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Publisher's Summary

Coehlo's poignant, deeply spiritual tale of Pilar, an independent and practical yet restless young woman whose life is forever changed by an encounter with a childhood friend who has grown to be a mesmerizing and handsome seminarian.  

Together they embark on a journey through the French Pyrenees, where they explore the "[F]eminine face of God" and make the dramatic discovery that love is God.

©1994 Paolo Coehlo (P)1996/2018 Dove Audio/Phoenix Books

Critic Reviews

"The story springs to life through the expert treatment of Stephanie Zimbalist. The writing itself is compelling, and in the audio format listeners experience the story as if Zimbalist is telling it personally to them. Her accent and spot-on enunciation convey the protagonist's vacillation between skepticism and enthusiasm over the course of this spiritual love story, and flesh out the depths and subtleties of her emotional journey." (AudioFile)

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What listeners say about By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

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I’m in tears

I just finished this book and it reminds me of my own life and the shadow and light side of being a human. The story unfolds the process of revealing one’s true self to another and in turn learning to value and truly love yourself unconditionally. Then you can surrender completely to the love of another. Wow, so moved and in tears as I listened to the last sentences of this book. Paulo Coehlo is a word wizard and knows how to hit the hearts of his readers.

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not as engaging as the Alchemist

narrator reads with emotion but listener is distracted easily. no where near as good as the Alchemist

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A little more religious than his other books

I love his writing, but wasn't as fascinated with this story because it was more like ten disappointing years of my life than his other books were, but it is a genuine story.

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Another great read by Paulo Coelho

This story hits a nerve and it vibrates like how a sun in a desert bakes the ground. It will leave you thirsting for the next chapter. The story is sad but so relatable with regards to relationships and life. Amazing work as usual. Loved it.

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Tragic and magical!

There are two pairs you can go bye, in the end there’s always time to change the road you’re on.

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Amazing



love the story and the music in the background ❤ recommend reading this book at least once in your lifetime.

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Absolutely boring!

I couldn’t even finish the book, if u want to fall asleep while listening to a book then this one is for u!

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incredible!

I cried. I learned. I loved it. I recommend this book to all who want to feel and learn to be the most they can be

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Love and Miracles

Thoroughly enjoyed this story filled with love and miracles . I wept at one point. I don't remember the last time I've done that when reading (listening) to a book. But, a gentle, lasting smile and peaceful feeling when completed.

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I FELL IN LOVE.

The best book I have read in a while. I highly recommend it as a book that will not make you put it down after starting.

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Beautiful

I love Coelho books. I seem to be able to relate to them all!!! Love and spirituality. Such a lovely simple tale.