The Arctic Incident

Version: Unabridged
Author: Eoin Colfer
Narrator: Nathaniel Parker
Genres: Fiction, Teen
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: April 2004
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 9 minutes
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Artemis is at boarding school in Ireland when he suddenly receives an urgent video e-mail from Russia. In it is a plea from his father, who has been kidnapped by the Russian Mafiya. As Artemis rushes to his rescue, he is stopped by Captain Holly Short of the Leprecon fairy police. But this time, instead of battling the fairies, he is going to have to join forces with them if he wants to save one of the few people in the world he loves.

Reviews (16)

great writing, great performance

Written by Maria Jette from Excelsior, MN on June 29th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This is an excellent series. Colpher combines humor with fairies and high-tech sci-fi, and adds the element of a longterm arc of character development-- the title character is literally "developing character" over the course of the series, and becoming a better person, an not in a maudlin way. The narrator is wonderful-- there's an enormous cast of regular characters, plus scads of new ones in each story, and each gets a perfect voice. The female characters are never phony-sounding, a real feat. Speaking of female characters-- they're the equals of the male characters in these stories-- Artemis (a male) may be a genius, but he's regularly rescued by the brilliant (and athletic) females. Great books for girls who are sick of stories where boys are rescuing damsels in distress.

Artemis Fowl

Written by Cyndi on May 25th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Another highly entertaining book by Eoin Colfer. Artemis keeps everyone on their toes but Holly is there to help clean up the messes. Looks like the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

Artemis Fowl : The Arctic Incident

Written by treebeard on October 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I like this one but not quite as much as the first and third books in this series. I listened to it but I didn't want to listen to it again.

Pretty much only for kids

Written by Ken from Vacaville, CA on March 4th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

This book is too improbable to believe. Sure its a fantasy, and I can appreciate that, but it goes far beyond beleveable within that genre. I noticed in the first book too, where the author seems to make up convenient facts as he goes along. The whole thing seems rather contrived. I still gave it 2 stars because of the quality of the audio and narrator, plus its probably a great book for young children as the story is fairly exciting. Kids won't see the flaws like an adult would.

Makes Driving FUN!

Written by Laura Larson on March 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I am in my late 50's and I very much enjoy these books on a long drive to work. I recommend them for the entire family. Great entertainment. They are not Harry Potter, but much fun just the same. Laura

Artemis Fowl- The Artic Incident

Written by Florence Tait on June 29th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This one was even more interesting it kept me on the edge of my seat. Very, very good.


Written by Anonymous from Athens, GA on May 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I keep reading (or listening to) Colfer's books in hope that they will grow on me. Maybe they are a little bit, as this one was much better, I thought, than the first one in the series (the only other one I've read). If you like the series, then I think you'll be pleased with this one. If you haven't read them -and you're over the age of 10- then you might find it a bit contrived and wearying. (I say this as a former child prodigy.)

Pretty Good for a sequel

Written by Gabi on March 21st, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

The second book in this series is pretty good, but the first book was way better. This story was rather predictable and in the end a few things are left unanswered, but that of course leaves the door open for books three and four. I can't wait to listen to book three.

Hard to Relate

Written by Yvonne Scanlan on January 13th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 1/5

It was difficult for me to get into the book from the very beginning. Something about how it begins is so far fetched and difficult to relate to, even for a fictional adventure, which I normally enjoy.

Artemis Fowl The Arctic Incident

Written by Anonymous on August 13th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Once again Eoin Colfer had me hooked listening to this book. With goblin uprisings, mistrust withing the LEP department and Artemis in search of his father, I made extra trips while driving just to listen to this book.

Author Details

Author Details

Colfer, Eoin

Eoin Colfer (pronounced Owen) was born in Wexford on the South-East coast of Ireland in 1965, where he and his four brothers were brought up by his father (an elementary school teacher, historian and artist of note) and mother (a drama teacher). He first developed an interest in writing in primary (elementary) school with gripping Viking stories inspired by history he was learning in school at the time!

After leaving school he got his degree from Dublin university and qualified as a primary school teacher, returning to work in Wexford. He married in 1991 and he and his wife spent about 4 years between 1992 and 1996 working in Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Italy. His first book, Benny and Omar, was published in 1998, based on his experiences in Tunisia; it has since been translated into many languages. A sequel followed in 1999, followed by some other books (see below). Then in 2001 the first Artemis Fowl book was published and he was able to resign from teaching and concentrate fully on writing.

He says, "I will keep writing until people stop reading or I run out of ideas. Hopefully neither of these will happen anytime soon."

He lives in Ireland with his wife and two children.