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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.
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Critic Reviews

"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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5 out of 5 stars
By Cynthia Lee Reneau on 04-27-04


Excellent book that kept me on the edge of my seat from the beginning! Funke takes you into a fantasy world like no other.. not into a world unknown but one brought to present day. When Meggie's father Mo reads out loud, he brings characters into the present giving you an exciting view from the characters in a book. This one you won't regret listening to!! BREATHTAKING!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By A on 11-24-04

For ALL ages

Don't be fooled -- this might be a "kids book", but it is a great read for all ages. I was a little hesitant to give this one a try, but it took only a few minutes into the book to know I made the right choice. The reader was truly excellent, bringing a wide range of characters to life (and more importantly, keeping them all separated, no mean task with a big cast!) and the story kept me enraptured from start to end. It has a little bit of everything -- fantasy, a touch of terror, and touch of romance, a great deal of mystery, good guys, bad guys, downright evil villains, anti-heroes, heroes, and a happy ending (but not so happy as to be saccharine). Well worth the credit, thanks to other reviewers who convinced me to give this book a go.

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14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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