Half Moon Investigations

Narrated by: Sean Patrick Reilly
Length: 7 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Kids, Ages 8-10
4.5 out of 5 stars (368 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Fletcher Moon has never been like other kids. For one thing, he has had to suffer the humiliating nickname "Half Moon" because of his short stature. But the real reason Fletcher is different is that ever since he was a baby, he's had a nose for sniffing out mysteries. And let's just say, it's not a skill that has been appreciated by many people, including his own family.

That doesn't bother Fletcher, though. After graduating at the top of his Internet class, he is officially certified as the youngest detective in the world. He even has a silver-plated detective's badge to prove it. Everything is going along fine until two things happen: a classmate hires him to solve a crime, and his prized badge is stolen. All signs point to the town's most notorious crime family, the Sharkeys.

As Fletcher follows the clues, evidence of a conspiracy begins to emerge. But before he can crack the case, Fletcher finds himself framed for a serious crime. To clear his name, he will have to pair up with the unlikeliest of allies and go on the run from the authorities. Fletcher has 12 hours to find the guilty party, or he is the guilty party.

©2006 Eoin Colfer (P)2006 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random house Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"It's a place many readers will very much enjoy visiting." (Publishers Weekly)
"A typically funny Colfer offering without the mania of the Artemis Fowl series....Kids who enjoy comic mysteries will have a great time with Half Moon." (School Library Journal)

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Extremly Funny...

This book is even funnier than the Artemis Fowl Series. You'll like it!

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Great Listen

I truely enjoyed this book. I laughed by behind off. I love the developing relationship of the detective and the ex-thief. Wonderful truely wonderful.

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Delightful

The story was delightful and excellently written from the perspective of a 12 year old. Sean Patrick Reilly was EXCEPTIONAL. I'd listen to him read the dictionary. This isn't Artemis Fowl and shouldn't be compared to him. It's the reality-based adventures of a youth with descriptive, beautiful passages about the people and places around him as well as the events that unfold.

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Hillarious, Gripping story with awesome narration.

What made the experience of listening to Half Moon Investigations the most enjoyable?

The author knows the heart of kids. His style is exquisite. The plot turns interesting. The blind and intelligent stumbling investigation is true to life unlike most detective stories.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Half Moon Investigations?

When Red and Half Moon fall off the balcony.

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A true competitor for Artemis

I am a fan of the Artemis Fowl series which I discovered two years ago. Since then, I read other books by Eoin Colfer, but I have aways been slightly disapointed. With Half-Moon investigation, I found again the pleasure to discover a well presented plot, to appreciate the great sense of humour of the author, and to follow the adventures of a very attaching boy nicknamed Half-Moon, who gets hired by class mates to investigate thefts.

The book is very clearly read, which is very important for me, as I am not an English native speaker. The reader manages to make clear differences between the characters, and to convey the magic of Eoin Colfer in full. A great performance.

I really hope Mr Colfer will write other Half-Moon stories.

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Artemis Schmartemis

"Half Moon Investigations" is SO much more enjoyable than "Artemis Fowl." It's a story of a short Irish schoolboy who wants nothing more than to be a private detective, and of the unlikely alliances he forms to solve his case. Laugh-out-loud funny.

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Great, Funny and Wonderful

I do not believe Eion Colfer could write a bad story! He writes another great one here. What a fun book.

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Enjoyable

Our family enjoyed this audio book a lot. As a family we would drive around listening to it and would even find excuses to go driving. My sons ages 9 and 7 wanted to know if there were any more Half-Moon series. The story was funny and it kept us guessing.

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This books is a family favorite--so funny!

We love this book! The Irish narration is a delight to listen to and the story is hilarious.

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OUTSTANDING!!! Funniest thing I've ever heard!

Have listened to this over and over.
HILARIOUS!!! Incredible narrative performance! Quotable. A family road trip MUST!