The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Downloadable Audiobook - 2004 | Unabridged
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Barcelona, 1945--just after the war, a great world city lies in shadow, nursing its wounds, and a boy named Daniel awakes on his eleventh birthday to find that he can no longer remember his mother's face.
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Penguin Audio, 2004
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780786558186
0786558180
9781101194218
1101194219
Characteristics: 1 audio file : digital
Additional Contributors: Davis, Jonathan (Narrator)
Graves, Lucia

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63shsailor
Aug 30, 2020

This is the first book in an enchanting series set in Spain, plotted out over multiple decades. The prequel and sequel to this story are the subsequent books in the "Cemetary Of Forgotten Books" series. As Spain revovered from WWII and it's civil war, people suvived with an oppressive government where former enemies were elevated to positions of power. Through the decades of authoritarian Franco's Spain, an interlaced tale of mystery, crime, fantasy, jealousy and devotion develops. You won't be disappointed, despite the annoying music mentioned below. Unfortunately Mr. Zafon died in 2020, a loss for the readers.

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INVS
May 30, 2019

Thanks for the heads up about the annoying music! One would think the powers might realize that one of the reasons some people choose audio is because they have hearing issues. A clear, well modulated voice with correct pronunciation is critical. Haven't we enough extraneous sound interference in daily life to strain out? Sounds like a good read - read, the operative word.

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jweiner1965
Feb 20, 2019

Excellent read, great book!

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Poquette
Jan 07, 2019

I generally enjoyed this book but am wondering who had the bright idea to add the intrusive and distracting musical soundtrack! At the end it was announced that the music was by the author. I hate to rain on his musical parade, but the music is no less problematic because he composed it.

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SolvayGirl
Oct 17, 2018

I actually could not finish this. The audiobook was difficult to listen to with too much annoying music distracting at various times in addition to a story that I never found engaging.

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maxmillan
Sep 16, 2018

One of the top books this year for me. I listened via audiobooks. Many characters to follow so close attention needed especially because the names are non Anglo but worth it as earlier characters reappear later on. It feels like the storyline splits into many branches. But it slowly and satisfactorily becomes cohesive and full circle. This book offers chuckles, sadness, horror, romance and suspense. So worthy of a reread.

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Uchinaguchi
Jan 15, 2018

I read this book a few years ago and absolutely loved it. After listening to the audiobook version I still believe that books about books are better when read than when listened to. This book has a lot of characters and requires a readers full attention in order to appreciate the intricacies of the plot.

Beautiful command of language but very slow moving and intricate plot, too much like a Russian novel for my taste.

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librarylizzard
Jul 16, 2015

I love books about books and reading, and this did not disappoint. Set in mid-20th century Barcelona (with glimpses into past events) a young boy grows up fascinated with the mysterious disappearance of a talented author. Throughout the years the investigation permeates every aspect of his life, and his relationships with family and friends are tested to their breaking point. It is quite long, especially in the audio form, but gave me weeks of enjoyment during my daily commute. I enjoyed the authentic Spanish pronunciations the narrator uses as well.

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SuzeParker
Jan 10, 2015

Though much darker than The Princess Bride, this book reminded me of that favorite in that it has every element a good story should have: mystery, old enemies, secrets, love and adventure. I could see and smell the Barcelona of the 1940s, all shadowy alleyways and post-Civil War intrigue. I loved the characters, from naive-but-well-meaning Daniel Sempere to elusive Julian Carax to bigger-than-life Fermin Romero de Torres, the kind of loyal, pontificating friend everyone should have. And I really, really loved the idea of a Cemetery of Forgotton Books, hidden from the world behind a heavy door, protected by rows of iron locks and overseen by an ancient caretaker.

Is a movie too much to hope for?

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