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.
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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!
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...
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.
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