a classic mystery and love story with many wonderful characters. the narrators pronunciation of the streets and sights of Spain brought an added richness to the story.
I am an artist, a writer, a healer, a hiker, a magic bean buyer and a once lost but now found soul shining among all these beautiful stars.
First, I love the story, and the overall idea- a mystery within a mystery; a book within a book. Very intriguing! I also want to give props to the narrorator as he did a wonderful job in capturing the characters.
That said, the further on in the book the more sappy it gets. Allowing for the romance of the Spanish culture which is lovely, but I honestly couldn't tell you if it were the story line or the way it was portrayed that made it over the top.
Then there is the piano. At first I thought it played in significant parts of the story for dramatic flare, but it seems to just pop up in random places, often times distracting from the poignancy in the storyline and even sometimes almost drowning out the narrorator.
It was pretty slow to start. I actually listened to couple of hours, went and finished three other books, and came back and finished it. And boy I'm glad I came back and finished it. It was such a beautiful story of love and loss. Narration was great and half way through the story I started enjoying taking the journey with the characters. Hang in there, you've found a gem.
Bibliovore! I prefer science fiction and fantasy but I can get sucked into teen literature as well as a good mystery.
I will be reading the reviews for every single book by Penguin Audio in the future. If the author had wanted a backing track, he would have added it himself. I was angry every time the pathetic piano music started to play...LOUDLY!
This was the first book I considered abandoning multiple times. It was long, tedious and convoluted. There was no real suspense, even though it was on a list of most suspenseful books you'll ever read. The music being played over dialogue was ridiculous and distracting, and added no value. If the author insisted on this self-serving addition, he should have done it between chapters. Also, there should be a limit on how many times you can use the same word in one book - tremulous - I lost count after four times. My reviews are generally pretty positive, but I just couldn't get into this one.
This novel has many characters,plots and sub plots. It takes place in Barcelona from the early to mid part of the last century. The story is the journey of the main character, Daniel, from childhood to young adulthood. This journey is carried out while he searches for information about an author, Julio Carax. Daniel and Julio's world parallel and sometimes intertwine. I found it a very satisfying book that brought me all the way to Spain and kept my engrossed until the wee hours of the night!