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The Alchemyst Audiobook

The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

He holds the secret that can end the world.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

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    Sue West Leederville, Australia 01-10-13
    Sue West Leederville, Australia 01-10-13
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    "Multiple listens - great for the 9 year old!"

    I bought this on a whim for my son, not really knowing what to expect. He has listened to it five times now - I have now confessed to him that there are more books in the series!

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    Sally 11-09-12
    Sally 11-09-12
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    "Very enthralling, lots of interest"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I enjoyed it very much seems like the type of thing perfect for teenage boys.


    What other book might you compare The Alchemyst to and why?

    Can't really think of anything this book is really unique


    What does Denis O'Hare bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The Narrator was great and matched the voices of the characters really good Makes it really exciting to listen to know what is coming next


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

    Magical and adventure


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Book Lover 09-03-12
    Book Lover 09-03-12
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    "Very good"
    If you could sum up The Alchemyst in three words, what would they be?

    Something my kids can read and yet it's got a good enough story I can still be interest and finish without rolling my eyes.


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    Jason 08-27-12
    Jason 08-27-12 Listener Since 2007
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    "Next best thing to Harry Potter series."
    What made the experience of listening to The Alchemyst the most enjoyable?

    Most fantasy books I read are mostly urban fantasy. This one caught my interest when I read the publisher's summary. After the first few chapters, I was hooked.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sophie was my favorite character. She was head strong between the twin. She was not easily influnced by some of the villians, even though she still was the archetypal "innocent character".


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

    I just hate how influential Josh was through out the whole book. If someone told to jump in the lake, he probably would jump in the lake.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Muris R Boshell Jr. Haleyville, AL United States 08-13-12
    Muris R Boshell Jr. Haleyville, AL United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "These are the Twins you are looking for"
    If you could sum up The Alchemyst in three words, what would they be?

    Formula with twist


    What other book might you compare The Alchemyst to and why?

    Fablehaven but much better.. Plenty of good characters taken from history, myth and legend. Characters are 3 dimensional they have flaws, quirks and strenghts. Realistic Villans they believe they are doing what needs to be done. Not just evil for evils sake(eg Dr. John Dee)


    Which character – as performed by Denis O'Hare – was your favorite?

    The spider queen


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

    Get ready for a ride accross the world, time and dimensions with new twists on chracters form history and legend.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Rebecca 06-16-12
    Rebecca 06-16-12 Member Since 2010

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    "badly written, badly read"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    not much more to say about this book other than this author needs a different editor and different talent for the audio version. very disappointing read/listen.


    Has The Alchemyst turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no. just this author.


    What didn’t you like about Denis O'Hare’s performance?

    mispronunciations mostly. but he also sounds as if this is is first read of the book. the characters aren't well developed and are one dimensional at best, but he could have put more effort into it.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    disappointment.


    Any additional comments?

    badly written. badly read.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mardi Byrd Roseville, CA 06-01-12
    Mardi Byrd Roseville, CA 06-01-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Mythical creatures come to life - that's cool."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure. It's a good lead into what could be a very fun packed story somewhere down the line.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have done a lot less repeating facts and maybe would have spead up pace a bit. Not much happens in this book.


    Which character – as performed by Denis O'Hare – was your favorite?

    I liked them all the same.


    Any additional comments?

    The story is good, and it does leave the reading wanting to read more. I think there could have been a lot more told in this book...and that it wasn't so obvious what is going to happen between the brother and sister in the next book.

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    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12
    Elizabeth Norcross, GA, United States 03-07-12 Member Since 2015
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    "left me wanting"
    Would you try another book from Michael Scott and/or Denis O'Hare?

    maybe


    Would you ever listen to anything by Michael Scott again?

    probably not


    What three words best describe Denis O'Hare’s performance?

    good


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes, creative ideas, the twins connection


    Any additional comments?

    I was hoping for more defind characters, Put off by Scott using other authors established personalities for his own books, it seemed lazy to ride of the coat tails of JK Rowlings character ideas. Author had some fun ideas , come up with your own original names for your characters.

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    Katherine MURRELLS INLET, SC, United States 01-04-12
    Katherine MURRELLS INLET, SC, United States 01-04-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Very interesting but could be written better"
    Any additional comments?

    The story is very imaginative and the inclusion of historical facts with a creative twist was very entertaining. I loved Scott's vision of how some historically significant individuals would fit into the modern world!

    The writing was somewhat awkward at points and occasionally repetitive but I don't regret listening to it at all. I enjoyed it enough to drive my boyfriend crazy by talking about it all the time :)

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    Angelika Lake View Terrace, CA, United States 10-24-11
    Angelika Lake View Terrace, CA, United States 10-24-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Before you start, this will be a committment"

    Just finished book 4 no end in sight....One cliff hanger after another. There is a book 5 and from the reviews that is not the end. By book 3 it become repetative which is a shame because I really liked the 1st 3 books....

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