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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
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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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Just a wonderful book

An incredible journey from the Shadow of the Wind through two other wonderful books and ending up with this epic. I only wish that it wasn’t over.

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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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The best narrator I have had the joy to listen to!

I enjoyed the first two books very much, but this one was certainly the crowning glory.

Apart from the odd graphic description and at times a little too much swearing for my liking, the language is absolutely beautiful and it is easy to get lost in the world that the author is so effortlessly portraying.

What added to my enjoyment of this book was the wonderful narration by Daniel Weyman. Absolutely faultless in my opinion. A wonderful tribute to the storyteller and wordsmith that is Carlos Ruiz Zafon.

I will definitely be listening to this series again!

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Fantastic last book of the series

What an emotional, enthralling series. The books need to be read in order to follow the various characters. Their stories are pulled together in the last book. May Carlos Ruiz Zafron, RIP June 2020. Adiós

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Wonderful

Another fine book in the series. Beautifully drawn and absolutely engrossing. The whole series has drawn me into another world.

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A Feast

Absolutely wonderful. With tears in my eyes, I am contemplating beginning the series of four books all over again. I know that I will some day soon.

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What A Finish

I didn't love this reader but got drawn into the story. Amazing 4 books. Makes me want to know more about the civil war and recent Spanish history.

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Gripping - a great finale

I love this series. Shadow of the Wind was captivating; I lost my way a bit with Angels, but was back intrigued by Prisoner.

Labyrinth doesn’t disappoint as a series end. It takes forward several plot lines from previous books, adds more for good measure, including the complex Alicia Gris - a welcome female lead in the series - and ties together loose ends in a largely satisfying conclusion.

There are a few things I remain confused about, and I had to take notes and reread the previous books to remember who everyone was and what had happened, but it’s such a clever, engrossing world.

The narration was decent, but I found there wasn’t enough variation in the voices. Many sounded alike. Having said that, nothing jarred and the tone was good.

I can’t imagine reading this book before the others. Maybe it would work as a stand-alone, but half of the joy is the recognition of the characters and places from previous plot lines. Even the buildings have characters!

I shall definitely reread.

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Always love a return to the Cemetery of forgotten

Loved it
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Have loved all four books in the series and this is a close second to Shadow

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  • 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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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-04-20

enter into a wonderful world<br />

Loved it.
Great characters and a story that twist and tuns in a world full of love and danger.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-11-19

Everything was perfect

Loved it so much. Loved this story. The narrator made it so good. Changing his voice for each character I d forget it was the same person. Fermin was perfect just the funny guy I had imagined

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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