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The Angel's Game | [Carlos Ruiz Zafon]

The Angel's Game

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.
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Publisher's Summary

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld.

But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed, a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Once again, Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in the Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

©2009 Carlos Ruiz Zafon; (P)2009 Random House

What the Critics Say

"The plot resolves in a rush, for the author finds himself with many a loose end to tie up, but once it sinks in, the result is more than satisfying. Zafón delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word; his book is also a song of love for Barcelona with all its creaking floorboards and hidden subbasements. A nice fit with the current craze for learned mysteries and for spooks of both the spying and the spectral kind." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 11-09-13
    Judith Pennington, NJ, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Interesting, but also baffling"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    The first half was very good, but I found the second half strange and baffling. I was not sure what was going on.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The picture of Barcelona was the best part of the story, and the language was beautiful


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes where Isobel comes and takes care of him were the most beautiful.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Dan Stevens is a terrific narrator. I could listen to his voice anytime.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 03-25-13
    carol kumpf ITHACA, NY, United States 03-25-13 Member Since 2011

    I'm a retired teacher who loves to read, knit and enjoy my grandchildren. I tend to read mysteries and thrillers.

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    "Beautiful writing and imagery; melancholy mood"
    Would you listen to The Angel's Game again? Why?

    Yes! Dan Stevens does an excellent job with the narration. When he reads this beautifully written prose it's like a massage for the the ear!


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The supernatural aspects of the story lurk in the background, tempting the reader to solve the mystery.


    What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His pronunciations of the Spanish names, streets and areas of Barcelona.


    Any additional comments?

    This story drags a bit more than Shadow of the Wind, and I found the resolution of some of the plot points a bit drawn out. Listening to Zafon's beautiful prose does make up for this, though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tawnya Ammon, ID, United States 03-19-13
    Tawnya Ammon, ID, United States 03-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Dan Stevens ability to speak several languages"
    Would you listen to The Angel's Game again? Why?

    I enjoyed this book due to the plot, the narrator and the suspense. I would recommend it to everyone.


    What other book might you compare The Angel's Game to and why?

    This is a reminder of The Thirteenth Tale.


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    Anne 02-25-13
    Anne 02-25-13
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    "Great performance. Story can be a bit confusing"
    What made the experience of listening to The Angel's Game the most enjoyable?

    I love the narrator, and the author writes beautifully as always. The story is a bit confusing at times, though. Might be better to read the paper version, so you can look back and read again when you need to.


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    Leland 09-03-12
    Leland 09-03-12
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    "Wonderful!"
    If you could sum up The Angel's Game in three words, what would they be?

    The Angel's Game is reminiscent of old noir crime movies, of fedoras and cigarette smoke.


    What about Dan Stevens’s performance did you like?

    His voices were spectacular. Sometimes I would wait for a particular character to come up just because I liked the voice.


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    Barbara 08-30-12
    Barbara 08-30-12
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    "Disappointing after Shadow"
    Would you try another book from Carlos Ruiz Zafon and/or Dan Stevens?

    I am looking forward to reading more books from Zafon that are the quality of Shadow. This book did not have the plot development nor the character development that Zafon perfected in Shadow.

    Stevens did a good job, but his (British ?) accent was a disappointment after hearing Jonathon Davis do such a good job that I was transported to Spain. At some points, I wondered what Sean Connery was doing in Barcelona. Stevens is a good, clear narrator I just couldn't match accents with the story and characters.


    Would you recommend The Angel's Game to your friends? Why or why not?

    Perhaps, but not as quickly as Shadow.


    Did Dan Stevens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    yes.


    Did The Angel's Game inspire you to do anything?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    A. Kiss 03-21-10
    A. Kiss 03-21-10
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    "Unsatisfying and a bit tedious"

    Many who look forward to this book because they loved "Shadow of the Wind" (as I did) are likely to be disappointed (as I was). The story line is a bit plodding and ultimately there's no satisfying resolution. Coyly dances around a "Faust/Mephistopheles" theme without committing one way or the other. Characters in some cases border on caricature. Highly forgettable book in my opinion.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Monchos Moca, PR United States 05-01-15
    Monchos Moca, PR United States 05-01-15 Member Since 2014
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    "The book of books"

    Well crafted and a great way to answer some of the questions that will plague human kind until the end of times.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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