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)
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.
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.
The writing is very good, the characters are fine but nothing happens for most of the book. It starts of very intresting, but I am about 2hrs from the end and I will finish it because I used a credit on it. The movie wasnt great but it was better than the book.
I liked this book pretty well. I'm a fan of the fairy tale/fantasy genre, and I felt like this story didn't always cover new ground, it was a little flat, so I only gave it 4 stars, but I enjoyed it. It had a great beginning - I was interested right away, which is rare, so I loved that. It lost direction at times with arbitrary action sequences, and a plot that dragged on, but overall I liked it quite a bit. In the title of this post I put that it would be great for teenagers, thinking that it might seem fresher for younger readers.
I found Inkheart a pleasure to the ears, an original concept and a story that will strike a chord with book lovers. My 7 year old daughter found the dark characters a bit too dark and I did find myself at times getting frustrated at how little was being done to sort the bad guys out.
I'm a huge fan of all things magical and I found this book very interesting. They switch narrators in each book so it is hard to get back into the story after starting each book. I preferred Brendan Fraser's reading of Inkspell over the other narrations. He really gets into the story and the emotions behind the words. The final book in the trilogy feels a bit rushed and the focus of the story seems to stray away from the heroine and goes on to just be an internal battle of choosing a suitor rather than real problem solving. It's a bit demeaning. Overall though the entire trilogy is quite good and a few of the characters are very memorable, some steal your heart while others have you wanting to strangle them to death. I would recommend this first book to anyone looking for a little escape. And don't mind the slow opening, trust me the story picks up.
Wonderful story! The kids loved this audiobook. The narrator did an excellent job. It is a long book but full of suspense that holds your interest.
I'm a mom. I have drama in my life. I don't want books with the F-bomb, nor graphic violence. I read for fun and to bring my family together. I read for reducing stress levels. We have never had a television in our home and our children are now mid twenties to 19. We listen together and look for belly-wrenching laughter. So what is it like to live without a TV? Awesomely educational and inspirational. Each new book is a marvel.
In audiobooks the narration can make or break a good story. This was an excellent presentation and it made my enjoyment of this story that much better.
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