- Age Range: 12 and up
- Grade Level: 7 - 6
- Audio CD: 7 pages
- Publisher: Listening Library (Audio); Unabridged edition (September 13, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 030728171X
- ISBN-13: 978-0307281715
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.2 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 356 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,259,836 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Thief Lord Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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About the Author
Cornelia Funke is the author of the bestselling novels Dragon Rider, The Thief Lord, Inkheart, and Inkspell, all available on audio from Listening Library. She lives in Los Angeles, California.
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I love the setting of the story, Venice, a city that is as magic as it is real. As a place in the story it is the real Venice, the bridges, plazas, streets, and ,for the most part alleys, do exist. So do the monuments, although not all of the palaces are real. The Venice in the story is the Venice known to the tourists, but more importantly, the Venetians' Venice during and in the off-tourist season. I have been to Venice about fifteen times and I like it best when most tourists have left and you can experience it not being a 15th century Disneyland. I find it even more magical in the rain.
In the final chapters the story slowly introduces the fantastic. I originally found that disturbing, because it felt as if the Cornelia Funke could not find another, more realistic conclusion. Reading the book a second time, it did not bother me, because in relation to Funke's other books, it seems like a first attempt to mingle reality with the mythological and the fantastic, most likely influenced by the books of Michael Ende.
Funke writes well, and in this book she outdid herself--the story of Venice: its architecture, its magic corners and old houses and mysterious past, all come to life through the eyes of the children in the book. Even if one never went to Venice, they may feel like they know it a little after reading the book... The story flows wonderfully, with just the right touch of suspense and twists and turns (pun intended...). Lovely.
I highly recommend it for children ages 9 and up.
This story could not be set anywhere else. The canals and the less-than-logical layout inherent in an old city are vital to the tale. The genuinely magical twist The Thief Lord takes towards the end of the book fits in beautifully with the character of Venice. Funke has peppered the children's dialogue with Italian words, the meaning of which is easily inferred from the context. However, for anyone who might be confused, there is a glossary at the end of the book.
The characters are likable, their worries easily understood. Aunt Esther is simultaneously horrible and understandable; she is horrid in her total misunderstanding of what children are like and care about, but understandable in that many adults do not know how to interact with young people. Esther is not a caricature of the evil adult because she is not evil, merely mistaken and foolish. The reader will both detest and pity the woman. While many of the events in the story require the children to be self-reliant, they do find trustworthy and kind adults in the end, giving the reassurance to children that there ARE caring and sympathetic grown-ups in the world.
The main characters, a group of endearing (but not always angelic) children, are absolutely charming!! Then there are a few adults woven in - some nurturing and some villainous. The adventurous story moves along at a nice pace and keeps you totally engaged. And a little bit of charming fantasy at the end. I was totally enthralled - what a lovely story!
This story was such a fun, action-filled, fast-paced adventure! I loved all the details and descriptions of Venice. The characters were full of wit and quite funny. The story itself is well-written has the perfect combination of magic, imagination, and reality.
For those of us who love adventure, twisty plots and witty characters - this is really a treat.