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Inkheart: Funke, Fraser, Redgrave & audiobooks

I find it very fitting that Brendan Fraser stars in the soon-to-be-released film of Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart (more here). He did the wonderful audiobook of Inkspell, the sequel to Inkheart:

Fraser’s audiobook narration of Funke’s Dragon Rider is also a personal favorite of mine:

Fascinating to learn that Funke wrote Inkheart’s character Mortimer Folchart with Fraser in mind – find out more here. Here’s a photo of the two together.
Too bad Lynn Redgrave isn’t in the Inkheart movie – she did the outstanding Inkheart audiobook!

Do you love these audiobook widgets from Random House/Listening Library? Just click the “+” to copy the code and add to your library website to catch the Jan. 23 movie release excitment! Need more Inkheart library swag? Check out this LibraryPalooza collection of loot!

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Mary Burkey is an independent library consultant in Columbus (OH). An enthusiastic audiophile, she has served on all four of ALA's audiobook award committees as well as the Audies. In addition to writing the "Voices in My Head" column for Booklist, she is the author of Audiobooks for Youth: A Practical Guide to Sound Literature (ALA, 2013). Follow her on Twitter at @mburkey.

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  1. warnellj@sd5.k12.mt.us' Jana says:

    I started listening to Inkspell over Christmas and love it. I wanted to get Inkheart to recap before the movie came out but it wasn’t available. Brendan Fraser does a great job. I always have a bit of a hard time reading Cornelia Funke’s books, but listening to them is a pleasure!

  2. Sbeauregard@ala.org' Sue-Ellen says:

    Here’s a copy of the Booklist audio review of Inkheart, narrated by Redgrave:
    Inkheart.
    Cornelia Funke (author)
    2003. 15.5hr. Listening Library, CS, $55 (0-8072-1952-7); CD, $85 (0-8072-2010-8). Grades 6-12.
    REVIEW. First published March 15, 2004 (Booklist).

    This compelling fantasy about the adventures of 12-year-old bibliophile Meggie is most enchanting, thanks to talented reader Redgrave. Flexing her voice to play a variety of characters, she hooks listeners into the story of Meggie, who learns the bizarre truth about her father, a bookbinder. One gloomy night a mysterious stranger named Dustfinger, played with raspy creepiness by Redgrave, brings bad news about his scheming friend Capricorn. An epic journey follows. Redgrave triumphs in her portrayal of crusty Elinor, a brusque book collector, and in her scathing rendition of Capricorn, who spits out hilarious nasty monologues. Through her wide-ranging tones and energetic, sly reading, Redgrave keeps the action hopping and effectively conveys Funke’s obvious love of books. Atmospheric music begins and ends the production. This title is an ALA Notable Children’s Recording, 2004, selection as well as a Selected Audiobooks for Young Adults, 2004, choice. — Brian Wilson

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