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Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: Paul Boehmer, Hillary Huber, J. Paul Boehmer Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2016 ISBN: 9781524752286
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In his new novel, Paulo Coelho, bestselling author of The Alchemist and Adultery, brings to life one of history's most enigmatic women: Mata Hari. 

HER ONLY CRIME WAS TO BE AN INDEPENDENT WOMAN
 
When Mata Hari arrived in Paris she was penniless.  Within months she was the most celebrated woman in the city.
 
As a dancer, she shocked and delighted audiences; as a courtesan, she bewitched the era’s richest and most powerful men.
 
But as paranoia consumed a country at war, Mata Hari’s lifestyle brought her under suspicion. In 1917, she was arrested in her hotel room on the Champs Elysees, and accused of espionage.
 
Told in Mata Hari’s voice through her final letter, The Spy is the unforgettable story of a woman who dared to defy convention and who paid the ultimate price. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Coelho uses Mata Hari’s story to illustrate how an individual’s fate can be caught up in the effort by the powers-that-be to distract the public from the horrific realities of their circumstances.”

    Booklist

  • Spiritualists and wanderlusts will eagerly devour . . . [Coelho’s] search for all things meaningful. The Washington Post
  • [The Spy is a] masterful new novel. Bookpage
     
  • Coelho, whose books have sold more than 200 million copies worldwide, has taken the Mata Hara story and fashioned it into a short dynamo of a novel. Los Angeles Times
  • A striking novel. . . . By the end, readers will believe they’ve read [Mata Hari’s] actual letters. Publisher’s Weekly
     
  • Coelho has created a portrait of an anachronistic woman, who was destroyed by her times and became a legend. Paste Magazine
  • A novelist who writes in a universal language. The New York Times
  • “[In] Coehlo’s striking novel…he displays an ability to inhabit her voice. Through the letters, he illustrates the difficulties of being an independent woman in that time and place. By the end, readers will believe they’ve read Zelle’s actual letters.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Coelho’s novel about Mata Hari…hews closely to the facts. A prologue reveals what we already know from history…What follows is a grim comedy of errors…The absurdity of the charges against Mata Hari comes through clearly.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Hillary Huber uses an indeterminate European accent to voice Mata Hari’s thoughts, which is fitting for the young Dutch woman who was dead set on making Paris her home. Huber’s performance highlights Mata Hari’s many layers, including her naïve trust in men and her passion to live life on her own terms. Paul Boehmer’s believable French accent, colored with sorrow and frustration, is appropriate for the accused woman’s lawyer, Edouard Clunet.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author

Paulo Coelho is a New York Times bestselling author. His books have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide and have been translated into 68 languages and published in 150 countries. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious international awards and was inducted at the Brazilian Academy of Letters in 2002. In 2007 he was named a United Nations Messenger of Peace by the UN Secretary-General.

About the Narrators

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.

Hillary Huber, a Los Angeles–based voice talent with hundreds of commercials and promos under her belt, was bitten by the audiobook bug in 2005. She now records books on a regular basis and has been nominated for several Audie Awards and won numerous Earphones Awards.

Paul Boehmer is an American actor best known for his numerous appearances in the Star Trek universe. He began his audiobook work in 2000 and has since lent his voice to many fiction and nonfiction titles. He has won several AudioFile Earphones Awards as well as the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration in 2009 and 2014. Between books, he is active in regional theaters across the country. His television appearances include guest spots on Nip/Tuck and Numb3rs.