OK, I read the other reviews and was sad to read that people didn't enjoy Brendon Frazier's interpretation. His voice is silky. I personally didn't agree with some of his accents (Finolio sounds like some one who is from Brooklyn/East coast and shouldn't he be from Italy?) but loved how into it Brendon got into it. The way he read this is like listening to the character Mo reading this--the characters came alive for me.
I think Brendan Frazer did such a great job on all of the characters (and there are a lot) in this audiobook that they came to life for me. It's as if story was performend by a troop of readers. Each character has a unique tone, accent and cadence to his speech.The series is well written and draws you into the story so complety that when this book ended I was caught short. I so wanted to hear what was going to happen to Dustfinger, the BlueJay, Meggie and Fareed that as soon as I got home today, I purchased InkDeath. I am, however, very disappointed that there is another narrator for this final book. I'm sure it will be good, but . . .
I love Brendan Fraser, I REALLY do. But the first time I heard him squeak Elenor's voice, then speeding Meggie's voice up until some of the words are almost unintelligible I about cried. The reader of the first book was SO wonderful, and while I think Brendan is a GREAT actor...reading books, especially with women speaking, is NOT his cup of tea. Sadly once I finish listening to this I won't be listening to it again. Every time her squeals Elenor's words like she's some demonic harpy I cringe.
I wish there was a fourth book! I don't want this story to end. All 3 books in this trilogy were nicely written. The third book was my favorite. I couldn't stop listening.
When I read the reviews regarding the narrator I just had to put in my 2cents worth. As I started listening to this book with my kids, I thought Brendan is too quiet, too difficult to listen to. As he got into the story and started to give characters personality through voice I really started enjoying the book so much. I looked forward to each opportunity I had to listen to more. I enjoyed the narration thoroughly!
I listened to the first book with my daughter, we both enjoyed the story and the narrator. In this second book, the narration is truly bad. It is important to tell your narrators that they are "reading", not dramatizing a play. Some changes in accent, volume and intonation are fine, and even help the reader, but full dramatization is dreadful.
I really liked Inkheart and got lost in the story. Sadly Inkspell wasn't as enchanting. While the story may be okay, Brendan Fraser's narration left a lot to be desired. His voice for Fengolio, who if you read the first book was an Italian grandpapa is insane! Brendan's adaptation for Fengolio sounded like a New York cab driver rather than an Italian accent. I was irritated by the shouting, horrible accents and narration. I forced myself to listen to it until about chapter 4 and then gave up! (Sorry Brendan..I still think you are nice to look at, just no more voices please!)
I have always enjoyed the idea of magic, secret places and spells and with Inkheart, everything comes together to be totally entertaining and refreshingly imaginative. The characters are wonderfully creative and the storyline is both surprising and addictive and I found myself sitting in the driveway, engine running just listening as the story unfolded. The narrator, Lynn Redgrave was superb with her delightful and creative dipiction of the characters and I felt this added a great deal to the story that just reading it myself would not have offered. I'm a fan and have purchased Inkspell and look forward to it as well.
As others have said, Inkspell is even better than Inkheart, which I thought was great. The story of Dustfinger is very compelling for adult readers, in fact adults will appreciate it even more than the teen audience this has been marketted to. I think that it is a shame that this book is put into the Grade 6-8 category where it will be ignored by many. Both books, but especially this one, are classic stories about not only young Meggie, but about her father, mother, Dustfinger, Roxanne, and on and on. It is enjoyable for mature tweeners, teens, and us 40-somethings. I am sending both books as a gift to my parents.
I cannot wait for the next book. I will put Funke at the top of my favorite authors list.
Brandon Fraser is one of the best readers I have listened to, as well. I hope that he will narrate the next Inkworld book. His voice for Elinor fits as does his voice for Orpheus.
Yes, the ending was a bit of a suprise, but, I won't say it was a shock or disappointing. Don't forget that there is another book on the way. I have a feeling that things will be resolved in a satisfing way. I am, by the way, listening to it again.
This sequel is terrific! And Brennan Fraser is doing the voices, and he's a terrific reader. (Apparently Cornelia Funke loves him and wants him to be Moe in the upcoming movie!) If you were turned off by some gaps in the first book, they are explained in this one. This time we all get to experience Inkheart's scenary and it's more than I had imagined. Great read; you're sure to love it. Although, it might be a little scary for those under 9. Perfect for a family going across the country, no doubt! I listened to it on my move from AZ to OR.