I loved this book and didn't at all consider it child-like. Lynn Redgrave was one of the best narrators I've heard and I had a hard time not listening to all of it start to finish at one sitting. The author did a great job of straddling the line between reality fiction and fantasy and I was transfixed by the characters. I highly recommend this book!
The narration of "Inkheart" is the best so far of all the audiobooks I've listened to, and the story itself is very engaging. I highly recommend it for those looking for a story that pulls you in.
I quite enjoyed the book especially for the first couple of hours. Unfortunately I kept on waiting for something else to happen. The idea certainly had potential but I found it wasn't developed enough. The characters were believable, I only wish the plot lived up to their characterisations.
Basically my review is 'good, but...'
This book, for me, is a classic that is easy to read/listen to, over and over. It ranks up in the top 10% because it's a beautiful written (and perfectly narrated) children's book that can also hold the interest of adults as well.
The Golden Compass because it too is a story about children overcoming great odds and moral issues. Good overcomes "evil". And the cast of characters is well developed, interesting, and includes villains to superstars.
I love the movie Inkheart and always wondered how the book compared. It is a very close translation and lovely to listen too.
For those of us raised on a steady diet of fairytales and adventure stories, this book is a nostalgic delight. Cornelia Funke's reverence for books shines throughout the story, which unfolds in the tradition of all good Germanic folk tales with stalwart children facing genuine evil and many characters that walk the line - neither good nor evil, only flawed and yet compelling. Lynn Redgrave's excellent reading talents enliven the characters and heighten the suspense, and I found myself reluctant to set the book aside until it was finished. I look forward to seeing where the next book in the trilogy takes us. If you love literature and the texture, smell, sight and weight of books themselves, you'll most likely love this story.
If you are an adult reader (as I am) and want a more sophisticated fantasy jaunt through a reverence for (and irreverence about) literature, I suggest you also investigate the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. It is great fun!
This book just developed too slowly for me. There was too many details that drew the story out, distracted from the plot and honestly bored me. I am a "cut to the chase" girl so describing a flower beyond its name is just unnecessary. But if you like the author to make you taste, smell, and feel every detail, give this one a try.
my son loves to listen to audiobooks while he's reading the book alongside. lynn redgrave's narration is diverse and consistent.
the book is very easily slipped into and you are lured into the sequels. funke has poetry that is missing from the original german
versions into english, too bad as it lends more to the feel of the story. is it just me me or is the word 'incredulous' overused?
no matter, this book is well read and will be well loved.