What a wonderful book! I thought the story was very original, unpredictable and quite wonderful. I have always liked this narrator and thought he was perfect. All the characters seem quite real and varied. I have a hard time with the negative review posted here, obviously someone who does not like fantasy. Also I have never considered Simon Jones a "soothing" reader -- on the contrary I find him quite invigorating!
At first I thought this book was a little too much like others about thieving street children, but Cornelia Funke is now one of my favorite writers and her characters are fabulous, alive and fun. Lots of twists and turns - I'm always amazed at her ability to think up so many adventurous plot twists that all come together in the end. Really fun listen. If you haven't listed to Inkheart & Inkspell, though, those are must listens for those of us who love these types of books! And if you like these books and haven't yet listened to "His Dark Materials" (starts with the Golden Compass), by all means do. Not the same author, but great fantasy adventures, too.
One of my children's most favorit books. The story takes place in Venice, Italy with all its romance and dangers. Cornelia spins a story that will keep you inthralled and entertained. A defenate read.
Taking place in Venice, following the story of 2 run-aways, this story takes you on adventures throughout the city while the children live in an old theatre and depend on the Theif Lord for their needs. Good story with alot of heart.
I hadn't read this book before purchasing the audio tape, and it wasn't quite what I'd expected based on the blurbs. The plot is good, but I had thought there would be more elements of fantasy in it. Also, because of the number of characters in the book and their unusual names (the book was originally written in German, though most of the names are Italian), I had difficulty following the plot while driving. The narrator, though good, was also a bit too soothing for my alertness level.
My daughter and I loved this book so much we have heard it several times since it was published, and have given it as a gift to many others! Great, imaginative story, wonderful characters, wonderful narrator, all round great success! It inspired my daughter to do a project for school on Venice and to ask many times to visit!
very good story for my boys, 11 and 13; we have a beastly commute, the first thing they want to do when we climb into the car is to check in w/ the story!!!
It may be a children's book; however, it has enough intrigue for any adult. A great listen with your children on a trip or to and from school!