Audiobook CD - 2005 | Library ed
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When Dustfinger finds a crooked storyteller who can read him back to Inkscape, he leaves his apprentice Farid behind. Farid seeks out Meggie and the two follow him back into the enchanted book.
Publisher: New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2005
Edition: Library ed
ISBN: 9780307282927
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (ca. 71 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Bell, Anthea
Fraser, Brendan 1968-


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Aug 04, 2019

Often Young Adult, though fun to read and even enchanting, lacks an edge to keep me interested, especially longer books. That might have been true for the first book in this trilogy, but this second novel in the set has plenty of edgy, grim darkness. Dustfinger, one of the most interesting characters from the first book, is much more developed, as are many of the characters. Also, the experience of characters from a book coming into our world, and people from this world entering the world of the book, is explored further. This includes the author of the book that he is entering. This switching between worlds causes many problematic situations. For instance, what is fate? Can the author change the book? Is everyone in the book stuck in irremediable circumstances? The author of the book that he is living in, Fenoglio, is especially frustrated, in fact sunk in a kind of existential despair. "Why doesn't anything go right in this damned book?" The good peaceful father from the first novel finds himself, despite his wishes, becoming enamored of the colorful thief Fenoglio has made him. The father has three different names for his different selves. The ending of this novel does not resolve much if anything. It seems more like the first volume of a 2-volume novel, all I guess to cause a published trilogy.
I listened to the audio book as I had for the first book in the trilogy. This was read by Brendan Frazier, who was not as effective as Ms. Redgrave for the first book. Much of Brendan Frazier's audio experience has come from animation, often children's. Many readers when called to shout, raise their voice in some way to make them seem like they are shouting without causing listeners to grab the volume and turn it down. Childrens' animation has a lot of actual shouting, and this reading did too, even when the shouting was described as in the distance. Combining this with characters actually mumbling instead of sounding like they were mumbling made some aggravating listening moments. At the same time certain characters had a surprising voice that worked well - for instance Fenoglio had a kind of east coast guy-whose-seen-the-world kind of accent.
Just the same, I will be reading the last book in the trilogy on my own.

roropan Feb 05, 2015

Brendan Fraser blew me away- his incredible voices brought the story to life. Awesome narrating Encino man!

meghank Mar 06, 2011

Really enjoyed this book, definitely more action and things going on than the first however Brendan Fraser is the worse narrator for a story that I have heard in a while. He has no ability when it comes to accents. I would read the book if you really want to enjoy it.

alleycat Mar 07, 2009

Finally, this story is on the upswing! I thought it flowed much better than the last and ended well, two important features in a novel ... though I'm not sure about Brendan Fraser's reading (maybe his heart just wasn't in this one ... I liked him much better in Dragon Rider and, on the whole, I prefer Lynn Redgrave's interpretation of the character of Dustfinger in the prequel, Inkheart). The budding romance between Meggie and Farid is a bit much, too (maybe it's just me, but she *just* turned 13 for goodness sake!)

Oct 16, 2007

Wonderful story, amazing audio reading, Brenden Fraser does a great job - I felt like I had watched a movie! This book was better than the first (Inkheart), fast paced and very imaginitive. Ties a lot of detials from the frist into it. I would reccomend for ages 12 and up (I'm 30 and I quite enjoyed it) - can't wait for the thrid one, "Inkdeath".


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