|# of Units:||16 CDs|
|Length:||18 hours, 50 minutes|
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Good story but the reading by Brendan Fraser is overly dramatic.
Brendan Fraser is a fantastic reader! He got so into the story and characters that I was mesmerized. It bothered me at times when the characters were whispering in the story, so he did too. I had to adjust the volume. The story itself was great but the end ... wasn't. I'm impatiently waiting for Inkdeath. I wish he was the reader for that book.
After Inkheart, I was left with a yearning to see how the rest of the trilogy unfolded. Unfortunately, I came to anticipate playing each CD in this set about as much as one anticipates drinking a glass of metamucil. Ms. Redgrave's animated narration was replaced by a seemingly-disinterested Brendan Frasier. I found it very difficult to follow the story with his narration style, and actually sent the second set of CD's back after finishing the first disc. What a disappointment! I wasted the equivalent of two audiobook shipments on this story. i am going to go ahead and cancel my Inkdeath order now, as well.
The good news is that the story itself is as great as the first, and my kids and I look forward to the next. The bad news is that although Brendan Fraser was wonderful reading Funke's novel Dragon Rider, it's difficult to go from one narrator to another no matter how good the narrator is, so Fraser's performance, though on its own was probably great, was disappointing after we'd gotten used to Lynn Redgrave's character voices. Boo on the choice to change narrators.
I would have to agree with a lot of reviews on Brendan Fraser reading this book. It is very monotone and quite irritating. I love him as an actor but not as a reader. I think I would of loved this book but could not endure listening to it anymore. I guess I will read this one on my own.
I loved this sequel- Better than the first. Too bad it will be a while before the next book is out. Excellent new character/world development.
Where the magic of Inkheart is in reading aloud words that are already written, Inkspell is about the power--and peril--of writing new words. The Inkworld is the creation of its author Finoglio, but as is the case with the best of creations, its characters take on a life of their own, making choices their creator didn't always intend. It was such a joy to step with Dustfinger into the world we only heard about in Inkheart. Yet despite the wonder and magic, this is not a saccharine fairy tale. The villany and darkness is cranked up several notches. Expect to experience suffering and pain, as well as the joys of love. Brendan Fraser's bewitching voice brings the story to life, and brought me to tears more than once. The end of the book is not the end of the story, as true stories never really end. You are left peering into the sequel which is hopefully forthcoming in the very near future.
After hearing Inkheart and Inkspell, you will never look at books in quite the same way. Inkspell is definitely the author's best work so far. As for Fraser, I admit his reading style struck me as startling at first. However, I grew to enjoy his expressive reading more than any other I've heard. If stories could come alive as they do in Inkspell, Fraser would certainly be able to give life to the characters. His reading combined with Funke’s words make for an enchanting, fascinating experience. I highly recommend this selection.
We have just finished listening to Inkheart, the book before this Inkspell, read by Vanessa Redgrave. We were so anxious to get started on Inspell, the sequel, but were so bummed out my the reader, Brenden Frasier. He reads so horribly that we can barely stand it. I sure hope I never have to listen to his voice again for any of my favorite books or characters. Most of the time we don't even notice the voice of the reader. But Breden Frasier is a distraction to the wonderful words. The book is great. not so much for the reader.
I enjoyed this one as much as I enjoyed Inkheart. Ms Funke leaves just enough to the imagination to entice the reader along. I am sure there will be another Inkworld novel and I will be waiting to read it.
Cornelia Funke is the author of the bestselling novels "Dragon Rider," "The Thief Lord," "Inkheart," and "Inkspell, "all available on audio from Listening Library. She lives in Los Angeles, California.