Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it, his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness, and doomed love.
An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.
Translated by Lucia Graves.
©2001 Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Translation ©2004 Lucia Graves; (P)2004 Penguin Audio
"If you thought the true gothic novel died with the 19th century, this will change your mind. Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendor and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots; this is one gorgeous read." (Stephen King)
"Superbly entertaining." (Washington Post Book World)
"Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written a masterful novel of hope, mystery, and love, made more superb on audio." (AudioFile)
"Part detective story, part boy's adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by extravagant foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling." (Booklist)
Although the story is complex and sometimes difficult to follow, the author developed the characters well and the story was engaging. I was compelled to listen to the book to the end through all of the twists and turns.
When Daniel reads the story of Nuria and Julia
The music in the background was terribly distracting. It almost caused me to quit listening several times. It seems as if somebody thought the music would add atmosphere or emotion but it does nothing of the sort. I wish there was a way to turn it off!
Layered Barcelona mysteries
Intriguing stories within stories and complex characters
Excellent narration but the music often overwhelmed the narration.
The music spoiled the book because it was too loud and obtrusive. Would have been OK prior to the beginning of the narration but not concurrent with the story.
A child's love for books starts him on an adventure that defines his life into his adulthood.
A lesson that things often are not how they seem.
Beautifully written and skillfully narrated. This book captures your interest and leaves you wondering what will happen next. Characters are well developed and the narrator brings each to life. A rich tapestry of love, life, life, mystery, tragedy, and triumph over life's challenges. Highly recommend this book to others.
A captivating tale that had be guessing throughout and very entertained. The voices were just perfect for the characters and nice music too
A good story but needlessly convoluted and verbose at times. It detracted from the flow. I enjoyed the character development and the bacdrop of Spain. Fermin was the character that stole the show in my opinion.
This one of my favorites. The story is beautiful. The performance brings it to life. I've listened to it three times, and it's still holds my attention.
I would reccomend the BOOK but not the audiobook. I like the story but will probably have to read it again. The story is quite complicated. I am a Spanish speaker and I have a hard time keeping the names and what they have to do with whom straight.
The plot is good and I LOVE the scary bits.
I like the narrator. I think he did a great job with the names and the casitilian accent. He was good.
I disliked the piano included in the narration. I don't like music in my audiobooks.
Yes. Because the story is wonderful and the audio performance was amazing.
The story is very gripping. It's suspenseful. Several times I would get chills while listening. The audio performance was absolutely incredible. It was as if I was listening to an old-time radio serial
No not yet.
Fermín Romero de Torres. He was the perfect friend and companion to Daniel. He was a great sidekick.
I read the paperback already and wanted to listen to the audiobook.
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