The Prisoner of Heaven

6 CDs. retail ed. unabridged. 7 hrs. Harper Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781445024615. $19.99; digital download. F
Acclaimed Spanish author Zafon returns to the dark streets of Barcelona in 1957 with the familiar heroes of The Shadow of the Wind and The Angel's Game. A mysterious stranger's visit to the Sempere bookshop unearths the dark secret and threatens the bright futures of Daniel and Bea Sempere and their friend, Fermín Romero de Torres. Daniel and Fermín must look back to the early days of Franco's dictatorship and the enigma hidden in the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, a collection of lost treasures known only to those who protect it. Peter Kenny does a splendid job of bringing the diverse cast of characters to life. The soft and eerily sweet voice that he uses for the villain, Vall, is especially noteworthy.
VERDICT Recommended for bibliophiles and fans of Zafon. [The Harper: Harper Collins hc was a New York Times best seller.—Ed.]

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