Arthur and the Minimoys & Arthur and the Forbidden City Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Enjoy the dazzling adventures of film director Luc Besson's Arthur and the Minimoys and Arthur and the Forbidden City together for the first time.
Join Arthur as he embarks on a journey to the land of the Minimoys, a tribe of people less than one inch tall, to find his missing grandfather and a stolen treasure. Arthur joins two Minimoy friends on a trip to the forbidden city of Necropolis, where they battle the evil wizard Maltazard.
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|Listening Length||9 hours and 29 minutes|
|Audible.com Release Date||November 30, 2006|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #93,693 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#141 in Movie, TV & Video Game Tie-Ins for Children
#701 in Family Life Fiction for Children
#828 in Action & Adventure Fantasy for Children
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If you have a kid that likes to read and he or she is 8 years old to maybe 13, they will enjoy these books!
Meanwhile, Arthur's parents, who have been away trying to find jobs, return home to see their son for his birthday and are dismayed to learn that he's disappeared like his grandfather before him. But when they hear about the treasure, they immediately begin frantically digging in the garden. Arthur, Selenia, and Betameche continue their travels, meeting all sorts of creatures and beings along the way, and eventually reach the forbidden city of Necropolis. Unfortunately, all three are captured and thrown into a deep, dark dungeon where they find Arthur's grandfather. Then all of a sudden Malthazard just lets them go. What kind of evil plan does the wizard have? Will the travelers actually be allowed to escape? And what will happen with Grandma and the house?
Middle-school aged readers will likely find the story of Arthur an enjoyable fantasy. There is very little objectionable. Some parents may question the advisability and age-appropriateness of the "love angle" between Arthur and Silenia with their "first kiss" and getting married, since Arthur is only ten years old. It is interesting that the Minimoy's "second commandment was taken from a book that Archibald also often spoke of, but that had a title no one could remember" and is "love and respect your neighbor as yourself." However, the first commandment is "Nothing justifies the death of an innocent." The only reference to any kind of deity is in a "prayer" by the King, "May the gods hear you." All in all, it seems to be a fairly likeable tale. There are two more sequels, Arthur and the Revenge of Maltazard and Arthur and The War of the Two Worlds. The four novels were originally published in France by Intervista. Both of the last two have been made into English speaking films (Arthur 2 and Arthur 3), but the books are apparently available only in French.
In the second half we find Arthur married to the princess...a bit surprising since he's ten...but ok. We also get to meet Arthur's parents who are, well, more interested in finding the rubies than the are in finding their son. In fact, other than voicing their concern they don't seem to care at all but that does seem to be the pattern in the child hero/adventure type stories...the parents are either absent (dead) or indifferent (caring more about stuff or work than about their children). This is a convenient plot device which frees the child to be bolder and more heroic than they might otherwise be allowed to, but with suspension of disbelief, readers can disconnect from what is illogical with regards to a ten year old saving the world (Indiana Jones style) and just enjoy the story for what it is!
Overall...this isn't great literature; it's just plain old fun reading. The story is easy to follow, the good guys are all good (and likeable even) the bad guys are all totally evil and the parallel story line between the "real" world (the M, the Cursed and Mr. Davido) and the world of the Minimoys adds a nice second layer to the story. This book would make nice light reading for a couple of nights for readers aged 8-12...nothing too taxing, but highly entertaining for a few hours! I give it four stars.