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The Angel's Game Audiobook

The Angel's Game

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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

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)

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    Katherine 02-11-17
    Katherine 02-11-17
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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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    K. F. 12-28-16
    K. F. 12-28-16 Member Since 2015
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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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    Albert 10-25-16
    Albert 10-25-16 Member Since 2016
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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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    Brian 10-10-16
    Brian 10-10-16
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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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    Mini.rosita 07-14-16
    Mini.rosita 07-14-16 Member Since 2008
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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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    Amazon Customer 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
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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.

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    Sam Sydney, Australia 02-03-16
    Sam Sydney, Australia 02-03-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Interesting failure"

    There are structural and pacing issues here that severely limit the success of the story overall. Potentially compounded by the translation, although it seems excellent, given the number of fine sentences throughout the text. And despite the issues, it was rewarding to listen to a long book that wasn't an endless exercise in exposition.

    For a story that is set in Barcelona, Dan Stevens has a strange habit of slipping into a Welsh accent for minor characters. As Tolkien might have said, all roads lead back to Welsh.

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    bleepin UT 10-22-15
    bleepin UT 10-22-15
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    "A must read !!!"

    Sink into the dreams and nightmares at the same time with David And the angel "The boss"
    Making it a reality it's up to you.

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    Cheryl 06-11-15
    Cheryl 06-11-15 Member Since 2010
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    "Great plot!"

    As I approached the end of this novel I couldn't guess at the ended. Counlnt put it down.

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    Melissa 06-01-15
    Melissa 06-01-15
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    "Amazing"

    Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a true artist of words and continues to never disappoint. He touches hearts with every word here writes. Read it.

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