Cemetery of Forgotten Books

10 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 5,624 ratings

The Shadow of the Wind Publisher's Summary

Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax.

But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find. Then, one night, as he is wandering the old streets once more, Daniel is approached by a figure who reminds him of a character from La Sombra del Viento, a character who turns out to be the devil. This man is tracking down every last copy of Carax's work in order to burn them. What begins as a case of literary curiosity turns into a race to find out the truth behind the life and death of Julian Carax and to save those he left behind. A page-turning exploration of obsession in literature and love, and the places that obsession can lead.

©2011 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2011 Orion Publishing Group Limited
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  • Book 1

    • The Shadow of the Wind

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Daniel Philpott
    • Length: 17 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 160
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 158

    Hidden in the heart of the old city of Barcelona is the 'cemetery of lost books', a labyrinthine library of obscure and forgotten titles that have long gone out of print. To this library, a man brings his 10-year-old son Daniel one cold morning in 1945. Daniel is allowed to choose one book from the shelves and pulls out 'La Sombra del Viento' by Julian Carax. But as he grows up, several people seem inordinately interested in his find.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A book with depth and a story well told<br />

    • By Marius on 03-11-17

    Regular price: $15.98

    • The Shadow of the Wind

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
    • Length: 18 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3,879
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2,744
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 2,762

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Have the book handy

    • By Rebecca on 07-17-05

    Regular price: $38.50

  • Book 2

    • The Angel's Game

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 15 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 926
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 712
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 711

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My Favorite Book!

    • By bluebelle on 02-24-12

    Regular price: $39.93

    • The Angel's Game

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
    • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
    • Length: 15 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Fantastic narration and story!

    • By ar43r on 01-02-14

    Regular price: $20.02

  • Book 3

    • The Prisoner of Heaven

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • So enjoyable

    • By disco on 06-02-18

    Regular price: $20.24

    • The Prisoner of Heaven

    • A Novel
    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 463
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 403
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 406

    Internationally acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafon takes us into a dark, gothic Barcelona and creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them. Barcelona, 1957. It is Christmas, and Daniel Sempere and his wife, Bea, have much to celebrate. They have a beautiful new baby son named Julian, and their close friend Fermin Romero de Torres is about to be wed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Brings together the stories from previous 2 books

    • By MissSusie66 on 07-17-12

    Regular price: $21.67

    • The Prisoner of Heaven

    • A Novel
    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
    • Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Once again, internationally acclaimed, New York Times best-selling author Carlos Ruiz Zafón creates a rich, labyrinthine tale of love, literature, passion, and revenge, set in a dark, gothic Barcelona, in which the heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game must contend with a nemesis that threatens to destroy them.

    Regular price: $21.67

  • Book 4

    • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

    • A Novel
    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 129
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 120

    Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as an investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the 29-year old plans to move on. At the insistence of her boss, Leandro Montalvo, she remains to solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls. 

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Zafon can spin a masterful tale!

    • By Eric S Fuller on 10-24-18

    Regular price: $30.79

    • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon, Lucia Graves
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 5
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 4
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 4

    From the international best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind. Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him....

    Regular price: $21.81

    • The Labyrinth of the Spirits

    • A Novel
    • By: Carlos Ruiz Zafon
    • Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
    • Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 1

    Nine-year-old Alicia lost her parents during the Spanish Civil War when the Nacionales (the fascists) savagely bombed Barcelona in 1938. Twenty years later, she still carries the emotional and physical scars of that violent and terrifying time. Weary of her work as an investigator for Spain’s secret police in Madrid, a job she has held for more than a decade, the 29-year old plans to move on. At the insistence of her boss, Leandro Montalvo, she remains to solve one last case: the mysterious disappearance of Spain’s Minister of Culture, Mauricio Valls.

    Regular price: $30.79