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The Midnight Palace | [Carlos Ruiz Zafon]

The Midnight Palace

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life.... Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's 16th birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape....
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In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery....

Set in Calcutta in the 1930s, The Midnight Palace begins on a dark night when an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every street corner, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life....

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere's 16th birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time, it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night - and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

©2011 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2011 Hachette Audio

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    R. J. Melton OKC 08-02-11
    R. J. Melton OKC 08-02-11 Member Since 2008

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    "Another lovely book, beautifully presented."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Mr Zafon's prose is magical. There is a rhythm and meter to his work that captures my imagination, inspires it to new heights, then flings it free to fly along the story. I would recommend this book to anyone that enjoys a tall tale, beautiful imagery, and a little magic. Jonathan Davis is an excellent narrator, he brings so much to the characters but doesn't overpower the beauty of the story.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth KINGWOOD, TX, United States 04-02-12
    Elizabeth KINGWOOD, TX, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "good listen!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Palace to be better than the print version?

    I thought that the sound effects in the book added to the drama of the story. The reader has a great voice, I enjoyed him!


    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    J. M. Teal West Newbury, MA, United States 06-06-12
    J. M. Teal West Newbury, MA, United States 06-06-12 Member Since 2009

    I enjoy a wide variety of novels in audio book format. As a commuter with 140 miles/day. I can burn through titles quickly.

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    "One of my favorite authors!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Midnight Palace to be better than the print version?

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon is one of my favorite authors. I have read and listened to his books, both are stellar formats since Carlos is a fantastic writer and the translations from Spanish are rich and fluid.


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    In general, I prefer 'standard reading' audio books, but I have enjoyed the theatrical presentation in this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Budd Canada 10-09-11
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    I'm a little confused about this book. I didn't quite get the reason behind why Ben and Sheere were such a target. It was explained in the book, but I thought the reasoning was a bit simplistic and didn't really make sense. But then, maybe the reasoning was complex and over my head. Or maybe, it was lost in translation.

    Another thing that I questioned was the characters' names. The setting is Calcutta and several of the main characters' names were English. Ben, Ian, Isabella. Mind you, it was easier to follow the story with the simple names and it is Young Adult.

    As for the story, I did enjoy it when I set aside my grumblings. I liked the characters and their relationship to each other. It was short and sweet, and the descriptions allowed me to paint the pictures in my mind.

    The narration by Jonathan Davis was very good. I enjoyed his characterizations with various accents. You could hear the evil of Jawahal in his voice. My only complaint was that there were no breaks between chapters to warn you of a change. It was one sentence after another, in spite of a switch in location or character. That may have happened in editting, so I won't blame Jonathan Davis for that.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Justin Neuman 01-20-12 Member Since 2005
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    What disappointed you about The Midnight Palace?

    The production (reading style, absurd music) is a self-indulgent and absurd noir


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It is impossible to listen to the book due to the over-the top reading style and the addition of constant


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    I want my credit back!

    0 of 6 people found this review helpful
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