The Shadow of the Wind

The Shadow of the Wind

Audiobook CD - 2001
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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. 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
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Penguin Audio, c2001, p2004
ISBN: 9780142800805
Characteristics: 16 sound discs (ca. 19 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in
Additional Contributors: Davis, Jonathan (Narrator)
Graves, Lucia


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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.

Feb 20, 2019

Excellent read, great book!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

jwhite412 Dec 15, 2011

I love the concept of a Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and the possibility that every single book in every stack of every row of the labyrinth could have a tale and a history as rich and wondrous as that of the one book Daniel randomly picks off the shelf on his 10th birthday… The Shadow of the Wind. Well written – I saw some of it coming, but not a mile away, and I was still surprised by a few of the twists. The Doppelganger couples of Julian/Penelope and Daniel/Bea seemed a little too banal at first, but wove Julian back into the physical plotline toward the end. I enjoyed the touch of Haunted House Mystery, the touch of Love Story, the Heaping Helping of Literary Mystery (Ala Name of the Rose, Rule of Four), and the FABULOUS characters: especially Daniel, Daniel’s Father (even though he is a minor character) and Fermin Romero de Torres - a homeless man of incorrigible enthusiasm and goodness, who becomes selflessly devoted to Daniel. The book is so well written, in such an interesting style that reveals Julian’s story a little at a time through different sources and narrative voices, that even after being TOLD by Daniel that he will “be dead by the end of the week”, I had gotten sucked back into the narrative and was taken by surprise when the crisis arrived! (Don’t fret, that actually wasn’t a spoiler…)


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