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Marina

Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Length: 7 hrs and 30 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
4.5 out of 5 stars (298 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine."

When 15-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in Barcelona, no one knows his whereabouts for seven days and seven nights.

His story begins when he meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of the city. She leads Oscar to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly 10 o'clock in the morning, a woman shrouded in a black velvet cloak descends from her carriage to place a single rose on an unmarked grave.

When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona - a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons - and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.

Carlos Ruiz Zafon's haunting Marina has long been a cult classic in Spain and is now an international best seller.

©2014 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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Excellent narration

This impressed me as a mash-up of Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera, set in Barcelona. Dark, gothic setting, lots of stormy nights and spectral sightings. A little over-the-top for my taste, although I loved the narration.

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Wonderful!

Absolutely loved it! The only thing that slightly bothered me was that the audio version does not follow the written version 100%. There are a few words here and there that are different but not a very big deal and doesn't detract from the story. I would definitely recommend!

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Painfully Beautiful

If you are looking for a bizarre and convoluted gothic mystery, look no further. This is a beautifully written book, but be prepared to feel like your heart has been kicked when you get to the end.

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Adventure, Love, Mystery & SciFi!!

I have read each of the Author's books as they are released in English. Each has its own appeal. I love all of his books! The plot is a bit macaab.... but kept me on the edge of me seat, wanting to listen to more..... Beware it is a tear jerker!

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Ruiz-Zafon's Favourite Child's

As usual, I was so sad when this story was over. I love the world as it exists in Ruiz-Zafon's mind, knowing that I am safe here in my world. His books are SO realistically scary, in beautiful prose that reads almost like poetry!

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good stuff

Finished it in a day. There's some crazy junk in this book, stay woke ya'll.

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No disappointment in this story

It has the awe and mystery expected from Zafon. A wonderful story on many levels.

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A Gothic Mystery for the Modern Era

When I was a bookseller, "Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a go-to recommendation. It is easily one of my all time favorites.

Zafon's "Marina," does not stir quite the same passion in me, but evenso, I highly recommend it.

With Zafon, it's not about plot or characters, it's all in the melodious language (in translation, no less!) and in the powerful sense of place - by that I do not just mean Barcelona, the "setting" for his books. Zafon's Spain has a mystical other-worldliness, a sense of being out-of-time, despite being very specifically placed in a particular era. I can't truly explain what he does with words!

"Shadow" and the other books in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books series are strange and mysterious. "Marina," a stand alone book, is equally magical, but also macabre and melancholy. Marvelous!

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Amazing read.

The story is smart and unpredictable. The narration is top notch. Highly recommended.
I was actually sad when the book ended.

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Not as good as other zafon novels

I loved the shadows of the wind & the gothic Barcelona in zafon’s books...but this one is just plain over the top corny.