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.
This was the sequel to the fantastic book, “Inkheart.” This book transports you to the fantasy land of the Inkworld. With the same quirky characters, evil villains, three-dimensional heroes, and strange twists this was a fun ride. I really enjoyed it but for some reason I did not feel the same awe as I did with the previous book. Perhaps the pace lagged a bit being the second book in a trilogy. Still it was a fantastic journey that came alive with the beautiful reading by Brendan Fraser. He definitely deserves his Earphone Award.
I am 29 and loved this book - it's not just for kids.
My daughter, age 9, read the book and begged me to read it too, so I was happy to see it was available as an audiobook. Also, I was intrigued that Brendan Fraser was the vocal talent. This is an involving and exciting story, and is a little intense in some places. I didn't consider it particularly a children's story, with the exception that the protagonist is a 12 year old girl. I love what Brendan Fraser does with the characters, particularly Dustfinger, although he does throw in a mixture of odd accents for characters that are supposed to be from the same region. This is a great audiobook and I can't wait for the next one in this series.
Another fascinating read. The only danger with this one is that you won't be able to stop listening. The action and drama propel the plot; twists and turns keep you on the seat of the chair; the ending... leaves much to be desired.
I was left thinking, "this is it? It can't end like this!"
I loved the adventure, I loved the story, I loved the characters, but I hated the ending. It felt unfinished, and left me wanting something more, or something different.
Wonderful, expressive narrator. But I won't listen to it again, I think it would break my heart.
Should you buy it? I can't say - do if you want to know more about dear Meggie and Moe and Dustfinger, but don't if you can't handle a touch ending.