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Publisher's Summary

The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of The Wind and The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons.

Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes, that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal, and the return of a deadly rival.

Read by Peter Kenny. As both actor and singer, Peter Kenny has worked widely in theatre and broadcasting, appearing with, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&BC, Coventry Belgrade, and the BBC Radio Repertory Company. He is a prolific audiobook reader. Titles include: The Wasp Factory and Look to Windward by Iain Banks.

©2011 Shadow Factory L.L (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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So enjoyable

I have loved reading the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafon books they are enjoyable to read and to listen too.

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  • Susan
  • 12-08-13

Fascinating prequel

What did you like most about The Prisoner of Heaven?

It lived up to the high standards of The Shadow of the Wind which I had read rather then listened to and which is great favourite of mine and those to whom I've recommended it.

What did you like best about this story?

Glimpses of Barcelona which I visited recently and complex background to the character Fermin from The Shadow of the Wind. As ever there is a lot of suspense and intrigue from start to finish.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The references to the Spanish Civil War were a reminder of a more brutal and painful Spain than is portrayed today.

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

I was hooked but made it last for several days.

Any additional comments?

I like Zafon's work; it is impossible to tell it's translated from Spanish.

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  • Mrs.
  • 08-15-12

Captivating!

Having read Zafon's other books it was great to be re-introduced to the same characters. The book beautifully develops the friendship between Daniel and Fermin leading ultimately to Fermin sharing about his past. The insight into human relationship and character under extreme difficult circumstances is so well written and Zafons ability to draw the reader into the lives of the character continues to enthrall. Brilliant!

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  • Tim P.
  • 05-15-18

Ties together the previous two books

I proffer it is best to have read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angels Game before this.

I loved the first book (thought it was a better story and I enjoyed that narrator more) but the second held its own.

This attempts to tie them both together, which it does, but for me fails to deliver the same atmosphere, mystery and suspense. That said, it is well written with returning characters etc.

Prisoner does leave the ongoing story open for a fourth instalment though which I have not been put off!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-29-17

I cant wait for the next installment......

Loved this story.

Wasn't sure about narrators voice to begin with but it did grow on me. Should say its my first ever audio book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-16-17

Love this book, but why does Fermin have a strange northern English accent.

I adore this trilogy. Have read and listened to them many times. I cannot bear to continue with this past chapter 7.
Fermin sounds like he might say "eh by gum" any second.
Bizarre! Ruined it for me. Why the ridiculous accent?
Waste of money.
Wouldn't recommend to anyone.
I'm sure C L Zafon would be horrified.
Pity, as it's a super story.

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  • claudia
  • 03-12-17

so and ao

the book although interesting lacked the intensity and suspense of the first two books. mediocre

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  • jesjaspers
  • 11-19-16

The story continues

Great narration as I have come to expect from Peter Kenny to bring to life the continuance of a great story from Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Can't wait for the next one !

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  • Nicky
  • 08-01-15

Prisoner of heaven

Waited for ages for this story. Well read, I did enjoy it but not as gripping or interesting as the last books. That said it still kept my attention to the end

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  • Mr Stuart Bradford
  • 04-15-15

Not a patch on shadow of the wind

Having loved the 1st book in the series and mostly enjoyed the second, this was very disappointing.

Really didn't like the narration, felt like listening to a children's book and as mentioned by others the northern accent which was used for the main character was totally out of place.

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  • Gary P.
  • 02-24-15

Great, with one bugbear.

Really like this story, and am really enjoying knowing these characters. One annoyance: despite obviously being set in Spain with Spanish characters, for some inexplicable reason the narrator chose to voice Fermin with a north east English accent. Bizarre, and slightly off-putting.

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  • Andrew
  • 01-03-18

The Best from Zafon

Would you consider the audio edition of The Prisoner of Heaven to be better than the print version?

I haven't read the print version so I can't answer this question directly other than to comment that the audio edition was/is very engaging and well put together. I think the story would hold up equally in either format. The Narrator was very good and I thought his technique was very well honed.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prisoner of Heaven?

I love the way that Zafon creates a story that can stand alone but ties into the other two books in this 'series'. Being the third book, each time reference is made to any of the characters in the first two, a tingle creeps up my spine, reminding me of those storeys also.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

No one particular scene, but I really enjoyed when Daniel took his friend to the the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and received the package with the note (I'm trying not to use names to avoid giving bits away)!

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

Yes, but in the end I split it over 4 'sittings'.

Any additional comments?

I'm now off to see what else Zafon has written and am thinking about re listening to each in the series. The Prisoner of Heaven is by far my most favorite, I wonder though if this is because it was the third and the main characters were already set for me? Would it have been as good if I read this book first? I think so, but possibly with a different slant.Well done Zafon, you have a life long fan in me.As an Australian, I am planning on taking my first trip to Spain at the moment, and I must admit, a big part of it will be tracing the footsteps of some of the places in Zafon's books, when visiting Barcelona.

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  • Jean
  • 10-31-16

An enthralling tale

Once again we are treated to a rich tale and deep believable characters. A joy.

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  • Elly
  • 10-23-15

Always pulls you in

When I met Daniel Sempere in The Shadow of the Wind I instantly fell in love with the world he lives in, followed close behind was the love and obsession for Juilan Carax. Fortunately, Carlos Ruiz Zafon wrote follow up books that drew me in again from start to finish. The way he writes has an insane way of making you believe you are inside his mind. In The Prisoner of Heaven we get to learn about who Fermin was before he met Daniel and what lead him to live on the streets. Exceptional book and will be reading again.