Reviews for Inkheart
AudioFile Reviews 2004 April/May
Cornelia Funke's second stunning novel joins a body of literature that challenges the conventions of realistic fiction. Consider the premise that characters can jump from stories into real life and vice versa. Add to this fluidity the notion that the author can create an alternative ending to be read into the story. Inkheart is an intriguing, fast-paced, and provocative fantasy. Marvel as 12-year-old Meggie and her bookbinder father grapple with wily villains, unsettling accomplices, and "drop-in" characters, as they seek to achieve stability in their world and family. Lynn Redgrave is a superb narrator. Her vocal repertoire richly supports Funke's myriad characters. As personalities unfold over time, so Redgrave's passion brings depth to each. Both the story and the narration underscore the idea that power comes not from fear and might but from communication and love. A.R. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award, 2004 ALA Notable Recording and YALSA Selection, 2004 Audie Award Finalist (c) AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine
Horn Book Magazine Reviews 2004 #3
Meggie discovers that her father, Mo, has the power to turn words on a page into living flesh, a conceit that deepens the impact of this novel in audio format. Redgrave's supple voice, as magical as Mo's, gives life to this cast of characters: Dustfinger, his voice as raspy as his stubbly chin; Flatnose, whose syllables slide out like letters through a mail slot; and Capricorn, whose very lack of emotion makes him unimaginably menacing. Set against this dark counterpoint, Meggie's voice is all too human: transiting from frantic concern for her father to flashing anger at her captors, from tender wistfulness to brash courage. At fifteen and a half hours, this recording invites listeners to sink deeply into a rich, complicated world. Copyright 2004 Horn Book Magazine Reviews
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2003 December #3
Tackling Funke's (The Thief Lord) meaty, intricately plotted tale of magic and books, Redgrave colors her reading with appropriately varying degrees of suspense, revelation and drama. Twelve-year-old Meggie, a self-proclaimed bookworm, finds it odd that her bookbinder father, Mo, has never read aloud to her. But when a mysterious man named Dustfinger appears in the rainy shadows of the garden one night, Meggie begins to unravel the secret her father has kept all her life: when Mo reads aloud from books, the characters come to life and appear before him. This magical power proves dangerous, as characters from a certain book-Inkheart-are on the loose and after Mo. Many twists and turns that will particularly intrigue those who love books unfold before Meggie ultimately learns that she and her father have something in common when it comes to magic. Redgrave's voice takes on growling, sometimes whispery qualities as she portrays villains; a brighter inquisitive tone prevails as Meggie makes observations and interacts with the other characters. The end result is a satisfying listen, perfect for long winter evenings by the fire. Ages 11-up. (Oct.) Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
School Library Journal Reviews 2004 April
Gr 4-8-An inventive plot and memorable characters will draw listeners into Cornelia Funke's fantasy (Scholastic, 2003). Twelve-year-old Meggie and Mo, her book binder father, are fleeing their old enemy, Capricorn, when they arrive at Great Aunt Eleanor's book-lined villa in Italy. Though the three of them are brave and wily by turns, their cruelly-powerful nemesis manages to find them and their copy of the book, Inkheart. That's when Meggie learns about her father's extraordinary ability to read book characters into life, and the events that caused her mother's disappearance when Capricorn emerged from the title book. Meggie, Mo, Eleanor, and a host of friends and enemies go through plot twists that involve captures, escapes and, finally, an end to Capricorn's reign of terror. At the heart of it all, is the power of story and family love. Actress Lynn Redgrave shows her considerable powers as a narrator with well-chosen voices that fit each character and mood. Anthea Bell gets kudos for a translation from the German that is both lyrical and exciting. The sound quality and packaging are well done with information on which chapters can be found on each cassette. Inkheart is a nuanced and intriguing recording that will appeal to adults and teens as well as upper elementary and middle school students. It will be a popular choice in school libraries that serve students from grade four up, and public libraries as well.-Barbara Wysocki, Cora J. Belden Library, Rocky Hill, CT Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.