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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

What listeners say about The Last Guardian: Artemis Fowl, Book 8

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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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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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It’s pretty good

I like the main story line (I must agree it’s a little complex) but overall it’s sort of easy to understand. Nathaniel Parker’s performance isn’t that bad but I still prefer Gerry O’Brien’s performance. So 4/5 for performance, 5/5 for story, and 9/10 overall.

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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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  • 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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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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  • Liz
  • 01-08-20

The narration spoilt it

After listening to the previous books in this series, I found the narration of this book quite disappointing. I had gotten used to the voices of the characters in the previous books but I found the voices and accents in this one quite distracting and I found myself losing interest in the story more often than not. I could not understand why Opal has an Asian accent here.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Salopian Lass
  • 03-26-20

Not as good as Gerry O'Brien

The story was as good as ever, but this recording was distracting as I missed Gerry O'Brien's narration so much. Nathaniel Parker isn't a poor narrator (although the accents weren't brilliant) I would be put off another book read by him. But you get used to hearing the stories in the same voice and Gerry was perfect for the Artemis Fowl books.

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  • Evelyn M Wilkins
  • 06-21-20

I love Artimis fowl

It's a great book not the best in the collection but still great .
Also it would have been better if they used the same narrator as the other fowl books ☺

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  • Miss Tracy Booth
  • 05-21-20

Preferred Gerry O'brien to Nathaniel Parker

I enjoyed this story has much has the previous Fowl books, but I didn't like this narrator, much preferred Gerry O, 'Brien who narrated the previous books all the characters sounded wrong, OK I know it's probably just because I was use to the other narrator and it's just how he think they should sound, but has a listener of all the fowl books I have gotten use to how they sound with the O'Brien and sundenly they sound different and gives you a different picture of them, it's like when your favourite TV character is for some reason played by some one else, very wrong. I think the same person should narrate the whole series.

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  • Ricky
  • 05-12-20

I highly dislike the person who is reading it.

i do not like the person who is reading the book as his voice is too high and i want Gerry o brief to record it

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  • Michael Jones
  • 03-11-20

disappointing ending to good series

Much better than the last bookAtlantis Complex - but still not as good as the previous entries.

This is much more funnier than the previous book and we get some of Eoin Colfers wit.

recommended.

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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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  • 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.

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-04-21

I just can't go higher

There is nothing wrong with the story. The final to an excellent journey of our friends. The issue is the narrator, nothing wrong with him as a narrator himself but why on Earth would you change the narrator for the last book after having O'Brian do all off the previous entries. it was so damn jarring and very hard to enjoy the start of the book

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  • cjh
  • 03-25-21

Change of narrator is extremely jarring

Completely different interpretations of the characters, I really wish he wouldn’t do those accents.

Some actual decent foreshadowing in this one while still keeping the usual Fowlian flare.

This is more of the same, if you enjoyed earlier stories you’ll not be displeased.

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  • Fletcher Coleman
  • 01-28-21

A fitting ending for such a brilliant book series

This book had the classic Artemis fowl feel with something more as well we get to see the classic shenanigans holy Artemis mulch and butler get up to while also seeing how the culmination of how they have changed over the series this book is my second favour book in the series (the first being the first book) and I would highly recommend it to any fowl fans of really anyone who is in need of a exiting heartfelt novel

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-18-20

Excellent Narration

Sad to see this series end, at least for Artemis, but Nathaniel Parker is the best audiobook narrator I have ever heard. His incredible voice talent and delivery make this story come alive.

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  • Sean f.
  • 11-19-19

narrator change

I just wish you didn't change the narrator after having Mr. Obrien for 6 books it was just abrupt

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  • Cameron
  • 11-19-19

Bought the whole series

I have enjoyed the entire story and loved it. Except this one in which they changed the narrator.