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The Prisoner of Heaven

Narrated by: Peter Kenny
Series: Cemetery of Forgotten Books, Book 3
Length: 7 hrs and 22 mins
Categories: Fiction, Literary
4.5 out of 5 stars (210 ratings)

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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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Ties together the previous two books

I proffer it is best to have read The Shadow of the Wind and The Angels Game before this.

I loved the first book (thought it was a better story and I enjoyed that narrator more) but the second held its own.

This attempts to tie them both together, which it does, but for me fails to deliver the same atmosphere, mystery and suspense. That said, it is well written with returning characters etc.

Prisoner does leave the ongoing story open for a fourth instalment though which I have not been put off!

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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.

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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!

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as always it delivers

fab story, can't wait to start the next one in the tetralogy. I absolutely love this author

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Brilliant

Love all the books in the series. Superbly written also a great narrator. Shadow in the wind got me hooked. Highly reccomend this book as well.

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Disappointing, not as good as others in the set

Not as good as Zafon's other novels in this series. The story never really gets going and rather goes nowhere very slowly.

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Ties the first two books together

Make sure you've read Shadow of the Wind first. SotW has been one of my most adored books for years, my paper copy has been read and re-read and the story never left me.
Angel's Game and Prisoner of Heaven have never quite had the same effect, but you should read them for completeness of the series.
PoH has some of the beautiful phrases you expect from Zafon and it's consistent in style with the previous two.

However, I would recommend you read PoH as a print book, this narration is terrible. As many other reviewers have said, Fermín, the key focus of this book, was performed with a bizarre and totally out of place northern English accent, completely lacking his wit and vivacity that we love in SotW. Why?! How this left the production room like this is a mystery :(.

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Brilliant!!!

Wonderful story, brilliantly read. Fermin is the greatest character creation in 21st Century. Get this audiobook!!

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3rd book in the Cemetery of Lost Books series

So glad I read this book! It brings together so much of the last 2. I found the second one slightly fanciful and was a bit disappointed. This one however makes the second book make so much more sense. Great trilogy. Can’t wait for the next instalment!

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I cant wait for the next installment......

Loved this story.

Wasn't sure about narrators voice to begin with but it did grow on me. Should say its my first ever audio book.

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  • 02-06-18

So enjoyable

I have loved reading the stories of Carlos Ruiz Zafon books they are enjoyable to read and to listen too.