This book is a symphony of all my favorite things about audio books and books in general.
Zafron is a master story teller who delivers unforgettable imagery, vibrant humor, and poignant historical references for his characters. He deftly weaves a riveting and intricate narrative that is hard to put down (this is not a book you can listen to while doing something else - you have to pay attention)
Jonathan Davis is a wonderful narrator and makes the story all the more inviting. He could have helped me a little by letting me know when the main voice changed to a female character. It wasn't a big deal; I figured it out; but it kept me confused for a while!
The story was engaging and the narrator did a good job, although he fell into certain modern American speech patterns more often than I would have preferred, given that it is a historical novel set in Barcelona.
Piano music appears behind key scenes. The music itself is lovely (and apparently composed by the author of the book himself -- quite a multi-talented person, I guess). But I find it very unpleasant to try to listen to music and words at the same time, so I really didn't like the musical interludes and wished they'd been left out of the audiobook. Your mileage may vary.
I had read this book when I stumbled on it by accident and absolutely loved it. The bargain price on Audible tempted me to purchase the audio version and I am so glad I did. The narrator does a fabulous job on this story of characters you come to love. If you are even thinking you might like this book; I bet you'll love it!
Having read most of the reviews before mine, I agree with the pros and cons of this book, however since this is a work of translation I kept this in mind wandering through the wind with Danielle... and conjuring up images of post war Madrid from an historical perspective. I loved the narrator (he narrated Snow Crash for those of you who are searching for him which I gave 5 star and wrote a review) and the music as corny and it might have sounded it somehow hit the right note :)... The first chapter is simple and deceptive because each story branches off into other stories with new characters with quirks, twitches and authentic voices you can see the cafe or the hat shop or the mansion where the murders took place... I love to listen to the language if you do you will love this book.
What can I say about this book that hasn't already been said better by Stephen King? I don't always agree with his book choices, but this one is spot on. The book is a marvel, it instantly transports you into its world. A masterfully crafted story, wonderful characters, a satisfying ending and superb narration. My only warning - don't start this book when you have work to do, because you won't get anything else done!
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.
The narrator was great, and the premise for the story is wonderful. Just a warning, it has several sex scenes and some language. It shocked me a bit when I first started listening, because I had no idea it was coming. If that doesn't bother you, listen away! But if that makes you uncomfortable, be prepared to skip sections.
I believe this was the author's first adult novel and it definitely shows. The story is a but predictable, but nevertheless very entertaining. The subtle music during certain parts of the audible made me feel as if i were back in a time before television, sitting around the sitting room with my family staring at the radio listening to the narrator telling a story. Im relatively new to audio books and this was the first book that had that feature. The narrator was good at maintaining various voices for the different characters which made for a more enjoyable story telling. I definitely recommend this audio book for those who love books with a decent vocabulary and love the Spanish accent.
I listen to audible with a pile of cats all over me. It's "FUR-tastic!"
I love the different vivid characters in the book and the author really allowed their personality to really shine! He's definitely a great character writer but the story is okay.