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The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8

Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Series: Artemis Fowl, Book 8
Length: 7 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (102 ratings)

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The unabridged, digital audiobook edition of Eoin Colfer’s Artemis Fowl and the Last Guardian, the unbelievable finale to the multi award-winning Artemis Fowl series. Read by the actor Nathaniel Parker.

Is this Armageddon for the Artemis Fowl?

Opal Koboi, power-crazed pixie, is plotting to exterminate mankind and become fairy queen. If she succeeds, the spirits of long-dead fairy warriors will rise from the earth, inhabit the nearest available bodies and wreak mass destruction. But what happens if those nearest bodies include crows, or deer, or badgers - or two curious little boys by the names of Myles and Beckett Fowl?

Yes, it’s true. Criminal mastermind Artemis Fowl’s four-year-old brothers could be involved in destroying the human race. Can Artemis and Captain Holly Short of the Lower Elements Police stop Opal and prevent the end of the world?

©2012 Eoin Colfer (P)2012 Penguin Books Ltd

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  • Henrik
  • Bagsvaerd, Denmark
  • 08-06-12

You can feel it is the last in the series

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I have been a hugh fan of Artimis Fowl in the first 7 novels, and really like the interaction between the fairy world and normal people, the high pace and the funny plots.But I must say that you can feel that Eoin Colfer has run out of momentum for the last book in the series and you have a feeling that he really wants to close it. When you are used to a large diversity in new high tech gadgets and a really funny dialog this book is somewhat disappointing and a bit boring.I would recommend to read the first 7 novels and leave it at that.

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  • Paul
  • BaselSwitzerland
  • 08-13-12

More of the same, but that's not a complaint!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. Love the Artemis Fowl series, and this is an exciting ending.

What did you like best about this story?

Love Nathanial Parker reading.

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

Butler.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really - not that sort of book.

Any additional comments?

Nope.

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Ending a let down

The ending was just too sudden and felt lacking in creativity. Felt like a let down

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  • W
  • 11-16-15

Artemis fowel

This is a great book, full of suspense and excitement. And I would say that it is for about 9-12 year olds

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  • Bruno
  • North Shore City, New Zealand
  • 07-19-12

Artemis has gone full circle

I enjoyed the final book in the series, just as much as all the other books. Artemis has really grown as a character, and the old gang are back together for a final adventure!
A lot happens in this story, and not all of it is nice! I think the writer really pushed the boundaries. The performance was great as always.

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  • Scottish_Legend
  • 01-20-17

Why change the narrator?

Would you try another book written by Eoin Colfer or narrated by Nathaniel Parker?

I've listened to all the books but did not like this narrator who took over for the last book. My big problem is the voice of Opal. Why did he decide to make her sound Asian/Chinese?
This was not a characteristic in any other book and was very distracting making it a terrible experience and it was just wrong and out of keeping with the rest of the books

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  • Kim Randleff-Rasmussen
  • 04-09-13

A great end to a lovely series

All the Artemis Fowl books are enjoyable stories and this one is certainly no exception in that sense. It's a bittersweet read though, since it is the final installment in the series. Nathaniel Parker deilvers another great performance - his reading style is flowing and easy to listen to and his interpretations of the characters are sensible, organic and very well done.

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  • Mary
  • 12-23-12

Completion

This is the last book in the series and Eoin Colfer has tied up all the loose ends from the previous books. It has a feeling of finality about it and one fears at times what that may mean for the main characters but it is also a book of hope. There is the characteristic humour running throughout the book intertwined with deeper moments. This is a book about friendship in all its different forms and is wonderfully narrated by Nathaniel Parker. A book to be enjoyed as much by adults as children.

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  • Maj-Britt
  • 04-05-15

The Great Finale!

Once again a thrilling Artemis Fowl adventure. It definitely lives up to the preceding adventures with its fast-paced and action-packed plot full of twists and turns. A worthy finale.
However, I found it distracting that I had to get used to a new narrator. Not that I'm criticising Mr. Nathaniel Parker's efforts. He does it rather well. But after listening to Gerry O'Brien's take on how the characters' voices sound in the 7 preceding books, it was often confusing hearing a different voice than the one I had become so used to in the preceding books.

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  • Ciaran W.
  • 07-20-19

Narration was very disappointing

After listening to the other 7 books, the change in narrator was quite disappointing. The fake Irish accent was tough to listen to. And not sure where the totally unnecessary decision to make Opal Asian came from? Took away from the story quite a bit

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  • Charente16
  • 06-07-19

Excellent story but the narrator has changed

All the Artemis Fowl books are excellent but unfortunately for this last in the series the narrator has changed, extremely disappointing. It has badly affected the story as the previous narrator had set all the voices.
Frankly very difficult to follow as the characters don’t sound correct.

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  • Ms S M Lavine
  • 01-23-19

Poor

Easily the worst book of the bunch disappointed and hope the next is better thank this but it wouldn’t be hard

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  • Ceripol
  • 11-23-18

A fitting end

Wonderful finale to the Artemis Fowl series. The narration was mostly excellent, with great characterisation. Only jarring thing was the accent put on for Opal Koboi, but it became bearable after a while.

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  • Cecilia Young
  • 05-31-18

Amazing

Amazing book loved it brilliant narrater best Christmas present i have ever got you should get it

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  • Adam Walker
  • 01-31-18

Not A Bad Ending Really.

The final book in the series was pretty good. I liked the ending although a little romance would have been nice. Eoin spent the series building the relationship between Artemis and Holly only for it to kind of face at the end. But all in all, a nice ending to a great series.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-30-17

Loved it

What made the experience of listening to The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8 the most enjoyable?

Just being able to take it with me and listen to it was great.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It's hard to have a favorite. It was like listening to your favorite band get back together. All of them have a little something that makes them special

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

No I haven't, though I like the way he read. He was easy to listen to and I enjoyed his different character voices

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

No. I knew that I wouldn't be able to. Life is a bit busy and knew I would need to stop and start. I do though know that this is one that I will listen on long road trips with the family as they have listened to Artimes Folwer CD's in the past

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  • pat
  • 06-02-19

Great finale to a wonderful series

Thank you for entertaining our family over the last few months. It took a while to get used to the new narrator. However once we did, the narration was excellent.