in this case yes ... Brendon Fraser's interpetation was very enjoyable
This is the first performance I have listened to ... I will be more inclined to select a book if he is the performer, I was totally captivated by his interpetation/performance. He is a wonderful storyteller.
I struggled through reading Inkheart, and had my doubts about listening to the sequel...but Brendan Fraser is the best reader I have ever listened to. He nails the character's voices and the little nuances of mood and energy. Even the cadence of his voice changes to have an amazing effect. I am just disappointed that he did not read all three books! I will, however, find every audio book he has done and buy it!
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.