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)
Wretched, awful, terrible. Been a while since I read a book this bad. Perhaps good if you are ten, not sure. Lots of obnoxious and pointless exposition, to explain what is happening. I enjoyed the Harry Potter series, but I would stay away from this one.
book lacks character development. it's just a story that goes on and on ... it's a narrative without any heart. remember how wonderful the magic was in Harry Potter .. well don't look for that here ..
I was liking it ok til I got to the end and it said look for book 2. I don't like it enough to look for book 2
If you are the type who enjoyed Harry Potter and Percy Jackson, and maybe even a touch of Brian Lumley this series is probably for you.... it is a little on the dark side. Although it is more YA there is not the ubiquitous overadundance of teen angst. There is the duality aspect from all points of view as people are trying to work out who to trust, what is the truth and how to stay alive. I always enjoy books that casually drop in references to famous historical personages and let us see them in a different light. There are lots of tales from bygone centuries and myth and legend along with lashings of magic. It encourages the imagination to paint wonderful canvases and the central love story between Nicholas and Perenell is endearing. My only reservation is their is not enough comedic input. Most of it comes from scatty and I think they would have benefitted from more one liners. The teenagers, Josh and Sophie, are very mature for their age and provide a good balance and anchor to our modern world against the ancient beings surrounding them. An enjoyable and fast paced first novel.
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.
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