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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (134,747 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafon Narrator: Jonathan Davis Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2005 ISBN:
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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 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.

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.

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.

Translated by Lucia Graves. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Zsuzsanna Krajcsovics | 2/14/2014

    " One of the best book I've read in the last few years. Captured my soul :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 K (Karen) | 2/11/2014

    " I wish I could give this book a 4.5. I love all the descriptive writing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jan | 1/27/2014

    " Een fantastisch boek. Een ware page turner. In een paar dagen uitgelezen. Het laatste deel tot laat gelezen en 's ochtends voor ik naar het werk ging uitgelezen. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Abbie | 1/26/2014

    " I loved this book - couldn't put it down, I wasn't expecting it to be so dark and creepy in parts, as well as sad. I'd recommend this book to anyone, one of my favourites. Can't wait to read the others in the cemetary of forgotten books series. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renee Pujols | 1/23/2014

    " Fantastic historical fiction, taking you through the streets of Spain. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julie | 1/21/2014

    " I LOVED this book! Ruiz Zafon webs a beautifully written story, with an intriguing mix of family ties, mystery, and love. You feel as if you've been transported in and time walking along the streets of old Barcelona! A definite recommended read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Lynn | 12/25/2013

    " I absolutely loved this book from the very first page. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebecca C | 12/23/2013

    " Really interesting story, with lots of twists and turns. While I did predict some of the twists, I wasn't disappointed with the suspenseful nature of the book, or the twists themselves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sendhil | 10/17/2013

    " Zafon is a master story teller. Must read! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stefaan | 9/17/2013

    " Halverwege in de hoek gezwierd. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jstengle | 8/29/2013

    " This is one of the best books I have read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine | 8/4/2013

    " I read this book for book club. The general story was good as was the character development. The book could have been shorter without losing the storyline. Parts of the book were predictable and other parts surprising. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Faith Paul | 5/22/2013

    " This was a book that you can not neither put down or guess what's happening. It isn't until the last 100 pages that it all begins to come together. A very well written book. I can't wait to read the others in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliana | 5/12/2013

    " Um dos melhores livros que li ultimamente! Vale a pena! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 gillian | 5/10/2013

    " Perfectly fine. I just can't help but feel that every time someone writes a mystery, they forsake good writing, beautiful sentences, and inevitably I find some very "convenient" writing which is the worst. This is more of a personal rating against a genre I simply don't enjoy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Matthew Tomik | 4/3/2013

    " I liked this a lot! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheri Hansen | 2/19/2013

    " i want to live in the library described here! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeremy | 12/4/2012

    " Creepy and fun... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Drevil Badd | 10/26/2011

    " really no need to descibe it. :)) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Antoinette | 5/16/2011

    " Stunning book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Deera | 11/14/2009

    " One of the most beautiful novels I've ever read. Will certainly make my top ten for 2013. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Helen Black | 3/12/2009

    " Best book ever - makes me want to own a book shop more than ever "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa Sivelle | 1/28/2009

    " It took a bit for me to get into this one. It seemed to go from this to that but it ended up coming all together and I found myself spending a few extra minutes in the morning reading and hurrying home to read some more. In the end, it all came together. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Victor Bremson | 12/24/2008

    " The Shadow of The Wind is an international best seller written in Spanish and translated. It is a wonderful read. Stories within stories. A walking tour of Barcelona. A wonderful love story. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chip | 8/31/2008

    " Loved this one at the start, not so much at the finish. A good story with some memorable characters. The denouement was much less artful and satisfying than the build up. Can fiction build up and restore what war breaks down and tears apart? There is food for thought in this entertaining romance "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina Frith | 2/21/2008

    " Absolutely loved this book! A real reader's read~ "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa Medina | 1/5/2008

    " Very well written. Couldnt put the book down. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jess28 | 1/2/2007

    " A book made for book lovers, excellent read! Not a predictable book which is refreshing. "

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