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Publisher's Summary

In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martin, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld.

But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has ever existed, a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, and perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realizes that there is a connection between his haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Once again, Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic universe first seen in the Shadow of the Wind and creates a breathtaking adventure of intrigue, romance, and tragedy. Through a dizzingly constructed labyrinth of secrets, the magic of books, passion, and friendship blend into a masterful story.

©2009 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2009 Random House

Critic Reviews

"The plot resolves in a rush, for the author finds himself with many a loose end to tie up, but once it sinks in, the result is more than satisfying. Zafón delivers a warning about the dangers of obsession, mixed with an obvious passion for literature and the printed word; his book is also a song of love for Barcelona with all its creaking floorboards and hidden subbasements. A nice fit with the current craze for learned mysteries and for spooks of both the spying and the spectral kind." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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It was confusing and not enough explanation

I still want to know some things that were not explained I feel very disappointed and depressed. this whole book was depressing and it had some really weird narrations. not my favorite my far. not a good book in my opinion.

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An All Time Favorite!

If you could sum up The Angel's Game in three words, what would they be?

Enrapturing. Mysterious. Imaginative.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Andreas Corelli. Never has a villain been so perfectly poised between terrifying, seductive, and mysterious. Corelli draws you in with rapt fascination even as you know there's nothing but horror ahead. Zafon's ability to give so much weight to a character while only implying his true nature and giving up very little to the reader is pure mastery.

Which scene was your favorite?

I couldn't pick a favorite. The whole book ebbed and flowed like one scene. It was a continuous journey.

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

Yes. Every time I needed to stop the book I wanted to return as soon as possible.

Any additional comments?

This book was excellently narrated. There was enough emotion and variation throughout to make it very engaging without being distracting. Excellent voice changes for different characters and exceptional pronunciation!

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confusing

Good narrator . story hard to follow towards the end. 1st novel much better. was very disappointed.

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Engaging tale of the supernatural

What did you love best about The Angel's Game?

Zafon spins an intriguing tale of an aspiring writer. The setting of old Barcelona is very interesting. The question of did he sell his soul to the Devil or is he inhabited by a spirit still mystifies me. I find Mr. Zafon's books to be interesting and very much page turners.

Who was your favorite character and why?

David Martin is the main character. He is brilliant and possessed at the same time.

Which scene was your favorite?

I always love the entering of old, grand homes. When Daniel enters his residence for the first time, I enjoy exploring and discovering along with him.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Neither. I am still perplexed as to whether (spoiler alert) David Martin was alive or dead through most of the book. I believe this is an allegory for how one should live their life.

Any additional comments?

Fascinating and compelling.

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Excellent narration, story OK

Dan Stevens is amazing. The story was pretty good but disappointing after The Shadow of the Wind.

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Exceptional until the end

The Angel's Game is gripping and hard to put down. The Gothic story is lurid, mysterious, and engaging. The prose is exquisite. The narrator for this audiobook is the best I've ever heard. He's extremely expressive, nails the emotion for every line, and breathes an additional layer of texture into what is already a great novel.

Unfortunately, the end of the tale comes up very short. Many questions are left unanswered. It's obvious there are details that the reader is supposed to decipher, and another story or lesson between the lines, but the author hasn't left us enough threads to stitch the pieces together. Most readers will be left wanting after the final lines.

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Superb writing

I've rarely read a novel as well written as this. The story and the characters are wonderfully original. It keeps you transfixed all the way to the last page.

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Outstanding book. Loved it & highly recommend it!

The Cemetery Of Forgotten Books series is spectacular! I can't wait for the 4th & final book to come out next year!! :)

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Great story, lousy accents.

Where does The Angel's Game rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I've read the first part of this book in spanish already, but after sitting on my shelf for over a year untouched I wanted to see it's end. If you are familiar with Zafón, then this book is much like his others; for a fan, it does not disappoint. It's a story of gothic mystery and magical realism in Barcelona.

What didn’t you like about Dan Stevens’s performance?

It's not Dan Stevens' fault, but I HATE the way that spanish novels are recast in the dialect and accents of the UK. It's terrible. Maybe it's done for reasons of comprehension, but I'd much rather hear neutral hispanic or iberian accents to narrate a story set in Spain. The British accents really detract from the setting and mood. Thank goodness the story is good, otherwise I would have quit listening.

If you could rename The Angel's Game, what would you call it?

El Juego del Ángel

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nothing like S.O.T.W But....

One of the darkest books carlos ruiz zafon has ever wrote, its a crossbreed between his and stephen king's writing. You will like the book in the begining, hate it, like it again, and cant let go until you finish it.