I'd already read this book (on paper), just wanted something fun to listen to; this is! I love how Hiaasen creates these characters that are completely wacko, but somehow so lovable because of their innate sense of justice & good intentions.
The narration is decent; Curtin especially does a good job with Honey. The only thing that grated on me was that she made Sammy Tigertail (a 1/2-Seminole) sound sorta Canadian/Minnesotan/Dumb-white-person-imitating-Native-American-speaking-English. It wasn't pronounced enough to be totally offensive, but it was annoying. Having grown up near reservations in the northeastern US, I sorta get what she was going for, but really... the kid was raised off res, by his white mom, for part of his childhood. He'd probably speak like another southern Floridian.
Overall, not bad.
After finishing Inkheart (this book's prequel), I could hardly wait to hear more of Lynn Redgrave's magical narration of this wonderful story. I downloaded Inkspell in a hurry to listen, without realizing the narrator is not the same. While disappointed by this, the story is so good I thought it'd still be a worthwhile listen. Sadly, I was mistaken. This narrator is awful to the point of distraction. Fenoglio now sounds like Tony Danza. Seriously. Elinor's voice is shrill and hard on the ears. Mo's voice (which is supposed to be enchanting!) sounds thick and dumb. And there are some minor children characters whose words are just inaudible, due to the squeaky-fake-shrill voice the narrator gives them. I replayed these parts a few times, then gave up, figuring that since they're minor characters, what they say probably wasn't that important anyway. :\ Add in all the cheesy sound effects this narrator comes up with (apparently he envisions his audience of listeners to entirely consist of 4-year-olds), and it's just a total mess. I've stuck it out til halfway through the book, but simply can't take it anymore. It's a great story, but I'd rather just get a paper copy from the library. Such a shame, too, since Lynn Redgrave's reading of the 1st book was so utterly gorgeous. I can't believe I used not 1, but 2 credits on this waste of audio.
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.
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