Audio Book Review: Marina by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Release Date: July 22, 2014
Publisher: Hatchette Audio
Format: Audio
Length: 7 hours 30 minutes
Narrator: Daniel Weyman
Genre:  Gothic Mystery
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When Fifteen-year-old Oscar Drai suddenly vanishes from his boarding school in Barcelona, no one knows his whereabouts for seven days and seven nights.

His story begins when he meets the strange Marina while he's exploring an old quarter of the city. She leads Oscar to a cemetery, where they watch a macabre ritual that occurs on the last Sunday of each month. At exactly ten 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--an reveals a dark secret that lies waiting in the mysterious labyrinth beneath the city streets.


I fell in love with this author after reading Shadow of the Wind - this book has a similar feel.  A creepy mystery. It all starts one day when 15 year old Oscar stumbles upon a house he thinks is empty only to stumble upon Hermon and his daughter Marina and an even deeper mystery surrounding a disfigured opera singer and a man who built prosthetic limbs.

As with most of Zafon's books this one is very atmospheric, you can feel the fog as it rolls through the night, hear the hoof beats of the horses, and feel the soft coat of Marina's cat. A masterful storyteller Zafon transports us to Barcelona, and a creepy tale about first love, loss, and letting go.

Scary, sad and beautiful this book doesn't disappoint. Daniel Wyman really does this book justice with his reading. He brings you even deeper into the story with his hypnotic voice.

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