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)
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.
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.
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