Zafón writes gothic horror for grown-ups, and he writes with the heart of a poet. To present his stories on audio takes delicacy and impeccable judgment about atmosphere and pacing. The artful production and exquisite performance by Daniel Weyman hit all the right notes. Lovers of Zafón's classic novel THE SHADOW OF THE WIND will relish these shorter tales, reminiscent of Poe but profoundly rooted in Catalonia and Spain. The title city is, of course, Barcelona, and while one story follows action to New York, the layers of history in Madrid and especially Barcelona, from medieval times to the present, give Zafón his true setting, where for him, the Inquisition, Cervantes, and the devil still haunt the Rambla and the Barri Gòtic. Creepy/delicious. B.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2021, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2021]
Trade Ed. Harper Audio 2021
DD ISBN 9780063118126 $17.99
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