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The Shadow of the Wind Audiobook

The Shadow of the Wind

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Publisher's Summary

Barcelona, 1945: Just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his 11th birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face. To console his only child, Daniel's widowed father, an antiquarian book dealer, initiates him into the secret of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a library tended by Barcelona's guild of rare-book dealers as a repository for books forgotten by the world, waiting for someone who will care about them again.

Daniel's father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax's work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it, his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona's darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness, and doomed love.

An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller's art.

Translated by Lucia Graves.

©2001 Carlos Ruiz Zafon; Translation ©2004 Lucia Graves; (P)2004 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"If you thought the true gothic novel died with the 19th century, this will change your mind. Shadow is the real deal, a novel full of cheesy splendor and creaking trapdoors, a novel where even the subplots have subplots; this is one gorgeous read." (Stephen King)
"Superbly entertaining." (Washington Post Book World)
"Carlos Ruiz Zafon has written a masterful novel of hope, mystery, and love, made more superb on audio." (AudioFile)
"Part detective story, part boy's adventure, part romance, fantasy, and gothic horror, the intricate plot is urged on by extravagant foreshadowing and nail-nibbling tension. This is rich, lavish storytelling." (Booklist)

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    Holly loux 02-13-16
    Holly loux 02-13-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Great story, a little predictable"

    Loved the story, I think that is may have lost something in translation. The piano pieces throughout the performance were very distracting and unnecessary.

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    beverly Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 02-10-16
    beverly Gulf Breeze, FL, United States 02-10-16 Member Since 2015

    I love listening to audibles !

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    "a lovely enchantment"

    when I finally finished this book...I realized how how enchanted I was with the story and I loved the story
    it's about love and the cycle of love how it history repeats itself but it takes place in Barcelona a romantic city back in a time when love wasn't considered your assigned who to love

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    Nicholas C. Hopkins 01-24-16

    I like: * Pleasant personal descriptions, * Bullet point lists, * Irony

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    "Best book I've read this year"

    I read this book and listened to the audio at the same time. It was among the best literary experiences that I have enjoyed. This is one book where the audio version was better than the written one. The narrator's voice and pronunciation made the streets of Barcelona come alive. The book is amazing in every respect. The storyline is twisty, lush and entrancing. The characters are memorable and completely human. The book is quite funny in parts, but it is not a comedy. The book is filled with romance (in the classic definition of the word), but it is not a romance novel per se. It is definitely twisty and literate. Read it. It is time well spent.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Paula 12-23-15
    Paula 12-23-15
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    "Slow to start, well worth hanging in there."

    I struggled to get into the story in the beginning. However, I was intrigued enough to stick it out and then I was hooked. The way everything tied together was a surprise for me. I guessed some things correctly, but others did catch me off guard. I am glad I stayed with it.

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    Aleks 12-04-15
    Aleks 12-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "One of the Most Beautiful Stories in History"

    I can't even begin to explain the impact that this incredible book has had on me.. Be prepared to laugh cry (a lot), and even scream. It's a mystery, it's a love story, it's a life story. Don't continue living without enriching your soul with this beauty!

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    Seth S. Matheson 11-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Not an instant literary classic, but a fun ride"

    Some of the details of the story and the technicals of the audiobook itself were a little annoying. Regarding the technicals, the music that plays during the recording can get very distracting. Regarding the writing, the author of the book is a bit repetitive with his words (specifically: shadow) and redundant in his imagery. The best character is Fermin Romero de Torres; he seems to be the true poet and master of language, more so than the author of the book itself or the writer described in the story. Overall, it was a fun ride and do recommend it you taking it for a spin.

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    Laurie Boulder, CO, United States 09-28-15
    Laurie Boulder, CO, United States 09-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Overwrought"

    Picked this because of Goodreads review. Could have been a short story. The production was so melodramatic that I had to skip to end. The story line was told, retold, retold and the ending juvenile.

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    Porscha San Antonio 09-16-15
    Porscha San Antonio 09-16-15

    ~Porscha~

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    "it was ok"

    pretty good book. didn't know what to expect. mystery with little suspense. not enough for my liking. but worth the read/listen. may even listen again..narration was good.

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    David San Diego, CA, United States 09-09-15
    David San Diego, CA, United States 09-09-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent Story, Horrible Music"
    Would you try another book from Carlos Ruiz Zafon and/or Jonathan Davis?

    I would try both, if they didn't include the musical interludes that were placed in this book, as I found the music distracted from the story and made the narration in part difficult to listen to. When I listen to an audiobook, I want to actually hear the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I would, but considering how heavily this work describes the world of books, I might be cautious.


    Any additional comments?

    As previously mentioned, I found the music that would play at various points (the beginning and end of chapters) distracting from the story itself.

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    Margaret Miller 09-07-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Almost 100% recommended"

    Wonderful book. Makes me want to visit Barcelona.

    Narrator has a a great gift characterising the voices of each person uniquely.

    The only down side was the music playing from time to time over the narrators voice which was incredibly annoying.

    Despite this I still heartily recommend this book. The story is detailed and spell binding. Listening rather than reading it, especially with such an amazing narrator, allows the listener to hear the correct Spanish pronunciations which I found rather lovely.

    So audible please remove the intrusive background music. It just acts as a distraction not an enhancement.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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