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.
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 loved the first book and couldn't wait to hear the second until they changed the narrator. Although I like Brendan Fraser as an actor some of his character voices were hard to listen to especially after hearing the first book. I find myself repeating the lines differently in my head almost to soften the dislike of the way in which he said them. It almost seems like he didn't read the book before he narrated it. I still love the story and would love it more if he left out the characters accents.
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.
I have listened to many audiobooks and I have to say Brendan Fraser did a fantastic job. He used a different voice for each character and it helped to make this version of the "Inkworld" come alive for me. He used Scottish, Irish, Russian, German, Tennessee accents to help me picture the character already described very beautifully by Cornelia Funke. I also listened to "Inkheart" but didn't like Lynn Redgrave's interpretation of the characters nearly as much nearly as much. I think Brendan's voice communicated everything the author intended.
I agree with another reviewer that this book translated flawlessly in English. I highly recommend this book and "Inkheart".
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
I had some mixed feelings about the narration. At first it really bothered me. As I listened more, I really was dragged into the story. Since the primary part of the audio is the storyline I tried to focus on what the characters were actually doing. As the story progressed I came to really enjoy the narration. I think the problem with this narration is it follows Lynn Redgrave. It is really hard to change from a woman to a man narrator when the characters stay the same.
I am looking forward to InkDeath. It should help us wrap up a great story/series.