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Publisher's Summary

The incredible new novel from internationally bestselling author of The Alchemist.

After lying undiscovered for over 700 years, a manuscript holding the answers to a city’s final questions is unearthed from a cave in Cairo. Centuries before, on the eve of the invasion of Accra, the citizens gathered. A man stood before them and invited the people share their fears that he might offer hope and comfort. His extraordinary insights on courage, solitude, loyalty and loss were transcribed and passed on. A timeless and powerful exploration of personal growth, everyday wisdom and joy.

©2013 Paulo Coelho (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic Reviews

"One of the few to deserve the term 'publishing phenomenon'." (Independent on Sunday)
"His books have had a life-enhancing impact on millions of people." (The Times)
"His writing is like a path of energy that inadvertently leads readers to themselves, toward their mysterious and faraway souls." (Le Figaro)

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  • tulipsarered
  • 10-30-16

Ok not great

I would probably have abandoned this audio book, but for the velvety tones of Jeremy Irons :)

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  • cheryl
  • 05-14-13

Top Notch Narration is the only reason to listen

Sadly this book is not a story, it is not a novel, it is a collection a translated parables which constantly contradicted itself.

If it was an actual manuscript then it would have been translated. If it was supposed to be a novel, then surely we have the right to expect an actual story? I have up to now enjoyed most of Paulo Coelho's work without reservation, this one however, no, I was always waiting to get past the lecture and on to the real story, which never came. An awful lot of the anecdotes and parables were strung together, many of which the author has told before in other stories. It was also very short and ended abruptly.
I do not recommend this book at all.

Considering the hype attached to this book, I expected better, maybe Mr Coehlo needs to spend more time on his work than on social networking for his next book.

The narration however, I cannot fault, Jeremy Irons' voice is like honey, he keeps you listening purely for the pleasure of listening to his narration. It was pure joy to hear his voice, sadly the author could have done better with his book

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-25-17

Thought provoking and wonderful.

From start to finish a truly wonderful listen. I would highly recommend this and one that encourages reflection and purpose.

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  • Leo'sMa
  • 07-24-17

Endless life messages in a story

This is such a beautiful story and the way it is read makes it even more beautiful. Thank you x namaste dear ones x 🙏

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  • Ryazan Tristram
  • 06-28-17

fantastic story! truly inspiring!

a great story as always! Very Inspiring story from Paulo again. well recommended to anyone.

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  • colleen morgan-trew
  • 05-27-17

Wonderful

A nice simple, straightforward, thought provoking book. Read in the style and character which truly suited the message and the time it was conveying

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  • Rosemary
  • 03-20-17

Best book

Everyone needs to read this book, for me it was the best book I have ever read after the bible, it is a biblical book very well read and written most of the bible scriptures are on here very empowering & spiritually healing

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-20-16

Excellent book

This book is beautiful and full of wholesome advice for the body, mind and soul. I recommend it to everyone.

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  • Aurosish
  • 07-23-15

Nugget of great wisdom

Listened to the audiobook twice back to back.
I hope to more books like this

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  • A. Gripenstedt
  • 05-05-13

Must read

A beautiful book and well narrated I defy anyone to listen to this and not be moved. But before you turn on your appliance open you heart and mind and listen carefully