Author: Eoin Colfer
Narrator: John Keating
Publication Info: [New York] : Listening Library, 2007.
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Irish author Eoin Colfer, creator of the Artemis Fowl series, spins a classic adventure story set in the fin de siècle era on the Saltee Islands off the coast of Ireland. In this story, the Saltees are home to a fictional sovereign kingdom which bases its economy on diamond mining. The protagonist of the story is Conor Broekhart who is friend of the daughter of the island’s progressive, American-born king. Conor shows an early proclivity towards science and engineering and when he is 14 he is framed for the murder of the king and sent to prison/mining colony. It’s up to young Conor to escape from prison and save the kingdom through his knowledge of flying machines. The outcome is never in doubt but Colfer spins an entertaining yarn with a lot of action and many memorable characters. John Keating does a magnificent job of narrating this escapist story.
Recommended books: The Land That Isn’t There, An Irish Adventure by Leonard Wibberley, The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois