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- Listening Length: 10 hours and 2 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Listening Library
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 14 May 2007
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ45UA
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel, Book 1 Audio Download – Unabridged
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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.
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book a couple of years ago for my 7 year old daughter, it's a fab read, we have adventured with Nicholas and Perenelle, Sophie, Josh and Scathach throughout the other... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Kerry
Excellent book! Loved the connections to Harry Potter, but the story was good in its own right!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant book, characters are deep and wonderful. Story is compelling! Perhaps slow to start but perfect once it got going!Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What an amazing book! I'd say suitable for children from around 9 years old - if they are really confident readers. Then suitable up to adults. Read morePublished 6 months ago by hk
The story is ok, but the writing was at times predictable. The characters felt a little one dimensional and generally lacking depth.Published 7 months ago by @fee_lucy
Wow,another author to delight, inform and intrigue....I can't wait to get started on the next book in this series...definitely worth a readPublished 10 months ago by SkullWitchery
Whilst I liked this book, it wasn't one of my favourites. I liked the beginning, however by the time I reached the middle it felt like it was dragging on a bit and not an awful lot... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ailbhe
I didn't enjoy the story much, I didn't like the way the story just kept going and going and I felt like the characters weren't really getting anywhere. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Colly