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The Shadow of the Wind Audiobook

The Shadow of the Wind

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Publisher's Summary

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.

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Laurie Baccus Whittier, CA United States 05-09-15
    Laurie Baccus Whittier, CA United States 05-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Narrated fine but distracting music background"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shadow of the Wind the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shadow of the Wind?

    When Daniel reads the story of Nuria and Julia


    How could the performance have been better?

    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!


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    DLJ 04-14-15
    DLJ 04-14-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Very good book - very distracting music"
    If you could sum up The Shadow of the Wind in three words, what would they be?

    Layered Barcelona mysteries


    What did you like best about this story?

    Intriguing stories within stories and complex characters


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

    Excellent narration but the music often overwhelmed the narration.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sharjeel United States 04-14-15
    Sharjeel United States 04-14-15
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    "Excellent story narrated very nicely"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cheryl 03-01-15
    Cheryl 03-01-15 Member Since 2010
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    "A beautifully written tale."

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Judith 02-27-15
    Judith 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautifully written"

    Cannot say enough about this book. A must read!
    Narrator was excellent. I will be listening to more of his works.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Forint at the keyboard of my computer 02-12-15
    Forint at the keyboard of my computer 02-12-15 Listener Since 1999
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    "Kept me hooked from the start"

    A captivating tale that had be guessing throughout and very entertained. The voices were just perfect for the characters and nice music too

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    PJC 01-21-15
    PJC 01-21-15 Member Since 2012

    Yep, it's me!

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    "A good story but...."

    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.

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    msdermpath 12-30-14
    msdermpath 12-30-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Roxanna Torres 12-01-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Piano? Why?"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The plot is good and I LOVE the scary bits.


    What three words best describe Jonathan Davis’s performance?

    I like the narrator. I think he did a great job with the names and the casitilian accent. He was good.


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

    Yes.


    Any additional comments?

    I disliked the piano included in the narration. I don't like music in my audiobooks.

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    Dave 10-29-14
    Dave 10-29-14
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    "An amazing story. An amazing audio performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Because the story is wonderful and the audio performance was amazing.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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


    Have you listened to any of Jonathan Davis’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No not yet.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shadow of the Wind and why?

    Fermín Romero de Torres. He was the perfect friend and companion to Daniel. He was a great sidekick.


    Any additional comments?

    I read the paperback already and wanted to listen to the audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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