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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
Listen to the entire Artemis Fowl series.
©2001 Eoin Colfer; (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

"Artemis Fowl is pacy, playful, and very funny, an inventive mix of myth and modernity, magic and crime." (Time.com)
"Hilarious and exciting story." (Denver Post)

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Fun Story, Great Series

Fun story with an enthusiastic narrator makes for a great listen. You wont be disapointed, definatly worth a credit! A nice begining to the series, getting to know the main characters.

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  • Kathleen
  • Mount Vernon, OH, United States
  • 09-25-12

Artemis appeals to the whole family

Would you listen to Artemis Fowl again? Why?

We often listen to audio books on long car journeys and Nathaniel Parker reading Artemis Fowl is every family member's favorite.

What did you like best about this story?

The characters and the humor really draw us into the story.

What about Nathaniel Parker’s performance did you like?

The characters have unique voices and his reading is seamless for all genders, ages and species :) I am partial to Mulch Diggems and Butler.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

We almost always listen in the car, so it is not usually possible to listen in one sitting, but the story is suspenseful, so it is hard to break away.

Any additional comments?

Nathaniel Parker really brings out the humor in Eoin Colfer's story. They make an excellent team.

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Fun

I realize this is a kids book (sort of) but I enjoyed it immensely. Gave a new, interesting, and funny take on mythical creatures. Most certainly worth a quick and lighthearted read.

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;)

Cute and happy. This would make a good animated film series. I laughed out loud at some parts.

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  • Matthew
  • Huntsville, TX, United States
  • 09-08-12

Great Story, But Quality is Meh...

Would you consider the audio edition of Artemis Fowl to be better than the print version?

I love to read, but now that I drive, I can't read on trips anymore. I am on the road a good 8 hours a week, so I can go through a book a week. The sound quality has an annoying static sound, but maybe the enhanced download will be better.

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Witty and Exciting

If you could sum up Artemis Fowl in three words, what would they be?

Witty fantasy adventure.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Artemis Fowl?

Finding out this author's interpretation of the Leprechaun's-pot-of-gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow myth.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

From the first moment, this book was not what I expected. Set in the present time, the main antagonist turns out to be a young boy of 12, a computer genius and criminal mastermind. The intermingling of magic, technology, code breaking, and cleverly altered folklore makes Artemis Fowl an interesting, engaging, and entertaining listen.

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  • Mark
  • Hayden, ID, United States
  • 08-13-12

First download and I'm hooked!

What did you love best about Artemis Fowl?

Good Story and very unique characters. Good read.

Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

Holly Short

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Child genius runs the world.

Any additional comments?

No

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Excellent sotry and wonderful narration!

What did you like best about this story?

This story was expertly told, moved at a fast pace and kept my 12 year old and I both entertained during a long car trip. I highly recommend it.

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what a kid and we love butler

What did you love best about Artemis Fowl?

His witt and money

What did you like best about this story?

the story line and the Holly Short

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It did put a smile on my face

Any additional comments?

Read it and have fun with the major players

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Better as an audio book

Would you be willing to try another book from Eoin Colfer? Why or why not?

I have all the Artemis books in paperback and on Audible. I find them so funny and lovable that I listen over and over.

Which character – as performed by Nathaniel Parker – was your favorite?

Mulch and Butler are my favorite charactors.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was amazed at how much better the first book is when read by Nathaniel Parker. I found the Artemis character very unsympathetic especially in the first book until he was brought to life by Parker.