A captivating tale that had be guessing throughout and very entertained. The voices were just perfect for the characters and nice music too
A good story but needlessly convoluted and verbose at times. It detracted from the flow. I enjoyed the character development and the bacdrop of Spain. Fermin was the character that stole the show in my opinion.
I would reccomend the BOOK but not the audiobook. I like the story but will probably have to read it again. The story is quite complicated. I am a Spanish speaker and I have a hard time keeping the names and what they have to do with whom straight.
The plot is good and I LOVE the scary bits.
I like the narrator. I think he did a great job with the names and the casitilian accent. He was good.
I disliked the piano included in the narration. I don't like music in my audiobooks.
Yes. Because the story is wonderful and the audio performance was amazing.
The story is very gripping. It's suspenseful. Several times I would get chills while listening. The audio performance was absolutely incredible. It was as if I was listening to an old-time radio serial
No not yet.
Fermín Romero de Torres. He was the perfect friend and companion to Daniel. He was a great sidekick.
I read the paperback already and wanted to listen to the audiobook.
An interesting combination of history, intriguing mystery and multiple love stories surrounding a boys curiosity about a book he discovers. Lots of characters and events to remember. Enjoyable, but I haven't decided if I want to read any more of the series - Cemetery of Forgotten Books.
Heartbreaking, soul-catching, stomach-dropping.
When you are a hopeless romantic deprived of the company of other hopeless romantics, a book that makes you fall to the bottom of yourself is a welcome friend. This book has a soul. And, not only does it call you into itself, unwinding and undressing itself for you, it looks boldly into your own soul, and pulls it out.
Zafón has a way of writing to people who love books. He makes you feel as if you've stumbled upon some secret underground society that you were born to enter. It is not "as if" his characters come alive. His characters are alive and well, living quietly in the small corners of coffee shops and used book stores half hidden behind their precious paper backs. He creates the characters that we, the-corner-of-quiet-reading-places-society, become in all our many delusions of granduer.
The cemetery of forgotten books is a sacred place like no other. The people who inhabit it, Daniel, Carax, Sempere, Fermín, and Bea, crawl inside of you and stay there long past the last page. I won't begin to describe the many twists and turns, the love stories, the horrors, and the delights of this novel because I won't do them justice, and in the process, I'll spoil them. All I can say is if you are the kind of person who carries a book's soul in your own, read it, and add to your collection.
Johnathan Davis does a great job!
Do multiple almost heart attacks count?
Hyperbole is the Best Thing EVER!!!!
I like Jonathan Davis and will listen to more books with him as narrator. But I don't know what he was doing here. This book is about Catalonia. And it specifically about a Catalan society that suffered under the oppression of Franco. Catalans do not, to a very distinct point, refer to Barcelona with a "th" sound. It is Bar-sa-lona, not Bar-tha-lona. That is the Castilian pronunciation and while it's use isn't as as extreme as it once was (although you could still get pummeled for using it in some places), back when this book was happening, it would have been up there with some of the most offensive racial epithets we refuse to use today. It is seriously that bad. And he does it 100's of times.
In fact, he will mention FC Barcelona, who quite literally abbreviate their name as Barça, with the French cedilla, to emphasize how much they detest the "th" sound when referring to them.
And it's important, because the Catalan language was brutally oppressed during the Franco regime and the Camp Nou, where Barça play, was the only place where people could speak it in a large group.
So how he could take a book about Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War, it's far-reaching effects on all of Spain, but specifically Catalonia in this book and not figure out this is beyond me. I'm not Catalan and have never been (although it's on my bucket list) and yet I know enough about these things to cringe every time he said it.
Despite his ignorance (or the production teams), he does a good job with the book outside of this. And I still thought it was quite enjoyable as a story.
A school administrator and avid reader and listener of books. At least an hour of every day is spent in the car, and that's where the bulk of my listening is done. I tend to listen to books on "faster" mode so I can get through more books!
Thank God this book is over, because it just didn't do it for me. And to see that it is a first of a series...wow...I am definitely not exploring this series anymore. It was hard to follow the story and characters, nothing drew me in, and whose first person the book was written in seemed to change and on the audio version, this was not clear. Possibly in a paper version sections are titled with who is the speaker. So glad this is over. Hopefully my next book will be better.