The Alchemyst

The Alchemyst

[the Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel]

Spoken-word CD - 2007
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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
Edition: Unabridged
Description: 8 sound discs (10 hr., 2 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
ISBN: 9780739350324
Branch Call Number: jSWCD Scot
Additional Contributors: O'Hare, Denis P.


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Jul 26, 2012

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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