This just wasn't in the same league as his first novel, The Shadow of the Wind - so that was very disappointing.
The story meanders and doesn't really seem to hang together. I got lost sometimes. However, use of language is interesting.
Narration is good. Definitely a book that I wanted to finish - and glad I did.
"Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."
After Jonathan Davis's captivating performance reading 'The Shadow of the Wind', I was excited for this sequel to continue my journey in old Barcelona. How shocked and disappointed I was to hear the badly miscast narrator. The clear English accent of narrator Dan Stevens is jarringly out of place reading about Spain. Where 'Shadow's Davis brought warmth and flair to the pronunciations of Barcelona's people, places and passion, Stevens flatly delivers 'Angel's Game' as if reading an article from the UK Daily Mail.
Get the print edition or eBook in order to imagine Jonathan Davis's authentic narration in your mind.
from Knowledge Lost
Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books with the prequel to The Shadow of the Wind; The Angel’s Game. I for one am glad to be thrown back into this world with the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona (even if there is no mention of my favourite building). Carlos Ruiz Zafón always seems to know how to give the reader a taste of everything with this series; the adventure, romance, tragedy, and the secrets and magic of books. The Angel’s Game tells the story of young writer who is approached by a mysterious man to write a book.
For anyone that’s read The Shadow of the Wind, you’ll be pleased to know this prequel will see the return of the backdrops you’ve come to know and love; including The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Barcelona’s Raval district, and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. Also Zafón continues to blend gothic and modern storytelling to make yet again another thrilling read. If I’m comparing it to The Shadow of the Wind, sure it doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor, but the idea to be thrown back into the same universe with a completely different story makes this book worth reading.
I love what Carlos Ruiz Zafón does with his characters; only revealing so much of these complex people and keeping so much hidden from the reader. A mystery that helps the reader to continue reading in the hope of grabbing a bit more information about this brilliant characters. The Writer David Martin was an interesting character; I really felt the struggle we went through while trying to become a literary sensation. But his love interest Cristina was the biggest downfall in this book, she was completely annoying and I hated David for showing an interest in a woman like her. My highlight character was David’s assistant, Isabella; she was a troubled girl with such a complexity and air of mystery about her that she stole the show (or book).
Overall I loved this book, it will never be The Shadow of the Wind but it was still a book that every book lover should read and it was such a joy to be back in historical Barcelona again. This was a slower paced book to its predecessor but the struggles of writing made this book for me. I did start to worry that this wasn’t going to be a true prequel but you’ll be pleased to know that Daniel; the protagonist from The Shadow of the Wind does have a role in this novel and it will all make sense in the end. Book three in this series; The Prisoner of Heaven is out now and while I’m disappointed it’s so short, I’m looking forward to reading this book too.
MD ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON
Yes, it keeps you interested in the strory
The final one
Very we'll narrated. The story goes beyond credible facts
I'd say I was in the 10th hour of this audiobook and joked that I still wasn't sure what it was about. It was entertaining, dark and intriguing but somewhat confusing. I thought I knew where it was going, but ultimately didn't. Kept me entertained but I wouldn't say I highly recommend it and was glad to move on to something else.
Enrapturing. Mysterious. Imaginative.
Andreas Corelli. Never has a villain been so perfectly poised between terrifying, seductive, and mysterious. Corelli draws you in with rapt fascination even as you know there's nothing but horror ahead. Zafon's ability to give so much weight to a character while only implying his true nature and giving up very little to the reader is pure mastery.
I couldn't pick a favorite. The whole book ebbed and flowed like one scene. It was a continuous journey.
Yes. Every time I needed to stop the book I wanted to return as soon as possible.
This book was excellently narrated. There was enough emotion and variation throughout to make it very engaging without being distracting. Excellent voice changes for different characters and exceptional pronunciation!
Good narrator . story hard to follow towards the end. 1st novel much better. was very disappointed.
Zafon spins an intriguing tale of an aspiring writer. The setting of old Barcelona is very interesting. The question of did he sell his soul to the Devil or is he inhabited by a spirit still mystifies me. I find Mr. Zafon's books to be interesting and very much page turners.
David Martin is the main character. He is brilliant and possessed at the same time.
I always love the entering of old, grand homes. When Daniel enters his residence for the first time, I enjoy exploring and discovering along with him.
Neither. I am still perplexed as to whether (spoiler alert) David Martin was alive or dead through most of the book. I believe this is an allegory for how one should live their life.
Fascinating and compelling.