Average Rating: 
Average: 4 (1 vote)
Place Published: 
New York
Random House/Listening Library
14 sound discs (ca. 13 hrs., 35 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Compact disc.
Cornelia Funke ; [translated from the German by Anthea Bell]
Reviews for Inkheart

Patron reviews

Not sure why this series is in the “children’s” section, unless it has arrived here because it is fantasy. It is easily as violent as Dune, found in the adult section. It lacks only the mention of harems.
Parents: Lots of torture, cruelty, one character is held down and his face is cut because his “woman” will not give herself to the thug. People are killed, poisoned, burned to death; there is talk through the series of skinning alive, breaking limbs, the joy of torturing (some of it by a child) and beatings aside from hangings and pillory.
Lots of great and petty meanness on the part of adults, characters are often quaking in fear, longing and jealousy, abandonment, greed...
For adults, it is a great and thoroughly imaginative story. It has its literary flaws, but its brilliance overrides those. There are three different readers for the three books in the series. The last, Inkdeath, is my favorite reader but the others are enthusiastic and effective and very clear, easy to understand even in the car. I could not figure out why some characters in Inkspell have southern American or New Jersey accents when it seems they are European, but it caused only minor puzzlement. It was one of those books I could not put down, the audio books have the same quality. It’s a great tale.