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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781609410988
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In the heart of Calcutta lurks a dark mystery.

On a dark night in the 1930s, an English lieutenant fights to save newborn twins Ben and Sheere from an unthinkable threat. Despite monsoon-force rains and terrible danger lurking around every corner of the streets of Calcutta, the young lieutenant manages to get them to safety, but not without losing his own life.

Years later, on the eve of Ben and Sheere’s sixteenth birthday, the mysterious threat reenters their lives. This time it may be impossible to escape. With the help of their brave friends, the twins will have to take a stand against the terror that watches them in the shadows of the night, and face the most frightening creature in the history of the City of Palaces.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “It’s fast-moving and never hesitates, and it quickly sketches the eight young people who inhabit its pages as quirky and likeable individuals, from the taciturn artist, Michael, to the fiery and intelligent Isobel. It’s also a story about stories: tales from the past are woven into the narrative in an elegant way, with the whole book framed by the narrative of the last surviving member of the group.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “Zafón’s young-adult fiction was published in Spain long before he became an international sensation, and it’s fascinating to see, in his second book, premonitory glimpses of The Shadow of the Wind…Zafón makes it look so easy but he’s in a class of his own”

    Financial Times

  • “Zafón delivers an often creepy adventure…populated with some wonderful characters…Zafón adeptly establishes his characters (including some fun and believable teenage repartee) and makes good use of his setting. His Calcutta has many of the mystical elements that many writers associate with the city, but it also shows the political strain of a city subject to years of hostile colonization and ready to break free. Just as importantly, Zafón delivers moments of genuine horror, as well as expert plot twists that move the story along.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Amazing characters, an intricate plot, and a quaint setting make this impossible to put down. Darkness, rain and mist, fire and explosions, labyrinthian neighborhoods, apparitions and pure evil all set the mood for this darkly compelling story set in pre-independent India. Zafón is a masterful storyteller and Graves does an excellent job of translating the story and its suspense in its first American translation. This powerful, complex tale packs a wallop for the reader.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “The sense of dread and mystery that pervades the story and the themes of lost innocence and sacrifice keep readers turning the pages.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The steamy atmosphere of Calcutta is palpable, and the confrontations between the twins and their malevolent nemesis truly terrifying. Perfect for readers who value mood over all else.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Zafón is known for his beautiful, almost lyrical, writing style. In this book, the reader is given the opportunity to experience the oppressive heat and intense rain of Calcutta.”


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About the Author

Carlos Ruiz Zafón is the author of several novels, including the international phenomenon The Shadow of the Wind. His work has been published in more than forty countries, translated into thirty different languages, and honored with numerous international awards, including the Edebé Award, Spain’s most prestigious prize for young adult fiction. He divides his time between Barcelona and Los Angeles.

About the Narrator

Jonathan Davis has received widespread critical acclaim for his narration in a variety of genres. He has won the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009, 2011, and 2012, as well as being a finalist for an Audie in 2007, 2013, and three times in 2014. He has also garnered accolades from Publishers Weekly, USA Today, and AudioFile magazine and has earned more than a dozen AudioFile Earphones Awards.