Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive....
For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.
His younger brother has followed him.
Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear... unless he can find a way to stop it.
©2010 Listening Library (P)2010 Cornelia Funke
I always suspected that the real world of fairy tales would be a lot more Grimm than Disney. This story sucked me right in and kept my interest to the end. The little behind-the-storybook scenes, such as what really happened to Sleeping Beauty, added texture to the story rather than distracting from it. Not a sweet story, and everybody doesn't live happily forever after, but I highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.
I don't understand how the other people who have reviewed this book found it hard to follow or uninteresting. This is the first Funke book I've listened to and it seems the rest are more geared towards kids but if you have good grasp of Grimm Fairy and Folk tales, you'll follow the story and love it! I can't wait for more, please tell me there will be more!
The narrator wasn't my favorite. He couldn't capture individual voices, unless they had accents or were women (which all sounded similar) and had me confused about what was thought it said due to poor diction. While eloquent, I think Elliot is more suited to poetry reading than audio books. As for the story, Funke did her usual job of creating beautiful imagery, thought was very predictable and lacked complexity in the characters. I'd recommend this as a light listen to do chores with. Not something you need to focus on, but still entertaining.
The story is so easy to get lost in, I listened to the book while driving and didn't even mind the traffic I was stuck in, because it meant I had more time to listen!
I adored Fox, she was clever, sly and loyal. Not to mention, she had spunk!
I enjoyed the voice of the Valiant. It was great, sneaky and hard to trust, which really fit the story and the character.
The wedding. George R.R. Martin has started a movement.
I loved the Inkheart series, and Funke has amazed me once more, I'm in love! Even as I write this review, I'm listening to the second book! It is wonderful in so many ways!
I live in a big house by the Baltic sea in Gävle, Sweden. I am married and have three teenagers and one dog. I read books, buy books and blog about books. If I don´t read I knit, sew or quilt.
Nope, not for me! I liked the idea very much. I love the old fairytales and read them over and over again when I was a child (still do sometimes) and often imagined myself to be a part in them. And I absolutely LOVED John Connolly's The Book of Lost Things (read this instedad). So I did have quite high expectations.
I never got involved in the story. The characters never came to life. I didn't really care what would happen to them. Somehow the story lacked the fantasticness and the fairytaleness. There are dwarfs, shape shifters, love, hate, loss, magic, and a lot of references to the Grimm brother's stories but to me it was just boring, uninteresting and kind of stiff.
Mind you, it had nothing to do with the performance.
This book was a beautiful, dark adventure that transports the reader to places only found between the loving pages of books one of my new favorites and now a family treasure
I was so excited when I saw there was a new book because I really love all of her other books. Reckless was very hard to follow or be interested in for the first 30 chapters. I had to start over 4 times and then just decided to struggle through. It got more interesting in the second half but I felt that there was a book or 2 before this one that I had missed. The reader did a good job with what he had to work with. I wasted a credit and I won't be getting the next book in this series.
"A fairy story."
I don't know what it was about this book that didn't grab me & hold my interest as I expected. I just never felt as though I cared about any of the characters and I definitely thought the narrator's voice was too bland to portray all the voices well.
I really wanted to love the Mirrorworld as much as Funke's Inkworld but I couldn't there's no Dustfinger or Capricorn here and Jacob isn't dynamic enough to make a great read.
Sorry ... just 3* from me.
"enjoyed by whole family on long trip 12 and 11 yr"
enjoyed by whole family. kids 12 and 11. boy and girl. made a long car journey pass quickly.
"Good story for the kids to listen to and Adults"
This is a good story, but will definitely be followed on by further books as the story is a bit unfinished.
Suitable for boys and girls.
We listened to it with my 9 year old daughter and 13 year old son who both enjoyed it.
Narrators voice is good - not annoying like some of them can be!
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