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The Alchemyst (Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Michael Scott
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22 May 2007 Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel (Book 1)

Read the first book in the New York Times bestselling The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series, perfect for fans of The Maze Runner and Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

He holds the secret that can end the world.

The truth: Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on September 28, 1330. Nearly 700 years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life.

The records show that he died in 1418.

But his tomb is empty.

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. But only because he has been making the elixir of life for centuries. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects—the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. That's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won't know what's happening until it's too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it.

Sometimes legends are true.

And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.


Praise for The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series:

The Alchemyst

[STAR] “[A] A riveting fantasy…While there is plenty here to send readers rushing to their encyclopedias…those who read the book at face value will simply be caught up in the enthralling story. A fabulous read.”—School Library Journal, Starred
 
The Magician

[STAR] “Readers will be swept up by a plot that moves smartly along, leaving a wide trailer of destruction and well-timed revelations.”—Kirkus Reveiws, Starred
 
The Sorceress

“Master yarnspinner that he is, Scott expertly cranks up the suspense while keeping his now-large cast in quick motion….This page –turner promises plenty of action to come.”—Kirkus Reviews
 
The Necromancer

“Unrelenting forward momentum….This book will thrill fans.”—School Library Journal




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Product details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (22 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0739350323
  • ISBN-13: 978-0739350324
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 12.9 x 2.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,766,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Scott is one of Ireland's most successful and prolific authors, with over one hundred titles to his credit, spanning a variety of genres, including fantasy, science fiction and folklore. He writes for both adults and young adults and is published in thirty-eight countries, in over twenty languages. The first five books in Scott's six-part epic fantasy series, The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel, have all been New York Times bestsellers.

Michael Scott is considered one of the authorities on the folklore of the Celtic lands. His collections, Irish Folk & Fairy Tales, Irish Myths & Legends and Irish Ghosts & Hauntings have remained continuously in print for the past twenty years and are now included amongst the definitive and most-quoted works on the subject.

The Irish Times hailed him as "the King of Fantasy in these Isles."

Praised for his "unparalleled contribution to children's literature," by the Guide to Children's Books, Michael Scott was the Writer in Residence during Dublin's tenure as European City of Culture in 1991, and was featured in the 2006 edition of Who's Who in Ireland as one of the "1000 most significant Irish."

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The king of fantasy. (The Irish Times )

A cracking adventure. (The Bookseller )

Clever and exciting modern fantasy (The Glasgow Herald 20070519)

Already a bestseller in the US and with a film adaptation on the way, Michael Scott's beautifully produced new children's novel, The Alchemyst, now arrives on this side of the atlantic. (Robert Dunbar Irish Times 20071006)

Cracking characters, sizzling action scenes; an excellent read (Irish Independent 20071211)

This flambouyantly stylish work succeeds in weaving a mesmerising plot around an impressive mythological framework. Essentially, this intertextually complex story bridges fantasy and realism. (Inis 20080701) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An ancient book is lost and the modern world could be ripped apart at the seams. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Brida TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
THE ALCHEMYST is the beginning of a new children's series with magic firmly at its heart.

Sophie and Josh Newman are twins who are staying in San Francisco during the summer while their parents are on an archeological dig. Josh has a job at a small bookshop, Sophie works in a coffee shop directly across the road. On May 31st, their life changes forever as they are drawn into a battle that has been going on for more than a lifetime. For Josh's boss, Nick Fleming, is really Nicholas Flamel, the famous alchemyst who discovered the secret to eternal life. For centuries, Nicholas has been guarding the sacred book The Book of Abraham the Mage, as this book enables him and his wife to stay youthful, but also because the power it contains could destroy the world if in the wrong hands. For years, Dr. John Dee has been trying to steal this book, and on May 31st, he does just that. Now nothing will ever be the same again.

That is basically the plot. Sounds pretty good, and the action starts straight away. However, I came away from this book feeling slightly disappointed. For me, the writing was not as exciting as it could have been. Whilst the beginning was brilliant, in the middle the pace did slow down quite dramatically. And I don't feel that Scott did a very good job of developing his characters - I cannot really say that I cared for either Josh or Sophie particularly. However, what I did love about THE ALCHEMYST was Scott's use of mythology and science as well as magic. It gave the book a little extra something, rather than just relying on magic to excite.
Still can't say that I was enthralled by it though - and I'm not sure if I'm going to bother checking out the next installment.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishingly Good 28 Jun 2007
Format:Hardcover
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott opens with Sophie Newman working in the Coffee Cup across the street from her twin brother, Josh, who is working in the book shop. Sophie is talking on the phone when a car pulls up out front and some unusual-looking men step out of it. They enter the bookshop and neither her, nor her brother's, life will ever be the same again. They enter the world of magic for the better or for the worse... They soon find out which.

I went into this novel with very high expectations. It had been highly praised in the media before its release, and they were not wrong to do so. It far exceeded my expectations. The writing is easy to focus on and very cleanly composed for the most part. There were some paragraphs and techniques that aren't typical of modern prose that took me a few minutes to adjust to, but they serve the story really well in the long run.

The references to mythology history are lovely touches. They really help make the world seem real and drew me in.

It's a great novel. I highly recommend it in every way.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for kids and adults. 27 April 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I love action / adventure books by authors such as Matthew Reilly, James Rollins, Andy McDermott and Scott Mariani, to name just a few. The first two writers I mentioned have also written books for young adults which are hugely entertaining and so, I'm not against reading books meant for a younger audience. I'm 33 and enjoy feeling younger through the excitement only a book can bring.

Michael Scott has created a highly entertaining world of magic and legend that has the energy and action to appeal to adults as well as younger people. The frenetic pace kicks off immediately and hardly lets up making this a real page turner.

I've already bought book two and look forward to reading it.

It's not just Harry Potter that is capable of casting a spell over readers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah (Feeling Fictional) TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Fifteen year old Sophie is spending the summer working in a coffee shop while her twin brother Josh works in the book shop over the road. When she sees a strange car turn up outside the book shop she is worried for her brothers safety and goes over to check on him. She soon realises that both she & Josh have stumbled into a world of magic and placed themselves in great danger. It turns out that Josh's boss is the famous alchemyst Nicholas Flamel and he has been protecting a book that contains secrets that could cause the end of the world for almost seven hundred years. Nicholas' enemy John Dee has finally caught up with him and when he escapes - with the book and Nicholas' wife Perenelle as a hostage - life will never be the same again. Josh manages to keep hold of the last 2 pages of the book but now Dee is searching for them, wanting to steal the missing pages. They are going to need to find powerful friends if they are going to keep the pages out of Dee's hands and survive his attacks.

The lovely publicist Corinne from Random House Children's Books spoke so highly of this series that I was really looking forward to giving it a try. I'm so glad I did as I found The Alchemyst a really enjoyable fantasy adventure story. Michael Scott has created a detailed world full of magic & myths with a bit of world history thrown in for good measure. I loved the way he has woven legends alongside real events to create a fun adventure story that will be popular with both boys and girls. Although I liked both Sophie and Josh it was Nick, Perry and Scatty who were my favorite characters and who really jumped out of the pages at me.

Sophie and Josh have been thrust into a secret world of immortals, Goddesses and mythological creatures that they never would have suspected existed.
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3.0 out of 5 stars "The Alchemyst" by Michael Scott
I first read this book many many years ago, in my native language, Estonian. As a kid who loved myths and legends growing up, this was a special kind of treat. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Linda
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
Excellent story telling enjoy how history is woven into the story and mythological stories are made to seem real A good read.
Published 1 month ago by G.M.KITCHEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Good book. Story keeps rolling along and you want to know what happens next all the time. I would rate this author
Published 2 months ago by Ross Denby
3.0 out of 5 stars Harry Potter?????
Does anyone else think of Harry Potter?
As in Dumbledore's chocolate frog card, Sir Nicholas Flamel is the only known maker of the philosopher's stone.
Published 3 months ago by chatty-book-lover
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely loved this book!
My daughter loves the fantasy genre and this book and series is one of her favourites. It is a well written page turner for ages 9-12. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Antigone
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Read this in 3 days flat brilliant book I will be buying the next book and it probably will be read in 2 days flat read it
Published 8 months ago by Cheryl Cannon
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
This will be the third time that i have read this book and i still enjoy it everytime i pick it up !!
Published 9 months ago by Rachel Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb. The start of a great adventure
Excellent book, now being read by my 9 year old. She is enjoying the series as much as I did.
Published 10 months ago by C. Ferguson
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter an enchanting world which beautifully blends the magical and...
I was astonished to uncover a book like no other, which contrary to epic fantasy creations contains solid scientific fact amid a contemporary feel. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Lucinda
4.0 out of 5 stars The Alchemyst, a great book for adventure seekers!
i highly recommend this magical book to teenagers and adults who have a hunger for magic and the unimaginable. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Sarah Gambrell
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