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)
A little like Harry Potter and Twilight combined. The narrator is good too. Charactors are easy to recognise from his voice inflections. The series starts out slow in the first chapter while the story line sets up but then does an excellent job shifting from high to mid gear and back again. The author also does a good job of creating suspense, switching from one drama to another, without waiting too long to get back to the action. Very enjoyable to read. A romantic tension might have made it better, say... if the tiwns were not actually related but cosmic twins or something, but still a great book. I definately could not wait to listen to the remaining books in the series.
I really enjoyed this book,it is definitely geared towards teens but i liked it (I am 32) and went on to buy the next in the series which happens to be equally good. Narration is particularly well done as well.
I found this to be overall a very well written book, well narrated and look forward to the next in the series.
This is a nice spin off from the Harry Potter franchise. Nice to see these types of books getting out there. The story is pretty interesting.. Glad I got this one.
Fun story, and I enjoyed it except...
It isn't a complete story. This is reads more like part one of a story, not book one in a series. I would not suggest this book unless you are ready to buy the rest in the series. If you are, then, I'd give it one more star.
I tried. I really did. This was a very bad purchase. Maybe it's only the narrator that makes this bad....but I doubt it. Just a really really lame story.
The story was incredibly cliche. It felt like so many other teen fiction novels being written these days but without any character. It wasn't terrible, just bland. You know exactly what's going to happen at every corner because they always go for the most cliche option. The narrator was very good though.
I really enjoyed this and all (well the first 4 so far) books of this series. That is why I say be prepared.... to buy the entire series. If you like fantasies like this then you will want to get all of them since there really isn't a decent end to any one book, they really leave you hanging at the end of each and you want the next to.... well maybe not answer questions but simply finish the story. I really enjoy the mix of old and new, fantasy and reality. It is written well and believably as in you want to say "it could happen" if you are a fantasy lover as I am.
I didn't like that they changed narrators for the first 3 books but it wasn't that hard to get used to each new one, and the final one for the last four books is the same and very good.
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