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The Prisoner of Heaven | [Carlos Ruiz Zafon]

The Prisoner of Heaven

The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons.

Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him.

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Publisher's Summary

The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of The Wind and The Angel's Game, The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons.

Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes, that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal, and the return of a deadly rival.

Read by Peter Kenny. As both actor and singer, Peter Kenny has worked widely in theatre and broadcasting, appearing with, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&BC, Coventry Belgrade, and the BBC Radio Repertory Company. He is a prolific audiobook reader. Titles include: The Wasp Factory and Look to Windward by Iain Banks.

©2011 Shadow Factory L.L (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group

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    Susan 08/12/2013
    Susan 08/12/2013
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    "Fascinating prequel"
    What did you like most about The Prisoner of Heaven?

    It lived up to the high standards of The Shadow of the Wind which I had read rather then listened to and which is great favourite of mine and those to whom I've recommended it.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Glimpses of Barcelona which I visited recently and complex background to the character Fermin from The Shadow of the Wind. As ever there is a lot of suspense and intrigue from start to finish.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The references to the Spanish Civil War were a reminder of a more brutal and painful Spain than is portrayed today.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I was hooked but made it last for several days.


    Any additional comments?

    I like Zafon's work; it is impossible to tell it's translated from Spanish.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Alan Enfield, United Kingdom 07/09/2013
    Alan Enfield, United Kingdom 07/09/2013 Member Since 2007

    Tell us about yourself! It is my wife that listens to the books in her car and therefore writes the reviews.

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    "A good read with interesting characters"
    What did you like most about The Prisoner of Heaven?

    The story flows well and describes the characters well, I have read all of this authors books and I an now waiting to see the next as I am sure he will carry on with Daniels story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Fermin comes to life and the story is mainly about him. After his hardships I wanted it to come good for him. A sympathetic character


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The stag party was both a little amusing and a little sad.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Triumph of good over evil.


    Any additional comments?

    I always find his writing extremeley descriptive and look forward to his next book. It wouldn't,t matter if you hadn't read Shadow in the Wind but it might make you want to read Angels Game as it is mentioned several times.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mrs. United Kingdom 15/08/2012
    Mrs. United Kingdom 15/08/2012 Member Since 2011
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    "Captivating!"

    Having read Zafon's other books it was great to be re-introduced to the same characters. The book beautifully develops the friendship between Daniel and Fermin leading ultimately to Fermin sharing about his past. The insight into human relationship and character under extreme difficult circumstances is so well written and Zafons ability to draw the reader into the lives of the character continues to enthrall. Brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Biggin Hill, United Kingdom 06/03/2013
    Paul Biggin Hill, United Kingdom 06/03/2013 Member Since 2012

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    "Disappointing from Carlos"

    When I found this book available I immediately downloaded it. I love Carlos Ruiz Zafron's writing. But this book failed to engage me like his others. I'm sorry for this series, this was one book too many in my opinion...

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    david manchester, United Kingdom 05/08/2012
    david manchester, United Kingdom 05/08/2012
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    "Poor Narration"

    The book is ok. Not as good as Shadow of The Wind or Angel's Game. The real problem is the narration. The guy who reads it has a voice which would be perfect for CBBC and as such, all the dark and spooky atmosphere that Zafon works so hard to create is destroyed. Also, as the narrator is English, all the great characters who populate Barcelona in the 1930s - 1950s era of the book, have Yorkshire or Cockney accents. It's a Spanish book about Spanish people living in Spain. Why not get a Spaniard who speaks English to read it? Utterly ruined the book for me. I wish I'd bought the paper version.

    2 of 6 people found this review helpful
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