Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Reviews

Artemis Fowl  Audio

Artemis Fowl Audio

Eoin Colfer
For ages 12 and up
Unabridged audiobook (CD)
Performed/read by: Nathaniel Parker
Listening Library , 2004   ISBN: 978-1400085866

There can be no doubt that Artemis Fowl, though only twelve years old, is a force to be reckoned with. Brilliant, ruthless, and the heir to a criminal empire, Artemis has decided that the family coffers are in need of a healthy influx of gold. Does Artemis try to rob a bank or break into Fort Knox? Indeed he does not, for Artemis is above such mundane crimes. Instead, Artemis is going to separate the Little People from their gold. That's right, Artemis is going to steal from the fairy folk.

Artemis has been doing a lot of research about these little magical creatures, and when he manages to acquire the Book, the fairy bible if you will, he is fully equipped to deal with anything that the fairies throw at him. With the help of his body guard and aide, Butler, Artemis kidnaps Captain Holly Short, a fairy who is an officer in the LEPrecon Unit. If the fairies want Captain Short back, they are going to have to relinquish a sizable amount of their gold reserves.

Of course, the Book does not prepare Artemis for the determination of the LEP leader, Commander Root, nor does it warn him about Mulch Diggums, a kleptomaniac dwarf who can dig himself in and out of almost anywhere. With Mulch's help Commander Root sets about trying to free Captain Holly. Who is going to prevail in this battle of wills and wits? Will Artemis' actions bring humans and the Little People to the point of war?

This ingenious, gripping, and incredibly funny book will give older readers a very novel look at the fairy world. These are not ethereal delicate winged creatures who sip from spring flowers. These are tough, well armed characters who are centuries ahead of humans when it comes to technology. They have no patience for us humans and our violent, thoughtless, and environmentally suicidal behavior. Readers will be interested to see how the characters change as the adventure unfolds. They will find that Artemis Fowl has a softer side to his character and he might not be as evil as he portrays himself to be.

Nathaniel Parker fully gets into the spirit of this extraordinary tale, giving each character a unique voice that perfectly compliments the personalities that Eoin Colfer has created.

This is the first book in a riveting and very addictive series.