This is a worthy sequel to Inkheart. Even as an adult, I love the plot within a plot and the characters. And Lynn Redgrave's reading of the first book in the series was exquisite and subtle yet shows the depth of the characters written by Cornelia Funke. I so wanted to enjoy this book equally well. But I didn't.
I never thought that the wrong narrator would make an achingly hard listen for me. But I found out I was terribly wrong.
Frankly, Brendan Fraser is the wrong narrator for this sequel. Perhaps no one can follow Redgrave. However, Fraser overacted every character using trite characterizations (see some of the other evaluations). I found myself cringing as Dustfinger, Elinor and others were voiced. And, sometimes I found it difficult to understand his words, the accents were so strong; this was frustrating as well.
Having said that, I do think that Brendan Fraser may be a good narrator for the right kind of book; and as his skill develops, perhaps his approach will become a little more subtle. Little pieces of his work in this title are actually very appealing (some of the sighs, the tempo, phrasing and other things) so I will not give up on him as a narrator.
However, if this book is ever re-released narrated by Lynn Redgrave, I'll not hesitate to buy another copy!
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I prefer not to make comments on books as I believe each person needs to delve into their realms untarnished by the judgements of others. As such, this review is actually for the narrator.
Brendan Fraser is an amazing reader. I've liked him well enough in the various movies I've seen, but I had no idea I would enjoy this book so much more because of him. He has a pleasant voice which tells the story easily and blends well into the narration, allowing the many characters in this book to really attain a life of their own. His accents, tones and lilts are wonderful. It's so much simpler for me listening to a book this way, since I'm rarely sitting still while reading. The ability to differentiate between characters without having to rewind is invaluable.
I've enjoyed this book very much, more so than I did Inkheart, because of his reading. What a delightful surprise!
This is a decent sequel to Inkheart. I love some of the characters, particularly Dustfinger and Farid. The magical world Cornelia creates is so picturesque! I urge any fan of the first book to give this one a shot, it is well worth the price. Brendan Fraser is perfect as the narrator and his depth of feeling in his words brought me to tears many times. I hope to hear more novels read by him.
I have been listening to audiobooks for several years now, and I have never heard a book so excellently rendered at this one by Brendan Fraser. The trilogy centers around the ability of certain people to read so well that they can literally bring a world to life. For me, Fraser did that. The book itself is well written with intriguing flawed characters and a relentless pace. I was disappointed that, unlike Inkheart, the first book of the series, Inkspell did not have a satisfying conclusion that left an opening for a future book; it's just a pause before the next. That's about my only gripe...other than the fact that Inkdeath has a different narrator. To me, Fraser is the voice of the Inkworld.
The series was smartly written with good description detail. The narrator was awesome. I have listened to several and I enjoy that I get to hear very distinct voices for each character and also the sounds like laughing, sighing, snoring, and chewing. I would recommend letting him read more often.
This is a captivating sory and the roll from Inkheart to Inkspell was well done. It keeps your imagination active.
Exceptionaly good book. My son started reading it before me and he kept saying that Brendan Fraser was too good of a reader. I laughed and didn't pay much attention. Now that I have listened to Brendan I am shocked at how wonderful he was. The voices were wonderful. "You felt the book comming to life, as if this is what it had been waiting for." Listening to this book I am almost shocked the characters were not next to me. I am disapointed that he did not read all three of the books. I will gladly purchase the book Dragon Rider that he reads also.
As for the book itself, If you didn't like the first one, give this a try. If you did like the first one... DO Not Pass this one!
Again it is hard to read Ink Death without Brendan!
I understand the dismay of many listeners. Lynn Redgrave was impeccable. Brendan Fraser is anything but restrained. For some people, this was aggravating but lucky me, I enjoy his performance. While I'm disappointed in the director and producer for not taking the time to correct his missteps, I was able to recover my listening experience each time. In the end, must conclude the whole story would be better served by a full cast (as in GOLDEN COMPASS) vs. the punishing work of all those characters falling to one actor. Worth the listen, for me. And I would gladly hear other Brendan Fraser work. And I am saving up points to get the next volume, which reader sounds terrific too.
I looked forward to listening every chance I got. Fraser had slight inconsistencies in character voices but I can easily forgive that given his enthusiasm for the reading. The wide range of choices for the character voices, although a bit odd, made them interesting. I am reading Inkheart now - in book form. I would love to hear Redgrave's reading of the book, but I can't wait for this month's point.
This book was a real treat. Brenden Frazer's narration was the best of many great Audible voices: more of a performance than just a reading. I loved Lynn Redgrave's voice in Inkheart, but was not troubled in the least by the change of narrators. Frazer brought this wonderful fantasy to life in a voice worthy of being called 'Silvertongue'. Bravo.