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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (27,469 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Paulo Coelho Narrator: Jamie Glover Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2009 ISBN:
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alden | 2/2/2014

    " It was a long, yet a satisfying read, and I guess that was also the downside of it. It was very long, considering the fact that it looked like the story has just been stretched. During the course of my reading, I often wonder when will the narrator find his wife. And as I was approaching to the end of the story, I felt excited for anticipation. And yes, it was a tear-jerking ending specially for the narrator. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kate | 1/26/2014

    " Meh, I think both the main character and his wife were pretty selfish middle class hippies and I didn't really have much sympathy for the characters. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Athanark | 1/18/2014

    " Ya al final como que me impuse a la tortura. El contenido esta interesante para alguien que no se detiene a pensar del todo. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Devy Pradnyani | 1/18/2014

    " can't imagine love could be transformed to the endless suffering but also deep meaning... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sybill ♥ | 1/8/2014

    " pretty good book, left me thinking "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ayat Mahmoud | 1/7/2014

    " Really enjoyed the journey with this book, but didn't like the ending though! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Raviteja Reddy | 12/14/2013

    " After reading alchemist I had a very good opinion about Paulo's works and then this book completely disappointed me. i felt like throwing the book into fire after I finished reading it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luis Alonso | 12/13/2013

    " Men is always in persiut of habppiness. Hard thing is, that doesn't know how to find it. So "may try something different". That is why people go to land far away. And as the says goes, no one knows what he/she has until it is lost. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Desi | 12/6/2013

    " It had some interesting thoughts here and there. It was a different kind of book for me. In some places, what the character(s) were talking about would be interesting and would make sense. In other places it made me think, what is this hippy crap? Overall, it was just ok. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Miruna | 11/13/2013

    " Too idealistic for my taste. However, I do agree with the main idea of the book: finding oneself is the foundation for the quality of one`s life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 AJ | 11/11/2013

    " This is my first Coelho book. We will always have a special relationship. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Thomas Andrikus | 11/11/2013

    " One of the more confusing books of Paulo Coelho. By the end of the story, I cannot help but wonder what the protagonist had actually learned from his mistakes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Izayoi | 10/30/2013

    " i love this book, is all "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Summer Munger | 10/18/2013

    " Hated the end and the lengthy chats with the self-important hippies, but the rest of the book was pretty solid. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Djenane | 8/22/2013

    " After reading this book my mind was blank one moment i thought i understood what was going on and then i was lost. I will have to read this book again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ben | 7/29/2013

    " Many inspiring moments that seem about to break through to something profound, but I never sensed a coherent vision or philosophy to unite the book as a whole. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Abdul Wahab | 1/8/2013

    " A remarkable quest in search of love and self "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gabriela | 5/22/2012

    " The description is misleading, I was expecting something completely different. I do like Coelho's writing so I enjoyed it but not as much as The Alchemist. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gita | 1/26/2012

    " I am big fan of Paulo Coelho, Very Interesting story.. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Feliz Jameela | 7/13/2011

    " the worst coelho book so far... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ravi | 5/20/2011

    " The pace was too slow, but I loved Coelho's obsession with details, and knack to portray characters multi dimensionally with their past, sins, love etc. I certainly find his books amazing, they open multiple windows of thought for me. Zahir is certainly one such book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/15/2011

    " In the middle of the book right now. Really amazing how the author can describe the feelings of a protagonist. It truly amazes me. I even found a LOT of parallels with the relationship between characters in the book and the characters in my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathleen | 5/11/2011

    " I think it was absolutely brilliant. Very insightful and inspirational. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Firoz_azwer | 5/10/2011

    " the only reason i didn't want to put this book down after the first few chapters is because i have a bad habit of finishing what i start. One of the worst books i've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gita | 5/9/2011

    " I am big fan of Paulo Coelho, Very Interesting story.. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nasreen | 5/8/2011

    " Non male anche se in alcuni punti mi ha un po' annoiata...
    Ma resta comunque uno dei libri più belli scritti da Coelho "

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About the Author
Author Paulo Coelho

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 Narrator

Jamie Glover was trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. He has appeared on stage in productions of The Cherry Orchard and Mother Tongue. His many radio credits include Ben Hur and Sherlock Holmes, and on television he has had roles in Brother Cadfael, The Broker’s Man, and Breaking Up. His film work includes Age of Treason, which was directed by Kevin Connor.