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Publisher's Summary

New York Times Best Seller!

Fans of dark fairy tales like The Hazel Wood and The Cruel Prince will relish this atmospheric and absorbing audiobook based on Guillermo del Toro’s critically acclaimed movie.

Oscar winning writer-director Guillermo del Toro and bestselling author Cornelia Funke have come together to transform del Toro’s hit movie Pan’s Labyrinth into an epic and dark fantasy novel for listeners of all ages, with enchanting short stories that flesh out the folklore of this fascinating world. 

This spellbinding tale takes listeners to a sinister, magical, and war-torn world filled with richly drawn characters like trickster fauns, murderous soldiers, child-eating monsters, courageous rebels, and a long-lost princess hoping to be reunited with her family.

A brilliant collaboration between masterful storytellers that’s not to be missed.

“Perfectly unsettling and deeply felt, this reminded me of the best kind of fairytales wherein each chapter is a jewel that, when held up to the light, reframes how we see the world around us.” (Roshani Chokshi, New York Times best-selling author of The Star-Touched Queen and Aru Shah and the End of Time)

“A fearless and moving adaption of the film, and a gorgeously written, emotional, frightening parable about the courage of young women amid the brutality of war.”  (Michael Grant, New York Times best-selling author of Gone)

©2019 Guillermo del Toro and Cornelia Funke (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Editor's Pick

del Toro and Funke are a match made in heaven
"The first time I watched Pan’s Labyrinth, I was terrified by Guillermo del Toro’s Spanish Civil War-era fable, with its complex commentary on the death of innocence in times of war. This listen was everything I hoped it would be, and somehow even darker than the film (this is not a children’s story). Ofelia’s narrative is interspersed with fairy tales, à la pre-Disney Brothers Grimm, along with del Toro’s tell-tale use of symbolism—shedding light on its eclectic cast of characters."
Mariana P., Audible Editor

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Wow. The movie was beautiful, the book, genius.

Del Torro's movie was beautiful, well-acted, a cinematic masterpiece of storytelling. The book, however, goes even farther, sharing each fairy tail behind the blooming story in a way that makes every part of it so much deeper. Aside from the beautifully done weaving of an amazing magical world, the writing itself is magical and enticing. I'm adding this to my list of all-time favorites.

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Magical. Beautiful. More please.

I have loved this movie for years, but Guillermo del Toro + Cornelia Funke is pure magic. It's hard to imagine the cruelty that was endured during the Franco era of Spain but del Toro's story makes it palpably personal with one of the worst villains in story telling history. This fairytale is pure Mexican and Spanish folklorico surrealism. It's a story that feels as though it was handed down by my grandmother, leaving me always to decipher what was true and was fantasy. This audiobook might be even more magical than the movie.

Edit because I forgot to mention the narrator! Thom Rivera is SUPERB!

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Words can’t describe how amazing this book is

This might be in my top five for favorite/best books I’ve ever read/listened to. I couldn’t put it down; a true genuine masterpiece. I loved it. So addicting and so captivating; I was drawn in instantly. I must admit when the film came out I was like eh; Spanish film have to watch it in subtitles; no real desire. Then the book came out and I was like I wanna read this. The narrator was over the top amazing from the voices to just the way he read. Made this story that much more enjoyable. He was a perfect choice for this book. So anyways I Figured let’s take a shot with this one; amazing from start to finish. I will actually make time and watch the film now because it’ll be easier to follow even with the subtitles. I definitely definitely definitely recommend this book if you enjoy fantasy, fiction, and/or just really great stories. I cannot say enough good things about this book; I love the feeling you get when you finish the last page and a smile creeps across your face. You know you just engaged in something remarkable. People; go get this book; but it, rent it; whatever your thing is. But DEFINITELY READ/LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!

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True To Movie

My first screenplay to book adaptation and it doesn't disappoint.
There were bits that sounded dubbed over, otherwise it'd be a 5 star rating.

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Faithful to the Movie

The movie made me cry. The book made me cry. Pan's Labyrinth, in which the selfless daughter of a poor tailor, Ofelia, stole my heart and ears as I listened to the mini short stories within the book, the best one being the tale of the child eater (toward the end). It brought all of the prior mini stories together. You don't learn anything new, but you gain more understanding as to how the characters became what they were in the movie (and in the story). I wouldn't let small children read this, but it does speak to the inner child in me that believes in magic even when it's dark throughout the tunnel of reality until just at the very end.

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Great narration. Great extension of the movie.

Good narration. I haven't seen the movie in years, but this brought it back and gave the back story I never got with the movie, which helps make it a much more memorable story.

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Helps to understand the movie better

I loved this movie so when I saw this novelization I purchased it. I listened to it during a recent backpacking trip. This was very close to the book with the addition of multiple fairy tales which help to explain how the tasks were developed. Now I want to watch the movie again as I had missed details described in the book. Fun listen. My only criticism is the narrator's accent was occasionally difficult to understand.

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One of the best stories ever told

Thank you Guillermo and Cornelia for giving us this gift of a story. The movie was already perfect, so they could’ve just given us the screenplay in book form. This goes much further than that and gives us a deep and enriching experience, filling out the fairy tales surrounding the main story and bringing it all to magical life! Will definitely be listening to it over and over from now on. Pan’s Labyrinth is beautiful and I love it!

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Fairy tales and monsters are real

Beautifully written and adapted, Guillermo del Toro never fails to transport is into his fantastic worlds. He is one of the most magical story tellers and creative minds, and his monsters are truly beautiful, and often views his villains as mankind, not the monsters. I believe in Monsters. I believe in Guillermo del Toro.
Narration is perfect, writing is perfect. Pan's Labyrinth: The Labyrinth of the Faun is perfect.

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if you like the movie read the book

I bought this book and hopes of sharing the story with my husband who has a hard time reading subtitles in films Pants labyrinth is one of my favorite films and I wanted to share the story with him he thoroughly enjoyed it and is trying to give the movie a chance I on the other hand enjoyed the deeper depth of Ophelia and the labyrinth reading this book was a lot like going through a labyrinth many twists and turns when you think it's going one way you turn the corner and it's another story that I'll connect in the end just like a labyrinth would definitely recommend this to anyone

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