I can't think of when a story touched me so deeply, as this story did. The reading was done to perfection. A definite must for summer beach listening.
"A secret's worth depends on the people from whom it must be kept." How can you go wrong with an opening like that?! I first read the paper version of this book, then bought the Audible copy. Loved them both, but the narrator brought the audio version to life with exceptional pronounciation and pacing. It is a bit complex, but worth the investment of time and energy. More than anything, I wish Barcelona truly had a cemetery of forgotten books to visit -- what a wonderful fantasy!
In the tradition of gothic genre, I found this novel quite entertaining. Some parts were a bit overly sentimental, frought with musical overtures, and melodramatic, but such things did not completely destroy the entertainment value. Comparative to other novels which I have paid more for, but whose value and quality were non-existent after listening, I would suggest that this is the best $13.00 download I have ever purchased, whose quality far outweights the price of purchase.
I stuck with this book and was pleased with the plot and characters. Very enjoyable story.
Two significant distractions for me: the writer was "over the top" in his descriptions of scenery and characters. For example, I've lost count of the number of characters who smoke cigarettes that emit a "whisp (or shadow, or finger) of blue (or grey or cloudy) smoke" who happen to be standing in the shadow of a doorway. The other distraction was the piano music. Typically played at the beginning (or end) of a chapter, the music made the production of the book seem very corny.
Enjoyable plot. Corny piano music.
The story is both entertaining and dramatic. The narration is superb. The characters are unique and presented in all their complexities.
I took a chance with this one. I bought it because it was a good bargain. I am so glad I did! The story is suspenseful and the reader is entertaining. I love it!
I loved everything about this book. It was intriguing, mysterious, romantic and scary. The author/composer's music was bad and really interfered with the story telling but that is my only complaint!
If Zafron hadn't tried so hard to be clever, he might have written a decent coming of age story. In his effort to make a make an intricate, atmospheric tale, he fell in love with his own words and gave the reader a dull experience that went mostly nowhere, but took a very long time to get there.
The tinkling New Age piano interludes were lame. And the narrator's meticulous R-rolling and affected Castillian lisp that characterizes Barcelona Spanish made his rendering of the names of people and places -- which were all too frequent anyway -- utterly laughable.
The was one of my least enjoyable listening experience, EVER.