I bought this based on the reviews for the book. My kids didn't get into it and I finished it only because I started it. Of the two Funke books I've read, both were imaginitive, but are paced too slow. She's got adult ideas, but puts them in childish form and doesn't flesh them out because of her intended audience. It would make a great movie adaptation, but the fantasy aspects you expect don't show up till later. Other kids may like this, but my two daughters didn't.
I loved this book because it involved a lot of mystery. Cornelia was amazing! I also loved the amazing names like, for example, Massimoe and Scipio.
I've probably listened to this book 2-3 hundred times over the years. Cornelia Funke's storytelling paints beautiful pictures of Venice in my mind and Simon Jones' performance is wonderful; I could listen to him every day!
Children, teens, and adults were all engrosed in the story during our seven hour trip. We even sat in the living room to finish the book when we arrived home. The narration is perfect and the story draws you in from the beginning. This book has something for everyone.
Bought it not really knowing much about it. Made it about 3/4th of the way threw and just lost interest. Storry was not gripping and I lost interest in the characters.
The Thief Lord fascinated my family as we traveled in the car this summer. Kids survive and thrive without parents like Charlie Brown and his gang did. This group pulls together well amidst the adversity that inevitably arises when an aunt an uncle search for two of the children in the streets and canals of Venice.