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The Shadow of the Wind Audiobook
The Shadow of the Wind
Written by: 
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Narrated by: 
Jonathan Davis
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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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    Jennifer United States 12-08-12
    Jennifer United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Great read"

    I wasn't expecting it but this book gave me chills. I actually listened to it a number of times and may go back again. I have been retelling the story to anyone who will listen to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Audrea 11-15-12
    Audrea 11-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "A New Favorite"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, this book was a wonderful blend of intrigue, nostalgia and humanity. It's an ageless coming of age story.


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

    The revelation of how all the seemingly unconnected characters connected.


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

    No


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

    Penelope because she represents the tragedy of betrayal and loss we all suffer at some point in our lives.


    Any additional comments?

    This a well written book with exquisitely crafted characters. A must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lara Fairfax, Va, United States 10-01-12
    Lara Fairfax, Va, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen"
    What did you love best about The Shadow of the Wind?

    The story kept twisting and turning, and it kept me interested the whole time!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The mystery, the love stories, everything!


    Which character – as performed by Jonathan Davis – was your favorite?

    Fermin!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12
    Barry Petaluma, CA, United States 08-06-12 Member Since 2008

    My interests run to psychology, popular science, history, world literature, and occasionally something fun like Jasper Fforde. It seems like the only free time I have for reading these days is when I'm in the car so I am extremely grateful for audio books. I started off reading just the contemporary stuff that I was determined not to clutter up my already stuffed bookcases with. And now audio is probably 90% of my "reading" matter.

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    "Gothic mystery booklover's dream!"

    This is a fabulous multistory interwoven mystery with gothic horror elements and every other passionate story cliche you could ask for. That it doesn't come across as cliched in any way is a tribute to Ruiz Zafon's mastery at story-telling. I suppose a lot of credit must also go to the translator. It makes you wonder how much great literature we are missing out on only because it didn't originate in English.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen EL CERRITO, CA, United States 08-02-12
    Ellen EL CERRITO, CA, United States 08-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "I couldn't get into it."
    What did you like best about The Shadow of the Wind? What did you like least?

    It wasn't bad - it just never sucked me in.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I never made it all the way to the end.


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

    Probably.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Hallowell, ME, United States 07-28-12
    Amazon Customer Hallowell, ME, United States 07-28-12 Member Since 2016
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    "I had my doubts..."

    When I started this I was concerned I was not going to be able to follow it as at the start there was a lot of references to the history of a war in Spain that I am completely clueless about (I like history, it was my favorite subject in school, but I never did like the war parts) and the way this read at the start made me feel like I would be missing a lot if I didn't know this history. Luckily that was not the case.

    I was wondering where this story was going for quite a while, and true to form I figured out who the mystery bad guy was pretty early on, though I will say there was a spot or two that I was doubting myself, but in the end I was right.

    The only flaw I found was that when the main character is learning about the past, mostly in letters, there are bits of information that are out of place, that don't fit with the context of the person writing the letter.

    That flaw aside I did enjoy this book, so many of the characters are so complete, you really start to feel a connection with them.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Jacksonville, AL, United States 12-27-11
    Robin Jacksonville, AL, United States 12-27-11
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    "Lost interest half way through"

    I liked the main character and the story about him, but when the narrative changed to talking about an elusive author he was trying to track down, I found I didn't care.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Laura 03-20-11
    Laura 03-20-11 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story, Not fast paced, Piano annoying!"

    The story was unique, interesting and had many well developed characters. At times it was a bit slow, but I must say it may just be that I paused so many times because of the piano music along with the dialog. The music was completely inappropriate in that it did nothing to set the mood, was so loud and going on at the same time as the narration (there was no fade, etc.) that I had A LOT of trouble understanding the dialog. It didn't help to increase the volume, because the music volume increased as well. I may just read the book to enjoy it more. Otherwise, I think it should be re-recorded or re-released with out the music.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Barbara Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-11-10
    Barbara Sugar Land, TX, United States 12-11-10
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    "Exquisite"

    This review will be very short. This is, by far, my favorite book of all time. The ideas and the words with which they were expressed spoke to my heart as no other book has ever done.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindyhasitall 03-07-10 Member Since 2015
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    "classic"

    this book was so incredibly well written. It had twists and turns, there was clarity with the characters, with all loose ends tied up. It is really a must for mystery readers every where

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