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The Zahir

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Paulo Coelho

Narrated By: Jamie Glover

Publisher: HarperAudio

Date: August 2005

Duration: 5 hours 14 minutes


Set in Paris and in the enchanting landscapes of Central Asia, this new novel by the author of the international bestsellers The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes follows the journey of a man obsessed with finding the wife who left him without an explanation.
The narrator of The Zahir is a bestselling novelist who lives in Paris and enjoys all the privileges that money and celebrity bring. His wife of ten years, Esther, is facing an existential crisis. When she disappears along with a friend, Mikhail, who may or may not be her lover, the authorities question the narrator. Was Esther kidnapped, killed, or did she simply abandon a marriage that left her unfulfilled? The narrator doesn't have any answers but he has plenty of questions of his own.
Then, one day, Mikhail finds the narrator and promises to take him to his wife. In his attempt to recapture a love lost, the narrator discovers something unexpected about himself.
Performed by Jamie Glover


  • Anonymous

    The writing is wonderful and it is easy to get engrossed in the story, but in the end, I felt that the message was exceedingly unappealing. This isn't a story about loving someone and being obsessed with that person. It's a story about loving the IDEA of someone. The man who is supposedly obessed with his wonderful and interesting and delightful "Zahir" was an absent, unfaithful, cad to his wife when she was there and had a serious relationship with a woman that he didn't even care about while he was supposedly so in love and obsessed with his absent wife. Although this may be a realistic way to view how the love works for some people, I find it a sad commentary on what passes for a romantic obsession in a modern novel.

  • Laurajean

    This was an excellent book about what it means to love someone. There are some fabulous quotes which I've pulled from the book and I've written down for future consideration. I understand what it is like to have a Zahir


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