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Publisher's Summary

Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he receives an urgent e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from a man who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafia: his father. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by a familiar nemesis, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.
Listen to the entire Artemis Fowl series.
©2002 Eoin Colfer (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

  • Book Sense Book of the Year Award Finalist, Children's Literature, 2003

"The world Colfer creates is as vivid and fantastical as any shire, Gotham, or galaxy far, far away." (Entertainment Weekly)

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Right Up My Alley

As a big fan of Terry Pratchett, my wife introduced me to the Artemis Fowl series. It doesn't disappoint--just the right blend of humor, fantasy, even sci-fi (faerie tech). All my favorite genres for fiction. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. Also, Nathaniel Parker does a bang up job with the reading--great with accents and voices. I'd bet he can give Jim Dale a run for his money.

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Highly Enjoyable

As a mother of very young children, I'm always on the hunt for books that interest me, yet are kid friendly. (no cussing, vulgarity, etc) The Artemis Fowl books are wonderful. Yes, they are technically children's books, but they definitely have enough depth and plot to interest adults. The narrator does an excellent job, and is one of the few I really enjoy. Beware- the last Artemis Fowl book has a different narrator.

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Intriguing from start to finish

Eoin Colfer does it again. His attention to detail paints the fairy world beautifully. You are able to visualize and understand everything he writes. Fairies have always seemed girlish to me. But not now. Eoin Colfer has given me a whole new outlook on the little people. This book is packed with adventure and has a heartwarming touch. Get this book, and enjoy! For children and adults!

If you have not read Artemis Fowl, I recommend starting there first. The first book provides much to the plot of this book. You are sure to enjoy them both.

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Imaginative

If you could sum up The Arctic Incident in three words, what would they be?

Fabulous

What did you like best about this story?

My husband and daughter enjoy listening to this story together.

Have you listened to any of Nathaniel Parker’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes. The other Artis Fowl books.

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

No. Its nice to look forward to hearing it.

Any additional comments?

Good fun for the family.

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My favorite Artemis Fowl

Will Artemis find his father? Will his heart remember how to do more than beat? Will his gucci loafers survive? The answer this and many more questions can be had with the 2nd (and best in my opinion) in the Atemis Fowl series. This exciting story of warmth, love and family is wrapped in package of faires, snow, radiation and a spoiled genius. The descriptions and details of the fairy world are great - and Artemis - as always - is sassy as ever.

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Well written - well read

Once again, in "The Arctic Incident," Eoin Colfer delivers a very engaging story. This is more of a children's book, but the story is also very interesting from an adult perspective. These books are a bit more involved than the average young adult book, as they deal with more advanced topics involving a more mature Artemis. All in all, a very good listen. It will engage you from the start and you will want to listen all day.

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Some technical glitches

The beginning of most chapters would skip for 2 seconds about 5 seconds in. The performance and story is good, just something wrong with either the recording or the audible app with this particular recording (none of my other books experience this issue).

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Allies and Enemies

The story continues with higher stakes and more interesting twists. Compared to later additions to the series, this may be a weak volume. But events taking place here have long lasting ramifications.

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*SPOILERS* The Traitor

the problem is that the traitor isn't much of a spoiler because it is revealed extremely soon. I was very disappointed in how that the opportunity to see a Artemis led investigation was thrown away for apparent sake of time.

other than that excellent story.

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A Worthy Second

Does not disappoint. This installment keeps the story alive, is very different from the first book, and is just fun.

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