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Inkheart | [Cornelia Funke]

Inkheart

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world. Then imagine if those characters brought their world into ours.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: Inkheart is a magical book about the power of stories, so it's especially appropriate to hear it read by a magical storyteller: Lynn Redgrave. She has a way of wrapping her voice around words that is just riveting. Almost too riveting - if you listen while driving, be sure not to lose yourself in the performance and forget about the road. —Steve Feldberg

Publisher's Summary

Imagine it were possible to bring the characters from a book to life. Not like when you listen to an audiobook with such enchantment that the characters seem to jump off the pages and into your bedroom...but for real. Imagine they could actually climb out of the pages and into our world.

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.

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Jamie Galloway, NJ, USA 08-25-04
    Jamie Galloway, NJ, USA 08-25-04
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    "Wonderful Roadtrip Book"

    I listened to Inkheart with my children ages 6 and 9 on a cross-country trip this summer and we all loved it, a journey within a journey. The characters are wonderful and the story is well written. There are definitely some intense moments which are on the dark side for the younger audience, as well as some slower paced sections that might not entertain the shorter attention spans. The plot is intriguing and terrific for all book lovers, adults and kids alike- although having said this, kids with experience in complex and lengthy stories will like it the best (ones who can listen to or read Harry Potter for example.) Overall an enjoyable listen, Lynn Redgrave's voice is made for reading aloud, and highly recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Creuse, France 11-15-04
    Wanda Creuse, France 11-15-04 Member Since 2008
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    "Ok, but..."

    I quite enjoyed the book especially for the first couple of hours. Unfortunately I kept on waiting for something else to happen. The idea certainly had potential but I found it wasn't developed enough. The characters were believable, I only wish the plot lived up to their characterisations.
    Basically my review is 'good, but...'

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    LCNanny 03-08-15
    LCNanny 03-08-15
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    "Enjoyed the audio book as much as the movie"
    Where does Inkheart rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book, for me, is a classic that is easy to read/listen to, over and over. It ranks up in the top 10% because it's a beautiful written (and perfectly narrated) children's book that can also hold the interest of adults as well.


    What other book might you compare Inkheart to and why?

    The Golden Compass because it too is a story about children overcoming great odds and moral issues. Good overcomes "evil". And the cast of characters is well developed, interesting, and includes villains to superstars.


    What about Lynn Redgrave’s performance did you like?

    Loved it!


    Any additional comments?

    I love the movie Inkheart and always wondered how the book compared. It is a very close translation and lovely to listen too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Gash 12-30-13
    Gash 12-30-13

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    "An homage to books, a dangerous story, enchantment"

    For those of us raised on a steady diet of fairytales and adventure stories, this book is a nostalgic delight. Cornelia Funke's reverence for books shines throughout the story, which unfolds in the tradition of all good Germanic folk tales with stalwart children facing genuine evil and many characters that walk the line - neither good nor evil, only flawed and yet compelling. Lynn Redgrave's excellent reading talents enliven the characters and heighten the suspense, and I found myself reluctant to set the book aside until it was finished. I look forward to seeing where the next book in the trilogy takes us. If you love literature and the texture, smell, sight and weight of books themselves, you'll most likely love this story.

    If you are an adult reader (as I am) and want a more sophisticated fantasy jaunt through a reverence for (and irreverence about) literature, I suggest you also investigate the Thursday Next series by Jasper Fforde. It is great fun!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Arkansas 09-08-09
    Amazon Customer Arkansas 09-08-09 Member Since 2004
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    "Engaging"

    Engaging story that I would recommend to anyone who needs a break from The History of Rome part one to many. The story progresses in well written prose without the suspension of disbelief being overly taxed. The good characters are quite sympathetic while the bad ones are quite despicable.

    Linn Redgrave's narration is exceptional. Her voices are easily identifiable with each character and consistent throughout. I thought her good enough to look for other titles with her which are surprisingly few.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen M. Arlington, VA 08-16-09
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    "Painfully detailed"

    This book just developed too slowly for me. There was too many details that drew the story out, distracted from the plot and honestly bored me. I am a "cut to the chase" girl so describing a flower beyond its name is just unnecessary. But if you like the author to make you taste, smell, and feel every detail, give this one a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 02-01-09
    Judy Kalsipell, MT, United States 02-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Inkheart(Unabridged)"

    What a wonderful tale that brings to life all the characters. If you enjoyed the Harry Potter series, this is another very enjoyable book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    R. O'Hare 01-08-09
    R. O'Hare 01-08-09 Member Since 2015

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    "A fun listen"

    My husband, 17 year old daughter and I all enjoyed this on a very long drive during the holidays.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 01-03-09
    Barbara kansas city, MO, United States 01-03-09 Member Since 2008
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    "narration is very engaging"

    my son loves to listen to audiobooks while he's reading the book alongside. lynn redgrave's narration is diverse and consistent.
    the book is very easily slipped into and you are lured into the sequels. funke has poetry that is missing from the original german
    versions into english, too bad as it lends more to the feel of the story. is it just me me or is the word 'incredulous' overused?
    no matter, this book is well read and will be well loved.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Reiko KanagawaJapan 12-27-08
    Reiko KanagawaJapan 12-27-08
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    "WOW!!"

    I think this is a fantastic story!! It is really thrilling and very detailed, you might think you`re at that place facing every chapter with the character.
    Listening to this story at night might give you goosebumps!!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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