Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.
This is the story of young Meggie, who lives a quiet life alone with her father Mo, a bookbinder, until one cruel night when Mo reads aloud from Inkheart, and an evil ruler named Capricorn escapes the boundaries of fiction and lands in their living room. Suddenly, Meggie is smack in the middle of the kind of adventure she has only read about in books.
Somehow, Meggie and Mo must learn to harness the magic that conjured up this nightmare. Somehow they must change the course of the story that has changed their lives forever.
This is Inkheart, a timeless tale about books, about imagination, about life.
©2003 Cornelia Funke; (P)2003 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.
"Heart-stopping language that impels the reader....a true feast for anyone who has ever been lost in a book." (Kirkus Reviews)
"Will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters." (School Library Journal)
An enjoyable listen.
No. Lynn Redgrave is wonderful. I had to return the next book in series, ink spell, because the narrator was awful. I will have to read Inkspell and then listen to Inkdeath. Allen Courdener narrates and he was wonderful in The Book Thief!
Enjoyable for all ages.
The detail in this story is so explicit that you feel you are there in the story. Very well done.
I love the English accent
the most exciting part was when the shadow came
I think Lynn Redgrave didn't outstanding job
It took me a little while to get into this, but once there I thoroughly enjoyed it. I particularly enjoyed the concept of characters from a story being read out of the book into our world.
Very ingenious and believable. Although it is a children story it keeps the interest up all the time. Well written and intelligent.
Looking forward to reading the sequels.
This is a great story for all ages but especially those with a strong sense of whimsy and a deep love of books. There is plenty of action, twists, turns, and creativity. Lynn Redgrave is perfect. Truly a wonderful narration by her and one of the best narrations I have ever had the pleasure of listening to.
I can't think of this story without hearing the voices Lynn Redgrave gave to each character. Inkheart is a wonderful tale with a perfectly awful villain (as villains should be), but the reading makes it one of my all time favorites.
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.
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