By turns amusing, touching, horrifying, and romantic, but always suspenseful, this is a treasure of a book. Upon completion, I immediately searched Audible for another by this author. Sigh. No luck. At any rate, don't hesitate to invest a credit in this one. Then, settle back and enjoy a rare and wonderful experience.
The story itself is very good. It is engaging, and it keeps you guessing all the way until the end. Very nicely written story, and an excellent translation from the Spanish.
The voices for each character, and the way he pronounces the words with a very authentic Spanish accent.
Fermin is definitely the most memorable and mysterious character in the story. All the way until the end of the book there is a mystery about him that is never really solve. That leaves you wanting to read the sequel, in hopes you learn more about him.
Great book! I'd recommend it to anybody.
I found this book to be an interesting character study, a well-thought out story, an engrossing book to listen to on audiobook. It was epic in scope. The overall story dealt with family issues, romance, political intrigue, with an overall feel of the main character coming-of-age. With incidences of humor, horror, and mystery. it also kept me in suspense. The book takes place between 1945 post-WWII Spain, the Spanish Revolution, and through to bout 1960. It is told in first person by several of the main characters.
The narrator, Jonathan Davis, did a wonderful job. As mentioned by other reviewers, he really is one of the best things about listening to this book.
I recommend this book to all who enjoy historical fiction containing several interwoven stories and characters. It is a long book, not to be read in one sitting, although one may have the compulsion to try. The intermingling of historical fact an fiction here make it a good read; the twists and turns of the story make it a fascinating one.
Tell us about yourself!
Here is a classic example where excellent writing is paired with a marvelous narrator to create a remarkable experience. The Shadow of the Wind is a fantastic story that has many twists and turns as the main character unravels the truth regarding a famous author and his life. But the true star of this book is the narrator, Jonathan Davis. His voice and approach to this book carries you on a journey to the little Cemetery of Forgotten Books in 1945 Barcelona, Spain. This is one I could not put down.
The narrator was wonderful and the book engaging but if I wasn't so caught up in the story, I would have stopped listening .
The music played during some of the scenes was appallingly intrusive and often at odds with the emotion I was sensing in the book. It made parts of it feel like a telenovela.
The writing is beautiful. The narrator is talented and animated. Quite an exciting and wonderful journey.
I enjoyed this Spanish soap opera meets murder mystery. The most spectacular part was the performance of the narrator, Jonathan Davis. Davis really made this a memorable book for me and I look forward to the next time I get to listen to his lovely voice and passionate performance.
I was taken back to 1945, Barcelona. The narrator has a beautiful spanish accent and captured each character with detail and authenticity. Never once did he falter in communicating the emotional words of Zafon's characters. This book was a treasure.
Say something about yourself!
As an avid reader, I lost myself to this enchanting tale from the first paragraph. The reader was excellent. (I have enjoyed listening to him read for another author, I believe.) There is nothing of this book not to like--the characters are richly drawn, the world they enhabit pulses with life, and the storyline enchanting. I loved this book and will certainly re-listen many times.