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Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter - but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren't safe! Discover the truth in book one of the New York Times best-selling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. 

The truth: Nicholas Flamel's tomb is empty. 

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. 

Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries? 

The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. 

There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it. 

“The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil.” (Bustle)

A New York Times best-selling series
A USA Today best seller
A Kids' Indie Next List Selection
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
An ILA Young Adult Choice Book
An ILA Children’s Choice Winner 

©2007 Michael Scott (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

What the critics say

“[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” (School Library Journal, starred) 

“Readers will be swept up.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred)   

“An exciting and impeccably thought-out fantasy, well-suited for those left in the lurch by Harry Potter’s recent exeunt.” (Booklist

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Pretty good

Was looking for something to listening to following Harry Potter and LOTR series and someone suggested this. Actually pretty good and will be purchasing all of the books. The narrator isn’t my favourite and sometimes the audio gets quiet and then loud again. The story is a little immature and they repeat a lot of the same lines, enough to notice. Regardless i want to find out what happens in the books to come and a good fantasy option.

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loved it

loved it. narrarator was good. great book imo. I was looking for something to listen to since I've read all the harry potter books and this was great.

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good book

it was a good book my only problem with it was I did not like the brother his personality was a little annoying in my opinion but other then that it was a great read 8/10

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The voice actor is amazing!

I read and listened to this book and the experience is totally different because of the voice actor. He does all the accents, different voices and noises. It's amazing and it feels like the story is alive in your ears.

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Great Read

I can’t wait to get into the entire series. Full of adventure, magic, and fantasy.

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Am I supposed to hate the protagonists?

The story is decent, but it's hard to relate to the protagonists, two twins with an oddly affectionate relationship. The only emotion the pair evoke is annoyance. The character of the male twin is detestable, the female twin is helpless and both are whiny. Maybe these traits play into the rest of the series, I guess time will tell. If it's intentional, the author did a heck of a job.

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  • Mel
  • 2018-07-20

good audiobook

good narrator, I can't wait to hear the next book, hopefully it will be as good as this book

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  • DaBears113
  • 2009-11-27

Children's Novel......Maybe!

I thought this sounded like a great book since I am into fantasy and mythology like Lord of the Rings and Eragon. Not that I would compare this book to any of those titles but when I heard "Welcome to Audible Kids" when I started the book on my MP3 player I may have blushed just slightly (I'm 49). Turns out the book is fantastic and so is the reader. I like to think I am of above average intelligence and this book entertained me and left me wanting more and just did not seem at all to be a children's novel. It is rare that a writer can write something that appeals to old and young alike but that is what you will find here. I love the characters and the voices are handled nicely by the narrator. I highly recommend it and the two that follow it as well.

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  • Allison
  • 2008-08-08

High Fantasty in a modern world setting

Harry Potter fans would like this book, I think. There's the magic of Potter, but most of it takes place in present day California. Lots of action mixed with a mystery about the past. The narrator's ability to create different voices is amazing!

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  • GH
  • 2012-07-25

A lure to hook you on the series -- It Does!

Welcome to the world of Nicholas Flamal. This is a fitting lure to hook you into the six book series. The author uses faints and foreshadowing to keep the reader in a continual quandary of emotion and ut ohs. This work has heavy helping of fantasy mixed into the ordinary world. But a killer fantasy has to be either so over the top no one cares about the laws of what we consider real or offer fantasy with a possible life connection to the world as we know it – tenuous as it might be. Scott does the later – he paints a world of creatures, magic and legend that has threads of the distant plausible. This first book will appeal to a reader of any age. So far it's like The Hobbit meets the Traveler by John Twelve Oaks. I highly suggest you read it. I am off to the second installment.

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  • Craig H.
  • 2011-09-01

Love it. Buy it. Just remember - youthful direct

This series may or may not be intended for teenagers or the youth. It is a nice fun series. I am a seriously avid reader, and finish a novel per week. I picked up the first book in the series for my daughter. I ran out of books and picked it up. I have read all of them now. They are fun.
The series has characters that are well wrritten and believable. The goals and problems are very truthful. Michael Scott has to have or had a few teenagers because he has them down pretty well in the books.
Now don't think you are about to read a literary masterpiece but the stories have heart, soul, well planned themes and flow, and realistic well described characters. I love a good book and these are just that. GOOD BOOKS

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  • Carl
  • 2007-12-02

Fun But Predictable

Somewhat typical messaiahs to save the world from evil theme but with some original characters, some imaginative villians, and page turner action. Fun but nothing that feels really new or to original.

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  • Charles
  • 2008-01-06

Interesting

I enjoyed the book, but felt that it was geared more toward a younger reader (young adult/teenager). Perhaps that's because two of the major characters are themselves teenagers. I greatly preferred the George RR Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" series - which is definitely geared to adults, and I've preferred (so far) the John Twelve Hawkes "Traveler" series. The Alchemyst reads too much like a fairy tale (so far). I do plan to listen to the next one to see if my opinion changes.

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  • Ryan
  • 2012-07-28

A book for all ages

Where does The Alchemyst rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Not in my top ten but I will finish the series. Great way to look at magic in a modern world.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am always a sucker for the good guys and this book is no different. Also already tired of the boys complaining

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book of Abraham

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  • Randy
  • 2007-06-30

Chocked full of action

This book has you on the move from the first page, and doesn't stop to the last page. Michael Scott, Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book. And when you're driving, that's not a bad thing. I'd recommend this book to anyone of any age. I await more audible books from this author.

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  • Paula
  • 2011-02-18

An interesting tale for 10-year olds

I could have rated it as a 4 if they had mentioned the book was written for 10-year olds. It was just too silly/childish for me to enjoy. However I do enjoy books like Harry Potter, CS Lewis's Narnia adventures, Eragon, and L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, so I am not a young-adult-fiction snob. So out of loyalty to my fellow Audible book listeners I felt inclined to warn you of my assessment of this book's intended audience.

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  • jcg
  • 2010-12-27

You can have it all......not really

There was too much coolness ( this book explains everything) . Vampires, old gods, historical figures, there was just too much. Once the Irish lady said she fought with Joan or Arch and she was a Vampire, I stopped reading.If you like that sort of thing this is the book for you it was not for me.

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