I loved everything about this book. It was intriguing, mysterious, romantic and scary. The author/composer's music was bad and really interfered with the story telling but that is my only complaint!
A reasonably entertaining mystery story although somewhat predictable. The writing style is literary and colorful, but the characters and the situations they get themselves into are pure soap opera/telenovela (the driving element of the plot is basically infatuated (horny?) teenagers and the bad choices they make, plus some father-son relationship angst). It's set in Spain at the time of Franco, but history and politics are only a colorful backdrop, not an integral element. The reader is very good, but I found it a bit pretentious and distracting that he pronounced "Barcelona" as "Barthelona," "Mercedes" as "Merthedes," etc. (Yes, I know it's historically correct, but it is not customary in English and therefore unnecessarily distracting). I found the intrusive background piano music that popped in from time to time (not just at the ends of chapters) really annoying.
Very, very theatrical. Narrator is so over done it is comical, forcing Harlequnesque prose down your throat until you want to vomit. Piano in between chapters only reminds you this is a soap opera ad nauseum. Plays like poor radio theater from sixty years ago.
Will never understand the high marks this production has gotten. Except to say to each thier own.
To be fair I could only bear it for 3 and a half hours before concluding this was not for me.
This is a very long novel, that, in the end didn't seem worth it. Here was a novel that was supposed to be rather historical, yet had large amounts of fantasy in it. (The libarary of forgotten books, for example.) So, the story seemed in a netherland between, fantasy, ficton, historal drama, and honestly didn't succeed in any. Two days after finishing it I bet you won't remember much about it.
no. this is the first time i've ever not finished an audio book. i usually feel compelled to finish them even if i don't really like them. this book however just bored me to death, i couldn't pay attention any longer. oh well.
I love all things British especially books written by British writers.
nothing. there is no story here. i had to force myself to listen for 5 hours and cant force myself to listen anymore.
not of the genre but definitely will not read this author
narration was excellent - no problem
narration was good
If Zafron hadn't tried so hard to be clever, he might have written a decent coming of age story. In his effort to make a make an intricate, atmospheric tale, he fell in love with his own words and gave the reader a dull experience that went mostly nowhere, but took a very long time to get there.
The tinkling New Age piano interludes were lame. And the narrator's meticulous R-rolling and affected Castillian lisp that characterizes Barcelona Spanish made his rendering of the names of people and places -- which were all too frequent anyway -- utterly laughable.
The was one of my least enjoyable listening experience, EVER.
Narrator: This is the second book I have listened to that is narrated by Jonathan Davis. Each time I listened to him read it took me a few chapters to learn to "like" him, for I automatically dislike his narration. HOWEVER, I always end up appreciating him and his voice after a few chapters. So if you automatically dislike him, it just takes some time to get used to his voice (or, at least, it did for me).
Story: This story is quite enjoyable in the beginning and, as time progresses, becomes quite enthralling. I assume that many of you enjoy books and, if you are looking at this book, you probably enjoy a wide variety of books that stand out from the masses (romance novels, mediocre fiction books about housewives, etc...). If so, you need to listen to this book!
After numerous hours and many chapters, I still had not found a storyline that I cared about. Beautiful language and structure . . . just didn't care . . .
It started well, but then degenerated into endless monologues by no character--it did not even seem to be a narrator. They went on and on and were completely uninteresting. I finally gave up.
The endless monologues of "background materials" and fictional history.
OK but gets monotonous, like the story
It started well. The outline of the plot is probably interesting and good. But the execution is terrible.