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Marina

By: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
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Carlos Ruiz Zafon's haunting gothic mystery, which has long been a cult classic in Spain and is now an international best seller.

"We all have a secret buried under lock and key in the attic of our soul. This is mine."

Fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of Barcelona. She leads Oscar to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly 10 o'clock in the morning, a woman shrouded in a black velvet cloak descends from her carriage to place a single rose on an unmarked grave.

When Oscar and Marina decide to follow her, they begin a journey that transports them to a forgotten postwar Barcelona - a world of aristocrats and actresses, inventors and tycoons - and reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets. 

©2014 Carlos Ruiz Zafon (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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A Gothic Mystery for the Modern Era

When I was a bookseller, "Shadow of the Wind," by Carlos Ruiz Zafon was a go-to recommendation. It is easily one of my all time favorites.

Zafon's "Marina," does not stir quite the same passion in me, but evenso, I highly recommend it.

With Zafon, it's not about plot or characters, it's all in the melodious language (in translation, no less!) and in the powerful sense of place - by that I do not just mean Barcelona, the "setting" for his books. Zafon's Spain has a mystical other-worldliness, a sense of being out-of-time, despite being very specifically placed in a particular era. I can't truly explain what he does with words!

"Shadow" and the other books in the Cemetary of Forgotten Books series are strange and mysterious. "Marina," a stand alone book, is equally magical, but also macabre and melancholy. Marvelous!

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Painfully Beautiful

If you are looking for a bizarre and convoluted gothic mystery, look no further. This is a beautifully written book, but be prepared to feel like your heart has been kicked when you get to the end.

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Excellent narration

This impressed me as a mash-up of Frankenstein and the Phantom of the Opera, set in Barcelona. Dark, gothic setting, lots of stormy nights and spectral sightings. A little over-the-top for my taste, although I loved the narration.

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Ruiz-Zafon's Favourite Child's

As usual, I was so sad when this story was over. I love the world as it exists in Ruiz-Zafon's mind, knowing that I am safe here in my world. His books are SO realistically scary, in beautiful prose that reads almost like poetry!

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Adventure, Love, Mystery & SciFi!!

I have read each of the Author's books as they are released in English. Each has its own appeal. I love all of his books! The plot is a bit macaab.... but kept me on the edge of me seat, wanting to listen to more..... Beware it is a tear jerker!

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Wonderful!

Absolutely loved it! The only thing that slightly bothered me was that the audio version does not follow the written version 100%. There are a few words here and there that are different but not a very big deal and doesn't detract from the story. I would definitely recommend!

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Wonderfully written with excellent narration

This was a fantastic discovery that I stumbled across. It’s a dark, hauntingly beautiful, “gothic horror” tale. The writing is stunning and atmospheric. I’m thinking it may be a YA novel but I could be wrong. While I don’t consider it “horror” I guess it could be scarier to a younger audience if that was the intention. I had the audio version and the narrator,Daniel Weyman did a superb job. I have now noticed lots of praise about another book of Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind. I must read that one very soon!

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good stuff

Finished it in a day. There's some crazy junk in this book, stay woke ya'll.

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No disappointment in this story

It has the awe and mystery expected from Zafon. A wonderful story on many levels.

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Fantastic, dark story

I couldn't stop listening. I love everything about this book. This is my favorite of Zafon's books.

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