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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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    "Beautifully told story"

    Not a super easy read, but well worth while and beautifully told with a great voice

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    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 05-12-17
    Jeffrey Elliot Platt hollywood florida 05-12-17 Member Since 2017

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    "i have discovered Paulo Coelho."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    the author views life/love as complex. i have never thought of life/love as complex. <br/>i live my life simply. to be happy does not require any great effort. in fact the more effort<br/>that is required - the less the happiness there will be. of course without complications<br/>there is no story to be written. <br/>


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    i liked the male lover. because i identified more with him then with her. his life was more straightforward then hers.


    Which character – as performed by Stephanie Zimbalist – was your favorite?

    the female lover. because she was always seeking. and although she ' got her man ' <br/>in the end ... i got the feeling that SHE would never really find happiness.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    yes and no. if i know nothing about the story - then i would be interested. if i know the story<br/> - it would interest me less. this may sound obvious. but i HAVE read books and then went on to see the movie.


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    Amazon Customer 04-25-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Wonderful narration!"

    The story would not have been same without such a beautiful voice that conveyed emotions like magic!!

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    Honestly B 01-09-17
    Honestly B 01-09-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Audio in last 25 minutes is fuzzy."

    Story was ok. Loved the performance and the music was a nice touch, but the audio in the last 25 minutes was fuzzy. I ended up just reading the remaining book in my physical copy because of this.

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    Ragenia Bell 12-23-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Slow sleepy enchanting book. I thoroughly enjoyed."

    A slow gentle story of love and friendship with beautiful spiritual messages woven within it. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It read very much like a meditation. Always made me feel restful so I listened , so I began to listen before bed and before nap time ;)

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    Clemente Quinones 11-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    Performance was great. Not a big fan of the story. Felt that there could have been more and some actions from the main character didn't make sense

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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 Member Since 2017
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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!

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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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