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Artemis Fowl: Complete & Unabridged (Cover to Cover) Audio CD – Audiobook, 29 Jul 2002
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Artemis Fowl is the most ingenious criminal mastermind in history, and with his trusty sidekicks Butler and Juliet he hatches a cunning plot to divest the fairies of their pot of gold. Of course, he isn't foolish enough to believe in all that end-of-the-rainbow nonsense. Rather, he knows that the only way to separate the little people from their stash is to kidnap one of them and wait for the ransom to arrive. But when the time comes to put his plan into action he fails to consider Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police Reconnaisance) Unit--a sort of extra-small Clarice Starling with pointy ears and wings--and her senior officer Commander Root--a man (sorry, elf) who will stop at nothing to get her back.
Fantastic stuff from beginning to end, Artemis Fowl is a rip-roaring, 21st-century romp of the highest order. The author has let his imagination run riot by combining folklore, fantasy and a fistful of high-tech funk in an outrageously devilish book that could well do for fairies what Harry Potter has done for wizardry. But be warned: this is no gentle frolic, so don't be fooled by the fairy subject matter. Instead what we have here is well-written, sophisticated, rough 'n' tumble storytelling with enough high-octane attitude to make it a seriously cool tale for anyone over the age of 10, brought to life on this cleverly abridged audio cassette by the lilting tones of actor Adrian Dunbar. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Artemis is a brilliant creation (Anthony Horowitz)
A huge hit (The Guardian) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
And this is a shame. In the post-Potter YA boom, Colfer's books were sort of put in the shade, and assumed to be imitators by dint of the young lead character's odd name, and the presence of magic.
This first Fowl book is far from Hogwarts though. Rather than twinkly twee magical adventures with heroic well-scrubbed good boys and girls, Artemis Fowl is a YA SF thriller with technologically advanced fairies. Fowl himself is a ruthless antihero, a scheming evil boy genius, and the fact he loves his Mummy is really neither nor there.
Artemis Fowl is a teenage master criminal trying to restore his family fortune by extorting gold from the fairies. He has little compunction about kidnapping, violence and drugging members of his own family, as well as his servants and friends. He is a fantastically amoral creation.
The secondary characters are also well drawn, from Butler, a surrogate father figure, best friend and bodyguard to Artemis, to kidnapped leprechaun Captain Holly Short.
A great book that challenges the theory that crime doesn't pay, I look forward to reading the further adventures of Artemis Fowl... but not straight away. I felt this was a totally adequate standalone novel in its own right, and don't feel particularly gripped to read the next installment.
The best book I have ever read it was extremely well rote and it gave a lot of detail which I absolutely love
it is about a 12 year old anti hero who sets out with evil intetions and ends up a better person. thanks to the help of captain holly short and his body gaurd butler.
i would recomend this book to anyone who can read as it is fantastic.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
i loved this book! The first of an amazing series i recommend
this story Eoin Colfers great work at its best yet again
This book is great for people all age.It also brings new meanings to the word fairy.There is so much frill in it that when you finish this book you feel sad.But not to worry! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Stewart G.
this is a great book. As an experienced fantasy reader I read it and loved it. the plots intense and the whole series interlinkes. Best bit? LEPrecon.Published 2 months ago by C Leonard
Its been a long time since I last read this and I had forgotten just how funny it is. Artemis Fowl is a 12 year old criminal mastermind who has an ingenious plan to part The People... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Claire
Bought as a gift for a 9 year old. It was great fully receivedPublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
What a shame, I have all the rest in original hardback but lent this one out - oops :-( Now I can only buy this version to make up the set for my granddaughter.Published 4 months ago by Jonty Spyda
My first introduction to the world of Artemis Fowl, but certainly not the last; with flashes of Terry Pratchett and Douglas Adams, it's great fun and a light easy read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Elizabeth Ducie