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Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl, Book 1
Written by: Eoin Colfer
Narrated by: Nathaniel Parker
Length: 6 hrs and 6 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (74 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! Full of unexpected twists and turns, Artemis Fowl is a riveting, magical adventure.
©2001 Eoin Colfer (P)2004 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

"Artemis Fowl is pacy, playful, and very funny, an inventive mix of myth and modernity, magic and crime." (Time.com)
"Hilarious and exciting story." (Denver Post)

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A Rip-Roaring Good Time

I'm 23, but have super fond memories of reading the Artemis Fowl books as a kid, and for good reason. The plots are well put together, the sci-fi/fantasy setting of an technologically advanced fairy society living under our feet is very well done, the characters are all- on the whole- memorable and likable, and the humor is top-notch. It's something that's always a delight to come back to, even all these years later.

That said, that's my opinion of the series as a whole; this book specifically isn't my favorite in the series, but it's an engaging way to begin one, I'll say that. The story of the 12 year old criminal mastermind is a bit of a dark one- particularly given the motives for his crimes, and the life-or-death struggles his plot in this book causes- but it's exciting, engaging, and a fun ride all the same. He and his bodyguard/manservant Butler are well characterized, making you like them despite their criminality; as are the fairy people, particularly Holly Short but the rest of her comrades as well, who feel strangely human and relateable despite their difference in biology and custom. And of course the ever present, sometimes dark, sometimes tongue-in-cheek, sometimes juvenile but usually chuckle worthy humor is here too, and will keep the book from feeling like it's taking itself too seriously.

The only thing I have left to add here in relating to the audiobook specifically is that Nathaniel Parker does an excellent job as narrator; he has a distinct and fitting voice for each character, and gets really into whoever he's playing. I could almost swear that there's a whole cast behind this production instead of a single narrator, it's that well done. The only downside to this audiobook is that the sound quality is not the best at times, and moreover it's not fully divided into chapters like most audiobooks are these days; both however are common enough for Listening Library books produced in the early 2000s, so I can't fault the book specifically.

All in all, this is a real treat of a listen; try it out if you have the time :)

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Loved reading these stories and loved hearing them

Fantastic narrator. His ability to portray different characters is phenomenal. Great pace to the story as well. This series is amazing.

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Loved it!

Such a well written and wonderfully preformed story. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!

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Fantastic series!

I absolutely love this series. The story is so exciting and the characters are wonderful!

The narrator was really great.

A definite must listen!

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"I don't like lollipops."

In the wake of the teaser trailer's release for the film adaptation of Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer, I thought I'd finally give this book a go. Artemis Fowl is a fun little romp in a world where humans (mudpeople) and faeries collide. While I can appreciate the ingenuity of following a villain protagonist instead of a hero, the book's most interesting character is Holly Short, and at times I wish this had been more about her than the 12 year old, billionaire mastermind.

Nathaniel Parker is an excellent narrator and really delivers on the writing's whimsical spin.

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love the book<br />

love the way the gentlemen gets in to your hed of the reader and the characters

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  • Jean
  • 2005-11-30

EXCELLENT

I felt like a drug addict, plugged into my ipod. Ignoring my family.

Wonderful story. Wonderfully read. My favourite audiobook so far..and I've heard many!

Confession: I am in my 40's and I actually downloaded this for my daughter.....

77 of 78 people found this review helpful

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  • JHawk 77
  • 2005-08-19

Artemis Fowl (unabridged)

Delightful. Good story, supposedly for children but much better appreciated by adults, made more enjoyable by an absolutely brilliant narrator. I've listened for two years and dozens of books and I want more narrated by Nathaniel Parker. His accents and dialects, pauses and ironic inflections increased my appreciation of the Artemis Fowl series. Both the author and the narrator need to do more! I have to do the rest of the series on Audible and not in print because of the pleasure I get from the spoken version.

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  • Rusty
  • 2005-06-14

Great narrator, well-written

This was a great story. Hard to believe it is really a kid's book. Seems thoroughly adult to me. Lots of sly sarcastic jokes. What really made this book great though was the great narrator. He brought all the characters to life and really added to the excitement.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Emiko
  • 2009-08-10

Wonderful Series

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 fifth Artemis Fowl book has a different narrator. I didn't read any of the reviews before buying it and I really wish I had.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • A
  • 2004-04-27

I'm hooked!

It took me less than a week to spend both of my monthly credits on Artemis Fowl I and II. I'm hooked. The story is fast-paced and clever making it the pure escapist reading that I delight in. I'm not generally a sci-fi or a fantasy reader so Coffer's light-handed approach is really appealing to me.

The narrator's voice is pleasant to listen to and the recording is clear and crisp.

27 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Thomas
  • 2005-06-27

Outstanding For The Young...And Young At Heart

It was a great book for my ten year old son. He was really drawn in by the characters as I was too. I've read or listened to three books so far, and have just downloaded the fourth book in the series. The third book, although not quite as suspenseful as the previous two, still holds interest of child and adult alike. The ending is especially appealing, hence the download of the fourth book in the series. I've found that whether I read with my son, or he reads the book along with the i-pod in the speaker cradle, the effect is the same...he wants to keep listening as long as he can stay awake. I can't say I blame him, I sometimes fall asleep as I'm struggling to stay awake only to wake the next morning with the task of figuring out where I was in the book when I lost consciousness. I like complex and intriguing books too, but for a quick read without too much thought, these books are very entertaining and ones that can be shared with your kids.

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  • dallas
  • 2008-09-28

define a "kids" book....

I downloaded this story for my daughter who had read the books and loved them. She kept telling I'd like them as well but I just never got around to reading them... well I started listening to this book and couldn't stop - thankfully I had a long drive to make and could pretty well do it in a day - I'm down loading the second as we speak. The narrator was wonderful, and the story fast paced, original and very engaging.

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  • CS
  • 2004-04-11

A very fun read

This is a totally fun "read" for those times when all you really need is a trip away from the real world--if only for a few hours.

Just as Harry Potter made it seem very natural to have wizards among us this story makes me believe in the world of fairies--to use the book's generic term for all those beings that inhabit our fantasies. From the rock eating dwarfs to the scientific genius of the centaur that works with LEPrecon all the characters are fantastic.

I bought the first book and couldn't put it down, so I had to get the second book as my second selection for the month. I can't wait for next month and the third book of the series. I hope Mr. Colfer writes many more in this wonderful series.

31 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • EM Simmons
  • 2006-01-05

Could be better

I like a good fantasy book, but ever since I read Harry Potter, I've started expecting a lot out of young adult fiction, and this one just didn't hit the mark. The plot was straightforward and not too complex, but the real lack was in character development. Very simple, one-note characters that never felt alive to me. Artemis, for example, is supposed to be 12 years old, but you wouldn't know it except that the author throws in lines here and there like "I shouldn't be drinking this because I'm a minor". I can believe that a child genius is planning this big plot, but I have a hard time believing that this genius is a child.

If you want a good example of a power-hungry, ambitious, greedy, self-absorbed child genius in a fantasy world, try "The Bartimaeus Trilogy" - while Nathaniel is not so much a genius, he is definitely a more believable child than Artemis. And the supporting characters are more developed, there is more humor, the plot is more complex, in short, a better book. I'll still give the next Artemis Fowl book a try, I just hope it reaches it's potential.

25 of 29 people found this review helpful

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  • Leslie
  • 2004-11-09

A MUST!! I bought all 3 & listened twice!

If you liked Harry Potter you will love this book. If you didn't like Harry Potter, you will still love this book. Funny, creative, the entire story will keep you wanting more. Be sure to listen to this story while you have a lot of time. You wont be able to turn it off! I don't want to tell you about the story. I don't want to ruin a great thing. Enjoy!

16 of 19 people found this review helpful