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Inkheart

Written by: Cornelia Funke
Narrated by: Lynn Redgrave
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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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Good story!

A very good story that I found quite intriguing. Not a big fan of the readers voice at times, some of her characters sounded the same.

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Interesting Idea

Interesting idea but the concept of reading characters out could have explored more. It an OK young adult story.

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Wonderful story

I love getting swept away in a wonderful story. It's easy to close your eyes and join my favorite characters. Thank you, Lynn, for the beautiful narration.

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amazing narration

loved it the narration was amazing, all the different character voices bring the story truly to life

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Lynn Redgrave’s performance is phenomenal!

Never have I sat at the edge of my seat. The story was amazing but Redgrave’s performance sent it over the top. I frequently got chills.

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Brilliant

If you crave something different and imaginative then here it is.
Original and enjoyable, I've read it before but it's always lovely having a good performance.

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For lovers of books

A fantastic tale for those who love books. Just as good as an audio book. Be careful to not play it too loud. You might find a character or two coming out of the story.

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Meh

This first book out of the three was pretty boring and a struggle to get through. The second book is much more interesting. Hopefully the third doesn't disappoint.

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A Great Bedtime Story

This narrator was just perfect for reading the story. I did find myself listening at 1.25 and 1.5 speed because it was a little slow, but I still found the story engrossing.

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