Colfer, Eoin. 2006. Artemis Fowl: Artemis Fowl, Book 1. Read by Nathaniel Parker. Listening Library.
Begin with the premise that all the stories you’ve heard about leprechauns, goblins, trolls, fairies, and the like, are based on truth. Not the shoe-making elves of fairy tales, but rather, an ancient, highly-intelligent, subterranean species. Now add in our "hero?", the cold, calculating, 12-year-old genius (and criminal), Artemis Fowl, whose thirst for treasure rivals even that of the fairy race. If Artemis can unlock the language and secrets of the fairy race (and he will!), he can use that knowledge to strip them of untold riches. When he kidnaps Captain Holly Short, a highly-trained and armed officer of LEPrecon unit, he realizes that he may have underestimated this tiny species. Will he stop at nothing? Will the LEPrecon unit risk the fate of their entire species to rescue Captain Short? Find out in this action-packed, sci-fi, mystery adventure.
This is the first of six books in the Artemis Fowl Series and refers to the audiobook version read by Nathaniel Parker. Parker's Irish accent is perfect for the story, and he creates memorable voices and accents for each of the story's mostly hard-boiled characters and moves seamlessly between the voices of the large cast. This story downloads in 5 parts and is about 6 1/2 hours in length. The author confirms that a movie deal is in the works. A great choice for fantasy fans looking for something with a bit of an edge.
My library classifies this series as YA (young adult), but older J (Juvenile fiction) readers should enjoy it as well.