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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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    w 08-13-16
    w 08-13-16
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    "Such a great story."

    This story moves slowly at first, but I found myself getting caught in the descriptions.

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    Sylvia Aponte 08-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Suspenseful page turner"

    If you like melodrama, this book is for you. The author transports you to a tale of intrigue that will keep you listening.

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    MOJO 08-02-16
    MOJO 08-02-16 Member Since 2013
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    "Slow to start it hang in there"

    It was pretty slow to start. I actually listened to couple of hours, went and finished three other books, and came back and finished it. And boy I'm glad I came back and finished it. It was such a beautiful story of love and loss. Narration was great and half way through the story I started enjoying taking the journey with the characters. Hang in there, you've found a gem.

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    Chemengmom 07-31-16
    Chemengmom 07-31-16
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    "Don't add!"

    I will be reading the reviews for every single book by Penguin Audio in the future. If the author had wanted a backing track, he would have added it himself. I was angry every time the pathetic piano music started to play...LOUDLY!

    Gah!

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    Stephanie E. O'Neill 07-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Tedious & Unfulfilling"

    This was the first book I considered abandoning multiple times. It was long, tedious and convoluted. There was no real suspense, even though it was on a list of most suspenseful books you'll ever read. The music being played over dialogue was ridiculous and distracting, and added no value. If the author insisted on this self-serving addition, he should have done it between chapters. Also, there should be a limit on how many times you can use the same word in one book - tremulous - I lost count after four times. My reviews are generally pretty positive, but I just couldn't get into this one.

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    Jimae 05-26-16
    Jimae 05-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Too dark"

    This story was way too dark and way to complicated for me. My nook group choose it for this month - it will be interesting to hear what they have to say.

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    W. Clark 05-23-16
    W. Clark 05-23-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Spanish version of great expectations"

    This novel has many characters,plots and sub plots. It takes place in Barcelona from the early to mid part of the last century. The story is the journey of the main character, Daniel, from childhood to young adulthood. This journey is carried out while he searches for information about an author, Julio Carax. Daniel and Julio's world parallel and sometimes intertwine. I found it a very satisfying book that brought me all the way to Spain and kept my engrossed until the wee hours of the night!

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    adam 05-17-16
    adam 05-17-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Wonderful!"

    I really loved this book! Great story, great reader, the only thing I didn't care for (as others have mentioned) was the music that at times was distracting. Definitely worth a listen!

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    Vicki R Utah, USA 04-12-16
    Vicki R Utah, USA 04-12-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Love the twists and turns! "

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. There were great characters. It is narrated so wonderfully. I love how it all comes together at the end.

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    sgonk New York, NY USA 03-21-16
    sgonk New York, NY USA 03-21-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Too much telling not enough showing"

    I suspect I am biased because I am not typically a fan of romantic stories. This is definitely romantic (and to me, it is overly so).

    But the biggest problem I have is that each time a mystery is introduced, it is fully explained quickly. Nothing is left to the imagination.

    This story is engrossing, but at the end I was left with a hollow feeling.

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