Trade Ed. Penguin Audiobooks 2004
CS ISBN $49.95 Ten cassettes
CD ISBN $55.95 Sixteen CDs
Carlos Ruiz Zafón has written a masterful novel of hope, mystery, and love, made more superb on audio. Originally written in Spanish, the story begins when young Daniel no longer remembers his mother’s face, and his father takes him to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books. There he finds THE SHADOW OF THE WIND, a novel by Julian Carax. Enchanted by the book, Daniel embarks on a search for other works by Carax, and eventually for Carax himself. During his quest, Daniel becomes enveloped in murder, intrigue, and love. Jonathan Davis’s reading is brilliant, and the book is a certain Audie Award nominee. Davis uses a light, but effective, Spanish accent, offering the listener a remarkable sense of authenticity. Davis imbues Daniel with a mix of reverence and innocence that shines through every word. The audiobook also contains periodic musical accompaniment, composed by Zafón, that works surprisingly well. THE SHADOW OF THE WIND has been translated into 20 languages; with its translation into English, American readers can share the beauty of what is destined to be a literary classic. D.J.S. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2004, Portland, Maine [Published: AUG/ SEP 04]
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