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Although a year has passed, not a day goes by without Meggie thinking of Inkheart, the book whose characters came to life and changed her life forever.

But for Dustfinger, the fire-eater brought into being from words, the need to return to the tale has become desperate. When he finds a crooked storyteller with the ability to read him back, Dustfinger leaves behind his young apprentice Farid and plunges into the medieval inkscape once more.

Distraught, Farid goes in search of Meggie, and before long, both are caught inside the book, too. There they meet Inkheart's author, Fenoglio, now living within his own story. But the tale is much changed, and threatening to evolve in ways none of them would ever have imagined. Will Meggie, Farid, and Fenoglio manage to write the wrongs of a charmed world? Or is their story on the brink of a very bad ending?

©2005 Cornelia Funke; (P)2005 Random House, Inc., Listening Library, a division of Random House, Inc.

Critic Reviews

  • 2006 Book Sense Book of the Year, Children's Literature

"Readers who enjoyed Funke's Inkheart are in for a treat with this sequel." (Booklist)

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  • Tina
  • Nibley, UT, United States
  • 04-12-09

Mixed thoughts, enjoyable story

I had some mixed feelings about the narration. At first it really bothered me. As I listened more, I really was dragged into the story. Since the primary part of the audio is the storyline I tried to focus on what the characters were actually doing. As the story progressed I came to really enjoy the narration. I think the problem with this narration is it follows Lynn Redgrave. It is really hard to change from a woman to a man narrator when the characters stay the same.

I am looking forward to InkDeath. It should help us wrap up a great story/series.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Kurt
  • Lexington, MA, USA
  • 08-14-07

The Nay-sayer

Sorry to be the bad guy. My son and I listened to InkHeart narrated by Lynn Redgrave, a great reader. He loved it so much that he kept asking me to get Inkspell. We only listened to the first few chapters. Brendon Frazer's monotonic reading killed the book. Ironic as the books are about a family of readers who are so wonderful that they actually bring things in the books to life. Avoid this reading of the book. (or maybe if you listen to this one first, it might be passable).

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • Raleigh, NC, United States
  • 11-14-10

Can't get past the narration. :(

After finishing Inkheart (this book's prequel), I could hardly wait to hear more of Lynn Redgrave's magical narration of this wonderful story. I downloaded Inkspell in a hurry to listen, without realizing the narrator is not the same. While disappointed by this, the story is so good I thought it'd still be a worthwhile listen. Sadly, I was mistaken. This narrator is awful to the point of distraction. Fenoglio now sounds like Tony Danza. Seriously. Elinor's voice is shrill and hard on the ears. Mo's voice (which is supposed to be enchanting!) sounds thick and dumb. And there are some minor children characters whose words are just inaudible, due to the squeaky-fake-shrill voice the narrator gives them. I replayed these parts a few times, then gave up, figuring that since they're minor characters, what they say probably wasn't that important anyway. :\ Add in all the cheesy sound effects this narrator comes up with (apparently he envisions his audience of listeners to entirely consist of 4-year-olds), and it's just a total mess. I've stuck it out til halfway through the book, but simply can't take it anymore. It's a great story, but I'd rather just get a paper copy from the library. Such a shame, too, since Lynn Redgrave's reading of the 1st book was so utterly gorgeous. I can't believe I used not 1, but 2 credits on this waste of audio.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tim
  • Br|hlGermany
  • 06-06-09

Brilliant book, worst narrator ever

I really can't say anything much about the substance of this book because I was forced to stop listening after about half an hour. Brendan Fraser's awful narration makes it physically impossible to listen to it. He's a wonderful actor, but the worst audio book narrator of all time. I absolutely loved Inkheart with Lynn Redgrave's wonderful narration and was greatly looking forward to this. Sadly, it was not to be.

Please please please re-produce this with Lynn Redgrave!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good book, bad narration

Count me among those who hated the narration. I appreciate the difficulties of doing accents and some of those that he did were good. However, some were absurd. Fenoglio is Italian, not Ital-Americano. Why on earth did Fraser make him sound like a New York cabbie? And why did Orpheus have an unattractive kind of southern drawl? The Black Prince's accent was all over the place. And I agree with the other reviewer who thought that the "gratuitous...pauses...for...emphasis" were highly annoying. I loved the first narration by Redgrave and look forward to the next one.

I love the series and enjoy listening to audio books, particularly while doing housework (ugh) or while driving - it keeps my mind off the horrible Roman traffic!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Erica
  • Orlando, FL, United States
  • 03-12-09


As many listeners(readers) I was thrilled with the first adaptation. At first listen I was thrown off and my equillibrium took quite some time to recover. Brendan Frasier took some getting used to, but it seemed he caught his stride by the end of the story. I would be careful next time to take a listen before, I buy, but overall, if listening purely for story sake, it was good and I will purchase the next. Just not sure if it will be something I can actually turn the page of or something I can listen too.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Pauline
  • Lincolnwood, IL, USA
  • 08-28-07


The story was imaginative but it was clearly geared to young adults. It did not hold my interest. The characters were simplistic - good or bad with the one exception. If anyone like the Harry Potter books, this would be another choice for them to read. Otherwise, don't bother.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Alison
  • duxbury, MA, USA
  • 04-12-07

Great for young and old

This book is like none other I've ever read (or listened to)and I love it. The premise of the story is so different and captivating. Brendan Fraser is the perfect narrator for the audio book. His voice is deep, smooth and mellow...perfect for being able to put you in the story.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Elliot
  • Gulf Coast of Texas
  • 11-02-06

Great Traveling Listen

Just finished a 10-day driving vacation with family and this was an excellent listen for the entire group (ages 10-16 and adults). Having read/listened to the first book is helpful, but wasn't necessary as we had some who hadn't heard it yet. The story is self-contained enough to enthrall. Don't be dissuaded by the fact that it's classified as a children's book - it's a well-written and captivating tale.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • Easton, PA, USA
  • 09-16-06

Brendan Fraser Detracts

The book was fun, exciting, and well-paced, as all of Cornelia Funke's works are. (BTW anyone know why she writes under a different name in Germany???) Anyway I liked Brendan Frasers reading of Dragon Rider, but found him really annoying in this book. He used horrible voices for Elenor and most little children. For me, his overacted narration bumped the book from 4 1/2 to 3 stars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful