If I was a book quitter....I'd have quit this book.
But alas, I am not.
Even when they are a real stinker. I find myself holding out hope that something miraculous will happen and I will find something to enjoy within it's pages.
The Shadow of the Wind came highly recommended. It was written by Carlos Ruiz Safon in 2001. It became an international best seller and was translated into English in 2004. I checked this one out on audio since I am currently reading (legitimately reading...according to my sister) The Glass Castle. So, The Shadow of the Wind, 16 discs. That's a lot of listening even for me. The first half of the book seemed slow paced. I found myself daydreaming as I listened. I seriously thought about not finishing the book. But then somewhere around disc 10, I had a change of heart. Soon I was guessing outcomes, cheering for Fermin Romero de Torres the sidekick and comedy relief of the story, and booing the villainous, corrupt police officer.
For someone who half listened to the first half of the story, I was pretty proud of myself for guessing the two big plot reveals before they were spelled out for the reader. I like that.
After finishing the book I'd recommend it too. With a warning that the first part is a little slow.