The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest alchemist of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty.
The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects, the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true.
And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.
©2007 Michael Scott; (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Proceeding at a breakneck pace, and populated by the likes of werewolves and vampires, the novel ends on a precipice, presumably to be picked up in volume two." (Publishers Weekly)
I have never been a fan of sci-fi or fantasy, but ordered the first in this series as part of a special offer. I can only say I am hooked, and have introduced my grown up kids to the travails of Josh and Sophie. The writing is sound, the characters engaging and I do enjoy the appearance of 'real' historical characters. Denis O'Hare has a pleasant voice and is easy to listen to. I have just ordered the fifth in the series.
The entire series is entertaining and remarkable. Michael Scott does an amazing job of integrating real, historical and mythical people and places into the story line. Search for anyone of them on google or in wikapedia and you will find an actual historical reference. The entire series is well read and well paced. Highly recommended!!!
I would agree with the other reviewers - if you liked the Harry Potter series you will like these books - yes at times predictable - but so are a lot of other books I have read. It moves at a fast pace and very imaginative - like the Potter series - which keeps it very interesting..
If you're a teenager, you may like this one. It was just too much like an arcade game for me. I stopped listening before the half way mark. Admittedly, for a grumpy old guy like me, it was too shallow. I hoped for more depth, less cartoon.
I didn't know Scott -- tried this on a hunch. Ooooops!! I listened carefully to be sure that the problem wasn't the narrator. It wasn't. Turgid, overblown...
I gave up after an hour or so.
When I read the review of this book, I read one that said that this book reads like a cheap scifi movie or something along that line. I depend on reviews when I buy a book and I should have really listened to this one. I am sorry to say that this was one of the dumbest audios I have listened to. Sorry, don't waste your credit here.
I thought this book was OK, nothing special, but I was enjoying it in a mild way. Then it ended. Suddenly. I was completely taken by surprise when it just stopped, and I even double checked the length because I thought it might not have downloaded completely or something. But no. Now I realize that there are at least three more books in the series. Still, I think the first book should reach some kind of resolution (a la Harry Potter). I don't know if I will buy the others. After the 57th or so magical battle, where the author's object seemed to be what new tricks he could come up with to describe, it was sort of ho-hum. Moreover, the 15yo twins who are the main human characters are too stupid for words -- umm, after you've been told you will probably die if you go outdoors, and that you really don't want to know what the screams outside at night are all about, and after you have been through a harrowing day of meeting characters from legend, goddesses, etc., you go outside at night anyway because -- you want to go home? Really?
This series disappointed me. It was advertised as something better then Harry Potter, well, although HP is a bit childish for adults especially the first books, they grow up with the characters. Of course I did not expect something like HP, that would have been really bad, but I guess I expected some of the some humour and playing around with our world.
In HP the characters aren't really deep and get as personal as in other SF like Ursula Le Guin or The Hobbit etc., but here they are really flat... The story is pang and go. So if you just like action OK for you. But this books is here we go, then fight, then barely make it, run, fight again, wow the bad guy has potent weapons, barely get out of it etc. like a computer game.
Still there must be some qualities since I also bought the second book.....
I may have to give this one another chance but I got about two hours into it and my mind kept wondering. So either I have a lot of things on my mind or this isn't interesting enough to keep my mind from wondering. I may have to give it another try when I run out of credits and have nothing else to listen to.
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