Finally.... This was such a struggle to get through (the narrator was FINE) and it seemed never ending. The melodramatic music was a bit too much for me at times. If I had been reading this, I would have skimmed through just to get to the end. The best part was the historical manuscript left to Daniel, but getting to that wonderful story was just agony.
I wanted to like this book but it never captured my interest,although I stuck it out to the end. I kept listening hoping I would want to know what happens next but it didn't happened.
This book is one of the best I have ever read. You immediately care about the characters, you get a real sense of place and you can never guess what will happen next.
Absolutely worthwhile. The story unfolds through the eyes of the main character, beginning as a boy and as he grows into young manhood. The author so richly gives the sense of time and place - Barcelona, Civil War. History and place give the context for a magical coming of age story, interweaving in mystery. Lovely language, highly suitable for listening.
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.