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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2011 Shadow Factory L.L (P)2012 Orion Publishing Group
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5 out of 5 stars
By Susan on 12-08-13

Fascinating prequel

What did you like most about The Prisoner of Heaven?

It lived up to the high standards of The Shadow of the Wind which I had read rather then listened to and which is great favourite of mine and those to whom I've recommended it.

What did you like best about this story?

Glimpses of Barcelona which I visited recently and complex background to the character Fermin from The Shadow of the Wind. As ever there is a lot of suspense and intrigue from start to finish.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The references to the Spanish Civil War were a reminder of a more brutal and painful Spain than is portrayed today.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I was hooked but made it last for several days.

Any additional comments?

I like Zafon's work; it is impossible to tell it's translated from Spanish.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Alan on 09-07-13

A good read with interesting characters

What did you like most about The Prisoner of Heaven?

The story flows well and describes the characters well, I have read all of this authors books and I an now waiting to see the next as I am sure he will carry on with Daniels story

Who was your favorite character and why?

Fermin comes to life and the story is mainly about him. After his hardships I wanted it to come good for him. A sympathetic character

Which scene did you most enjoy?

The stag party was both a little amusing and a little sad.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Triumph of good over evil.

Any additional comments?

I always find his writing extremeley descriptive and look forward to his next book. It wouldn't,t matter if you hadn't read Shadow in the Wind but it might make you want to read Angels Game as it is mentioned several times.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Andrew on 01-03-18

The Best from Zafon

Would you consider the audio edition of The Prisoner of Heaven to be better than the print version?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Prisoner of Heaven?

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.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

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)!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but in the end I split it over 4 'sittings'.

Any additional comments?

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.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jean on 10-31-16

An enthralling tale

Once again we are treated to a rich tale and deep believable characters. A joy.

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