Reviews for Last Guardian : Library Edition


AudioFile Reviews 2013 April
Opal Koboi is bent on destroying humankind to reclaim topside earth for the fairies, but one evil genius mudboy stands in her way: Artemis Fowl. This is the final showdown, and even listeners unfamiliar with the first seven titles will enjoy the face-off and Nathaniel Parker's magical talent. He juggles a wide cast of new and familiar characters, giving each a distinct voice and accent. Parker even differentiates Artemis's 4-year-old twin brothers, who get possessed by the spirits of bezerkers. The action may be over-the-top--and so might Parker's voicing of Opal as a cross between Hitler and Kim Jong-il. But when the bittersweet final act arrives, one hopes that Parker will be able to bring Artemis back to our ears. M.M.O. 2013 Odyssey Honor (c) AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine

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School Library Journal Reviews 2012 November

Gr 5-8--Nathaniel Parker once again brings the adventures of teenage genius Artemis Fowl to vivid life in Eoin Colfer's final installment (Hyperion, 2012) of the series. Since little back story is provided, listeners familiar with the series will find it easier to follow the story as Artemis faces off with his rival, Opal, an evil pixie who is determined to bring the human and fairy worlds to an explosive end. Moving somewhat seamlessly between perspectives of the different characters, Parker gives distinct personalities and accents to each character, offers spot-on dramatic and comic timing for every scene, and provides heart-throbbing pacing during the most action-packed sequences. A definite purchase for libraries where the series is already part of their collection. The only disappointment fans will experience is that this is the last Artemis adventureā€¦or is it?--Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY

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