The language is so beautiful - you are so beguiled by the descriptions - places, things and times I have never lived were brought into reality - I could see it all.
It's too hard to name one without spoiling one of several moments for the next reader.
I have not, but this one was exquisite. I have started The Angel's Game - a different performer is doing that one and I normally love him as a reader, but for these stories, I can't imagine anyone being better than Jonathan Davis.
I guess I had two - first, I was crying at the beautiful ending, and second, I immediately began to listen to it again. I had to make myself go on to another book after I finished it for the 2nd time!!
I cannot believe I waited thirteen years to read this beautiful, mysterious book!
The intricacies of the story
The narration was exquisite for this audiobook. It allowed fuller appreciation of the many varied characters and the changes in time sequences.
This may be my favorite audiobook and I have quite a large library. I never wanted this book to end. The story is multi-layered and has vividly drawn characters, plus the descriptions of fascist Barcelona are haunting. Also, I can't praise the narration enough. The personalities of the different characters really shone through.
I love the character Fermin who survives torture and many hardships through the graces of his unique and amusing personality. It helped me to see how certain people can even thrive after enduring the unspeakable.
No, I haven't, but will make a point of finding more books read by him.
No, it's pretty big, but I never wanted to stop listening nonetheless.
If you love historic mysteries or romances set in Spain, you should definitely read this. It reminds me of the Guillermo delToro film "Pan's Labyrinth" because of it's haunting imagery and fascinating revelations about the natures of people who embrace fascism.
"Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."
I expected this book might be more cheesy and romantic than my usual fare since it was recommended to me by my mother. It lived up to this expectation, but I barely noticed. Instead, I was surrounded by the author's deep characters and the complex tapestry into which he wove them.
Perhaps even more memorable than the book is narrator Jonathan Davis's captivating performance. His voice brings romantic flare the characters' passion and the pronunciation of the Spanish environment. Like an elite few narrators, Davis recreates the spirit of each character so fully and uniquely that you'll forget there is only one person reading. I guarantee that for months afterwards, when you hear a name or place featured in this book, you'll recall Davis's rich interpretation its post-war Barcelona counterpart.
'The Shadow of the Wind' is a worthwhile dip into romance, intrigue and mystery.
The narrator was great, and I really enjoyed the story but the weird music that will start up randomly during the story became very distracting. It wasn't even at the beginning and ending of chapters but at any point that, I'm assuming, the director wanted to build an emotional response though it? I don't know but it was annoying.
The story was wonderful. And all of the spanish words were much easier and more enjoyable to listen to, rather than trying to read it. The narrator did a fantastic job with all of the voices.
best audiobook ever. amazing plot, character development, flow, narration. i can't remember being so entranced in a story in years.
A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...
I'd listen again only if I forget I ever listened to it in the first place. But the main point is that I listened, often late into the night, and enjoyed most all of it.
Beautiful Ruins. The drama, intrigue, historical backdrop, excellent characters...
He di well on every account. There is no way I would have read this book in its entirety. Davis gave every Dharacter, and there were many, the distinction they deserved. His pronunciation was flawless and gave the story credibility.
Fermín Romero de Torres. He is riveting, charismatic and constantly entertaining. He kept me interested through the book and provided much needed humor.
But I was equally taken with the wealthy Don Gustav Barceló, who is as clever as he is loyal. I imagined the great Charles Laughton playing his character. There's hardly a character he played in the movies that didn't have Barcelo's quit wit, gruff exterior, pride and dignity.
I read a review that complained about the music played at the end and beginning of segments. I never like music in books I listen too and I agree its irritating at the very least. But it didn't turn me away.
Great story, with many layers and characters all of which you believe to be real. Beautifully read. Its a committment though, because its 17 hours and because of all the people you have to keep track of with spanish names and places. Someone suggested using the book as a reference while listening if you get lost. Good idea. If you read Cutting for Stoneor Pillars of the Earth or any other stories like that you wil enjoy this too.
Daniel's experiences in the old deserted spanish home of Julians long lost love. The house becomes a central point for drawing all the characters and sub-plots together.
He is an excellent narrator. His voice never detracts or overwhelms the story itself.
It really is a love story, a book within a book.
His accent is wonderful!
Many moments in the story moved me, but I do not want to spoil it for the reader.
I love Carlos Ruiz Zafon's narrative. I can't wait to read the next books.