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It begins with a glimpse or a passing thought. It ends in obsession.One day, a renowned author discovers that his wife, a war correspondent, has disappeared leaving no trace. Though time brings more success and new love, he remains mystified i??i??i?? and increasingly fascinated - by her absence. Was she kidnapped, blackmailed, or simply bored with their marriage? The unrest she causes is as strong as the attraction she exerts. His search for her - and for the truth of his own life - takes him from France to Spain, Croatia and, eventually, the bleakly beautiful landscape of Central Asia. More than that, it takes him from the safety of his world to a totally unknown path, searching for a new understanding of the nature of love and the power of destiny. With The Zahir, Paulo Coelho demonstrates not just his powerful and captivating storytelling, but also his extraordinary insight into what it is to be a human being in a world full of possibility. In Arabic Zahir means 'visible, present and unable to go unnoticed.' It refers to something or someone that ends up being the only thing we can think of. This state of 'possession' can be understood as saintliness or insanity, with a fine line between the two.
©2005 Paulo Coelho; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers
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By GG on 09-13-15

Beautiful and deep read!

Loved this book. Love Paulo Coelho!!!!

Couldn't put it down. He's stunning and captivating as always. And proves in this book that true love means leaving behind our own inhibitions and judgement. Allowing ourselves to be pulled & drawn by what we love and give our whole self.

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By Joshua on 02-27-17

Amazing book

Everything about the book was good, the only thing was that the readers voice is very quiet and soft so listening while anywhere except a quiet room is hard to hear.

Would like it if Audible was able to digitally boost the volume.

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By TChance on 07-15-17

Clearly *not* naratted by Emilia Fox!

Claiming Sir Derek Jakobi and Emilia Fox narrate an audio book when they clearly do not play any part is pretty poor.

I hope other production details across audible are base on fact?!

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By Maria on 05-25-15


The story was repetitive, and somewhat boring not what I expected from the brief description I read before downloading it. The description made it sound more interesting than it turned out to be. There are a few profound and true statements, but not many that really captivates ones interest. Unlike the Alchemist which I listen to every now and then. Sorry this will not be on the list.

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