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The Labyrinth of the Spirits

Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Series: Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Book 4
Length: 27 hrs and 55 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
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Summary

From the international best-selling author of The Shadow of the Wind.

Barcelona, 1957. Daniel Sempere runs the Sempere & Sons bookshop, is happily married and has a son. No longer the child who discovered the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he is still haunted by the mysterious death of his mother when he was six years old. Meanwhile his best friend and accomplice, Fermin, is about to marry the love of his life. But something appears to be bothering him. One morning, when Daniel is alone in the shop, a mysterious figure enters and buys a precious copy of The Count of Monte Cristo. 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'.

That night Fermin confesses that he was once in prison and that he had to fake his own death to escape. Now his former cellmate has reappeared with a possible key to hidden treasure. But is it a trap? And why is Daniel's wife meeting someone in secret? And who was the sinister figure Daniel's mother went to meet on the night of her death?

The Labyrinth of the Spirits is a stunning Russian doll of a novel, an addictive story that will lure you into a world of plots within plots, where even the shadows have a story to tell....

©2018 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group Limited

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Epic, enthralling and moving

An awesome, epic finale to the Cemetery of Forgotten Books series. This book is more or less 4 books long in itself, making it a mammoth read/listen, but you'll still feel bereft at the end of it, sad that you will no longer be able to engage with the fantastic array of characters that you've got to know so well over the series. I recommend the series of books to anyone, but read them in the right order to get maximum enjoyment.

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Fourth intallment delivers despite minor flaws...

This is the fourth in The Cemetery of Forgotten Books series, and I was an immediate a fan of the audiobooks from the first.

Fans of the series will note this is the fourth narrator as well, and while Daniel Weyman does a good job I found he didn’t provide the varied voices of the previous narrators which disappointed me. With a raft of characters to vocalise, I could only pick out about three different voices. In some exchanges I lost who was speaking between a man and a woman.

Although a longer story by quite a way than the previous stories, this still held its own and was in keeping with the previous books - adding in new plots as well as continuing the previous three books - however contained far less in terms of twists and surprises, or 'other-worldliness'. At this point I should say it not necessary to have read the others but it would be most beneficial if you have, and ties up every loose end I could think of without being contrived; which was great but may have constrained the writer somewhat.

That said, the writing remains beautiful and takes you away to a different time and place, nothing was too obvious and the characters we have loved through the previous trilogy grow with us while new faces are introduced. It kept me entertained for nigh on 28hrs so must be doing something right and I'm looking forward to others by the same author, but feel this series can be put to bed now, wonderful as it was and I thank the author for delvering time after time.

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Sublime.

Beautifully written/narrated. The power of literature at its best. Fighting for the truth and the friendship until the end. The best end for this superb series.

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Just brilliant.

A fantastic conclusion to this saga. If you've read/listened to the first three books.....well then stop waisting time and get stuck in. It's just brilliant.

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Labyrinthine brilliance

Candidate for desert island book, provided I can take all four. A must listen or read. Sometimes books grab your soul. These grab it, squeeze it, and then gently release it again richer and fuller for the experience

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This author is a genius

Carlos Ruiz Zafon is a god when it comes to writing books’ I can’t put into words how he’s books make me feel. The one thing I know for sure is that I’m always sad when the end is near even after 27 hrs of listening!! Every chapter brings something worth while to the table. The Characters are all believable and all have a worth while essential role In the story.

I’ve read everyone one of of Carlos Ruiz books my favourite by far (taking away nothing from the others) is Shadow of the winds. If your a fan also read Marina. This Author can’t write quick enough for me and this series of forgotten books is totally amazing. So beautifully written the description is effortless. I wish I could read Spanish as I fear some of the book may have been lost in translation ridiculous I know 🤷‍♀️

I’d recommend this book to everyone and I do frequently. My advise is Start from the beginning I envy your journey. I will definitely be reading the whole series again at some point. Pure brilliance

The narration is also great 100% all round. Worth every penny of your audible credit

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the best book ever ever ever

I believe that words are superfluous to describe this book and in fact the tetralogy! it is so magistrally written, that anything else pales in comparison. I loved it! will miss the characters.

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Epic end to a brilliant series

This book is long. Really long. But don't let that put you off, its exceptional.

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Brilliant story, grating narration.

I love Zafon and all the previous books in this series, and the story is excellent as expected. However I had to give up on it because the narrator was grating on me just too much.
His reading of the narrative is fine, but I found his voice characterisations, particularly for female characters has such an irritating and somehow sinister quality I had to give up and pick up the hard back instead. I'll read the rest of it with my eyes and listen to something else.

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Simply fantastic.

A fantastic story from a master author. Thank you for sharing this story. Highly recommended!

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  • JLM
  • 08-03-19

Pulled in, entranced, wrung out and uplifted

This performance brought to life the magnificent word pictures that Ruiz Zafon creates. At times horrifying, laugh out love funny (who doesn’t love Fermin?) and achingly beautifully written. A big fan of this series, which I have in hard copy as well, an even bigger fan of the theatre of this reading.

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  • Javier Pined
  • 15-07-19

Buena historia, demasiado larga

En general es un libro recomendable. Podría sin embargo haberse contado la misma historia con la mitad de páginas, sobran muchas partes de relleno