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!
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I suspect I am biased because I am not typically a fan of romantic stories. This is definitely romantic (and to me, it is overly so).
But the biggest problem I have is that each time a mystery is introduced, it is fully explained quickly. Nothing is left to the imagination.
This story is engrossing, but at the end I was left with a hollow feeling.
I can't find any cons about this book. This is one of the most well developed stories I've ever been introduced to. The plot and characters are magnificent. The reader does a great job and I loved how they would bring in the music when you were moving into the end of a scene. Great! Great! Great!
Few books express the emotional prowess experienced in this epic sojourn. Zafon has woven a masterful and enthralling tale of love. I was able to vividly walk the streets of Barcelona again with the characters of this intensely intriguing novel. I will generally research days on end before I settle on my next investment. This was worthy all that and more. Way to set the bar Mr Zafon.