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The Zahir

Narrated by: Derek Jacobi, Emilia Fox
Length: 5 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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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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Paulo ✍❤

I love all of his books so far! aleph, Alchemist, zahir. next one I will start now. Thankyou.

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  • Top 1% Buyer
  • 13-09-2015

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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  • Candice R
  • 14-02-2018

Another fantastic book with beautiful lessons

I am so in love with learning or recognising the many lessons in these stories ... I started reading but switched to audible beacuse liked the sound of Jaime's voice telling the story.

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  • A.Shah
  • 18-03-2016

Once started to listen could not stop

The story is good
But the narrator is excellent
He made it so vivid and interesting
I loved this book

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  • Joshua
  • 27-02-2017

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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  • Project Engineer
  • 13-12-2016

Great read for those interested or already married

As someone who is currently engaged its an incredible story to hear about love and self-discovery. It puts into perspective what happens when we focus either on ourselves too much or even that of our partners. Couldn't be happier reading and listening to this.

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  • PNW Prime
  • 14-01-2015

Coelho is an incredible story teller (and teacher)

Where does The Zahir rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Ranks in the top 10%

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes, there are large portions of the story that seem to apply personally and I was able to quickly loose myself to the story and the characters.

Any additional comments?

My favorite Coelho book is the Road to Santiago followed by The Alchemist, but the Zahir is excellent. I recommend every Coelho book written, but I recommend that Audible only provide the unabridged versions in the future!

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  • cynthia
  • 01-12-2010

The Zahir

As with all of Chelho's writing, this is a wonderful READ, but this abridged audio loses something. Suggest waiting for the unabridged audio.

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  • S. A.hollywood
  • 21-07-2020

As all Paulo Coehlo books its great story

As all Paulo Coehlo books its great story abou finding the true self and looking to the world in another way

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  • Netman
  • 06-04-2020

Like the book, but sadly abridged.

I love the premise of the book, as I can relate to it. The thought that something can be absent, yest desired so much, that it becomes overwhelming. I understand that.

My only issue with the book is that it's abridged. The full story is better, as I've read it before.

Also, the narrator of the book is not what is listed, but Simon Vance, but that's fine, as he is excellent.

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  • free
  • 21-06-2017

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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  • Maria
  • 25-05-2015

Disappointing

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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  • andrew
  • 17-04-2020

Not sure

I am beginning to wonder if I am not a Paulo Coelho fan

This is the third book of his I have read, and yet again I have come away not impressed. His writing skill is excellent however I do not grasp the story lines sometimes, he wanders, or does not actually ever cover what I think he wants to say.

I am writing this review about two weeks after I finished the book and I really cannot say it stands out.

This story in my mind was not a story, there really was no plot

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  • TChance
  • 15-07-2017

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?!