The Zahir

  • by Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox
  • 5 hrs and 16 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- GG

this book is the greatest waist of time

What disappointed you about The Zahir?

firstly the title , I had no idea what it means.I really do not want to hear about the damn islam ideas and islam names.
If the author wants to be politically correct and bend to muslim names and ideas he can keep this to himself


What was most disappointing about Paulo Coelho’s story?

the plot is stupid and non modern.


What aspect of Derek Jacobi and Emilia Fox ’s performance would you have changed?

unfortunately the story was idiotic but the reading was great.Great loss.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Zahir?

I would not have published this garbage


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-16-2009
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited