The story was unique, interesting and had many well developed characters. At times it was a bit slow, but I must say it may just be that I paused so many times because of the piano music along with the dialog. The music was completely inappropriate in that it did nothing to set the mood, was so loud and going on at the same time as the narration (there was no fade, etc.) that I had A LOT of trouble understanding the dialog. It didn't help to increase the volume, because the music volume increased as well. I may just read the book to enjoy it more. Otherwise, I think it should be re-recorded or re-released with out the music.
this book was so incredibly well written. It had twists and turns, there was clarity with the characters, with all loose ends tied up. It is really a must for mystery readers every where
This is a book that will take some time to capture you. But, like all great novels, at one point it will, and when it does it will not let you go.
The book is much too long and complex to describe to you, but it is one book which I will never forget. Do yourself a favor and download the audio and...if at all possible...download the highest quality sound. This is important for full enjoyment.
I should say that there are some musical interludes, which adds some nice touches to the audio. It would be nice if other audio book producers would be a little less clueless and understand the importance of music to an audio book, as it is with TV and movies. I was pleasantly surprised to find that, as the credits "rolled" at the end, the composer of the music was the author himself.
I highly endorse this audio and encourage you to download it and let it take you over.
Cleverly written thriller/love story that was great fun to listen to.
Lots of atmosphere, rich characters, & mysterious events, laced with supernatural undertones.
Engaging & entertaining!
This is my first time to read one of Zafon's books, but I will look for more. Even though the book was long I listened to it in only a matter of a couple of days, I couldn't stop. The author pulled you in and did not let go until the very end! I was able to imagine all of his colorful characters as if they were right there with me. The story had villans, mystery, romance, and all of the rest of the ingredients for a great read.
I'm giving this four stars, but would probably like to give three and a half, if that were possible. If I had read this book I think I would have enjoyed it that little bit more than in audio format. It's a kind of gothic / semi-romantic / mystery / bit of historical background all thrown together into an interesting narrative.
As audio books go however, I tend to like the story to move just at a slightly faster clip than this one did. I was also a little irked by the music that was sometimes played over the narration. It was naff music and it seemed to sentimentalize the narrative (which maybe had it's moments where it tended a little to the slushy anyway) and I just found that kind of irritating.
Overall I got an evocative portrait of post-war Barcelona and there were moments where I found it hard to switch off.
A long, and multi-dimensional story - but the author did a wonderful job relaying the base of the story from different perspectives and character memories. I thought the readers were very good and was interested until the end. Great finale.
Finally.... This was such a struggle to get through (the narrator was FINE) and it seemed never ending. The melodramatic music was a bit too much for me at times. If I had been reading this, I would have skimmed through just to get to the end. The best part was the historical manuscript left to Daniel, but getting to that wonderful story was just agony.