I always get a bit nervous getting a "Bestseller", as they can be a crushing disappointment if it's just hype. I am delighted to report, this ..Show More »book is actually very good.
My 10 year old struggled to read the paper version, as it is a doorstop of a book, so we got the audiobook as well. Both boys were blown away. The fairies are not the gossamer, sparkly Disney Princess type. They are gritty, tough, trained SAS officers who wipe human's brains and generally think us stupid, cruel and slow. Enter Artemis Fowl, the 12 year old genius ready to take them down ...
This book is absolutely peppered with fantastic cliff hangers, and it became one of my favorite games to wait for one during the car journey (".... something was coming. It didn't sound good ....") and then announce it was time to turn off. Que howls of complaint from the back seat :-) Well, you have to have some fun don't you ....
Eoin Colfer's humour keeps you chuckling all the way through, brought to life appropriately by the gentle Irish accent of Gerry O'Brien. Sets me u..Show More »p with an appetite for the next to continue the saga of our dear young Artemis.
My two boys (aged 8 and 10) loved this latest installment. There were lots of twists in the plot that they were not expecting - like Artemis showing m..Show More »ore emotion than in any of the other books (love? loyalty? understanding?). It is nice to see some of the more minor characters (e.g. Butler's sister) given more of a fleshed out role.
There are plenty of cliff hangers, which is handy if you are an adult and need to find a decent place to turn it off. Cue protests from the back of the car!! You don't need a 3 hour drive for this one, as the story is pretty pacey from the first chapter. The end is just one MAJOR cliff hanger, so we will definitely be buying the next book.
The narrator has a good range of voices and the recording is nice and clear. Highly recommended.
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 ..Show More »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.