From the first chapter, I was captivated! The Cemetery of Forgotten Books was a lasting visual throughout the entire book. Great narration with Spanish accent in a setting in post-civil war Barcelona in the early 1940's. The adventure that follows will be remembered for a lifetime. A must read! *** Read Unabridged and capture all the authors thoughtful insights ***
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
This is an excellent book. The story is very dramatic and keeps you guessing until the end. I was quickly engrossed in this enchanting and sometimes heartbreaking tale set to the backdrop of the turbulent years after the Spanish Civil War. It made me want to read more by this author and learn more about that period in history. The narration was excellent. I look forward to hearing more from this narrator. He really enhanced the story. I also liked the music that transitioned chapters, it added to the haunting loneliness that underscores the story of Julian Caraix and Daniel's search to discover more of the life of this forgotten author.
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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.
I read too much, like most genre, & am picky about narrators. I like strong characters, great dialogue, & quirky bits!
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.
This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I must admit is not one that I would have picked for myself. However, it is now my favorite book. It is beautifully written, or at least the translation from Spanish to English was done flawlessly. The reader is outstanding, bringing each character to life.
I like unabridged novels. When I first joined Audible, many were abridged. That has changed. Non-fiction, politics, bios are favorites
I bought the book to read and had started it and liked it very much. The lyrical nature reminded me of Bel Canto. When I saw it come to Audible, I was interested in hearing it. The reader does such a fine job and the Spanish pronunciations are so interesting that I am glad that I finished the book on Audible. A great story told so well.
I hate schlock, and this book is wonderful. Some of the other reviewers have said it quite well, consider this a resounding "yes" to their praise. I can imagine listening to this again some day.
This is a well written book, yet it seems to imply that it will be more of an intriguing mystery than the love story it really is. It uses the world of books, novelists, and fictional characters as a background for the convoluted lives the characters lead. There are many vivid passages, and amusing characters. Yet I found the plot lacking the consistent surprise that might make me love it more. The reader is talented, yet I feel this book is best read, not listened to. Try this one if you like romances, and if you enjoy a hint of mystery to them.
I am so glad I experienced this novel as an audiobook! True, there is sometimes too much of a good thing in some of the lengthy descriptions the author uses, but the style fits with the fantasy world of the story. The narrator fits his emotions and pitch with each character and brings them to life, yet still allows the reader to imagine the rest. The icing on the cake is the piano music composed by the author. The notes add texture to what you experience. The flaws in this book are more than made up for by its strengths, earning it 5 stars.
I started reading this book, not remembering much of what it was about. I was immediately captivated by the story line, the wonderful descriptions, and characters. What an adventure. It was hard for me to stop listening!
The narrator, Jonathan Davis, was wonderful; and his depictions of the many characters were flawless. I will be looking for more books authored by Carlos Ruiz Zafon and more books narrated by Jonathan Davis.