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I first read this story more than a decade ago and was immediately captivated, ultimately reading the entire trilogy. I was thrilled to discover the audiobook - thank you Audible for finally expanding the choices for additional languages.
I had high expectations for the audio version and these were met. The performance was well done.
One addition to the audiobook is music between chapters. In some ways this was a nice, creative addition. I wish, though, that it hadn't been at the expense of all of the great quotes that begin each chapter in print. I also wish the sound engineer had paid closer attention to the volume levels: without exception, the musical interludes were significantly louder than the spoken tracks. In fact, they were so loud that the constant need to adjust the volume became a distraction as well as a nuisance. Instead of the music enhancing the story as it very well could have done, it detracted.
Otherwise, this is a highly recommended story and performance.
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Positives: I read this book as a child in german and fell in love with the story. Now listening to it was great, felt very nostalgic. I loved the story as much as the first time and the narrator did a decent job. I liked the fact that he changed his voice per character and although he did not always manage, tried to keep them the same each time.
Negatives: The narrator sometimes had trouble holding a character but what most frustrated me is that I often listen to audiobooks out loud whilst cleaning etc. I was anxious for every time the music would come as it was so annoying and so loud that I would always have to stop what I was doing to turn it down (trying to avoid annoying everyone around me). I really wish there was an option to purchase this without the music or just to put i off, because it really ruined the experience for me. I bought the second book at the same time and now just got through it with exactly the same feeling. Very frustrating!!
What made the experience of listening to Tintenherz (Tintenwelt 1) the most enjoyable?
Rainer Strecker is a terrific narrator. Very natural. The story flows nicely and with a good pace and variation. Characterisation is brilliant.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The enigmatic Staubfinger is my favourite character. Strecker brings him to life.
Which scene did you most enjoy?
Hard to pick! It's so well written. The very first scene draws you in and builds the mystery.
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
As a father of two daughters I kept making connections with the idea of young girls setting out in life and the adventures before them.
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I got this book to help with learning German. It is way beyond my level (I'm a beginner) but it is still great for that purpose. I have learnt so much just listening and letting it 'flow over me'!
Die Tintenwelt Trilogie gehört wohl zu einen meiner absoluten lieblings Büchern. Leider ist der Sprechen nicht nach meinem Geschmack. Teilweise sich die Wörter so dahingezogen und langsam gesprochen das überhaupt keine Dynamik aufkommt! Zum einschlafen toll aber nicht wenn man das Buch wirklich hören will. Schade