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By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept Audiobook

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept: A Novel of Forgiveness

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Publisher's Summary

From Paulo Coelho, author of the international best seller The Alchemist , comes a poignant, richly poetic story that reflects the depth of love and life.

Rarely does adolescent love reach its full potential, but what happens when two young lovers reunite after 11 years? Time has transformed Pilar into a strong and independent woman, while her devoted childhood friend has grown into a handsome and charismatic spiritual leader. She has learned well how to bury her feelings...and he has turned to religion as a refuge from his raging inner conflicts.

Now they are together once again, embarking on a journey fraught with difficulties, as long-buried demons of blame and resentment resurface after more than a decade. But in a small village in the French Pyrenees, by the waters of the River Piedra, a most special relationship will be reexamined in the dazzling light of some of life's biggest questions.

©2006 Paulo Coelho; (P)2009 Phoenix

What the Critics Say

"Coelho's familiar message about the spirituality of love will please his devoted following." (Booklist)
"Sex and God whipped into a tasty mayonnaise." (Kirkus Reviews)

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    Rosalia RIALTO, CA, USA 03-23-10
    Rosalia RIALTO, CA, USA 03-23-10
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    "Beautiful"

    A beautiful love story. If you are a catholic/christian you will really enjoy it. The readers accent was fantastic and suits the character well.Totally worth it. Paulo Coehlo did another great job!!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Farina 07-09-15
    Farina 07-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    Oh my GOD !!! What a book !
    It's not just the story but the message and the words and the thoughts it evokes and brings to life from the subconscious to the conscious .......the truth . The narration was Excellent.

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    Ashutosh Kumar 05-16-16
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    "A walk with my soul, waking from awake."

    loved it like my own soul. Read it to revelations, lived it once again. And learnt, to live it again, but much better! Gracia You noble preacher!

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    Althea 04-02-16
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    "A literary treasure"

    Coelho has a way of writing stories that are altogether a fantasy in which to get lost but that maintain elements of familiarity which make the lessons shared all the more impactful.This book is promoted as one about forgiveness. It really unpacks the complexity of this concept and reveals how love, faith and grieving are all components of forgiveness. I feel so content and satisfied with the read. I appreciated Zimbalist's narration and that her accent aided in bringing to life the story set mainly in Southwestern Europe. There were some audio recording malfunctions where there was static and crackling noises. Overall, the novel is a literary treasure. I'm better for it.

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    Jesse Dio 10-14-15
    Jesse Dio 10-14-15
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    "Just as good as The Alchemist"
    What made the experience of listening to By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept the most enjoyable?

    The narrator Stephanie Zimbalist and the background music that would pop up at times throughout the story.


    What about Stephanie Zimbalist’s performance did you like?

    Lover her accent and tone of voice. It fit the story perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    Such a great book. It has everything you would expect from Paulo. The story isn't religious, it's spiritual just like all of Paulo's books. Although the story is fiction, the things, tales and people that are talked about are all real, which makes the book that much more magical. I rank this book as high as The Alchemist. Stephanie Zimbalist does a great job with the narration as well. Highly Recommended!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lori from Utah 09-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A story of true love with deep meaning"

    I loved the Alchemist. So I decided to listen to another book by Paulo Coelho. This is a story about true love and sacrifice. The Alchemist is still my favorite but this story of true love was touching. Coelho writes books with hidden deep meaning. I have to listen to his books over and over to catch the full message and how it holds meaning in my life. We are blessed to have a writer that understands so much about the lessons we need to learn in this life.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 08-23-12
    Lita Santa Maria, CA, United States 08-23-12 Member Since 2015

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    "Not Coelho's best, but I actually finished it"

    To finish a book, I have to be engaged enough. I have began many books with much more interesting topics, but not finish them. Coelho keeps you engaged.

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    Cate 09-25-14
    Cate 09-25-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointed"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The naration


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The heroine, she is a great character


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was one of the worst I've heard. Poor distinction between characters


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept?

    None, the book was great. I had high hopes for the audio book as well but disappointed


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    Carolina Walter 11-10-15 Member Since 2015

    selfhelp book-eater.I love comedy, to cook and bake, dogs and gardening.

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    "Wanabe Dvici code"

    Aghh! The most boring romance novel; I was in agony while listening to it, nothing was happening, I was begging for it to be over.
    If you are not a catholic, be careful, you're most likely to roll your eyes a lot!

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    Amazon devotee Colleyville, tx 03-31-13
    Amazon devotee Colleyville, tx 03-31-13 Member Since 2014

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    "First book ever I didn't finish"
    What would have made By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept better?

    I always labor through even if I don't like a book or don't like the narrator of an audible book. I jut couldn't waste minutes I'll never get back finishing this. And I tried. Especially since I've always loved Stephanie Zimbalist. Story seemed pointless and jut never picked up. I hate to bash books. I can't write and I appreciate a good/great read like few other things in life. But some books just aren't that appealing (to me). Sadly this is one of them. To the point I stopped reading, it just never hooked me and made me want to continue reading. The characters evoked no emotion, nor even negative emotions.


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    "just what I needed"

    loved every bit of it! ... i don't get time to read...and this works perfectly for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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