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Publisher's Summary

Nicholas Flamel appeared in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter - but did you know he really lived? And his secrets aren't safe! Discover the truth in book one of the New York Times best-selling series The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel. 

The truth: Nicholas Flamel's tomb is empty. 

The legend: Nicholas Flamel lives. 

Nicholas Flamel is the greatest Alchemyst to ever live. The records show that he died in 1418, but what if he's actually been making the elixir of life for centuries? 

The secrets to eternal life are hidden within the book he protects - the Book of Abraham the Mage. It's the most powerful book that has ever existed, and in the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that's exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. 

There is one hope. If the prophecy is true, Sophie and Josh Newman have the power to save everyone. Now they just have to learn to use it. 

“The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel has everything you loved about Harry Potter, including magic, mystery, and a constant battle of good versus evil.” (Bustle)

A New York Times best-selling series
A USA Today best seller
A Kids' Indie Next List Selection
A New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age
An ILA Young Adult Choice Book
An ILA Children’s Choice Winner 

©2007 Michael Scott (P)2007 Random House Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group

Critic Reviews

“[A] riveting fantasy . . . fabulous read.” (School Library Journal, starred) 

“Readers will be swept up.” (Kirkus Reviews, starred)   

“An exciting and impeccably thought-out fantasy, well-suited for those left in the lurch by Harry Potter’s recent exeunt.” (Booklist

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Longing for Magic?

I’ve been looking for something after harry potter(HP) series. I’m one of those who took to HP series very late but have been enchanted by it and couldn’t let it go. But everything comes to an end eventually. The Alchemyst has come to the rescue. I’m lucky I found it. It is fully packed with Magic, emotions, suspense and all the other elements one would look for in these books. Do not compare this with the HP series and think of this story as set in a similar world but with a bit more comical descriptions(anyone who watched the “Trollhunter” series would understand by the end of this book). Overall, I’ll compare one thing, the narrator is really good but I missed something which I thoroughly enjoyed with the HP series audiobooks. Nevertheless, it’s still an excellent audiobook(/Read) for people looking to dive into a fantasy world. I’m definitely going for the sequel *insert thumbs up emoji*

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The story is interesting

I would have enjoyed the book more with good narration . This narration was very flat .

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  • DaBears113
  • 27-11-09

Children's Novel......Maybe!

I thought this sounded like a great book since I am into fantasy and mythology like Lord of the Rings and Eragon. Not that I would compare this book to any of those titles but when I heard "Welcome to Audible Kids" when I started the book on my MP3 player I may have blushed just slightly (I'm 49). Turns out the book is fantastic and so is the reader. I like to think I am of above average intelligence and this book entertained me and left me wanting more and just did not seem at all to be a children's novel. It is rare that a writer can write something that appeals to old and young alike but that is what you will find here. I love the characters and the voices are handled nicely by the narrator. I highly recommend it and the two that follow it as well.

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  • Allison
  • 08-08-08

High Fantasty in a modern world setting

Harry Potter fans would like this book, I think. There's the magic of Potter, but most of it takes place in present day California. Lots of action mixed with a mystery about the past. The narrator's ability to create different voices is amazing!

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  • GH
  • 25-07-12

A lure to hook you on the series -- It Does!

Welcome to the world of Nicholas Flamal. This is a fitting lure to hook you into the six book series. The author uses faints and foreshadowing to keep the reader in a continual quandary of emotion and ut ohs. This work has heavy helping of fantasy mixed into the ordinary world. But a killer fantasy has to be either so over the top no one cares about the laws of what we consider real or offer fantasy with a possible life connection to the world as we know it – tenuous as it might be. Scott does the later – he paints a world of creatures, magic and legend that has threads of the distant plausible. This first book will appeal to a reader of any age. So far it's like The Hobbit meets the Traveler by John Twelve Oaks. I highly suggest you read it. I am off to the second installment.

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  • Craig H.
  • 01-09-11

Love it. Buy it. Just remember - youthful direct

This series may or may not be intended for teenagers or the youth. It is a nice fun series. I am a seriously avid reader, and finish a novel per week. I picked up the first book in the series for my daughter. I ran out of books and picked it up. I have read all of them now. They are fun.
The series has characters that are well wrritten and believable. The goals and problems are very truthful. Michael Scott has to have or had a few teenagers because he has them down pretty well in the books.
Now don't think you are about to read a literary masterpiece but the stories have heart, soul, well planned themes and flow, and realistic well described characters. I love a good book and these are just that. GOOD BOOKS

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  • Carl
  • 02-12-07

Fun But Predictable

Somewhat typical messaiahs to save the world from evil theme but with some original characters, some imaginative villians, and page turner action. Fun but nothing that feels really new or to original.

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  • Charles
  • 06-01-08

Interesting

I enjoyed the book, but felt that it was geared more toward a younger reader (young adult/teenager). Perhaps that's because two of the major characters are themselves teenagers. I greatly preferred the George RR Martin "Song of Ice and Fire" series - which is definitely geared to adults, and I've preferred (so far) the John Twelve Hawkes "Traveler" series. The Alchemyst reads too much like a fairy tale (so far). I do plan to listen to the next one to see if my opinion changes.

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  • Ryan
  • 28-07-12

A book for all ages

Where does The Alchemyst rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

Not in my top ten but I will finish the series. Great way to look at magic in a modern world.

Who was your favorite character and why?

I am always a sucker for the good guys and this book is no different. Also already tired of the boys complaining

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

The book of Abraham

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  • Randy
  • 30-06-07

Chocked full of action

This book has you on the move from the first page, and doesn't stop to the last page. Michael Scott, Keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole book. And when you're driving, that's not a bad thing. I'd recommend this book to anyone of any age. I await more audible books from this author.

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  • Paula
  • 18-02-11

An interesting tale for 10-year olds

I could have rated it as a 4 if they had mentioned the book was written for 10-year olds. It was just too silly/childish for me to enjoy. However I do enjoy books like Harry Potter, CS Lewis's Narnia adventures, Eragon, and L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, so I am not a young-adult-fiction snob. So out of loyalty to my fellow Audible book listeners I felt inclined to warn you of my assessment of this book's intended audience.

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  • jcg
  • 27-12-10

You can have it all......not really

There was too much coolness ( this book explains everything) . Vampires, old gods, historical figures, there was just too much. Once the Irish lady said she fought with Joan or Arch and she was a Vampire, I stopped reading.If you like that sort of thing this is the book for you it was not for me.

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  • susie w
  • 05-07-07

Fantastic

The Alchemyst looks to be the start of a series to rival Harry Potter. The main character the famous Nicholas Flamel is one of those characters who just has to be good. You know he will come through in the end but what a page-turner. Can?t wait for the next book to go audible.

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  • Charlene G.
  • 30-07-08

Great story

I have not listened to The Alchemyst yet, however both my children have listened to it over and over again. They also ordered me to get the follow up books as soon as humanly possible. Therefore this is a major hit with them, and I can therefore recommend it on that basis.

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  • Nathan
  • 11-08-20

Good book, shame they change narrators during the series

I LOVE an audio book but once I’m invested in a series I need continuity. I just started the second in the series and it has a different narrator who pronounces names differently and has a very different accent. Turns out book three has a different narrator again.
These things make a big difference. Imagine if Stephen Fry didn’t narrate all of the HP books? It would be really weird

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  • Victoria Pye
  • 22-09-08

I loved this audiobook

As a thirty something, I have just discovered the joys of fiction that bridges both adults and teens. The alchemist is an excellent example. Although about two teenagers, it had me on the edge of my seat waiting for the next chapter. Comes highly recommended. I've just downloaded the next book.

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  • Tanis
  • 24-07-07

The Alchemist

This is a spell binding book. It had both my 10y old son and myself enthralled from beginging to end. Next book soon PLEASE PLEASE

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  • Frances Wartnaby
  • 08-01-08

Very enjoyable

This is a good story so far. For those who like Harry Potter this will suit well. This is obviously the first book of a series, though I didn't know that when I started it. Will definitely get the second in the series when it comes out in May 08.

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  • R Wright
  • 28-01-15

Loved it!!!

Great Characters, myth and legend. Narrated really well, loved listening to the is audible book

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  • 12-07-13

Difficult to put down

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I was researching books to read to my daughter as a follow-up to Harry Potter and found the Alchemyst... Really like the mix of ancient and modern, mythology and history, and regularly found myself looking up characters on the internet. The pace of the book is good and I found Denis O'Hare very easy to listen to. The use of different voices for each character makes it easy to keep a grip on the story.

I have since listened to the whole series and thoroughly enjoyed it. And will definitely buy the paper versions to read to my daughter.

I finished the last book in the series about a year ago, but still have flashbacks to the stories.

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  • Martine Cook
  • 17-06-08

The Alchemyst

I loved this book and can't wait for the second one to come out, this is brilliant.

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  • ZoeMbubbles
  • 29-01-15

A lovely listen

This book was very enjoyable. Based on the other reviews I was hoping it would make the leap from teen to adult fiction and be something I could really get excited about as an adult reader. It was a lovely laid back listen, I particularly enjoy the mix of modern and myth, bringing familiar mythological characters and concepts together but for me it was definitely teen fiction. Don't get me wrong I lined the second in the series up the moment I realised I was almost done, it's very good: but not prolific.
Also as an British listener the accent of the narrator took a little adjusting to, maybe because the last book I listened to was a British narrator. It didn't detract from the story but I had to acclimatise myself.

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  • Jbryan
  • 13-06-19

Beautiful

Loved it, narrator is awesome, really clear and easy to listen to. Easy book to start and stop with, simple one main plot storyline.

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  • Peter A Yates
  • 30-05-18

A Remarkable Achievement

Michael Scott has produced perhaps the two most irritating characters in literary history. Get a new editor!

The idea is good. The execution awful. Honestly, teenagers are not that stupid.

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  • Deb Furlong
  • 12-09-19

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I love this series! fantastic and captivating. the author is brilliant. one of my favorite series.