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Ahmad Hassan

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Columbus, OH USA | Member Since 2007

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  • 2 reviews
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  • 354 titles in library
  • 21 purchased in 2014
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  • The Prisoner of Heaven: A Novel

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Peter Kenny
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (187)
    Performance
    (160)
    Story
    (163)

    Internationally acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed.

    MissSusie66 says: "Brings together the stories from previous 2 books"
    "Sets up an exciting conlusion"
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    While it is the shortest of the "Cemetary of Forgetten Books" series, The Prisoner of Heaven weaves the tales of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game seamlessly. When I initially read it, I thought it was the last of the series and was a bit disappointed at the questions that were left unanswered. Then I realized, that it is the third installment of the quartet. While the first two installments stand on their own, the 3rd needs its successor though it ties the first two in such a way that you would never want to read them in isolation without reading the rest of the series. The author insists that the series can be read in any order and The Prisoner of Heaven demonstrates that.

    Zafon's poetic writing returns and brings to light the characters we were so deeply invested in from previous books. However, it should be said that Peter Kenny was not my favorite narrator. Not that he was bad (I gave him 4 stars), but Jonathan Davis was far more animated and really brought Fermin Romero de Torres to life.

    Can't wait for the final installment of this wonderful series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • The Shadow of the Wind

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated By Jonathan Davis
    Overall
    (1730)
    Performance
    (761)
    Story
    (776)

    Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

    Katherine says: "Great With One Exception"
    "Absolutely incredible"
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    The writing is beautiful. The narrator is talented and animated. Quite an exciting and wonderful journey.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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