The first book of this enchanting trilogy is so much fun to listen to. Lynn Redgrave does such a great job bringing the characters to life and gives them such personality. I can't wait to get the second book in the trilogy, Inkspell!!!
Good story, excellent narration - definitely worth the time. The story itself is fun and engaging and the characters are well written (Dustfinger in particular). Redgrave did such a good job of this book that I'm sorry to see she didn't narrate Inkspell or Inkdeath.
My 7yr old is probably a bit young for it yet, but when he's about 9, I intend to buy a print copy and leave it where he's likely to pick it up... :-)
Lynn Redgrave's reading was stunning. It's worth getting just to hear her. The book itself simply should have been better. If you want a good modern fantasy on a similar subject, read some Charles de Lint, perhaps "Memory and Dream." I disagree that "Inkheart" would make an excellent children's book simply because it dragged and the characters were forgettable. If you want something wildly imaginative and child friendly, go with something suitable by Neil Gaimon, who is himself an extraordinary reader. I wanted very much to like, and perhaps share, this book from the moment I heard Ms. Redgrave. It saddens me that I did not.
I'm a grown-up who likes to check out what my tween nephews are reading, & really enjoyed this book. It's a lovely story, and I love that books are considered special and even magical. What a great message for young readers! This was interesting & funny enough for an adult to enjoy. The narration is stunningly beautiful. Lynn Redgrave's classically-trained voice is just amazing. It was one of my favorite audiobooks ever, simply for the quality of the narration.
The writing is very good, the characters are fine but nothing happens for most of the book. It starts of very intresting, but I am about 2hrs from the end and I will finish it because I used a credit on it. The movie wasnt great but it was better than the book.
I liked this book pretty well. I'm a fan of the fairy tale/fantasy genre, and I felt like this story didn't always cover new ground, it was a little flat, so I only gave it 4 stars, but I enjoyed it. It had a great beginning - I was interested right away, which is rare, so I loved that. It lost direction at times with arbitrary action sequences, and a plot that dragged on, but overall I liked it quite a bit. In the title of this post I put that it would be great for teenagers, thinking that it might seem fresher for younger readers.
I found Inkheart a pleasure to the ears, an original concept and a story that will strike a chord with book lovers. My 7 year old daughter found the dark characters a bit too dark and I did find myself at times getting frustrated at how little was being done to sort the bad guys out.
I'm a huge fan of all things magical and I found this book very interesting. They switch narrators in each book so it is hard to get back into the story after starting each book. I preferred Brendan Fraser's reading of Inkspell over the other narrations. He really gets into the story and the emotions behind the words. The final book in the trilogy feels a bit rushed and the focus of the story seems to stray away from the heroine and goes on to just be an internal battle of choosing a suitor rather than real problem solving. It's a bit demeaning. Overall though the entire trilogy is quite good and a few of the characters are very memorable, some steal your heart while others have you wanting to strangle them to death. I would recommend this first book to anyone looking for a little escape. And don't mind the slow opening, trust me the story picks up.
Wonderful story! The kids loved this audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job. It is a long book but full of suspense that holds your interest.