I told a friend of mine how much I loved the book Eragon after having audioread it. She suggested that if I liked the genre then I should try some of Funke's work and start with Dragon Rider. Perhaps a subtle distinction but I don't consider this the same genre. The fantasy in Dragon Rider is clearly intended for children, probably the Disney crowd, with talking animals and children who accept them and that very easily. On the other hand, the dragon in Eragon can communicate with select humans (and Elves) but not talk. So while I was intrigued by the telepathy aspects of Eragon the talking animal thing got old quickly for me with this story and I gave up not too far in. It may be a great book (although I even found the beginning much too predictable) but not if you're looking for an Eragon-type fantasy.
Maybe it's just because I'm interested in dragons, but who wouldn't want to listen to a story about a dragon, on a quest to find a place so beautifully named as the 'Rim of Heaven', being followed by the ultimate bad guy, and taking directions from a rat!!! With a small sarcastic Brownie making obvious points out along the way, this is the best adventure story I have ever read (on second thought, listened to!). Ashton
Bredan Fraser makes this book come alive - it is like going to the movies! We listened to it in the car and keep finding excuses to go on errands so we could listen to more!
I really want to love this audible title, the book is great but the narration is very hard to get through. While Brendan Fraser has quite a variety of character voices, the main ones are very drowsy sounding and some are downright annoying. Hmm, I think I'd love to read this book because I am a fan of Cornelia Funke, but I won't be downloading other Fraser narrations.
I would recommend it but with some hesitation. It would be way down my list.
The one voice the narrator did very well was the mountain Dwarf, Gravelbeard. His mumbleings cracked me up.
At first I thought Brendan Fraser sounded stoned when he read. There was no emotion in his voice. It was like he was bored and all the characters sounded bored too; even when the characters were excited. His voice did get more animated as the story went on but I think his performance lowered the my liking for the book.
Loved the book! Couldn't stop from listening!
Brendan Fraser has done a fabulous job as narrator! He brings each character to life. I can imagine each one as their own character even though he is reading it all himself. I really hope he does more audiobooks. He is a wonderful narrator and a great actor! He has definitely found a niche in the audiobooks world. Thanks Brendan and Cornelia Funke for writing the book! Please consider collaborating on more books to publish together.
Brendon Frazer did a fantastic job I loved all the voices. I look forward to him hopefully reading more books. I have now heard all this authors books this one is my favourite.
My 11-year old son has listened to many audio books, including books such as the Harry Potter series and Eragon and Eldest. He was disappointed with Dragon Rider, as he found the narration a bit "corny". Brandon Fraiser, the narrator, would perhaps appeal to a younger listener. My son found his various voices a bit annoying and he thought it was "over acted" (if you can say such a thing about an audiobook). He thought the narrator tried too hard to get in and out of each character.
Perhaps he just got used to the narration style found on the Harry Potter books and the Eragon/Eldar books.
I would highly recommend listening to the sample narration of the audio book before you purchase it. We will do the same for all future purchases.