Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Double Reviews: Artemis Fowl and A Great and Terrible Beauty (Audiobooks)

Artemis Fowl (Artemis Fowl, Book 1)Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Length: 5 hours and 58 minutes
Read by: Nathaniel Parker

From Audible.com:
Twelve-year-old Artemis Fowl is a millionaire, a genuis, and, above all, a criminal mastermind. But even Artemis doesn't know what he's taken on when he kidnaps a fairy, Captain Holly Short of the LEPrecon Unit. These aren't the fairies of bedtime stories, they're dangerous! 

Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Gemma Doyle #1
Length: 11 hours and 13 minutes
Read by: Josephine Bailey

From GoodReads:
A British girl uncovers the mystery of her mother's death -- and discovers powers she never knew she possessed -- in this engrossing, imaginative Victorian-era novel by Libba Bray.

My Rating:

My Review:

I have two very interesting reads here (listens).  Both are young adult stories with quite a bit of magic involved.  I loved that Artemis Fowl was short and sweet, and full of surprises.  I was completely engrossed from the very beginning.   I kept expecting Artemis to be good.  I'll leave it at that.  I know a lot of people read this series, but I have to think that this book would be better on audio rather than reading.  I loved the different voices and don't think I could have done them justice in my head because this is such a weird story.

A Great and Terrible Beauty is another book full of magic but it was very long.  It wasn't just long because it is an audiobook.  It just goes to long anyway.  I believe quite a few adventures could have been cut from the book and make it all the better.  I just felt it strayed from the mystery quite a bit and I just really wanted to solve the mystery.  But with that said, if you like a good boarding school book about girls and drama, this is the book for you.  It is a fantastic book if you are patient to wait for the mystery to be solved and enjoy the time spent on life lessons and personal growth.  I enjoyed the narrator in this as well.  All in all, both were pretty good listens for my commute to and from work.

Have you read or heard of these books?  What do you think?  I feel like I've finally given audiobooks a fair shot and I think that they just aren't for me.  I just don't think they are in the same category as books.  They have entertainment but it is just too passive for my taste.  Thoughts?
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