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This review is from: The Time Paradox (Artemis Fowl, Book 6) (Audio CD)
My family & I have enjoyed the previous Fowl novels and, in particular, the Audio-CD versions. The prior 5 books were read by Nathaniel Parker who did just an astounding job creating distinct and what always seemed to be very appropriate voice characterizations of each of the books' varied human/ fairy characters.
For some unknown reason, this new novel is NOT read by Mr. Parker, but by Mr. Enn Reitel. While we have not finished the novel, we felt it necessary to express our displeasure at this change as Mr. Reitel's version is so far inferior to that of Mr. Parker that it is difficult to listen to. For example, Mr. Reitel voice's Artemus' bodyguard, Butler in what sounds like the cockney accent of a London chimney sweep from the 1800's which is totally inappropriate for the character.
Maybe we had just been spoiled by Nathaniel Parker, but this version is a supreme disappointment.
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Initial post: Aug 1, 2008 6:06:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 1, 2008 6:08:00 AM PDT
I agree that it is disappointing without Nathaniel Parker. I think the Parker's character voices and accents are the main reason I became a fan of the series! (since I'm not otherwise that into fart jokes) And it's a little disorienting having a new narrator because some of the accents are so different from expectation that I can't recognize who is supposed to be talking. Butler is all wrong, but Foaly is almost unlistenable, so I'm glad the Centaur doesn't get a lot of lines in this one. Possibly this would not be a problem if I hadn't listened to all the other books about 40 times - but I don't know: that Foaly voice might even bother a new listener!
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 1, 2008 12:12:46 PM PDT
Sandra L. Medlin says:
I wholeheartedly agree. I gave my version away. I will just buy the book and use my imagination. The voices are just awful.
Posted on Aug 15, 2008 8:55:06 AM PDT
Julie Vander Woude says:
I too have been spoiled by Nathaniel Parker and wish he was the reader.
In reply to an earlier post on Nov 18, 2008 10:50:14 AM PST
Nathaniel Parker has read 'The Time Paradox' - thank goodness! - and according to the BBC audiobook site, audiobookcollection.com, it will be available some time in December. I am so relieved, but I have to wonder why another reader was chosen for the first release. Bad idea, in my view. A lot of people didn't realise, and ended up with CDs they did not want.
Posted on Dec 7, 2008 4:17:48 PM PST
Lori Garcia says:
I miss Nathaniel!!!!!! I can't listen to this other guy - although I believe Nathaniel recorded a version of this book - perhaps it's only released in the UK - I don't know - I'm going to find it if it's out there!!
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 24, 2009 10:53:21 AM PDT
Where can the Time Paradox narrated by Nathaniel Parker be purchased.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 23, 2009 1:26:33 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 23, 2009 1:27:40 PM PDT
Beth A. Meister says:
It can be downloaded from audible.co.uk.
Chivers Childrens Audio Books/ BBC Audiobooks
In reply to an earlier post on Jul 22, 2009 3:43:48 AM PDT
The Bibliophile Bear says:
Thanks for posting this! I've been looking for Nathaniel Parker's version for ages!
I hope non-UK residents are allowed to download it :)
Posted on Aug 2, 2009 2:56:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 19, 2009 7:57:40 PM PDT
Maria Jette says:
Greetings, fellow fans of Nathaniel Parker's Artemis readings! I'm with you all on this bizarre situation. FYI, I contacted Random House Audiobooks, requesting an explanation of the change in narrator in the FINAL volume of SIX in an extremely well-received and popular series of readings of such highly-visible books. The answer was that Mr. Parker was "unavailable" during the period when they needed to make the recording. If that's indeed the only reason, I suppose it's because they felt releasing the book and audio simultaneously was more important than the risk of ALIENATING every single person who'd listened to the 5 previous volumes. A foolish choice... but I'll bet some executive determined that juvenile audiobooks weren't all that important, anyway.
I suggest anyone interested should contact Katherine Fleming at this address : email@example.com
If you bought the other version assuming it would be Mr P's narration, don't give it away-- complain noisily, and demand a refund! That's the kind of action that makes a difference to a company. Even 4 or 5 letters of complaint is a lot to a business, as most people don't take the time to write.
Posted on Jan 15, 2010 11:19:08 PM PST
Fishing Dries says:
I think Mr. Parker did great on all the other books.I really liked how Artemis voice was done and I hate how Mr. Reitel dose his voice and other voice's especially Butler's and Foly's.
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