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Marina | [Carlos Ruiz Zafon]

Marina

The novel Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote just before The Shadow of the Wind. 'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...' In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts...
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The novel Carlos Ruiz Zafón wrote just before The Shadow of the Wind.

'Fifteen years on, the remembrance of that day has returned to me. I have seen that boy wandering through the mist of the railway station, and the name of Marina has flared up again like a fresh wound. We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine...'

In May 1980, 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in the old quarter of Barcelona. For seven days and nights no one knows his whereabouts... His story begins in the heart of old Barcelona, when he meets Marina and her father German Blau, a portrait painter. Marina takes Oscar to a cemetery to watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the fourth Sunday of each month. At 10 a.m. precisely a coach pulled by black horses appears. From it descends a woman dressed in black, her face shrouded, wearing gloves, holding a single rose. She walks over to a gravestone that bears no name, only the mysterious emblem of a black butterfly with open wings. When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her they begin a journey that will take them to the heights of a forgotten, post-war Barcelona, a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons; and a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

Read by Daniel Weyman. Daniel Weyman has had a varied film, TV, radio and theatrical career, appearing in Danny Boyle's Millions, Foyles War, Wire in the Blood, Nicholas Nickleby for the Chichester Festival Theatre and Gielgud Theatre, in which he played the title role, and was nominated for the TMA Best Actor Award (Chichester Festival Theatre, Gielgud Theatre, UK Tour and Toronto) and radio productions of Rumpole of the Bailey.

He is an experienced audiobook narrator, with titles including Peter James' Dead Man's Time, C J Sansom's Dominion, Joe Simpson's Touching the Void, Nick Harkaway's Angelmaker, Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock: Rebel Fire and Simon Kernick's Payback both of which were nominated for Best Audiobook of the Year in their categories.

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©2008 Dragonworks, S.L. (P)2013 Orion Publishing Group

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  • Nathalie
    Berchem (Antwerpen), Belgium
    4/19/14
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    "Didn't quite live up to my expectations"
    Where does Marina rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've definitely listened to better stories. Some of the books I listened to made me really look forward to my daily train commutes. This book didn't. But overall it was solid. I don't regret having bought it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    I would have made it less grotesque. A lot of the elements in the story could be described as 'horror'. Though I like an element of magic in a book, this story really pushed my suspension of disbelief to the limits. Even if the message was clear and I understand why the writer chose to tell the story like this, I was so thrown off by the unrealistic course of events that I couldn't enjoy the story as much as I wanted to.


    What does Daniel Weyman bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    He is a very good narrator. He made this story a lot more enjoyable. I'm not sure I would have finished reading the book but listening to him made it a good overall experience.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Telford, United Kingdom
    10/16/13
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    "A scary story in places, but lovely"
    What did you like most about Marina?

    The gothic horror theme, interlaced with love stories.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The twists and turns


    Which character – as performed by Daniel Weyman – was your favourite?

    Marina


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I would have loved to, if I had the time.


    Any additional comments?

    I bought it as I share the name Marina! And very glad I did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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