We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Angel's Game Audiobook

The Angel's Game

Regular Price:$39.93
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.1 (713 )
5 star
 (281)
4 star
 (269)
3 star
 (122)
2 star
 (28)
1 star
 (13)
Overall
4.1 (521 )
5 star
 (214)
4 star
 (177)
3 star
 (101)
2 star
 (21)
1 star
 (8)
Story
4.5 (521 )
5 star
 (317)
4 star
 (145)
3 star
 (45)
2 star
 (11)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    PaintPots The Hague Netherlands 08-26-09
    PaintPots The Hague Netherlands 08-26-09 Member Since 2002
    HELPFUL VOTES
    68
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    286
    29
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    3
    3
    Overall
    "Meandering, atmosphereic, ok story"

    This just wasn't in the same league as his first novel, The Shadow of the Wind - so that was very disappointing.

    The story meanders and doesn't really seem to hang together. I got lost sometimes. However, use of language is interesting.

    Narration is good. Definitely a book that I wanted to finish - and glad I did.

    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 09-30-13
    Chris Annandale, NJ, United States 09-30-13 Member Since 2017

    "Audible is the most efficient of high quality entertainment."

    HELPFUL VOTES
    8
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    17
    8
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    4
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Wrong narrator! English accent describing Spain."

    After Jonathan Davis's captivating performance reading 'The Shadow of the Wind', I was excited for this sequel to continue my journey in old Barcelona. How shocked and disappointed I was to hear the badly miscast narrator. The clear English accent of narrator Dan Stevens is jarringly out of place reading about Spain. Where 'Shadow's Davis brought warmth and flair to the pronunciations of Barcelona's people, places and passion, Stevens flatly delivers 'Angel's Game' as if reading an article from the UK Daily Mail.

    Get the print edition or eBook in order to imagine Jonathan Davis's authentic narration in your mind.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-07-12
    Michael Kitto Townsville 10-07-12 Listener Since 2009

    from Knowledge Lost

    HELPFUL VOTES
    47
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    271
    19
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "The Angel's Game"

    Carlos Ruiz Zafón takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books with the prequel to The Shadow of the Wind; The Angel’s Game. I for one am glad to be thrown back into this world with the beautiful backdrop of Barcelona (even if there is no mention of my favourite building). Carlos Ruiz Zafón always seems to know how to give the reader a taste of everything with this series; the adventure, romance, tragedy, and the secrets and magic of books. The Angel’s Game tells the story of young writer who is approached by a mysterious man to write a book.

    For anyone that’s read The Shadow of the Wind, you’ll be pleased to know this prequel will see the return of the backdrops you’ve come to know and love; including The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Barcelona’s Raval district, and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. Also Zafón continues to blend gothic and modern storytelling to make yet again another thrilling read. If I’m comparing it to The Shadow of the Wind, sure it doesn’t hold a candle to its predecessor, but the idea to be thrown back into the same universe with a completely different story makes this book worth reading.

    I love what Carlos Ruiz Zafón does with his characters; only revealing so much of these complex people and keeping so much hidden from the reader. A mystery that helps the reader to continue reading in the hope of grabbing a bit more information about this brilliant characters. The Writer David Martin was an interesting character; I really felt the struggle we went through while trying to become a literary sensation. But his love interest Cristina was the biggest downfall in this book, she was completely annoying and I hated David for showing an interest in a woman like her. My highlight character was David’s assistant, Isabella; she was a troubled girl with such a complexity and air of mystery about her that she stole the show (or book).

    Overall I loved this book, it will never be The Shadow of the Wind but it was still a book that every book lover should read and it was such a joy to be back in historical Barcelona again. This was a slower paced book to its predecessor but the struggles of writing made this book for me. I did start to worry that this wasn’t going to be a true prequel but you’ll be pleased to know that Daniel; the protagonist from The Shadow of the Wind does have a role in this novel and it will all make sense in the end. Book three in this series; The Prisoner of Heaven is out now and while I’m disappointed it’s so short, I’m looking forward to reading this book too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Eduardo Queretaro, Mexico 03-05-12
    Eduardo Queretaro, Mexico 03-05-12 Member Since 2010

    MD ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON

    HELPFUL VOTES
    16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    31
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "More fiction"
    Would you listen to The Angel's Game again? Why?

    Yes, it keeps you interested in the strory


    If you’ve listened to books by Carlos Ruiz Zafon before, how does this one compare?

    No


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final one


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Very we'll narrated. The story goes beyond credible facts

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Patricia Somerset, NJ, USA 07-21-09
    Patricia Somerset, NJ, USA 07-21-09
    HELPFUL VOTES
    31
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Entertaining but odd."

    I'd say I was in the 10th hour of this audiobook and joked that I still wasn't sure what it was about. It was entertaining, dark and intriguing but somewhat confusing. I thought I knew where it was going, but ultimately didn't. Kept me entertained but I wouldn't say I highly recommend it and was glad to move on to something else.

    9 of 13 people found this review helpful
  •  
    ANA 05-01-17
    ANA 05-01-17 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    2
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    20
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marlin 04-20-17
    Marlin 04-20-17 Member Since 2017
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer Elmwood Park, Illinois United States 04-18-17
    Amazon Customer Elmwood Park, Illinois United States 04-18-17 Member Since 2012
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "confusing"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Marius 03-15-17
    Marius 03-15-17 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    14
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    54
    23
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    6
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Narration is ridiculous "

    Why whould you use a pompous british accent to describe Spain - the narrator is just ridiculous - this idiot spoiled the book for me

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Pedagogue 02-26-17
    Pedagogue 02-26-17 Member Since 2017
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.