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The Alchemyst

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Scott, Michael

(Audiobook CD - 2007)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Alchemyst
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While working at pleasant but mundane summer jobs in San Francisco, fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and Josh, suddenly find themselves caught up in the deadly, centuries-old struggle between rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the possession of an ancient and powerful book holding the secret formulas for alchemy and everlasting life.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library, p2007.
ISBN: 0739350323
9780739350324
Characteristics: 8 compact discs (ca. 10 hr.) :,digital ;,12 cm.
Additional Contributors: O'Hare, Denis P.

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Jul 26, 2013
  • JCLChrisK rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I'm just finally getting around to this one even though it's been out for a while, but the series has been a regular request by young readers, many of whom seem very excited about it, so a couple of weeks ago when I wanted something to listen to while working around the house I decided to give it a try. It didn't really excite me, and I've been sitting on it all week trying to find inspiration for something to say in a review. This afternoon I decided to gain a little momentum by seeing what others have said in their reviews, and I can see I'm not alone in my lack of enthusiasm. It would be a two-star, "it's okay" rating from my experience and the writing in general, but I'm giving it an extra star because it does have good appeal for the right readers, which I've seen as a librarian.

Jul 12, 2013
  • Kirb rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

What a great beginning to a series. Thoroughly enjoyed. History and fantasy!

Jul 26, 2012
  • mexicanadiense rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I know there are a lot of fans of this series out there, but I could never quite get into it. The main characters (the twins) were not particularly well fleshed out, and the Nicholas Flamel character was virtually superfluous to the action from about the 3rd disc onward. Rather than build toward the fantastical elements of the story the story throws everything but the kitchen sink at the listener non-stop. Golems? OK. Immortal demigods? Sure. Magical auras? of course. Dinosaurs? Why not?
Save yourself the frustration, read Harry Potter again.

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Jun 09, 2014
  • childress03 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

childress03 thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 10 and 17

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