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The Angel's Game

Narrated by: Dan Stevens
Length: 6 hrs and 58 mins
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In an abandoned mansion at the heart of Barcelona, a young man, David Martín, makes his living by writing sensationalist novels under a pseudonym. The survivor of a troubled childhood, he has taken refuge in the world of books, and spends his nights spinning baroque tales about the city's underworld. But perhaps his dark imaginings are not as strange as they seem, for in a locked room deep within the house lie photographs and letters hinting at the mysterious death of the previous owner.

Like a slow poison, the history of the place seeps into his bones as he struggles with an impossible love. Close to despair, David receives a letter from a reclusive French editor, Andreas Corelli, who makes him the offer of a lifetime. He is to write a book unlike anything that has existed - a book with the power to change hearts and minds. In return, he will receive a fortune, perhaps more. But as David begins the work, he realises that there is a connection between this haunting book and the shadows that surround his home.

Set in the turbulent 1920s, The Angel's Game takes us back to the gothic universe of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, the Sempere & Sons bookshop, and the winding streets of Barcelona's old quarter, in a masterful tale about the magic of books and the darkest corners of the human soul.

©2008 Dragonworks, S.L. (P)2009 Orion Publishing Group Ltd

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  • Ilse
  • 23-08-12

I've read it twice and still I'm struggling ...

If you could sum up The Angel's Game in three words, what would they be?

complicated - fascinating - charming

If you’ve listened to books by Carlos Ruiz Zafón before, how does this one compare?

I got more into Shadows of the Wind than this one

What does Dan Stevens bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

It's very nice to listen to him telling the story

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the very end

Any additional comments?

It's complicated with the many characters. I got lost in the many characters and therefor I am still trying to figure out the story. It wasn't bad at all, just a bit complicated to listen to.