- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 18 hours and 10 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 6, 2005
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0009MZ7F2
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The Shadow of the Wind Audiobook – Unabridged
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It is a gothic tale set in 1945, Barcelona. Daniel, the bookseller’s son, is introduced to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and makes his selection of one book from the labyrinth to take home and care for. In doing so, he finds himself involved in a real-life mystery. You see, the book he selected was written by a man named Julian Carax, and very well may be the last book in existence by Carax. Someone has been finding the Carax works and destroying them.
I love that it is a book about a book! I love the story, but I also love the writing itself, and how Zafon has a style that makes me want to keep reading. The man is a beautiful writer. The “Angel of the Mist” story that begins on page 233 is a haunting touch, as is Maria Jacinta’s detailing of her encounters with Zacarias (begin on page 260), and the storyline of Daniel and Fermin visiting her in the asylum.
I loved this first book so much that I immediately started reading the second book in the series, and I am about 200 pages in to “The Angel’s Game,” right now! To think, I found this gorgeous read because of a visit to the Book Warehouse over the July 4 weekend, where I unwittingly purchased the third book in the series first!
Mr Zafon's book is engrossing, the characters are so rich you feel you know them, and can picture them in your mind, even the villains. His descriptions of post-war Barcelona is so deliciously evocative, you can feel yourself riding the trams through the neighbourhoods to follow the characters around in that place and time.
When you finish this book, you will feel torn away from friends when you close the cover. However, you can reunite with them again in Zafon's "The Prisoner Of Heaven" which picks up with the characters.
HIghly recommend this if you love mystery, adventure and well-drawn characters.
Daniel embarks on a quest to discover who Carax was, and the story of his tragic life. Along the way he unravels a story of corruption, murder, passion, obsession, and mysterious identity, in the years preceding and immediately following the Spanish Civil War and World War II. This setting provides a rich backdrop which Zafón uses very effectively, creating a malevolent atmosphere that seethes with intrigue, brutality and betrayal. As Daniel peels back the layers of mystery, he finds his own life mirroring that of Julián's, and he finds himself trapped in a web of intrigue and revenge.
Zafón is clearly a very talented writer, who rightly has been compared to Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Luis Borges, but alas in this case he comes up short. The writing displays flashes of brilliance, but the plot exposition is meandering and overly long, with a significant portion of the story being clumsily depicted in the form of narrative letters. His development of the characters is, in the main, masterfully done, with many being memorable and expertly drawn, although others are less well treated. Daniel's adopted uncle, Fermin, for example, is a fascinating individual, while Daniel's father is rather one-dimensional.
Another disappointment for me was the use of language. At times, particularly in the first third or so of the book, I found the idioms strangely constructed in places - whether this true of the original Spanish, or Lucia Graves' translation, I can't say. It was clumsy enough to be distracting, and at times I felt as if the English was written by a non-native speaker.
On the whole, the story is fascinating and pleasurable. I can recommend "The Shadow of the Wind" as a good read, one that I enjoyed myself, but it is also one that is vaguely disappointing, one that made me feel as if the novel that this could have been is merely the shadow of the wind.