This is a worthy sequel to Inkheart. Even as an adult, I love the plot within a plot and the characters. And Lynn Redgrave's reading of the first book in the series was exquisite and subtle yet shows the depth of the characters written by Cornelia Funke. I so wanted to enjoy this book equally well. But I didn't.
I never thought that the wrong narrator would make an achingly hard listen for me. But I found out I was terribly wrong.
Frankly, Brendan Fraser is the wrong narrator for this sequel. Perhaps no one can follow Redgrave. However, Fraser overacted every character using trite characterizations (see some of the other evaluations). I found myself cringing as Dustfinger, Elinor and others were voiced. And, sometimes I found it difficult to understand his words, the accents were so strong; this was frustrating as well.
Having said that, I do think that Brendan Fraser may be a good narrator for the right kind of book; and as his skill develops, perhaps his approach will become a little more subtle. Little pieces of his work in this title are actually very appealing (some of the sighs, the tempo, phrasing and other things) so I will not give up on him as a narrator.
However, if this book is ever re-released narrated by Lynn Redgrave, I'll not hesitate to buy another copy!
Love the series and consistently give it 4 stars.
First, I was really surprised that Vince Flynn did a good job narrating the book!!! When authors narrate their works, my opinion is that they're usually unusually HORRIBLE. This was not the case and I was pleasantly surprised! There are some other narrators I'd probably prefer, but I'd buy another Flynn narrated book. (Had a professional narrator done this book, I'd have rated it "4", however wanted to give Flynn kudos.)
The story was pretty good except for some of Anna's behavior. She knows WHO Mitch is and she gives him ultimatums??? She has a tantrum without even having empathy for a gunshot victim who is in the room with her? (Vince, if you want Anna to be really angry, which I can understand because I would have been angry in a similar circumstance, at LEAST give her some compassion for the wounded and have her flip the "emotional switch" that she does when she reports on TV. Her behavior during this episode AND some subsequent behavior made me really dislike Anna in this book -- and she's a character who I generally LIKE.)
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