The Shadow of the Wind (Unabridged‪)‬

    • 4.4 • 192 Ratings
    • $19.99

    • $19.99

Publisher Description

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. 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. Daniel’s father coaxes him to choose a volume from the spiraling labyrinth of shelves, one that, it is said, will have a special meaning for him. And Daniel so loves the novel he selects, The Shadow of the Wind by one Julian Carax, that he sets out to find the rest of Carax’s work. To his shock, he discovers that someone has been systematically destroying every copy of every book this author has written. In fact, he may have the last one in existence. Before Daniel knows it his seemingly innocent quest has opened a door into one of Barcelona’s darkest secrets, an epic story of murder, magic, madness and doomed love. And before long he realizes that if he doesn’t find out the truth about Julian Carax, he and those closest to him will suffer horribly.

As with all astounding novels, The Shadow of the Wind sends the mind groping for comparisons—The Crimson Petal and the White? The novels of Arturo Pérez-Reverte? Of Victor Hugo? Love in the Time of Cholera?—but in the end, as with all astounding novels, no comparison can suffice. As one leading Spanish reviewer wrote, “The originality of Ruiz Zafón’s voice is bombproof and displays a diabolical talent. The Shadow of the Wind announces a phenomenon in Spanish literature.” An uncannily absorbing historical mystery, a heart-piercing romance, and a moving homage to the mystical power of books, The Shadow of the Wind is a triumph of the storyteller’s art.

Jonathan Davis
hr min
January 1
Penguin Audio

Customer Reviews

jetman771 ,


I really enjoyed this book. The Narrorator was totally fantastic. I hope to find another book that I enjoyed this much. I was suprised that the book was so good for the price. All of the other books here are so expensive. Don't pass this one up.

rfilley ,

Fabulous book - well worth the read!!!!

I received this audiobook as a gift, and wasn't all that excited to read it - not the type of book I would typically buy. The first few chapters were quite slow, but once the storyline was established, the book was riveting. The character development is fabulous - the narration added incredibly (which can make a HUGE difference in, at least, my enjoyment of audiobooks). A friend who was raised in Barcelona read this book and told me the descriptions of Barcelona took him back to his childhood, when he lived there. He said the desciptions of the city are amazing accurate.

What I really loved about this book were the twists in the story line - NOT predictable. The ending was a complete surprise. I highly recommend this book - don't worry if the first few chapters seem a bit flat - the book will definitely grip your soul along the way.

Babz361 ,

A rare find

A book about a book... I received this book as a gift from a "reading buddy". When I first read the jacket I was disappointed because it didn't seem like something I'd typically enjoy, but I was headed to the airport and decided to give it a try. Suffice to say that the 8 hour flight to Frankfurt literally and figuratively "flew" by. I got lost in the pages so quickly that I had a hard time responding to the flight attendants. Since the first read about 3 years ago, I have picked up the book and re-read it at least once every six months and it never fails to amaze and entrance me. I've recommended it to over 15 of my friends and co-workers and without exception each one of them has loved it just as I do. It is a treasure to be enjoyed again and again. In fact I'm headed to Barcelona next month to take the "Shadow of the Wind" tour. Do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book.

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