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Riley, a teen orphan boy living in Victorian London, has had the misfortune of being apprenticed to Albert Garrick, an illusionist who has fallen on difficult times and now uses his unique conjuring skills to gain access to victims' dwellings. On one such escapade, Garrick brings his reluctant apprentice along and urges him to commit his first killing. Riley is saved from having to commit the grisly act when the intended victim turns out to be a scientist from the future, part of the FBI's Witness Anonymous Relocation Program (WARP). Riley is unwittingly transported via wormhole to modern-day London, followed closely by Garrick.

In modern London, Riley is helped by Chevron Savano, a 19-year-old FBI agent sent to London as punishment after a disastrous undercover, anti-terrorist operation in Los Angeles. Together Riley and Chevie must evade Garrick, who has been fundamentally altered by his trip through the wormhole. Garrick is now not only evil, but he also possesses all of the scientist's knowledge. He is determined to track Riley down and use the timekey in Chevie's possession to make his way back to Victorian London where he can literally change the world.

©2013 Eoin Colfer (P)2013 Listening Library Audio

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Disappointed

I was so excited to listen to these books. I am such a big fan of his previous series (Artemis Fowl). Unfortunately, this book does NOT live up to expectations. Plot holes, lame dialogue, and un-relatable unrealistic characters are just some of the problems of this book.
Apart from content, the narrator is very mediocre. For someone who has to do an American accent and a female voice, this narrator has a very poor grasp of both. Problem not all his fault (because of the content) but very cheesy and again just overall poor quality.
I loved Artemis, can Colfer please re-discover his writers voice?

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Nice start for a series

Good universe, interesting characters, fleshed out backgrounds, well paced, overall good story telling. Yes, it's aimed at YA, but it's fun for all.

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Colfer starts a great new series

If you could sum up WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin in three words, what would they be?

Yes, I loved Artemis but it is done and it was time for his to start something new and this is every bit as good a series. Riley is a plucky young man who although shifted to the 21st century from the 19th, he handles it well despite the obvious confusion from such a time shift. Chevron is not Holly but she is a smart teen who just happens to be working for the government. I can't wait for book 2.

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  • Sean
  • Monroe, WA, United States
  • 11-13-13

Fun story with some quality voices.

What made the experience of listening to WARP Book 1: The Reluctant Assassin the most enjoyable?

I'm a big Eoin Colfer fan, and his combination of humor and action is well represented here. The characters are unique and interesting with their own personal issues and motivations.

Maxwell Caulfield does a great job of balancing the many different accents throughout, including the strange case of mixing two distinct character voices at times to imply the struggle for control.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The villian, Garrick is absolutely the best reason to pick this one up. Already one of the smartest, if vilest, men in Victorian London, the technology of time travel gives him familiarity with the technology of today. His self-confidence comes to the surface in a delightfully "Bond villian" style where he feels completely unthreatened by Riley and Chevie.

"Agent Orange" was my second favorite, and favorite supporting character.

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

I listen on my commute, primarily, and at first this wasn't a hard one to stop when I got to work and home. As the story moved back to the past in the last act, howeve,r it grew ever more compelling to listen to. By this time in the tale, the listener shares the belief that there's really nothing they can do to stop or even escape from Garrick, and you need to keep listening just to find out how they might pull it off.

Any additional comments?

The one sticking point was Agent Chevron Savano's voice. Always a challenge for a grown man to pull off a young female character, but there seemed to be a lot of variation in her speech patterns. At times, the over articulation reminded me of Joe Mantegna from Criminal Minds.

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not worth it

I love everything else I've read from Mr Colfer, but this story was just not engaging. I couldn't finish it.

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great book

loved the fowl books these are right up there with em.. live eoin's books. I'm downloading the next book as I write this

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Love the author but the audio is terrible!!!!

I can't finish this audiobook because the voice acting is so terrible. The male voices are okay, but the voice he gives the teen girl is truly distracting. She is made to sound flat and like a brainless slow nitwit who is high as a kite. Any American characters sound stupid and gravelly. I usually am able to look past these types of things but this is too jolting and takes me out of the story. I love Eoin Colfer books but the narration does this a real disservice!!!! I do not recommend this version!!!

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Quite good. A good listen.

A little slow starting out. But got better as you went on. About a 6 out of 10.

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what a bad guy

a really good listen. the chick character was super irritating until she realized she was a 15 yr old girl but all else was really great. I loved the tie in of the Auto Malakey character from Airmen which was an awesome book.

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the voice for the female lead was aweful

otherwise it was ok. the story felt a little rough, but it all came together nicely as an introduction to the series.