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Publisher's Summary

Beyond the mirror, the darkest fairy tales come alive....

For years, Jacob Reckless has enjoyed the Mirrorworld’s secrets and treasures.

Not anymore.

His younger brother has followed him.

Now dark magic will turn the boy to beast, break the heart of the girl he loves, and destroy everything Jacob holds most dear... unless he can find a way to stop it.

©2010 Listening Library (P)2010 Cornelia Funke

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  • Sheri C
  • 01-11-2010

Behind the mirror

I always suspected that the real world of fairy tales would be a lot more Grimm than Disney. This story sucked me right in and kept my interest to the end. The little behind-the-storybook scenes, such as what really happened to Sleeping Beauty, added texture to the story rather than distracting from it. Not a sweet story, and everybody doesn't live happily forever after, but I highly recommend it. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Ananda
  • 19-01-2011

Great!

I don't understand how the other people who have reviewed this book found it hard to follow or uninteresting. This is the first Funke book I've listened to and it seems the rest are more geared towards kids but if you have good grasp of Grimm Fairy and Folk tales, you'll follow the story and love it! I can't wait for more, please tell me there will be more!

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  • Lilia
  • 07-07-2015

Good, But Not Great

The narrator wasn't my favorite. He couldn't capture individual voices, unless they had accents or were women (which all sounded similar) and had me confused about what was thought it said due to poor diction. While eloquent, I think Elliot is more suited to poetry reading than audio books. As for the story, Funke did her usual job of creating beautiful imagery, thought was very predictable and lacked complexity in the characters. I'd recommend this as a light listen to do chores with. Not something you need to focus on, but still entertaining.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-12-2018

sucks

I hate it . the reader has no feelings. do not recommend to any one

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  • Carmela
  • 19-10-2017

uninspired.

a typical parallel world story. Jacob's brother William follows him into the mirror and is attacked and turned into a goyle (sp?) a santient being with skin of semiprecious stone, in his case jade. Jacob sets up to cure/save his brother and risk's his life in the process. you know how some series grab you and you can't wait to get to the next installmnet? This one did not. at the end I found myself thinking I te all ly don't care what happens next.
ok story but not worth perusing. The use the same melody in the Introduction as end as is used in the Fires of Heaven from Robert Jordan's Wheel of time series. I'm going but to relisten to that.

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  • Sandy
  • 22-05-2021

Page turner ... so to speak

What a wonderful, magical story. I couldn’t bear to stop listening. I think about this story all the time. It’s delicious.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2020

Engaging

This is a great page Turner. This book takes traditional fairy tales and brings them to the present day. There is enough PG13 content to interest the young adult. The only thing I found difficult was that there was sometimes details missing that made you wonder what exactly was going on. I think part of this has to do with the fact that it's translated from German to English.

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  • Jennifer Crawford
  • 07-12-2019

another fantastic series!

I love the inkheart series and have bought this book quite a while back. sadly it's at in my library for a very long time until I picked it up recently and I was hooked right in, I am excited to find that there are two more books waiting for me. anyone who likes a dark fairytale and adventure is sure to love this series.

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  • Cory
  • 13-04-2019

great story and performance

Elliot brings all the characters to life a wide range of tones and accents.
the story rolls along effortlessly with thrilling mystery, a little love and even a little frustration.

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  • Kimberly D.
  • 30-06-2018

Eh.

This book was WAY to slow and not as good as I thought it would be. I got bored really quickly.

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  • Alison Williams
  • 19-01-2012

Good story for the kids to listen to and Adults

This is a good story, but will definitely be followed on by further books as the story is a bit unfinished.
Suitable for boys and girls.
We listened to it with my 9 year old daughter and 13 year old son who both enjoyed it.
Narrators voice is good - not annoying like some of them can be!

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  • Helen N.
  • 21-03-2017

A fairy story.

I don't know what it was about this book that didn't grab me & hold my interest as I expected. I just never felt as though I cared about any of the characters and I definitely thought the narrator's voice was too bland to portray all the voices well.
I really wanted to love the Mirrorworld as much as Funke's Inkworld but I couldn't there's no Dustfinger or Capricorn here and Jacob isn't dynamic enough to make a great read.
Sorry ... just 3* from me.

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  • Customer Christina
  • 22-12-2015

enjoyed by whole family on long trip 12 and 11 yr

enjoyed by whole family. kids 12 and 11. boy and girl. made a long car journey pass quickly.

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