©2001 Eoin Colfer; (P)2001 Penguin Books Ltd
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"Faries in Keflar !!"
The Artemis Fowl series is the ultimate audiobook to keep kids happy in the car. Forget the tsk, tsk, tsk of their iPods in the back, this is a rip roaring adventure, to be played loud on the stereo, so that Mum and Dad can enjoy too.
We have a 12 year old boy genius Artemis Fowl - a criminal mastermind, and his butler 'Butler' - a seven foot eurasian bodyguard.
He discovers that fairies realy do exist and live underground, but he wasn't expecting Holly Short - an elf in the Lep Recon ( geddit ?? ) Think an SAS version of Lara Croft.
Pull in her bad tempered boss ( say a 3 foot tall bad tempered 'Lethal Weapon' Police Captain), a egotistical technical boffin who happens to be a centaur ( just don't call him 'horsey' ), and a kleptomaniacal dwarf with a Liverpudlian accent, and you have a story of such fun and errant nonsense that your trip to the coast/airport will not be long enough.
Colfer has that same delicious naughtiness in his writing as Dahl - where else will you have the hero as the villain. You learn how to swear in Gnommish, for fronds sake ! There is flatulence, thumbs being stuck up noses, magic acorns, trolls, realy big guns, false bottoms, bio bombs and gold at the end of the rainbow.
The reader Adrian Dunbar is superb, and gives all the characters their own identity, with great pace and fun. Oh - and there's some realy cheesy music here too !! Absolute Must - my kids are now 21 thru to 15, and now Artemis Fowl comes on the trips to university !
Yes, the whole series is a joy, especially for teenage boys!
The refreshingly new take on magic
Only the other AF books, pretty standard
The capture of Holly Short
Perfect for anyone who enjoyed the HIVE series
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