The third in the cycle of novels that began with The Shadow of The Wind and The Angel’s Game, The Prisoner of Heaven returns to the world of the Cemetery of Forgotten Books and the Sempere & Sons bookshop. It begins just before Christmas in Barcelona in 1957, one year after Daniel and Bea from The Shadow of the Wind have married. They now have a son, Julian, and are living with Daniel's father at Sempere & Sons.
Fermin still works with them and is busy preparing for his wedding to Bernarda in the New Year. However something appears to be bothering him. Daniel is alone in the shop one morning when a mysterious figure with a pronounced limp enters. He spots one of their most precious volumes, that is kept locked in a glass cabinet, a beautiful and unique illustrated edition of The Count of Monte Cristo. Despite the fact that the stranger seems to care little for books, he wants to buy this expensive edition. Then, to Daniel's surprise, the man inscribes the book with the words 'To Fermin Romero de Torres, who came back from the dead and who holds the key to the future'. This visit leads back to a story of imprisonment, betrayal, and the return of a deadly rival.
Read by Peter Kenny. As both actor and singer, Peter Kenny has worked widely in theatre and broadcasting, appearing with, amongst others, the Royal Shakespeare Company, A&BC, Coventry Belgrade, and the BBC Radio Repertory Company. He is a prolific audiobook reader. Titles include: The Wasp Factory and Look to Windward by Iain Banks.
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I haven't read the print version so I can't answer this question directly other than to comment that the audio edition was/is very engaging and well put together. I think the story would hold up equally in either format. The Narrator was very good and I thought his technique was very well honed.
I love the way that Zafon creates a story that can stand alone but ties into the other two books in this 'series'. Being the third book, each time reference is made to any of the characters in the first two, a tingle creeps up my spine, reminding me of those storeys also.
No one particular scene, but I really enjoyed when Daniel took his friend to the the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, and received the package with the note (I'm trying not to use names to avoid giving bits away)!
Yes, but in the end I split it over 4 'sittings'.
I'm now off to see what else Zafon has written and am thinking about re listening to each in the series. The Prisoner of Heaven is by far my most favorite, I wonder though if this is because it was the third and the main characters were already set for me? Would it have been as good if I read this book first? I think so, but possibly with a different slant.Well done Zafon, you have a life long fan in me.As an Australian, I am planning on taking my first trip to Spain at the moment, and I must admit, a big part of it will be tracing the footsteps of some of the places in Zafon's books, when visiting Barcelona.
An enthralling tale