Reviews for Opal Deception : Library Edition
AudioFile Reviews 2004 December/January 2005
[Editor's Note: This is a combined review with THE ARCTIC INCIDENT and ARTEMIS FOWL.]--Colfer's series features two complex societies: the wealthy, if felonious, above-ground world of the human Fowl family and the elaborate, technologically advanced underground world of the fairies. Artemis Fowl, the 12-year-old scion of a famous Irish crime family, sets out to restore the ancestral fortunes depleted by his father's supposed death at the hands of the Russian mafia. The young criminal mastermind's plan rests on the kidnap and ransom of a fairy. The ransom demanded will be fairy gold. Into this world of adventure, corruption, and extraordinary technology comes narrator Nathaniel Parker, who has a distinct voice for everyone--from the young Master Fowl to the kidnapped LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police) Captain Holly Short and the astonishing computer genius of the fairy world, the centaur Foaly. Parker creates a complete pantheon of accents and pacing to complement Colfer's worlds. The sequels, in which Artemis--strangely developing what appears to be a conscience--invokes the help of the fairies to save his father (THE ARCTIC INCIDENT) and to rescue both the humans and fairies from the evil Jon Spiro (THE ETERNITY CODE) maintain the impeccable voicing and pacing developed in the first book. The recurring characters are instantly recognizable from one book to the next, encouraging the listener to suspend disbelief and become completely immersed in the escapades, often laced with humor, of Artemis and his various companions. While the pronunciation the Vietnamese surname "Nguyen" may startle some listeners, and the 1940s-style Asian accent is somewhat stereotypical, this does nothing to diminish the rip-roaring adventure. Parker's splendid narration should lead to family listening that might just encourage discussion of truth, friendship, and loyalty. S.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
AudioFile Reviews 2005 August/September
The underground world of the fairies again confronts the evil genius of the nefarious pixie, Opal Koboi. Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon (Lower Elements Police) needs the help of young mastermind Artemis Fowl to save both humans and fairies. But Artemis has been mind-wiped and has no recollection of his previous adventures with the LEP. Nathaniel Parker strides confidently into the worlds of fantasy and technology that unite humans and fairies. He unerringly re-creates the many voices from the first three installments, and his appropriately hurried pacing takes the listener from one breathless calamity to another. Parker's stereotyped Asian accent becomes a bit annoying, but this is a small complaint in an otherwise welcome revival of Colfer's panoply of characters. S.G. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine
AudioFile Reviews 2007 June/July
This follow-up to THE OPAL DECEPTION features an island stuck in time, an army of creatures bent on destroying humans, and teenaged genius Artemis, who must solve these problems against daunting odds (including a rival child genius). Artemis discovers a time tunnel used by demons who've sworn revenge on humans and whose "materializations" call potentially disastrous attention to the entire fairy world. Nathaniel Parker's narration highlights Colfer's action-packed drama, delivering the story's chilling implications of murder and deceit with a breathtaking accuracy of tone while highlighting the humor and sarcasm that the Artemis Fowl series is famous for. Fowl fans will be thrilled, and newcomers will race to catch up on what they've missed. J.C.G. (c) AudioFile 2007, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #4
Parker adopts a briskly sardonic voice for narrator Artemis Fowl, the twelve-year-old mastermind whose plotting against the fairy kingdom is as meticulous as it is nefarious. The cast of trolls, gnomes, and fairies invites free-wheeling interpretation: Captain Holly Short is brash and a bit breathless; Butler, Fowl's faithful servant, sounds a fair bit like Jeeves; and who's to say that a paranoid centaur doesn't speak with a cockney accent? Breakneck pacing keeps the convoluted plot moving with reckless indifference to anything but the drama of the moment--which is just as well since detailed explanations, extraordinary inventions, and incongruous tangents abound. Parker's performance is a perfect match for the fantasy's high-tech magic and low-brow humor. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews.
School Library Journal Reviews 2005 September
Gr 5-7 -Artemis Fowl has returned to his fiendish ways in the fourth book (Miramax, 2005) in Eoin Colfer's series about the 14-year-old criminal mastermind. Although his mind was cleared of any memories of the fairy world in the third book, it's not long before Artemis encounters many of his old cohorts. His archenemy, Opal Koboi, is no longer an imprisoned coma patient; she escaped by cloning herself and now has plans for the destruction of the Lower Elements and for world domination. Artemis needs the help of all his allies in this world and in the fairy world to stop the powerful and dangerous Opal. Nathanial Parker's superior talent for narration is wonderfully showcased in this rollicking tale of identity theft, intrigue, and adventure. He uses many different British accents and dialects to make both the human and the supernatural characters come alive, and his pacing is faultless throughout the dialogue and the narrative. Fans of the series will be delighted to join Artemis and his associates for another fantastic tale of the underworld, complete with gaseous dwarves and extraordinary technology. A great choice for fantasy lovers in school and public libraries.-Casey Rondini, Hartford Public Library, CT [Page 76]. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2007 May
Gr 5-8 -Artemis Fowl devotees will relish the fifth book (Miramax, 2006) in the series, the sequel to The Opal Deception (Miramax, 2005). The fairy people are in trouble because a magical time spell is unraveling for a colony of demons who have been living in Limbo. In this episode, Colfer introduces this new "family" of fairy people, the demons, and creates an elite branch of the L.E.P. (Lower Elements Police) that deals exclusively with monitoring demon activity. Holly Short is restored to her rank as Captain and Foaly, the technical wizard, is given a seemingly endless budget to invent even more ingenious gadgets to guide our heroes on their latest mission to the crumbling island home of the eighth family to save their race--and themselves--from oblivion. Artemia is called on to predict when the next demon will appear and help protect the fairies. Nathanial Parker narrates with skill and humor. His mastery of the nuances of the Irish and English accents adds depth to the novel. For fans of the series.-Saleena Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJ [Page 72]. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 November
Gr 5-8-Rollicking good fun, this recording of Eoin Colfer's second Artemis Fowl adventure (Hyperion, 2002) loses nothing in the translation to audio. Artemis Fowl, a 13-year-old genius criminal mastermind, mounts an unswerving crusade to rescue his father, who is being held for ransom by the Russian Mafiya, no matter what the cost. Artemis, and his trusty manservant, Butler, recruit several members of the LEPrecon Fairy Police, including Captain Holly Short, the first female fairy officer, to launch a no-holds-barred plan in this story that is a mixture of high-tech spy novel and fantasy, combined with sidesplitting humor. The non-stop action ranges from Ireland to The Lower Elements-the Fairy world-to the Arctic Circle. Nathaniel Park does a fabulous job differentiating among characters, using numerous accents and intonations to good effect. Listeners new to the series will have no trouble following the story, but will probably want to read or listen to the first installment, Artemis Fowl (Listening Library, 2004) as well as the third title in the series, Artemis Fowl: The Eternity Code (Listening Library, 2004).-Charli Osborne, Oxford Public Library, MI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 December
Gr 5-8-Eoin Colfer's Artemis Fowl (Hyperion, 2001) is twelve-year-old and heir to the Fowl Empire worth millions, albeit earned through not-so-conventional means. He is a genius and undoubtedly one of the craftiest, most cynical and criminal masterminds the world has ever known. This first book in the series begins with his discovery of the existence of "The People"-fairies, leprechauns, and trolls-and their abundance of gold. Artemis learns that each fairy has a tiny magical book and he'll do whatever it takes to get one, including blackmailing an old, drunken fairy. After decoding the secrets held in the book, he sets his plan into motion to kidnap a fairy and hold her for ransom. With the help of his bodyguard, Artemis successfully captures feisty Captain Holly Short, a LEPrecon-a soldier from an elite branch of the Lower Elements Police. His mission is thwarted when Short's senior officer implements a strategic rescue team resulting in a wisecracking ensemble of dwarfs, trolls, and fairies. The result is a magical adventure replete with a perfect blend of fantasy, folklore, and funky high-tech gadgets. Colfer has created alcoholic, gaunt fairies, dwarfs who unhinge their jaws to ingest earth, and fairies who use profanity. Colfer's anti-hero, techno fantasy is cleverly written and filled to the brim with action, suspense, and humor. Actor Nathaniel Parker does a fine job as narrator, switching seamlessly between various accents and dialects. A wonderful choice for readers of J.R.R. Tolkien and J.K. Rowling.-Cheryl Preisendorfer, Twinsburg City Schools, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.