by a reverberating computer. It is very annoying to listen to and we turned it off immediately.
Upset that I wasted a credit.we are reading the story in paperback but wanted the audio for sleepy children.
It rates a good joint 1st
You could really get into the story
No I listened at night to help me sleep and when I didn't want to read or watch TV
"Memories of when my children were small"
Brilliant book.As good as other series I am currently listening to. Brings back memories of when i read them to my kids when they were younger.
Holly Short- Eoin Colfer has turned traditional idea of a fairy on its head.
This is the first time i have listened to Gerry O'Brien.
Yes but it would be a spoiler for others going to listen to it.
Originally bought some of the Artemis Fowl series for my daughter when she was at Junior school. My now adult daughter told me they were available as audio books as she had been listening to them. I had to get them. The written books are brilliant and the audio book does them justice. Eoin Colpher may have meant these for children but they are just as good for an adult to read /listen too.
"Not as magical as it should have been"
Whilst I'm not the intended audience, its for a much younger reader: think they would bore of all of the fairy politics and protocols that weigh down this fantasy story
Would still buy other books of this genre,although unlikely to continue with the Artemis Fowl series
Narrator was OK, but he could have brought the story to life with more energy and enthusiasm
the idea of kidnapping a leprechaun for a ransom of a pot of gold is a fun one with lots of possibilities, but it seemed more Jason Bourne than Harry Potter
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