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The Shadow of the Wind

Carlos Ruiz Zafon

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.

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.
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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. 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.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Jonathan Davis

Length:

18h 7m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

13:28


Part 1, Chapter 1
Part 1, Chapter 1

11:53


Part 1, Chapter 2
Part 1, Chapter 2

08:38


Part 1, Chapter 3
Part 1, Chapter 3

13:53


Part 1, Chapter 4
Part 1, Chapter 4

07:31


Part 1, Chapter 5
Part 1, Chapter 5

17:07


Part 1, Chapter 6
Part 1, Chapter 6

21:02


Part 2, Chapter 7
Part 2, Chapter 7

13:53


Part 2, Chapter 8
Part 2, Chapter 8

07:23


Part 2, Chapter 9
Part 2, Chapter 9

16:27


Part 2, Chapter 10
Part 2, Chapter 10

24:27


Part 3, Chapter 11
Part 3, Chapter 11

30:14


Part 3, Chapter 12
Part 3, Chapter 12

12:29


Part 3, Chapter 13
Part 3, Chapter 13

10:09


Part 4, Chapter 14
Part 4, Chapter 14

15:11


Part 4, Chapter 15
Part 4, Chapter 15

20:06


Part 4, Chapter 16
Part 4, Chapter 16

50:15


Part 4, Chapter 17
Part 4, Chapter 17

12:58


Part 4, Chapter 18
Part 4, Chapter 18

15:02


Part 4, Chapter 19
Part 4, Chapter 19

17:01


Part 4, Chapter 20
Part 4, Chapter 20

24:54


Part 4, Chapter 21
Part 4, Chapter 21

23:48


Part 4, Chapter 22
Part 4, Chapter 22

13:36


Part 4, Chapter 23
Part 4, Chapter 23

08:31


Part 4, Chapter 24
Part 4, Chapter 24

19:10


Part 4, Chapter 25
Part 4, Chapter 25

48:04


Part 4, Chapter 26
Part 4, Chapter 26

18:11


Part 4, Chapter 27
Part 4, Chapter 27

06:56


Part 4, Chapter 28
Part 4, Chapter 28

27:58


Part 4, Chapter 29
Part 4, Chapter 29

15:03


Part 4, Chapter 30
Part 4, Chapter 30

16:50


Part 4, Chapter 31
Part 4, Chapter 31

01:21:06


Part 4, Chapter 32
Part 4, Chapter 32

15:50


Part 4, Chapter 33
Part 4, Chapter 33

14:56


Part 4, Chapter 34
Part 4, Chapter 34

28:30


Part 4, Chapter 35
Part 4, Chapter 35

07:22


Part 4, Chapter 36
Part 4, Chapter 36

25:51


Part 4, Chapter 37
Part 4, Chapter 37

04:04


Part 4, Chapter 38
Part 4, Chapter 38

04:55


Part 4, Chapter 39
Part 4, Chapter 39

13:12


Part 4, Chapter 40
Part 4, Chapter 40

13:45


Part 4, Chapter 41
Part 4, Chapter 41

09:42


Part 4, Chapter 42
Part 4, Chapter 42

08:09


Part 4, Chapter 43
Part 4, Chapter 43

08:04


Part 4, Chapter 44
Part 4, Chapter 44

10:35


Part 5, Chapter 1
Part 5, Chapter 1

25:38


Part 5, Chapter 2
Part 5, Chapter 2

17:23


Part 5, Chapter 3
Part 5, Chapter 3

09:40


Part 5, Chapter 4
Part 5, Chapter 4

10:51


Part 5, Chapter 5
Part 5, Chapter 5

09:24


Part 5, Chapter 6
Part 5, Chapter 6

15:40


Part 5, Chapter 7
Part 5, Chapter 7

09:44


Part 5, Chapter 8
Part 5, Chapter 8

17:15


Part 5, Chapter 9
Part 5, Chapter 9

07:07


Part 5, Chapter 10
Part 5, Chapter 10

13:31


Part 5, Chapter 11
Part 5, Chapter 11

39:18


Part 5, Chapter 12
Part 5, Chapter 12

14:07


Part 5, Chapter 13
Part 5, Chapter 13

16:55


Part 6, Chapter 1
Part 6, Chapter 1

08:47


Part 6, Chapter 2
Part 6, Chapter 2

08:27


Part 6, Chapter 3
Part 6, Chapter 3

05:16


Part 6, Chapter 4
Part 6, Chapter 4

23:13


Part 7
Part 7

14:47


Part 8, Chapter 1
Part 8, Chapter 1

10:54


Part 8, Chapter 2
Part 8, Chapter 2

01:03